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Stedelijk Amsterdam Welcomes Its New Director, Beatrix Ruf

Stedelijk Museum view of the original building (A.W. Weissman, 1895) and new building designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects. Photo John Lewis Marshall

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Second Thoughts On George Bush’s Art

I wanted to hate them. I wanted to think George Bush’s paintings were profoundly amateurish, the kinds of things you learn to paint from Bob Ross, or those mail-order how-to-courses they used to advertise in the backs of comic books.

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TEFAF 2014 Beyond The Headlines

stand at Ben Brown (photo Peter Madden)

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“Like A Storm That Raged Through It”: Mehmet “Dennis” Gün, 1956-2014

We met first in the mid-1990s, back in the relatively early days of e-mail and the Internet, when Compuserve had forums, and we both took part in the forum on Fine Art.  We talked about Robert Ryman, and why a white canvas is not just a white canvas, and white paint more than just white paint; and we talked about Jannis Kounellis, and the aesthetic strength of coal.  He was from Istanbul, an artist now living in Berlin, and by coincidence knew another artist who had shown at my mother’s gallery in New York, a man by the name of Julius who worked with sound.

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Farewell, Jan Hoet. Adieu, And Thank You.

Together with Jan Hoet, Amsterdam 1997

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Michael Mellia’s Haunting Photographs Show The Faces Behind The Crisis In South Sudan

While most of the world has had its eyes fixed on the snowy slopes and icy rinks of Sochi, reveling in Olympic victories and moaning in defeats, blood been soaking the streets and homes and villages of South Sudan.  What we have not been watching has been the hundreds of men, women, and children slaughtered in the past two weeks, and the murdered since the country was born just over two years ago,  all of them executed in a civil war based on tribal enmity and the inhuman horror that is ethnic cleansing.

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Eyes On Bangladesh: A New Project Highlights The Artworld’s Latest Focus

Taslima Akhter, "Final Embrace"

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Treasures, Sales, And Macarons Mark The Opening of BRAFA 2014

photo P. Madden

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Art Market In 2014: Late Predictions For The Year Ahead

It is again the time of year to make predictions, and predictably, everyone is making them, no less so in the artworld: what will 2014 bring?  Will the numbers keep going up? Will the primary market open wider? What about China and the Internet and all those other trends trend-watchers watch?

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LA Art Fair Hits A New Low In The Art Fair Phenomenon

Just received: the boastful, bell-clanging press release announcing the opening of the L.A. Art Fair, featuring Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Loni Anderson (Loni Anderson?!)  and oh, yeah, Shephard Fairey. Along with them you’ll encounter a list of other less-known names — so “less-known,” in fact, that their importance is spelled out for you : what films they were in, what bands they play with, that kind of thing.

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