Brandeis University to Close Rose Art Museum and Sell Off Its Collection

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    “The Rose Art Museum on the Brandeis campus houses what is widely recognized as the finest collection of modern and contemporary art in New England. With more than 6,000 objects — paintings, sculptures, works on paper and new media — the Rose collection has particular strengths in American Modernism, American Social Realism, post-War American, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Surrealism and Photorealism. Recent acquisitions include works by Nam June Paik, Anri Sala, William Kentridge, Thomas […]

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Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY

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Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison), 2008 Matte acrylic and book pages on canvas, 72 x 72 inches For their first exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery’s Chelsea location (540 West 26th Street), Tim Rollins and K.O.S. will present a new body of work inspired by the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Jacobs, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison and Malcolm X. Spanning more than two decades, the collaboration of Tim Rollins […]

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Robert Gober & Felix Gonzalez-Torres: A Shadow Leaving an Object, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

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  Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled”(March 5th) #1 December 12, 2008 – January 31, 2009 A Shadow Leaving an Object pairs Robert Gober’s Prison Window, a barred window looking out to a swath of blue sky, with Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled”(March 5th) #1, a pair of mirrors, identical and round, set together, flush with the wall. Both works are embedded and never cross the threshold of the wall, thereby rendering the room technically empty. Viewers become the only physical presence within the […]

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Allan McCollum: Shapes from Maine, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY

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  Installation view January 16 – February 14, 2009 Friedrich Petzel Gallery announce Shapes from Maine, a new exhibition by Allan McCollum. Since 1995, Allan McCollum has designed a sequence of projects involving various regions of the world, exploring ways in which people construct and identify themselves and their communities with emblems and symbols, sometimes based on local traditions, regional history, and geological or geographic distinctions.  Extending upon these projects and his 2005 Shapes Project — […]

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Minus Space at P.S.1 Extended

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  Installation in cafe space Exhibition in cafe space continues until May 2009. (Boiler Room exhibition closed on January 26, 2009.)     MINUS SPACE Curated by Phong Bui P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate Long Island City, NY   The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui, and includes the work of 54 artists from 14 countries. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE’s 5th anniversary. […]

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R. H. Quaytman: Chapter 12: iamb, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, NY

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  Installation view December 14, 2008– February 1, 2009 Miguel Abreu Gallery is presents Chapter 12: iamb, R.H. Quaytman’s first one-person exhibition at the gallery. Chapter 12: iamb comprises two sets of paintings, one for a two-person show with Josef Strau at Vilma Gold in London and the other for Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York. Both sets use the motif of a painting lit by a lamp as the foundational image around which the other works coalesce. The […]

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Collectivism Works!, by Charlie Finch, Artnet Magazine, January 22, 2009

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  ABC No Rio Artist Group on Rivington Street Christmas, 1984 Photo: Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy  “In the last 15 years we in the art world have become so brainwashed by the market model of contemporary art that we forget that the entire history of 20th-century art was a collective phenomenon. Or perhaps you have never heard of the Fauves, the Futurists, the Blaue Reiter, the Dadaists, the Cubists, the Surrealists, the Ten, the Gutai Art […]

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Artist Series: Lawrence Weiner, by hillmancurtis

    About hillmancurtis Hillman Curtis (hillmancurtis, inc.) is a filmmaker, designer and author whose company hillmancurtis, inc. has designed sites for Yahoo, Adobe, Aquent, the American Institute of Graphic Design, Paramount and Fox Searchlight Pictures among others. His film work includes the popular documentary series “Artist Series”, as well as award winning short films. His commercial film work includes spots for Rolling Stone, Adobe, Sprint, Blackberry and BMW. His three books on design and […]

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Roberto Burle Marx: A New Look at the Multitalented Man Who Made Tropical Landscaping an Art, by Larry Rother, The New York Times, January 20, 2009

