Peter Plagens

Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art

September 2003

“Baja to Vancouver” sounds like the world’s longest motocross race, but it’s actually a “tightly focused survey of representational artworks that respond to and engage with the West Coast’s physical and social landscapes.”… READ ON

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Romare Bearden

September 2003

Everybody knows Romare Bearden’s collages, but even those who delight in his trademark crisp edges, bang-on color, and iconographic witticisms might not be familiar with the man’s sculpture, album-cover designs, stage sets, and costumes.… READ ON

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CENTS AND SENSIBILITY: COLLECTING THE ’80s

April 2003

Obtainment of one more object does not bring an end to the longing. Instead, it is the recurrence of the experience that explains the collector’s mental attitude. . . . Obtainment in whatever way—bought, found, or even acquired by scheming … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2003 [TOC]

Elie Nadelman

January 2003

If there were ever an artist whose work is tuxedo urbanity disguised as bib-overalls folkiness, it’s Elie Nadelman (1882–1946). “Sophistication and primitivism collide,” says the press notice accompanying this two-hundred-work show curated … READ ON

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Adolf Wölfli

January 2003

There’s a requisite scene in monsters-from-outer-space movies in which frantic folks desperately trying to cope with the terrifying extraterrestrials suddenly confront the alien Big Mama, the ur-being ten times more frightening than her … READ ON

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“Ferus”

December 2002

The art of what used to be called (proudly by its fans, derisively by its detractors) the Ferus “boys club” is back. And it looks pretty damned good after the museum-quality exhibition of key work from Los Angeles’s breakthrough Ferus Gallery… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2002 [TOC]

The Smiths: Tony, Kiki, Seton

September 2002

Curated by Gilbert Brownstone The Smiths—wasn’t that one of those “new romantic” pop groups back in the mid-’80s? Well, yes and no. This “The Smiths” is a show of work by architect-painter-sculptor Tony (1912–80) and his two daughters, … READ ON

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the new Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

News

September 2002

To us snotty east coast aesthetes, the designation “Texas’s oldest art museum” might have a ring equivalent to “Montana’s premiere mime troupe.” But hold on; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (also known by the unfortunate acronym MAMFW, … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2002 [TOC]

Joan Mitchell

May 2002

“Why have there been no great women artists?” Linda Nochlin asked famously—and a bit rhetorically—three decades ago. The standard reply usually involves male oppression and old-boy institutional bias. Add to that those relatively benign … READ ON

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Larry Rivers

May 2002

Curated by Jacquelyn Serwer A quiz: (1) Who was originally considered (with Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg) one of the big three breakaway-from-AbEx figures? (2) What American artist admitted to adolescent carnal knowledge of an … READ ON

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