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REVIEW OF MATISSE AND AMERICAN ART reviewed, by, Pam Malone  
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Milton Avery, John Baldessari, Romare Bearden, Patrick Henry Bruce, Eric Carle, Arthur B. Carles, Stuart Davis, Robert de Niro, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Hans Hofmann, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Sophie Matisse, Alfred H. Maurer, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Walter Pach, Judy Pfaff, Janet Taylor Pickett, Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Faith Ringgold, Mark Rothko, Morgan Russell, H. Lyman Saÿen, Morton Livingston Schamberg, Sarah Stein, Andy Warhol, Max Weber, Tom Wesselmann, Marguerite Thompson Zorach, William Zorach at Montclair Art Museum February 5th, 2017 - June 18th, 2017
Posted 3/25/17
This is the first comprehensive exhibit to examine Matisse's influence on American artists from 1907 to the present.  There are 19 works by Matisse and 44 works by American artists.  Matisse was famous for his nudes, spare fluent lines, love of texture, design and bold color.  It is fascinating what a wide net his influence cast.  Let me say from the get go that the best paintings and drawings in the show are those by the master himself.  Nudes in charcoal with perfect lines.  "Pianist with... [more]
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Performing Bodies in Basel: 14 Rooms of Living Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Marina Abramovic, Ed Atkins, John Baldessari, Allora & Calzadilla, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, Jordan Wolfson, Xu Zhen at Art Basel June 14th, 2014 - June 22nd, 2014
Posted 6/15/14
Much more interesting than the description of the  performance series, which will take place as part of Art Basel and is organized by star-curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is its call out for participants/performers to take part in it: “If you have an identical twin, use the opportunity to be part of Damien Hirst’s work. War veterans are sought after for part of Santiago Sierra’s performance, and anyone who speaks colloquial British-English and is similar in appearance to Ed... [more]
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Two Gelatin Silver Prints and a Typewritten Page   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Mel Bochner, Tony Conrad, Michael Heizer, Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Emilio Prini, Ed Ruscha at The Art Institute of Chicago December 13th, 2011 - March 11th, 2012
Posted 1/16/12
When you are cremated, you aren’t actually reduced to ash. After the body has been incinerated dry bone fragments remain, which are ground up into dust. Sandwiched between two lens-shaped pieces of glass on a small pedestal is a group of what appears to be shards of coral, almost like a decoration you’d see on someone’s coffee table. These are actually human remains presented as a sculpture. In addition to this is another incarnation of the piece. Human Dust (1969), by Agnes Denes consists of... [more]
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John Baldessari: Double Feature   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Baldessari at Sprüth Magers Berlin September 23rd, 2011 - October 29th, 2011
Posted 10/9/11
Three things make me homesick for Los Angeles: Trader Joe's, palm trees and John Baldessari. For artists who inhabit southern California, there is a mythic quality that surrounds the iconic LA artist as not just a pioneer of conceptual art but a pioneer of our art. Naturally, I was beyond thrilled to discover that his new work from 2011 was now on view at Spruth Magers here in Berlin. Not only because I was excited to see how the 80 year old artist has continued to create and evolve, but also... [more]
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Through Expanding Clusters   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Baldessari, Pierre Bismuth, Allora & Calzadilla, Stefaan Dheedene, Masashi Echigo, Vincent Geyskens, Kees Goudzwaard, Suchan Kinoshita, Lee Kit, Joachim Koester, Adam Leech, Oliver Lutz, Mark Manders, Werner Mannaers, Peter De Meyer, Carsten Nicolai, Willem Oorebeek, Sarah Ortmeyer, Oksana Pasaiko, Wilfredo Prieto, Peter Rogiers, Wilhelm Sasnal, Nedko Solakov, Walter Swennen, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ed Templeton, Ante Timmermans, Koen van den Broeck, Jan van Imschoot, Herman van Ingelgem, Henk Visch, Kelley Walker, Lois Weinberger, Johan De Wilde, Jordan Wolfson at S.M.A.K. June 21st, 2011 - February 26th, 2012
Posted 8/20/11
The collection is S.M.A.K.’s DNA and reflects the museum’s core identity as the pivot between recent art history and current trends. S.M.A.K.’s acquisition policy has developed organically over the years and has three distinct levels. Firstly, the museum strives to form an ensemble around the oeuvre of a select group of artists. Instead of representing an artist with just a single work, S.M.A.K. aims to collect an oeuvre in depth in order to present it in all its complexity. Secondly, there is... [more]
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New Sculpture at the Saatchi Gallery (Part 1)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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David Altmejd, John Baldessari, David Batchelor, Matthew Brannon, Peter Buggenhout, Björn Dahlem, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Folkert de Jong, Roger Hiorns, Martin Honert, Thomas Houseago, Joanna Malinowska, Kris Martin, Matthew Monahan, Anselm Reyle, Sterling Ruby, Dirk Skreber, David Thorpe, Oscar Tuazon, Rebecca Warren at Saatchi Gallery May 27th, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Posted 7/10/11