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  Roberto Burle Marx’ sidewalks at Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro Photo: Lalo de Almeida   “Rio de Janeiro — Brazil teems with jungles, forests and all sorts of exotic plants, flowers and trees. But until the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx came along to tame and shape his country’s exuberant flora, his countrymen had mostly disdained the natural riches that, often literally, flourished in their own backyards. “Burle Marx created tropical landscaping as […]

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Marta Wengorovius: Mise à nu par l’action, Calouste Gulbenkian Cultural Centre, Paris France

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  Marta Wengorovius, Olho #3 (mise à nu par le soleil), 2006   Movement is at the heart of Marta Wengorovius‘ work. Her objects, drawings and installations are based on action, motion, both spiritual and physical. They are intended to be used. They are not objects to be observed, contemplated, having an autonomous existence, stripped of function. These art(efacts) draw our attention both to what is looked at, and the act of looking. They invite […]

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Laura Fritz: Evident, New American Union, Portland, OR

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Installation view January 7 – February 22, 2009 “Evident”, the highly anticipated installation by Laura Fritz, is the latest of New American Art Union’s  Couture series. Acclaimed for her mysterious and provocatively understated use of space and objects this is Fritz’s first full-scale solo show in Portland since 2003. In 2005, Seattle’s Regina Hackett listed her as one of, “the most exciting video artists in the country.” For an exhibition in 2007, Reed College curator Stephanie Snyder described […]

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Art and Architecture: An Interview with Brad Cloepfi (Part I), PORT, August 11, 2008

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  Allied Works Architecture Maryhill Overlook, 1999 Photo by Sally Schoolmaster  “Brad Cloepfil is the principal of Allied Works Architecture in Portland, Oregon. Allied Works is a nationally recognized architecture firm that has recently completed projects like the extension to the Seattle Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis and is currently finishing the Museum of Art & Design at 2 Columbus Circle in New York. PORT recently sat down with him to […]

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Gedi Sibony: My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

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  Gedi Sibony, Partly Me Manners, 2008 Door and paper, 88 x 24 x 4 inches. Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgium January 23 – April 19, 2009 Gedi Sibony is one of the most promising young artists working today, and his unconventional sculptures propose a new way of looking at the world and thinking about art. For his first-ever solo museum exhibition, this New York-based artist presents a site-specific installation of new and recent works. Using materials […]

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Any thing can be made, any sentence begun

      Praise Song for the Day, A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration by Elizabeth Alexander Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each other’s eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues. Someone is stitching up a hem, darning a hole in a uniform, […]

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Douglas Witmer: Joseph’s Coat, The Philadelphia Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA

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  February 5-28, 2009 Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5, 6-8pm Artist’s talk: Sunday, February 8, 11:30am Open M-F, 10am-2pm, also directly following Sunday services, and by appointment. The Philadelphia Cathedral 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Joseph’s Coat is a group of new large paintings intended for the Cathedral, to be installed unstretched and flowing. The project takes its title from the Biblical story of Jacob, who gave a fabulous multicolor tunic to Joseph, his youngest […]

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Christian Wulffen : A PULSE Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio

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  Christian Wulffen, Billboard: Page 44/45 of Zum Beispiel oder Spielen exhibition, Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, en gros und en detail, Wall Wulffen, Color photograph on vinyl Approximately 10 x 26 feet (3 x 8 meters) January 23 – May 10, 2009 Curated by Megan Lykins Reich, Assistant Curator “The work of Christian Wulffen proves to be a constant estimation of measurement: of his own action, of the possibilities of artistic utterance, of the chosen […]

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Yo, Mo’ Modernism 2, CCNOA, Brussels, Belgium

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  Installation view December 5, 2008 – January 31, 2009 Curated by Tilman & Jan Maarten Voskuil Participating Artists: Justin Andrews (AU), Karina Bisch (FR), Krysten Cunningham (US), Ward Denys (BE), Terence Haggerty (UK/US), Clemens Hollerer (AT), Simon Ingram (NZ), Fabian Luyten (BE), Camila Oliveira Fairclough (BR/UK), Jeena Shin (NZ), Morgane Tschiember (FR), Lars Wolter (DE), Carrie Yamaoka (US) On the occasion of the first Brussels Biennial, CCNOA, in cooperation with Brussels-based artist & curator Tilman […]

