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Archive for February, 2012

Tim Kennedy: Appearances at First Street Gallery, until March 24, 2012.

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Placemakers, at the Bemis Center for Arts gathers work by Anne Lindberg, Letha Wilson, Quyhn Vantu, Jason Manley and other artists “artists engaged in interventionist and transformative acts that make places.”  On view until March 31, 2012.

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Ryan Browning.

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SIDESHOW: Artists and the Circus at the Des Moines Art Center (until April 22, 2012) looks a bit “meh…” but any show that highlights Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s “Amazing Juggler” is worth a mention.

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Provisional Painting, pt. 2

In Art in America, Raphael Rubinstein writes a sequel to his 2009 essay “Provisional Painting.”

I’ve got to admit that of late I’ve been disinterested in provisionality (and it’s faux-naive cousins), finding its opposite to actually feel a little more daring.  But the Rubinstein article manages to zoom in on what’s still kind of exciting in provisional painting, especially the 8th section, where he essentially lays it on the line: maybe provisional painting is making an important statement, maybe it’s just a crappy mannerism for lazy painters in an easy market, and the implication being, maybe it’s still exciting because we just don’t know–artistic practice as Russian roulette, maybe?

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Sangram Majumdar, As If, 2012

At Hyperallergic, John Yau writes about Edwin Dickinson, then segues into discussions of recent shows by Lois Dodd and Sangram Majumdar.

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Mike Kelley, dead at 57.

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