The title of the exhibition explains it all; it’s a sculpture show. The label on the tin did not lie and we have been served exactly what is expected with The Shape of Things to Come. In this regard it was both strangely satisfying -- reassuring myself of what I know as contemporary sculpture, and slightly disappointing -- nothing surprised me into reevaluating sculpture, objecthood, installation. Though I know that the trajectory of art parameters do not change overnight, if this exhibition is... [more]
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Art review: 'Supernatural' @ Jancar Gallery, by Christopher Knight  
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David Askevold, John Baldessari, Andrea Bowers, Marcus Civin, Sarah Cromarty, Christian Cummings, Dorit Cypis, Elizabeth DiGiovanni, Nancy Evans, Doug Harvey, Micol Hebron, Dawn Kasper, Danielle McCullough, Katia Santibanez, Ilene Segalove, Tyler Stallings, Margo Victor, Rowan Wood at Jancar Gallery August 6th, 2010 - August 31st, 2010
Posted 9/24/10
Art review: 'Supernatural' @ Jancar Gallery August 20, 2010 |  6:30 am The supernatural was a linchpin for art in every culture since time immemorial – at least until the science-infused modern era said, “Hold on.” The inflation of nature into something super, whether volcanoes as terrible pathways linking the underworld to the heavens, resurrection as a triumph over death or constellations as symbols of heroes and deities, typically served as a... [more]
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On a Few of Baldessari's More Important Points   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Baldessari at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art June 27th, 2010 - September 12th, 2010
Posted 7/12/10
          John Baldessari has left me feeling sensitive. Maybe not John himself, the snowy-haired giant (both in literal and figurative stature) of art in Los Angeles, but his work. Though Baldessari has had retrospectives in the double-digits, this latest one has been billed as “long overdue” and as one of the most important, not just because of its scope (which is broad) but also because of its timing and location, coming near the end of Baldessari’s long and rich career here in his... [more]
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Generosity of Meaning   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Baldessari at Museum of Contemporary Photography July 2nd, 2010 - September 26th, 2010
Posted 7/5/10
      The West Coast is celebrating one of their most important and deserving artists as John Baldessari’s retrospective “Pure Beauty” is currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), through September 12th.  Fortunately Chicago has not been left out in this celebration as the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) hosts “John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation,” an exhibition organized by the Fine... [more]
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John Baldessari: Pure Beauty   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Baldessari at Sprüth Magers London October 12th, 2009 - November 14th, 2009
Posted 10/29/09
      ‘She’s wax, she’s not real.’ A couple of girls in the street peer curiously through the gallery window at the model who reclines on a large white sofa. Then she moves and the illusion is dispelled. This is a tableau vivant by veteran conceptual artist John Baldessari whose retrospective is now on at Tate Modern. The project was conceived with renowned set designer Naomi Shohan (credits include American Beauty 1999, I am Legend 2007, and the forthcoming Sorcerer’s Apprentice... [more]
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John Baldessari at Legion of Honor July 11th, 2009 - November 8th, 2009
Posted 8/7/09
This summer the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present a retrospective of John Baldessari’s prints at the Legion of Honor. Over 100 prints are included in the exhibition that spans the four decades of Baldessari’s post-painting period, 1970s to the present. The collection of prints is on loan from the Portland, Oregon-based collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, which has among its vast print holdings a nearly complete archive of Baldessari’s printed work.In 1970, Baldessari abandoned painting... [more]
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California Conceptualism   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman at Cirrus Gallery July 18th, 2009 - August 22nd, 2009
Posted 8/3/09
Rarely, in recent history, has an artist distinguished him or herself as primarily a printmaker (or at least none jump to mind, like might happen with say painters or photographers), especially in terms of art after conceptualism, where the medium was rarely, if ever, the message. As Sol Lewitt wrote in Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, “Any idea that is better stated in two dimensions should not be in three dimensions. Ideas may also be stated with numbers, photographs, or words or any way the... [more]
