- In the NYT, Ken Johnson surveys several Fluxus exhibits in New York and finds the work at least as relevant as ever. In the Voice, Martha Schwendener does too — and looks at some other sociopolitically-tinged work as well.
- MOCA is renting out one of its galleries to an auction house. That’s pretty obviously improper, isn’t it? Not to Jeffrey Deitch, reports Jori Finkel.
- Douglas Britt reports that the Menil Collection and Walter De Maria took a chance with a new exhibition. The anchor of the show is this significant early De Maria, the acquisition of which was first reported on MAN. Britt has more on that early painting too.
- Carol Vogel heaps a cringeworthy amount of admiration on a prominent collector, so much so that it’s downright hard to read. If someone in the business section gushed about, say, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in that manner, s/he’d be laughed out of the section.
- Meanwhile, in the Observer, Laura Gilbert takes advantage of Vogel’s preoccupation to break the news that the Met will keep a significant, contested Cezanne.
- In SF Weekly, Jonathan Curiel says that a new Charles Gatewood exhibition shows Gatewood to be one of America’s most underrated photographers. [Image: Gatewood, Abbie Hoffmann, NYC, 1969, printed 2009. Tat Gallery.]
- The Boston Globe’s Sebastian Smee issues his verdict on the MFA Boston’s deaccessioning-for-Caillebotte.
- Robert Adams tells the Denver Post’s Kyle MacMillan that he thought he was taking pictures of something he hated, but then… A new retrospective of Adams’ work at the Denver Art Museum opened yesterday.
- It’s time for LA Weekly’s big Pacific Standard Time preview, which is good. (And also bad: The paper long ago ran off Doug Harvey.) First up: Ed Schad visits sites that were important to artists, such as James Turrell’s studio, where Schad has a Frappucino (or could have.) Catherine Wagley asks today’s LA-based artists which PST-era artists still inspire them and Andrew Berardini has the stage-setter which includes links to more. Click liberally.
- In The Stranger, Jen Graves looks at the games artists create/play/make work about as demonstrated at the Cornish College of the Arts. Fun stuff!
- The other best read of the weekend: Peter Plagens finds his own (inadvertent) landmark book “Sunshine Muse” to be overrated. Another reason Plagens should be known for lots more than “Sunshine Muse”: He’s a damn good painter whose last New York solo show will be a serious contender for upcoming, year-end top-10 lists. My failure to review it here still bothers me.
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green
Tyler Green Modern Art Notes
September 26, 2011, 8:03 am