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An Exhibition of Afro-Cuban Art Unmasks the Legacy of Racism in Cuba

by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska
At the heart of the exhibition áscaras (Without Masks), currently at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, is the inherent contradiction between socialism’s ideals of equality and the lived experiences of racism for Cuban artists of African descent. Centering the Afro-Cuban experience, its complex social and political history, and the censorship of voices seeking to expose inequalities, Sin Máscaras is described as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to contemporary... [more]
Posted by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska on 9/13
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Sprawling Group Shows Deny Black Revolutionary Artists the Space and Time They Deserve

by Jessica Lanay
The contemporary political and social hive mind of the Western World is preoccupied with issues of race and gender. The recent White Nationalist rally at the University of Virginia, the physical violence involved (mostly perpetrated on students protesting Neo-Nazism), and lukewarm statements from the White House encapsulate the struggle to break with patterns of a troubled past to fix the ails of a troubled present, and possibly escape a troubled future. We are indeed grappling with... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 8/25
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Nathan Mabry: Postmodernist Sculpture for a Modernist's World

by Alex Anderson
Nathan Mabry’s exhibition , at Cherry and Martin, opens with a black, partially abstract, figurative sculpture suggestive of indigenous art placed on an oil drum. The upper half of this totemic form seems to have emerged from the drum, its dark and glutinous texture reminiscent of tar. With this opening work, Mabry succinctly kicks off the show with a meditation on the fetishism of early peoples and their artifacts, as well as the loss of these cultures as a result of modern... [more]
Posted by Alex Anderson on 4/25/16
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Art Dubai Modern Turns the Tables on Gender Stereotyping in the Middle East

by Danna Lorch
“Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?” The Guerrilla Girls have famously been asking the same question since 1989, when the feminist group first pointed out that “Less than 5% of the modern art section [at the museum] are women.” That was in New York, but does the same hold true for the representation and visibility of modern women artists in non-western regions? While the West is quick to slap a “suppressed” sticker on Middle Eastern women as a group, fixating on veiling as... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 3/16/16
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The Whiteness of the Whale: Reframing Frank Stella's Long Pursuit of Painting

by Bradley Rubenstein
We cannot begin any assessment of the work of Frank Stella without the obligatory quote that has followed his career for over fifty years. “What you see is what you see” was Stella’s painterly philosophy distilled down to seven words. If there is a definition of Minimalism that is more succinct, it has yet to replace Stella’s as a key to understanding a certain type of particularly American painting in mid-century art history. At the Whitney Museum we have a chance to carefully review Stella’s... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 11/23/15
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Looking for the Future at Frieze London

by James Loks
Looking around an art fair with a fixed criteria is an amazing thing. I’d recommend it to any visitor as a tool to cut through the vast amount of work that will pass in front of their eyes. It doesn’t have to be fancy or intelligent. It can be as simple as “I’m only looking for blue,” or “ceramics,” or “a piece of work that I would hang above the fireplace.” In all instances it forms connections between works that wouldn’t otherwise be connected, and makes viewing the fair active rather than... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/16/15
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The Feminist Art Group Fighting Misogyny in Japan and Korea

by Natalie Hegert
“I’m scared to go back.” We were all squeezed into wooden folding chairs with a crowd standing around the perimeter of the room at Last Projects, on the second floor, where an old air conditioner, inadequately exhaling intermittent wafts of cool air, and a set of heavy Venetian blinds blocked out the sights and sounds of Hollywood Boulevard below. It was nearing 10pm. Their screening was over, and Pink, as she would like to be called, was at the front of the room, standing with her compatriot... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 9/8/15
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The Puerto Banús Strip Is Decadent and Depraved

by Philippa Snow
They call it “Marbs.” Some of them do, anyway—not the real deal money; not 'Tony' and 'Mel' Banderas-Griffiths, whose beach-front palace’s lease, quite tragically, outlived their marriage—but the ones who are there for an earthier breed of bacchanal: the drunks, the San Tropez tanners, the motor-mouthed swimsuit babes, the rutting Croyden bucks—and so on, and so forth. Breasts as buoyant as puppies; pectorals as tight as spinster's mouths: the strip on Puerto Banús is a gorgeously populated... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 7/29/15
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Preview: MENAM at Armory 2015

by Danna Lorch
Middle East-centric shows are having a moment in American museums, but the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean (MENAM) focus at this year’s Armory Show (March 4-8) will mark the first time a fair in the US has brought a large showing of art from the region to a commercial environment. Curator Omar Kholeif and focus partners Edge of Arabia and Art Jameel have selected a handful of galleries, each of which will feature a maximum of two artists, balanced between modern and contemporary.... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 2/23/15
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Exploring Art Dynasties

by Leah Abir, Orit Bulgaru
The co-curators of a new exhibition in Israel write about their approach to tackling the permanent acquisitions at their institute, forging surprising new connections between works from different eras.  The collection of the Haifa Museum of Art was accumulated in two defining periods in the country's history: first, in the 1950s, and later in 1970s—two Postwar periods in Israel, which relate in art to the Israeli painting movement "Ofakim Hadashim" in the 1950s, and then to Israeli conceptual... [more]
Posted by Leah Abir, Orit Bulgaru on 1/11/15