Monthly Archives: April 2014

Exhibition Review: Five West Coast Artists

Five West Coast Artists: Bischoff, Diebenkorn, Neri, Park, and Thiebaud is currently on display in the Yale University Art Gallery through July 13, 2014. ­­­The show exhibits both pieces from the collection as well as several new acquisitions, including David Park’s … Continue reading

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Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party and The Fight for Feminine Representation and Reclamation

Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party (1974—1979) is often referred to as one of the most significant icons of the American feminist movement of the 1970s.  Now a part of the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center … Continue reading

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Happenings and Performance Art

In the early 1960’s, artists sought to challenge the previously held notions of how art was to be presented and what it was meant to achieve. By collapsing all traditional genres and artistic conventions, performance became the ideal art form … Continue reading

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Hauser & Wirth Invents Teleportation Device: Beams Gallery Patrons from Chelsea to Museum Mile

What I found most tedious about Hauser & Wirth’s exhibition was not its contents, but its seemingly lazy and tactless installation. As I advanced through each of the gallery space’s eleven purpose built, white-wall rooms, so boringly categorized by decade … Continue reading

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“Expanding the Field of Painting” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Calls for a Redefinition of the Medium

“Expanding the Field of Painting” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston asserts that the field of painting is not dead or exhausted but alive and well. “Painting” has become a fluid term that is constantly increasing in scope, and … Continue reading

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Claes Oldenburg: is Bigger Really Better?

              Claes Oldenburg began his career as a performance artist in New York City in 1956. Inspired by artists like Allan Kaprow, Oldenburg would stage his own “Happenings” through the early sixties.[1] Oldenburg had a desire to redefine art, … Continue reading

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Jewels by JAR: Art or Commerce?

While commerce and art have always been intertwined, exhibitions of living artists present a conundrum: can a museum morally exhibit the work of a living artist who stands to profit from said exhibition? Many museums have done so in the … Continue reading

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New Worlds at the Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Biennial’s three curators, Stuart Comer, Michelle Grabner, and Anthony Elms all approached the expansive task of assembling a survey of Contemporary American art in very different ways. Anthony Elms is influenced by a Susan Howe quote, Stuart Comer … Continue reading

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Jenny Holzer’s “Inflammatory Essays”

In considering the vast oeuvre of the neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, one could undeniably argue that her works are best characterized by their deeply political and socially applicable messages that raise questions, invite reflections, and “catalyze thinking about the role … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the ‘Grotesque’ and the ‘Exotic’: A Survey of Wangechi Mutu at the Brooklyn Museum

Presenting more than fifty works from the mid-1990’s to the present, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey installed in the Brooklyn Museum marks the first solo museum exhibition in the United States for the Kenyan-born and New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu. … Continue reading

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