1.) Must-read review: Karen Rosenberg in the NYT on Michael Snow in Philadelphia.
2.) Critical thoughts (edition of five): Philip Kennicott in the Washington Post on Virginia’s Natural Bridge becoming a state park. Hrag Vartanian in Hyperallergic on the possible relationship between Arshile Gorky and Sochi, Russia. Martin Filler in the New York Review of Books on a brittle Picasso painting. Paul Goldberger in Vanity Fair on the same. Jen Graves in The Stranger on Katinka Bock at the Henry Art Gallery. [Image below, right: Frederic Edwin Church, The Natural Bridge, 1852. Collection of the The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.]
3.) Must-read journalism: Andrew Russeth in Gallerist/New York Observer on Philippe Vergne’s tenure at Dia.
4.) Journalism (edition of seven): Peter Simek in D magazine with a profile of David Bates. Randy Kennedy in the NYT on how the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art isn’t relying on the commercial gallery system to feed artists to an upcoming contemporary survey (see Biennial, Whitney), and how it’s going right to artists themselves. Deborah Vankin in the Los Angeles Times on a major new Hammer exhibition on institutional critique. Steven Litt in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on how Cleveland institutions are working together to preserve WPA-era art. Robin Cembalest in ARTNews on adding artists who are women to Wikipedia. Michael Granberry in the Dallas Morning News on how the Dallas Museum of Art thinks its big, new conservation studio will attract gifts to the museum. Jillian Steinhauer in Hyperallergic on art museums and fair-use law. [Image at top: Bates, Black Water I, 1987.]
4a.) The week on MAN: Considering some context for Michael Snow’s Sight (1968); the Detroit News runs a poorly researched story on a small, apparently carefully selected set of Detroit Institute of Arts salaries; the bulleted version of the CAA’s fair-use report; and London’s National Gallery thinks it has discovered American art.
5.) Museum feature (print): Reagan Duplisea on the Dallas Museum of Art’s “Uncrated” on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s figure skater (!).
8.) Twitter feed to follow: Brian Sholis, associate curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
9.) Tumblr feed to follow: Tate Collectives.
10.) Instagram of the week: Alec Soth.
11.) This week on The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Robert Bechtle, who is showing new work at New York’s Gladstone Gallery and who is featured in “Still Life: 1970s Photorealism” at the Yale University Art Gallery; MFAH curator Alison de Lima Greene on “Georges Braque: A Retrospective,” which opens this week. How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Listen on SoundCloud. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, or via RSS. See images of art discussed on this week’s program.
12.) Other Modern Art Notes Podcast news: Our next live-audience taping will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth tomorrow, February 11. The guest will be David Bates, subject of a two-museum retrospective at the Nasher Sculpture Center and at MAMFW. Look for art from Texas on my Twitter stream this week!
14.) Artwork in the public domain: Clara Peeters, Still Life with Cheeses, Artichoke and Cherries, ca. 1625. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
14a.) Late-breaking bonus artwork in the public domain: Trevor Paglen, “Overhead,” undated. Via The Intercept (the new Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras & Co. news-zine).
15.) Art book in the public domain: All of the newsletters ever published by the Chinati Foundation.
16.) Non-art must-read: “How a 17-year-old girl inspired America’s first gold medal at the Sochi Games,” by Jeff Passan on Yahoo Sports.