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Weekend roundup

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  • Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Feeney thoroughly eviscerates the MFA Boston’s latest cotton-candy show, an exhibition of celebrity, glossy-mag photographer Mario Testino. In recent years the MFA Boston has devoted shows to Dale Chihuly and to the art collection of a bank.
  • The Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott on how a new show at the Walters Art Museum reveals the African presence in Renaissance Europe. [Image: Pontormo, Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici with Giulia de’ Medici, ca. 1537. Collection of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.]
  • The NYT did a really nice web feature on the technical analysis of a Guggenheim Picasso.
  • For whatever reason, there’s a Richard Artschwager retrospective at the Whitney. Holland Cotter suggests a reason: Gagosianism.
  • The Dallas Museum of Art discovers an early George Inness painting, reports Michael Granberry in the Dallas Morning News.
  • Ken Johnson offers an explanation for why the “high-end art world” — which, presumably, means the New York art market? — has not embraced the artists in “Now Dig This!” the Hammer museum show that’s just arrived at MoMA’s PS1 outpost in Queens. I’m not sure what else “high-end art world” means, unless he has found a new way of asking why New York has long substantially ignored these mostly LA-based artists. Which seems fairly obvious: They were LA-based artists at a time when NYC was spectacularly other-resistant. (And maybe still is, notes William Poundstone.)
  • The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones thinks the Seattle Art Museum’s single-gender experiment is a silly stunt.
  • On this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast: Two top art historians detail their most recent projects. First, Clyfford Still Museum adjunct curator and ace abstract expressionism scholar David Anfam discusses the CSM’s recent installations and recent research published in “Clyfford Still: The Artist’s Museum.” Then Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Mia Fineman tells great stories and details key insights from her new show “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop.” Download the show, subscribe on iTunesRSS. See images discussed on this week’s program.
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