Video Preview of “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim”

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Opening today at the Guggenheim is Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, an exhibition featuring over 170 modern works from the Guggenheim’s collection. More specifically, the exhibition focuses on six pioneering collectors and patrons, including museum founder Solomon R. Guggenheim, German‑born artist Hilla Rebay, artist and curator Katherine S. Dreier, German art dealers Justin K. Thannhauser […]

Art from the 1980s at the Whitney

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I’m looking forward to seeing a new exhibition that just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art: “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s.” It features a number of my favorite artists from that period, including Julian Schnabel (below left, “Hope,” 1982), Jean-Michel Basquiat (below right, “LNAPRK,” 1982), as well as David Salle, Ross Bleckner, […]

Don’t eat the sculpture!

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A Dutch artist wanting to help improve the living conditions of plantation workers in the Congo has created an unusual collaboration. Dutch artist Renzo Martens helped organize a group of plantation workers in the Congo who are grossly underpaid for their contribution to the $100 billion global chocolate industry. The group is known as the […]

Getting a workout at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Here’s an interesting idea created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “The Museum Workout” is an exercise-based tour of the museum in which a small group of participants take a physical and interactive journey through the museum. The program is offered in the early morning before the museum opens to the public, so the exercise […]

Paul Klee and Zao Wou-Ki

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When I was reading up on Zao Wou-Ki yesterday, I was surprised to see a number of paintings that looked very similar to Paul Klee’s paintings. There is mention of Zao being inspired by Klee’s work, which he saw in person when he went to Paris in 1948. However, biographical details often mention that Zao […]

A collector’s tableau at the Newark Museum

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I saw this installation in the permanent collection galleries at the Newark Museum this past weekend. I thought it was an interesting way for the curator to present three items from the collection, because they’re set up in a tableau as if they were being viewed in a collector’s home rather than in a museum. […]