Photography & Art

Kay WalkingStick: A Native-American Artist for the Ages

Sandra Bertrand

With such a rich panoply of artworks on display, it’s easy to be distracted from the long and impressive artistic trail of WalkingStick that precedes this single exhibition.  Admittedly, this “dialogue” between the centuries is an illuminating effort, but it is WalkingStick’s own commitment to the natural world and affinity to her racial heritage in her art that stands out.

Judy Chicago’s Story and More than 80 Others at the New Museum

Sandra Bertrand

If anger plays its part in some of Chicago’s most blatant imagery, the Extinction suite puts her compassion for the death of entire species front and center. Her eco-feminist view demands a close look at the brutality against nonhuman life, which is no better exemplified than in The End.

Artist Graham Moore Draws Inspiration From Mid-Century Modern, Vintage Styles

The Editors

The clean, simple lines of mid-century modern design and the cool sounds of West Coast jazz and Bossa Nova Blue Note minimalist record cover artworks of the 1950s – 60s. The Abstract Classicists with their hard-edge painting style using bold lines, organic shapes, and textures. Vintage fashion and photography and classic cars. Pop Art, Constructivism and Suprematism. These are just a few ideas and movements that inspire Graham Moore’s collages.

Manet/Degas: A Tempestuous Love Affair at the Met

Sandra Bertrand

This exhibition, in collaboration with the Musees D’Orsay and L’Orangerie, is so robust and comprehensive, each viewer will have to make his or her choices on where to focus. In addition to standout masterpieces by both artists, there are historical paintings, wartime depictions, beach scenes and seascapes, the latter luscious treats for any pair of eyes.

John Hultberg’s Cinematic ‘Mindscapes’ Are Focus of New Exhibit

The Editors

Hultberg’s works are featured in 140 international institutions, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Carnegie Institute Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo Tamayo, Mexico; Smithsonian Institution; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art; and many others.
 

Inheritance: Searching Past, Present, and Future Identities at the Whitney

Sandra Bertrand

The title of the exhibition, Inheritance, was based on Ephraim Asili’s first feature-length film, a re-enactment of the Black Marxist collective, MOVE. This black liberation organization, founded in 1972, was bombed by the Philadelphia police in 1985 due to numerous complaints in the community. The film is presented in its entirety and serves as an example of how its filmmaker used his subject matter to explore what kind of organization can exist to uphold inherited freedoms within the society at large.

Georgia O’Keeffe at MoMA: A Closer Look at Greatness

Sandra Bertrand

From her early days on Wisconsin farmland — a high school stint in Virginia, followed by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York, a summer at Lake George, camping trips in Appalachia, and teaching stints in Texas and South Carolina--she was endlessly experimenting. Over 120 works, including examples from MoMA’s collection, demonstrate the ways in which O’Keeffe developed, repeated, and changed motifs that blur the boundary between observation and abstraction.

Avedon’s Centenary at the Met: Monumental Photomurals Take the Stage

Sandra Bertrand

This is the most wickedly playful of the three panels—a group tableau created at Warhol’s Factory over a period of months, with several outtakes on display over the span. A careful study on the left reveals filmmaker Paul Morrissey possessively placing his hand on the shoulder of the naked Joe Dellesandro and to the far right, Warhol positioned with his now clothed protegee behind him.

Brentwood Arts Exchange Showcases Traditions of African-American Quilting in New Exhibit

The Editors

Brentwood Arts Exchange is currently showcasing FREEDOM: Selected Works From The Uhuru Quilters Guild, a group exhibition, featuring the works of artists Renee Anderson, Melba Brown, Phyllis Fagan, Cheryl Deene Hurd, Angela Lanier, Maxine Morgan, Tametha Morrow, Betty Phillips, Adrienne Randall, Sandra Schmidt, and Rose Swain. "Uhuru" means "freedom" in Swahili.

On Your Radar: Portraiture at the Met, Marjorie Strider, and Meret Oppenheim at MoMA

Sandra Bertrand

Visiting the world of Meret Oppenheim is a little like confronting Object, her famed fur teacup—the viewer is tempted to imagine what’s underneath. It’s just an ordinary teacup, isn’t it—but is it?  Such layers and layers of surprises await. The current retrospective at MOMA has unearthed through nearly 200 paintings, sculptures, assemblages, reliefs, jewelry designs, works on paper, and collages to reflect a marvelously fluid mind.

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