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See this now: “Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp” at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Marcel Duchamp, "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even", ("The Large Glass") (1915–23),

No other museum in the world could have staged this exhibition. Only the Philadelphia Museum of Art has the Arensberg Collection – including its extensive Duchamp holdings (“the largest and most significant collection of works by Marcel Duchamp” in the […]

See this now: “Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” at Seattle Art Museum

An exhibition of women’s art? In 2012? Isn’t that just the slightest bit … well, anachronistic? Perhaps not: as I write this a Republican presidential ticket that intends to reverse women’s rights to the pre-feminist dark ages is vying neck-and-neck with President Obama, so perhaps the simple statement, “Hey, there are great women […]

Read this now: “A Portrait of Ice” by Caleb Cain Marcus

Caleb Cain Marcus, "Perito Moreno, Plate I, Patagonia" (2010)

Caleb Cain Marcus’s very particular approach to photography is suggested in the title of his wonderful new book, A Portrait of Ice. Whereas we might expect a study of glaciers like this to be primarily about the appearances of landscape or current anxieties about climate […]

See this now (before the show closes!) – Rodney Graham’s “Green Cinematograph” in “Canadian Humourist” at Vancouver Art Gallery

Rodney Graham, or perhaps not

Rodney Graham’s fabulous show Canadian Humourist is obviously something of a sideshow for many visitors to Vancouver Art Gallery (where it’s showing through September 30). The star attraction there just now is Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters – The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. In fact, to promote that show […]

See this now: Avantika Bawa’s “At Owners Risk” at Suyama Space, Seattle

 

Avantika Bawa, "At Owners Risk" (2012). Photo Mark Woods. Courtesy the artist and Suyama Space.

Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that when New York Magazine offered their Urbanist’s Guide to Seattle last week, they presented the city as an entirely art-free zone. Far more interesting of course are how much it rains and […]

Best and Worst at the Armory Show Contemporary

Jesper Just "Some Draughty Window" (2007) (Video Still)

Galleries may come and galleries may go, but The Armory Show goes on forever, it would seem. And for most of those thousands of visitors who will stand on line outside on Twelfth Avenue this weekend, “The Armory Show” means the Contemporary pier. This – far […]

Best and Worst at the ADAA Art Show

Joseph Cornell, "Aviary with Parrot and Drawers" (1949)

This is a really good ADAA Art Show, the best I can recall for some time. The Art Dealers Association of America is after all a professional organization, and after the last few years’ vying with the Armory Show for top-dog status, it’s as though they’ve […]

Best and Worst at The Armory Show Modern

James Castle, "Photo Album' (undated)(Courtesy Fleisher/Ollman Gallery)

First, let’s just say that something rather wonderful has happened on Pier 92. In its brief lifespan the “Modern” section of The Armory Show has gone from uncertain beginnings through enthusiastic acceptance. Now though, with the almost total relaxation of distinctions between “Modern” and “Contemporary”, and […]

See this now: Alfred Leslie’s “The Second Two-Panel Horizontal” (1958) in “Abstract Expressionist New York” at MoMA

Alfred Leslie, “The Second Two-Panel Horizontal” (1958)

First, here’s a bit of advice for anyone out there who thinks that yet another abstract expressionist show, especially one drawn exclusively from MoMA’s permanent collection, really can’t be very interesting.

You’re wrong.

“Abstract Expressionist New York” is not only one of the most enjoyable shows you’re […]

See this now: “BEYOND Color” at Bruce Silverstein

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Mare Cosindas, "Andy Warhol NYC" (1966)

At Bruce Silverstein’s gallery on West 24th Street currently there is a show that any public museum could take pride in: “BEYOND Color: Color in American Photography 1950-1970)” is a quite riveting exposition of an era which is now difficult to imagine: A time when the majority […]