Visual Sensations: The Paintings of Robert Swain: 1967 – 2010, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

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October 7 – November 13, 2010 Opening reception: Thursday, October 7, 6-8pm Curated by Gabriele Evertz with the assistance of Teri Lehner, Jenny Liu, and Rachel Stokoe Visual Sensations: The Paintings of Robert Swain: 1967 – 2010 is the first major New York survey of work by Hunter College Professor of Art Robert Swain. Swain has been a professor at Hunter College since 1968 and is one of the most significant color field painters of […]

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Adolph Gottlieb: A Retrospective, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

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Adolph Gottlieb, Burst 1973, 1973 Acrylic and enamel on canvas 213.4 x 152.4 cm Collection Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, NY September 4, 2010 – January 9, 2011 From September 4 to January 9, 2011 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Adolph Gottlieb. A Retrospective, the first retrospective exhibition of this great American Abstract Expressionist painter to be shown in Italy. Like those previously dedicated to William Baziotes and Richard Pousette-Dart at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, […]

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects without Specific Form, WIELS, Brussels, Belgium

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (America), 1994 Photo: Andrew Cross January 16 – April 25, 2010 Curated by Elena Filipovic with Danh Vo (at WIELS, Brussels), Carol Bove (at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel), and Tino Sehgal (at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main). WIELS premieres a major traveling retrospective of Felix Gonzalez-Torres (American, b. Cuba 1957-1996), one of the most influential artists of his generation. Including both rarely seen and more known paintings, sculptures, photographic […]

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Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

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Anne Truitt in her Twining Court studio, Washington, DC, 1962 Photo by John Gossage October 8, 2009 – January 3, 2010 The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents the first retrospective of the work of Anne Truitt (1921–2004), a pioneering figure in the development of American abstract art. “Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection,” on view Oct. 8–Jan. 3, 2010, is organized by Hirshhorn associate curator Kristen Hileman. The exhibition features more than 35 two-dimensional […]

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Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

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Arshile Gorky, Agony, c. 1947 October 21, 2009 – January 10, 2010 The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a major traveling retrospective celebrating the extraordinary life and work of Arshile Gorky (American, born Armenia, c.1904-1948), a seminal figure in the movement towards gestural abstraction that would transform American art in the years after World War II. The first comprehensive survey of the work of this artist in nearly three decades, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective […]

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Kandinsky, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

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Vasily Kandinsky, Several Circles (Einige Kreise), 1926 Oil on canvas, 55 1/4 x 55 3/8 inches Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York September 18, 2009 – January 13, 2010 Pioneer of abstract art and eminent aesthetic theorist, Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) broke new ground in painting in the first decades of the twentieth century. His seminal pre–World War I treatise Über das Geistige in der Kunst (On the Spiritual in […]

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Voids: A Retrospective, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland

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September 13 – October 11, 2009 With Voids: A Retrospective, the Kunsthalle Bern offers an opportunity to explore a crucial chapter in the history of art. Following Yves Klein’s exhibition at the Iris Clert gallery in 1958, the empty space became a recurrent artistic theme. This chronological retrospective exhibition brings together nine empty exhibitions by Yves Klein, Art & Language, Robert Barry, Robert Irwin, Stanley Brouwn, Bethan Huws, Maria Eichhorn, and Roman Ondák. Yves Klein’s 1958 emblematic […]

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Voids, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

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  February 25 – March 23, 2009 A quite exceptional event, “Vides” (Voids) is a retrospective of empty exhibitions since that of Yves Klein in 1958. In almost a dozen rooms of the National Museum of Modern Art, it assembles in a totally original manner exhibitions that showed absolutely nothing, leaving empty the space for which they were designed. The idea of exhibiting emptiness is a recurring notion in the history of art over the […]

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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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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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Sol Lewitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

  Opened on November 16, 2008 Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus. The 27,000-square-foot structure, known as Building #7, has been fully restored for the exhibition by Bruner/Cott […]

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Frozen Gestures: The Art of Peter Upward, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, Australia

  October 20 — December 2, 2007 Australian modernist Peter Upward’s calculated gestures and considered processes contradict the idea that Abstract Expressionism was an art of spontaneous self-expression.  Frozen Gestures will be the first retrospective of this important, yet underknown artist. Often described as the purest of Australia’s abstractionists, this exhibition celebrates Upward and will features more than fifty works including paintings, screen prints and posters from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s. […]

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Mary Heilman: To Be Someone, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

  Mary Heilman, Go Ask Alice, 2006 May 20 — August 26, 2007 The Orange County Museum of Art presents the first retrospective of work by influential New York-based painter Mary Heilmann. A pioneer of infusing abstract painting with influences from popular culture and craft traditions, Mary Heilmann (b. 1940) is one of the most important yet least recognized artists in the United States today. One of the very few female abstract painters of her […]

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Ward Jackson: Heat at the Edges, A Conversation with Julian Jackson & Matthew Deleget

Ward Jackson at Kay-Mar Gallery, NY, 1964 Transit & Garden 1 (left to right)   Quite simply, you have to know about Ward Jackson and his work — he was an innovative abstract painter, a maverick editor and arts worker, and a key member of New York City’s abstract artist community.  I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ward’s nephew, artist Julian Jackson, about his uncle’s life and work.  Our discussion that follows is […]

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