An interior view of Matisse’s atelier in the Parisian suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, "The Red Studio" (1911) serves as the centerpiece for an impressive feat of scholarship that gathers photographs, documents, and ephemera related to the painting’s creation, along with a video on its conservation.
Silenced by the pandemic last year, The Whitney Biennial returns with an exhibition appropriately named Quiet as It’s Kept. The title seems intended to acknowledge an art world suffering from its own version of long Covid after the lockdown blew a gaping hole in the zeitgeist.
The much anticipated, yet long-delayed, Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept opened on April 6 and will continue through September 5. Over the years, the show has become one of those signature events that serve as a touchstone in American artists’ careers. Simultaneously, it has been at the center of many a controversy.
It’s not uncommon to hear the Wagner Free Institute of Science referred to as a “hidden gem of Philadelphia.” But what makes this nearly two-century-old museum so special is more than its discreet location, tucked amidst the rowhomes of North Central Philadelphia.
Exclusively curated by museum security guards, Guarding the Art features nearly thirty works of art handpicked from the Baltimore Museum of Art collection.
Andy Warhol grew up skinny and badly-complected, but more pertinently Catholic and gay (conditions noticeably conjoined in art history) at a time when being either wasn’t welcome in mainstream America.
Illinois-born dancer Loïe Fuller (1862-1928) took Paris by storm in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She was famous throughout both North America and Europe for her groundbreaking multimedia Serpentine Dance, glimpses of which endure in photographs and the films she herself created.
The New Museum’s retrospective of Faith Ringgold seems especially timely. The exhibition reveals how Ringgold’s work sees race not only as a matter of identity politics, but also as foundational to U.S. history, and how Black lives mattered to its creation.
The arrival of a traveling exhibition entitled Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa comes as no surprise. Represented in everything from jewelry and weaponry to currency and identity, the importance of metalwork in Africa spans decades.
Anyone familiar with the Midas touch of Philip F. Anschutz won’t be surprised that the magnate has amassed one of the most impressive and important private Western art collections in the world.