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Patti Smith's Peaceable Kingdom

1 Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 10:35:44 (EST)

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Photo credit: Diana Guay Dixon. Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum.


For the opening of her exhibit, Patti Smith: Camera Solo at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT last week, Patti Smith gave a concert celebrating essential connections between art, music,...

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Josh Smith Invades the Brant Foundation

Posted May 17, 2011 | 03:55:23 (EST)

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Josh Smith and his dinosaur painting, Brant Foundation/courtesy Billy Farrell Agency

If lush green paddocks, a pig roast, an abundance of celebrities, artists, art dealers, pretty young hipsters, collectors and, yes, champagne, could determine quality in art, then the New York-based painter Josh Smith,...

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The Reluctant Gallerists

Posted March 20, 2011 | 23:06:23 (EST)

If the art dealers Daniella Luxembourg and Amalia Dayan were to impart one essential bit of wisdom to aspiring gallerists, it would probably be this: stay flexible.

In 2009, when the two friends opened Luxembourg & Dayan in a Manhattan townhouse, their idea was to produce tough, intelligent shows...

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What's Old Is New--and Wild

Posted January 11, 2011 | 16:30:49 (EST)

At the dawn of a new decade New York art dealers appear to be taking a collective walk down memory lane. From the Bowery to Chelsea to 57th Street and the Upper East Side, dealers from Angela Westwater to Franklin Parrasch are reviving the careers of artists once recognized for...

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Bruce Nauman, Playing His Hand(s)

Posted November 11, 2010 | 09:41:25 (EST)

With a defiant economy of materials and subject matter, the artist Bruce Nauman is able to evoke metaphysical worlds. In his first body of new work, since he snapped up the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 2009 Venice Biennale, For Children/For Beginners, on view at Manhattan's Sperone Westwater gallery...

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Matthew Day Jackson: Artist as Stuntman

Posted October 17, 2010 | 12:14:19 (EST)

"We see ourselves in order to exist," states the narrator-host, in Matthew Day Jackson's new video In Search Of, a 30-minute mock TV show, modeled after the 1970's series In Search Of, hosted by Leonard Nimoy. "But what do these images prove about our existence?"

Rather answer this question, Jackson,...

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Pedigree and Promise in 50 Years At Pace

Posted October 5, 2010 | 18:37:17 (EST)

By now the New York artworld has pretty much reduced the Dan Colen show at Larry Gagosian's 24th Street gallery in Chelsea to a cynical attempt to market chewing gum as art designed for corporate lobbies (Any interest, Trident?). And visitors to Sperone Westwater's spectacular new...

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Mika Rottenberg's Squeeze at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Posted August 27, 2010 | 12:34:44 (EST)

2010-08-04-tongue.jpgWith a flick of an electrical switch, we hear the creak and groan of sliding wooden chambers that reveal, by turns, a wiggling tongue, a towering blonde factory worker, and documentary footage of female laborers tending iceberg lettuce at a farm in...

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TechnoCRAFT at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Posted August 10, 2010 | 13:18:08 (EST)

2010-07-29-techno.jpg With Silicon Valley just a quick jump away on the Caltrain, it only makes sense that an exhibit of technology's often-discussed byproducts--customized sneakers, interactive computer games, multi-purpose product designs, and hacking--would provide ripe fodder for an exhibit at San Francisco's trendy--and trend...

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The Kids' Table at Leo's

Posted June 17, 2010 | 14:58:11 (EST)

2010-06-10-cover.jpgI first heard about Leo & His Circle (Knopf, 2010), Annie Cohen-Solal's ambitious, but bizarrely unfocused, biography of the art dealer Leo Castelli, two summers ago, when I was sipping Campari and sodas in Montauk, Long Island,...

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