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Julian Dashper, John Nixon & Tilman in PS 1999 – 2009, Kunstruimte 09, Groningen, The Netherlands

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  Gerold Miller, Julian Daspher, Daniel Göttin (l to r) Tilman & Kyle Jenkins (l to r) Justin Andrews, Ian Anüll, Julian Daspher, Stephen Bram, Marco Fusinato, Victoria Munro, Matthew Deleget (l to r) January 17 – February 21, 2009 A ten year survey of PS in Amsterdam, founded by artist Jan van der Ploeg.  The work shown in Groningen includes three new installations by Kyle Jenkins, Gerold Miller, and Daniel Göttin, as well as […]

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The Plummet-Measured Face: The Geometries of Ronald Bladen, by Mark Daniel Cohen, Hyperion / Nietzsche Circle, December 2008

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  Ronald Bladen, Light Year (Garden), 1979 Painted aluminum, 80 x 156 x 90 inches Edition 1 of 3  Ronald Bladen: Sculpture of the 1960s & 1970s Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, October 16 – November 26, 2008 “The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum. —Havelock Ellis To understand that which we see, we see ourselves. To know the nature of what we encounter, we invent its nature—we create the sense and insight […]

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Rupert Eder: Black Book, Schaltwerk Kunst, Hamburg, Germany

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  Rupert Eder, Installation at Herz Jesu church, Cologne, 2008 Watercolor on paper, each 226 x 230 cm February 13-28, 2009 Opening: Friday, February 13, 6pm Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm; and by appointment Schaltwerk Kunst Methfesselstr. 7 20257 Hamburg, Germany Rupert Eder pursues the Modernist tradition of reductive and non-referential painting – an art form that focuses on the essence of its medium. His work of the past 15 years comprises paintings on canvas, works […]

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Ernst Wilhelm Nay: Works from the 1960s, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

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  Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Sinus, 1966 Oil on canvas, 162 x 150 cm Private Collection January 22 – April 26, 2009 Ernst Wilhelm Nay is one of the most renowned German postwar artists. His abstract paintings are to be found in nearly all important public and private collections with works from that era. Nay’s late work of the 1960s, dating mainly from the years after the artist’s participation in the Documenta III in 1964 to his death in […]

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Accrochage, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX

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Installation views January 17 – February 28, 2009 Gallery Sonja Roesch presents Accrochage, a group exhibition with nine artists explorin different approaches to reductive art. The exhibitions features work by Soledad Arias, Matthew Deleget, Daniel Levine, Rossana Martinez, Ruth Pastine, Mario Reis, David Simpson, Hills Snyder, and Tilman Through using different materials and procedures, these nine artists demonstrate a variety of approaches towards reductive and concept based art. The pieces are either painted, constructed, or […]

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Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

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    George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were a remarkable couple at the leading edge of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds. Frelinghuysen and Morris are today being widely rediscovered and evaluated as significant figures in the history of American art. Now you can tour their world, preserved just as it was when […]

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Talking Art: Interviews with Artists Since 1976

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  Purchase on Amazon.com Since it was founded in 1976, Art Monthly magazine has consistently published interviews with leading contemporary artists. The interviews collected in this book offer unique insights into the thought processes and working practices of artists. From Russian Constructivists of the 1920s to Turner Prize winners, this collection of interviews constitutes an entertaining and alternative history of 20th-century art written in the first person. Contributors include: Naum Gabo, Clement Greenberg, Victor Pasmore, […]

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Americans for the Arts’ Policy Recommendations Sent to Obama Transition Team

