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Weekend roundup

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  • I can’t remember the last time the New York Times reviewed an exhibition on the West Coast, but I think it’s been several years. (Readers? UPDATE: A reader says Cotter reviewed a show at SF’s Asian Art Museum last week, while I was on vacation. Before that, 2008 is the most recent MAN readers have found.) Here’s Holland Cotter visiting exhibitions about San Francisco’s Stein family and about Oakland’s Gertrude, at SFMOMA and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, respectively.
  • Christopher Knight reviews the SFMOMA Steins show in the LAT. [Image: Henri Matisse, Portrait of Sarah Stein, 1916. Collection of SFMOMA.]
  • Russia is refusing to loan art to LACMA too, reports Mike Boehm in the LAT.
  • In the New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakin reviews “Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum,” by asking, ‘What went wrong at the Getty?’
  • Karen Rosenberg takes to the NYT to examine Storm King’s Mark di Suvero invasion of Governors Island.
  • The Milwaukee Art Museum is spending the summer focusing on China. Journal-Sentinel art writer Mary-Louise Schumacher asks: Shouldn’t the museum be doing something to spotlight the way China is routinely imprisoning artists of late? The answer seems like, “Duh, yes,” but…
  • Also in the NYT, Carol Kino profiles Cao Fei.
  • In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Colin Covert tells us how John Waters curated a show for the Walker. (Mostly unrelated but awesome: John Waters on NPR’s Fresh Air.)
  • Stopping Libyan street art is very important to the Gaddafi regime, reports Rory Mulholland in The Guardian. (This was the paper’s most-read story over the weekend.)
  • Elliott Hundley reminds me of George Herms and Bruce Conner (and of Robert Rauschenberg’s combines, of course). David Pagel reviews his latest show.
  • LAT architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne is reading through books on architecture, and he’s just penned this blog post about one of my favorites: Thomas Hines’ “Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture.” It’s recently been re-released in a fourth version. Hawthorne is super on it and the book is a must-own for art/architecture lovers. (The version I’ve read is the first one not the fourth one, but I imagine it’s just as good.)
  • Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee has a new blog, but I can’t seem to link to it without bringing up some kind of registration/pay wall. Typical Globe web shenanigans, sigh.
  • When the Washington Post downgraded its art critic’s position to a part-time responsibility in April, I worried that the paper was downgrading its already poor coverage of art. Sure enough, that’s what’s happened: The paper’s new art critic, Philip Kennicott, has written about art just once since May 8. (Not all the fault lies with Kennicott, who is a top-notch writer and an insightful cultural critic. Instead, blame his bosses: In addition to being the Post’s cultural critic and architecture critic, he’s the art critic. It’s tough to do three jobs.)
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