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Exhibition Review: Calder in Abstraction at LACMA

Calder in Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art explores more than forty quintessential works of the late Alexander Calder from the mid 1930s until the 1960s.  Of particular interest are Calder’s hanging mobile … Continue reading

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Discussion of Richard Serra’s “Tilted Arc”

Excerpt from “Discussion of a Subject of Space: the Forms, Functions, and Consequences of Richard Serra’s ‘Tilted Arc,’” presented by Francesca Miller on April 10, 2014 In 1979, Richard Serra was chosen by an independent panel of art professionals to … 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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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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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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Lucas Samaras: Offerings from a Restless Soul

Kastoria and New Jersey, the birthplace and hometown of Lucas Samaras, have little in common. The stark contrast between these two locations, in many ways, defines Samaras’ own work: eclectic, non-uniform, and drawn from several sources. Listing the similarities between … Continue reading

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