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John Singer Sargent

20101206214854-wojnarowicz-fireinmybelly Seen and Not Seen   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, AA Bronson, Romaine Brooks, Thomas Eakins, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Catherine Opie, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz at National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) October 30th, 2010 - February 13th, 2011
Posted 12/6/10

I saw David Wojnarowicz’s Fire in My Belly, 1987, the day before it was pulled from the exhibition "Hide/Seek" at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibit itself has been touted by the gallery as “The first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of American portraiture.” Because of pressure from the Catholic League, and complaints from Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor (amongst others who haven’t actually seen the exhibition), the show... [more]

20101204150623-screen_shot_2010-12-03_at_8 Absence in Abstraction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, AA Bronson, Romaine Brooks, Thomas Eakins, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Catherine Opie, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz at National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) October 30th, 2010 - February 13th, 2011
Posted 12/4/10

Embroiled in controversy—it's what you’d expect from an exhibition about gay portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.  In fact, it’s rather surprising that the controversy didn’t arise until a month after the show was open—just in time for World AIDS Day.  On November 30th, the Catholic League complained about David Wojnarowicz's 1987 video piece Fire in My Belly, a “vile video” that could be interpreted as nothing more than an attack on Christianity, all because o... [more]

Key-63-8398 Sargent and the Sea   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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John Singer Sargent at Royal Academy of Arts July 10th, 2010 - September 26th, 2010
Posted 8/1/10

According to the Royal Academy, seafaring was in John Singer Sargent's blood and he "tested the boundaries of marine art". It is with this claim that the Academy has set up Sargent's relationship with the sea. As the title of the show suggests, the exhibition aims to demonstrate the role the sea played in Sargent's early development as a painter, and while it successfully traces a common motif throughout his life, the exhibition overplays its own title and perhaps overlooks an even gr... [more]

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