  Photo: Annie Liebovitz A Letter from Americans for the Arts’ President & CEO Robert L. Lynch: Last month I wrote to you regarding the current state of the economy and its impact on the arts. That e-mail included information on the Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit. Many of you have found that information to be useful to you in working on funding issues with your local and state governments. As promised, I am again […]

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Share & Share Alike

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  Lygia Clark, Dialogue Goggles, 1968 Dear MINUS SPACE friends, Thanks for your great feedback so far on our new site!  It is really exciting to hear your response. We would like to highlight and encourage you to use the ShareThis and Comment links at the bottom of all our Log posts and other pages.   The ShareThis link will enable you to share MINUS SPACE content on social media like Facebook and MySpace, on blogs using […]

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The Newtonians: Mark Joyce, Red on Green Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

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  Installation view at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, CT, 2007 January 8 – February 7, 2009 New works by Irish artist Mark Joyce explore critical issues of colour in optics and music. Joyce has used his knowledge of lenses, spectroscopes and other instruments, creating ink drawings and paintings that illuminate fundamental aspects of light.  Isaac Newton’s colour wheel linked seven colours with the notes of a musical octave. Joyce revisits Newton’s octave with a […]

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Katarzyna Kobro/ Lygia Clark, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

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  Katarzyna Kobro, Spatial Composition 9, 1933 thru March 1, 2009 The exhibition Katarzyna Kobro/Lygia Clark is a project comparing and contrasting artistic output of two great figures of the 20th century culture – artists whose achievements have constituted the canon of world art. Katarzyna Kobro (1898 – 1951), a sculptor, painter and art theoretician is considered as one of the most outstanding representatives of Polish and international constructivist avant-garde. Lygia Clark (1920 – 1988) […]

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Art and Idea, by Alexandra Anderson-Spivy, Artnet Magazine, January 8, 2009

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  Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 146A, 2000 “An exhilarating acre of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings now fills a 19th-century brick factory building at Mass MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass. It’s one thing to encounter a LeWitt wall drawing in a public space like Christie’s Rockefeller Center lobby, the New School’s 13th Street lobby, or the Museum of Modern Art’s fourth-floor Dannheisser Gallery. But to be immersed in three floors […]

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Lynne Harlow, Providence Art Windows, Providence, RI

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  Lynne Harlow, Tropic , 2008 Chiffon, tape, Plexiglas  Site-specific installation Fulton Street, near Providence City Hall “How little is enough? How much can be taken away before a piece crumbles? My sculptural installations are lean, elegant arrangements of color, light and space; they are presentations of physical facts. I want to isolate and exaggerate particular aspects of the ways we encounter and negotiate our physical world, and bring some awareness and joy to the process. And […]

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A List of Things: Interview with Kevin Finklea, Visual Discrepancies blog, by Brent Hallard

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  View of Kevin Finklea’s studio, Philadelphia, PA “Brent: Kevin, you sent a studio shot of your new pieces. I can see how they fit with the flatter paintings, and what this new wood and paint work is doing. You mentioned that these pieces come about much quicker. Have you been going through a process of redefining time in your work? Do you think that changes a lot of things? Or is it that you […]

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Richard Wilson: Rises, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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  Richard Wilson, Now Listen Jack, 2008 Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 36 inches January 10 – February 7, 2009 Carl Berg Gallery presents new paintings by northern California-based artist Richard Wilson in his first solo show at the gallery. Wilson has exhibited extensively in a career that has spanned almost 40 years. “Rises” will be his first solo show in Los Angeles in over 30 years featuring new relief paintings.  Wilson paintings are abstract […]

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Robert Barry: RB62-08, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY

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  Robert Barry, Inert Gas: Neon, 1969 Two photographs and text Yvon Lambert presents an exhibition of works made from 1962 through 2008 by American artist Robert Barry. The exhibition titled RB 62-08 will include a new major floor piece, several wall text pieces, and paintings. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on January 8th 2009 from 6 to 8pm and will be on view through February 7th 2009. Robert Barry (b. 1936), one […]

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