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From Operas to Activism: Creative Capital Convenes

by Paddy Johnson on August 2, 2013
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I went to the Creative Capital Retreat last weekend. This is my recap of the event, and a list of grantees you should know.

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Alice Mackler’s Show is Nearly Perfect

by Clara Olshansky on July 25, 2013
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Alice Mackler’s exhibition at Kerry Schuss—18 paintings, drawings, small ceramics, and collages—has garnered quite a bit of hard-earned critical acclaim, much like her previous shows. But there’s one thing that the reviews I’ve read won’t touch with a ten-foot pole: the collages.

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We Went to Midtown and the Upper East Side

by The AFC Staff on July 25, 2013
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We’re back! It’s been a while since we’ve given you a “We Went To,” but here we are to tell you about the best and worst of what’s on view on the Upper East Side. One fact became clear on this trip: John Baldessari has made a career out of oxymorons.

Our thoughts on Venus Over Manhattan, Higher Pictures, Hauser & Wirth, Marian Goodman, and Tibor de Nagy, inside.

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The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s “Ode to Joy” at the Brooklyn Museum

by Corinna Kirsch on July 19, 2013
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The Bruces might not appeal to everyone, but their work is for everyone. Regrettably, the exhibition does not show this side of the Bruces, and it doesn’t do justice to the foundation’s varied projects, the more interesting of which cannot be represented in this, or possibly any, exhibition.

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How Much of “The Store” Is Lost With The Times?

by Whitney Kimball on July 17, 2013
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Claes Oldenburg’s two-story exhibition at MoMA “The Street and the Store” is more like one big stockroom of early sixties New York City. At best, perusing the inventory, from mutilated garbage to large pastries, gives a sense of reality seeping into an Ab-Ex art world. It’s a show made for its day.

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“Four Paintings: Picture Window” at Regina Rex

by Corinna Kirsch on July 12, 2013
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Regina Rex’s summer show Four Paintings doesn’t label itself as a curated show, but it’s one of the more well-thought out shows I’ve seen this summer. This will be the second time the collective has offered a summer show in this format; last year’s Four Paintings show was similarly phenomenal.

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Memorial to an Art Scene: The Gordon Kurtti Project at Participant Inc.

by Whitney Kimball on July 11, 2013
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In the scope of New York City history, seven years isn’t much time. For the East Village art scene, though, it was a lifetime, and for artist Gordon Kurtti, it was an entire career. After a brief but bright formation in the East Village performance scene, Kurtti passed away in 1987, at age 26, of AIDS-related complications; twenty-six years later, a mini-retrospective at Participant Inc. acquaints us with his life and work. It’s an intimate memorial for Kurtti, but it’s also a story of community, and the meaning of comings and goings.

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Piotr Janas’s Minotaurs: You’re Not Noble, You’re Just a Man

by Clara Olshansky on July 3, 2013
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Painter Piotr Janas’s exhibition Minotaurs at Bortolami is nothing if not commanding. The unadorned exhibition space is dominated by nine simultaneously stark and organic large-scale paintings of geometry and viscera. Seeing man’s guts strung out in these form-scapes makes the message very clear: Never forget how ugly your humanity is; never pretend it’s noble.

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John Baldessari and R.H. Quaytman on Jack Goldstein: “Nobody Knew Who He Was”

by Corinna Kirsch on June 27, 2013
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Every once in a while an artist’s talk comes along that’s as spirited as a wild dinner party. The conversation’s good, if a little off track, but mostly, it’s the company that makes the evening worthwhile. That pretty much sums up what happened Tuesday night at the Jewish Museum’s “Dialogue and Discourse: How Is Jack Goldstein?”, a roundtable held in conjunction with the Jewish Museum’s current exhibition Jack Goldstein x 10,0000.

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A Quiet Brilliance, James Turrell’s “Aten Reign”

by Corinna Kirsch on June 21, 2013
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With “Aten Reign,” James Turrell has transformed the Guggenheim’s spiraling rotunda into the rings of Saturn. It opens to the public today.

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