- RIP Nathan Oliveira, 1928-2010, who died over the weekend. The youngest painter included in MoMA’s “New Images of Man” exhibition in 1959, Oliveira was a key figure in the Bay Area Figurative school and made some of the most haunting American figurative paintings of the 20th century. He was a noted teacher and was a professor at Stanford from 1964 until he retired in 1995. Peter Selz curated an Oliveira retrospective in 2002. Take a look at Man Walking (1958), Nineteen Twenty-Nine (1961), and Adolescent by the Bed (1959). [Image at right: Nathan Oliveira, Standing Man With Hands in Belt, 1960, collection of the Walker Art Center.]
- Laura Gilbert’s smart post brings together Rauschenberg-at-Gogo and the Hide/Seek show at the National Portrait Gallery (MAN’s review starts tomorrow!). Don’t miss it.
- With a big Sally Mann show opening at the artist’s home-state Virginia Museum of Fine Arts this week, it seems like a good time to plug the DVD of Steven Cantor’s supberb documentary “What Remains.” It made MAN’s 2006 ‘ten best list.’
- In a related story, Alec Soth. (Review of his new book/Walker catalogue coming soon!)
- Charline von Heyl is painting on a wall at the Worcester Art Museum. Doesn’t sound like much? Think again. The piece looks promising and the space in which her work will be installed is one of the loveliest museum spaces in New England America.
- Luke Strosnider finds the epic-est ROFL/LMAO in the history of the interwebs.
- “Google’s German Street View blurring looks utterly fantastic. And for that matter, fantastically German. By which I mean, of course, that it looks like a Gerhard Richter painting.”
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green