Art + Design

Wayne Thiebaud at Acquavella Gallery

Wayne Thiebaud (pronounced “tee-bow”) is one of the greatest American artists. Devoid of flash, Thiebaud does not rely on heavy marketing schemes or stunts like some other artists nowadays. He has never had hundreds of minions making work in his name. Thiebaud recalls a simpler, more pure time, with art that is honest,...

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Surface Stories: José Parlá ‘IN MEDIAS RES’

The idea of a street artist wanting to be taken seriously and be redefined as a fine artist is not a new concept. Many of the art world’s pop icons–Keith Haring, Basquiat, and, most recently, Banksy–were once simply street artists, not the fine artists their current prices have determined. But...

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Prune Nourry’s ‘Terracotta Daughters’

In Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi Province in China, more than 8,000 detailed, life-size terracotta soldiers stand guard, arranged in battle formations, to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife. The army was built to show the glory of the Emperor and to immortalize those who triumphed over the weak and...

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Wayne’s World: A New Exhibition at the Joshua Liner Gallery

Often when you walk into an art show you are strongly encouraged to be silent and to consider the art that you are looking at very carefully and very seriously. The resulting feeling is generally somber and humorless. You have to be ready to be fascinated by even the most...

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Jacob Hashimoto’s Skyfarm Fortress

A breeze blows through Jacob Hashimoto’s “Skyfarm Fortress“ installation like wind through the leaves of a willow tree. Mesmerized, you’re overcome by the urge to lie on the floor of the Mary Boone Gallery and and let the piece hung above peacefully wash over you like soft ocean waves. You...

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Christopher Williams at the MoMA

Now through November 2nd, the Museum of Modern Art is hosting a retrospective of Christopher Williams’ 35-year career in an exhibition titled “The Production Line of Happiness.” Williams, who got his start back in the ’70s as a student of the California Institute of the Arts alongside fellow conceptual...

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Welcome to the Future: MAD’s Makers

Biennial shows are always a mixed bag. You hope that all the ideas will be well executed because the curators routinely assure you that the work you will see is the most innovative and exciting. In reality, while there are some brilliantly intriguing ideas and works of art, there are others...

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The Seductive Illusion of Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter is one of those artists who seemed to explode into the art scene on both American coasts during the mid-aughts. In 2005, she had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2006, she was included in the Whitney Biennial and, in collaboration with Creative...

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‘Here and Elsewhere’ at the New Museum

On the fifth floor of the New Museum in the “Here and Elsewhere” show, a viewer can see parts of Arab civilizations full of hope and promise–traits rarely portrayed today. But almost fifty years ago, the people who lived in these countries were preparing for an industrial boom, filled with...

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Garry Winogrand: A Retrospective

It’s hard to imagine a time when our society depended almost exclusively on a photographer to tell them what was happening in the far, unseen corners of their own country and even closer to home, in their own city. Of course there were magazines and newspapers to relay news, but to really...

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