- Jonathan Jones wonders if it’s now impossible to separate contemporary art from contemporary architecture — and makes an historical analogy to back up his theory.
- The unexpected little gallery at the Getty Research Institute is one of the most consistently wonderful, challenging spaces in American museums, so you should be eager to learn what they’re up to. And where.
- The Arshile Gorky retrospective, Philadelphia Museum of Art-version: ~180 works. MOCA version: ~120 works — and to hear Christopher Knight review it, the better for the brevity. Good to see William Poundstone also notices the absence of a key painting. (Really, Buffalo?)
- Also in the LAT, Christopher Hawthorne says it looks like Diller, Scofidio + Renfro will be designing Eli Broad’s Los Angeles museum. (DS+F has been in the news of late mostly for its borrowed-from-Rem design for Koshalek’s Folly at the Hirshhorn.) Don’t miss Hawthorne’s biting exit paragraph.
- With some help from the Brooklyn Rail, Sharon Butler catches us up on Vija Celmins’ latest.
- I love it when museums do this: SFMOMA acquires five Doug Halls, shows them off, and then curator Lisa Sutcliffe talks with Hall about fantasizing and staging erotics. (At right: Hall’s Union Station, Los Angeles, 2004, collection of SFMOMA.)
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green