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Archive for August, 2011

Hands down best title for a piece of criticism all year: “Interesting for No Good Reason”.   Franklin Einspruch reviews Lois Dodd at the Caldbeck Gallery for Artcritical.  Can’t wait for the Dodd retrospective at the Kemper in KC next year.

 

(It is a favorable review, by the way.  It would be way less great if it were snarky.)

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Paths Around Buildings, 60″ x 72″, 2011

Robert McCann: Subtext Sprawl at the University of Kansas’s Art and Design Gallery, until September 15.  A couple more images after the cut. (more…)

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Nice interview with Emil Robinson over at Painting Perceptions.

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Can’t remember if I ever shared this silly thing before: Joseph Ducreux’s “Le Discret” from the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas.  I just learned that another wacky portrait by Ducreux is the subject of pretty funny meme, involving hip hop lyrics and Old English (and Steve Buscemi?!?).  Check it out here.

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Visiting the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX a few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much attention these Boucher paintings were getting from museum goers.  In the museum, they’re competing for attention with usual crowd-pleasers like Monet, van Gogh and Frida Kahlo as well some novel attention grabbers like Michelangelo’s infamous first painting.  The paintings are overstuffed, based on obscure mythological themes, feature an abundance of Roccoco stylizations.  I would have guessed they would be pretty close to America’s least wanted.  But while I was looking at them, really quite a few people came through the room, stopped, looked, had conversations about them.  Maybe it’s a sign of shifting tastes, maybe it’s just a Texas thing.

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Link to an opinion piece from today’s NY Times.  More in the something-to-think-about-let’s-start-a-conversation style than the here’s-all-the-answers but it will probably be lurking in the corners of my thinking for the next few months.

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