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World on a String   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Jumana Emil Abboud, Georges Adéagbo, John Baldessari, Rosa Barba, Massimo Bartolini, Thomas Bayrle, Simone Berti, Mike Bouchet, André Cadere, Paul Chan, Nikhil Chopra, Moscow Poetry Club, Tony Conrad, Roberto Cuoghi, Keren Cytter, Gino de Dominicis, Nathalie Djurberg, Anju Dodiya, Elena Elagina, Cerith Wyn Evans, Öyvind Fahlström, Lara Favaretto, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Spencer Finch, Ceal Floyer, William Forsythe, Yona Friedman, Sunil Gawde, Gilbert & George, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sheela Gowda, Tamara Grcic, GUTAI, Guyton\Walker, Gonkar Gyatso, Jan Håfström, Anawana Haloba, Rachel Harrison, Florian Hecker, Susan Hefuna, Carsten Höller, Koo Jeong-A, Joan Jonas, Miranda July, Rachel Khedoori, Toba Khedoori, Moshekwa Langa, Sherrie Levine, Arto Lindsay, Renata Lucas, Goshka Macuga, Igor Makarevich, Gordon Matta-Clark, Cildo Meireles, Aleksandra Mir, Yoko Ono, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Blinky Palermo, Lygia Pape, Anna Parkina, Philippe Parreno, Pavel Pepperstein, Alessandro Pessoli, Falke Pisano, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Att Poomtangon, Marjetica Potrc, Sara Ramo, Tobias Rehberger, Pietro Roccasalva, Tomas Saraceno, Amy Simon, Simon Starling, Xu Tan, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Grazia Toderi, Bestué Vives, Ulla von Brandenburg, Madelon Vriesendorp, Tian Tian Wang, Richard Wentworth, Pae White, Haegue Yang, Huang Yong Ping, Chu Yun, Héctor Zamora, Chen Zhen, Anya Zholud at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 7th, 2009 - November 22nd, 2009
Posted 7/13/09
Curator Daniel Birnbaum chose a clever theme in this year’s curated biennale exhibition. It has almost endless scope and he did a fairly good job of making sure that the artists fit the topic – even if that did sometimes mean equating “making installations” with “making worlds”. The art was generally of high quality, interactive, thought provoking and yes, even fun.The first and most entrancing work was Lydia Pape’s “Ttéia I, C. 2002” – a black void shot through with glinting... [more]
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Steal This Ad   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Baldessari, Ericka Beckman, Dara Birnbaum, Barbara Bloom, Eric Bogosian, Glenn Branca, Troy Brauntuch, James Casebere, Sarah Charlesworth, Rhys Chatham, Charles Clough, Nancy Dwyer, Jack Goldstein, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Allan McCollum, Paul McMahon, MICA-TV, Matt Mullican, Richard Prince, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Michael Smith, James Welling, Michael Zwack at The Metropolitan Museum of Art April 21st, 2009 - August 2nd, 2009
Posted 6/28/09
  The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 is the first major museum exhibition to focus on a highly influential group of somewhat affiliated artists that were one of the first generations raised with popular television and an abundance of disposable products. This upbringing, coupled with the rising popularity of M.F.A. academic training that often discussed Barthian post-structuralism, produced a generation of artists wanting to deconstruct visual culture by appropriating its... [more]
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Artist Books   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, Lars Arrhenius, Darren Bader, John Baldessari, Lothar Baumgarten, IAIN BAXTER&, Thomas Bayrle, Larry Bell, Dara Birnbaum, Marcel Broodthaers, Fernando Bryce, Luca Buvoli, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Merlin Carpenter, Matthew Chambers, Shaoxiong Chen, Larry Clark, Sean Dack, Hanne Darboven, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Marcel Dzama, Yara El-Sherbini, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Neil Farber, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robbert Flick, Tom Friedman, Liam Gillick, Pamela Golden, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Ann Hamilton, Robert Heinecken, Arno Hintjens, Patrick Hoet, Dennis Hollingsworth, Rebecca Horn, David Horvitz, Adam Janes, Brian Kennon, Robbie Kinberg, Edwin Klein, Alison Knowles, Jutta Koether, Harmony Korine, Barbara Kruger, Brendan Lott, Nick Lowe, Euan Macdonald, Christian Marclay, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Monahan, Robert Morris, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Jorge Pardo, A. R. Penck, Asher Penn, Raymond Pettibon, Tom Phillips, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Michael S. Riedel, Pipilotti Rist, Dieter Roth, Francesc Ruiz, Raul Ruiz, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Peter Schmidt, Lara Schnitger, Jim Shaw, David Shrigley, Jorge Simes, Michael Snow, Haim Steinbach, Telfer Stokes, Calvin Sumsion, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Richard Tuttle, Jan Voss, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, David Weiss, Fischli & Weiss, Benjamin Weissman, Pae White, Christopher Williams, Bobbi Woods, Christopher Wool at MOCA Pacific Design Center October 19th, 2008 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 1/5/09
  MOCA at the Pacific Design Center currently has an exhibition of artist books.  Unfortunately the books are under glass vitrines, but you CAN watch the pages turn through MOCA's website at: http://www.moca.org/openbook/sequences.php - a virtual read. The exhibition features books by Sigmar Polke, Keith Haring, Olafur Eliasson, Michael Snow, Ray Johnson, Andy Warhol, Hans-Peter Feldman, Paul McCarthy/Jason Rhoades and more.   This exhibition does point out the issue with showing artist... [more]
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