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Julia Friedman
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Julia Friedman is a regular contributor to Artforum and the author of Beyond Symbolism and Surrealism: Alexei Remizov’s Synthetic Art (Northwestern University Press, 2010). She received her doctorate in Art History from Brown University in 2005 and has since researched, taught and curated in the US, UK and Japan. Presently, she is a Research Associate in the Art History Department at University of California Irvine. She writes an art blog Julia Friedman Contemporary Art and Art History.

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On Abstraction, Ed Moses and the Need to Explain

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:56 PM

When abstract painting first came into being around a century ago, the traumatic struggle of overcoming 500 years of figuration set the prevailing defensive tone shared by its "inventors." Russian Cubo-Futurist painter Kazimir Malevich felt compelled to assert the superiority of his Suprematism, or "painterly realism," as he called it,...

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Dave Hickey in Los Angeles: Pirate vs. Farmers

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:44 PM

2014-02-06-DH_05d.jpgPretty much any epithet used to describe the art critic and MacArthur Award laureate Dave Hickey is doomed to fail. His last four decades as an art critic earned him the title "the enfant terrible of art criticism," for speaking...

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Miley Cyrus Strikes Again, or the Destruction of the Pendulum

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 1:26 PM

2013-09-28-Eldred_04pen.pngFew people in the United States are oblivious to the Miley Cyrus VMA twerking performance that took place on August 25. Her mild provocation proved effective in scandalizing many who have not yet come to terms with the fact that contemporary pop...

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From Raku-Firied Vessels to Large-Scale Installations: Wayne Higby's Ceramics Retrospective at the ASU Art Museum

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 1:36 AM

The ASU Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts present "Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby," a landmark exhibition featuring the work of contemporary ceramist Wayne Higby, who is widely considered one of the most innovative second generation artists to...

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Art in 'Paradise' (Far From the Art-Industrial Hive)

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 7:12 PM

Not too long ago Holland Cotter, in his New York Times article "On an Island, Worker Bees Fill a Long White Hive" (May 4, 2012), quipped about the ubiquity of sameness, "nonstop visual chatter" of the new, international "art-industrial hive" in which the artist are "worker bees." The...

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'The School of Things': Japanese Art c. 1970 Comes to Los Angeles

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 3:31 PM

Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha
February 25 - April 14, 2012


Blum & Poe is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha. This exhibition examines the postwar Japanese artistic phenomenon
Mono-ha (School of Things), following the solo...

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Turkey with a Side of AJAX: Thanksgiving according to Alice Neel

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 3:08 PM

On a free afternoon during a recent lecture trip to Eugene, Oregon, I stopped by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art to see the traveling exhibition of a contemporary Chinese artist Xiaoze Xie only to spend most of my time in the galleries in front of Alice Neel's unusual and...

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