- This bears watching: The General Services Administration, landlord to the federal government, has proposed a huge overhaul of 22 acres worth of federal buildings in southwest Washington, across the Mall from the National Gallery and across the street from the Hirshhorn. It’s early days so it’s unclear how the private sector will respond to the initial ‘notice of intent’ (a kind of a precursor to a request for proposals), but the National Gallery has long needed space — for office space mostly, it has said, for galleries too, thinks the rest of us — and the Hirshhorn has never expanded and also needs the space. As we all know, the Hirshhorn is preoccupied with temporary architectural folly, so… who knows. But either would be an audience drawing, city-changing anchor tenant.
- NYTer Randy Kennedy looks at the Rauschenberg Foundation’s new NYC gallery.
- Roberta Smith’s review of Mickalene Thomas at the Brooklyn Museum is the best thing she’s written in months.
- LAT architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne pans the new Stedelijk.
- The Hirshhorn owns three Picasso paintings… but because the museum is apparently capitalizing on recent intere$t in Picasso’s late work it’s soon to be just two, reports Carol Vogel. The Hirshhorn’s record on deaccessioning is quite good (although the museum’s record on transparency leaves plenty to be desired), but to move one of its three Picassos at a time when late Picasso is market-hot? Hmm.
- In a related story, Steven Litt reports that the Cleveland Museum of Art is selling one of its six Monets and that it hopes to use the funds to find a Kandinsky, a Munch or some German Expressionism, all of which it is lacking. (The Monet going to market, Wheat Field (1881, above) is definitely the least of the bunch, to which the CMA’s website does not allow me to link.)
- One rather gets the feeling Karen Rosenberg wanted to say something about Thomas Hirschhorn, but that an editor wanted no such thing.
- In the LAT, semi-retired Suzanne Muchnic has big news on a big, semi-invisible David Alfaro Siqueiros mural.
- Christopher Knight is fascinated by the Hammer Museum’s tightly focused Gustave Moreau ‘Salome’ show.
- Clyfford Still + Vincent van Gogh? Really? Well, maybe so, suggests a new show at the Clyfford Still Museum and says Ray Mark Rinaldi in the Denver Post.
- Michael Granberry reports that after a year, Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center is still being blinded.
- On this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, Carrie Mae Weems talks about her work and her career. A major retrospective of her work just opened at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. On the second segment, Riverfront Times staff writer Aimee Levitt discusses the discovery of outsider artist Edward Deeds. Download the show, subscribe on iTunes, RSS. See images discussed on this week’s program.
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green
Tyler Green Modern Art Notes
October 1, 2012, 7:55 am