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Beer with a Painter: David Humphrey


David Humphrey, “Intended” (2011-2014), acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches (all images courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser, NY, unless otherwise stated) What I hoped to get from talking to David Humphrey were answers.

Matisse’s Garden of Problems: The Cut-Outs at MoMA


Henri Matisse, “The Swimming Pool (La Piscine)” (late summer 1952), maquette for ceramic (realized 1999 and 2005).

“Tormented by Several Devils”: Théodore Rousseau’s Wild Styles


Théodore Rousseau, “Study for The Forest in Winter at Sunset” (ca. 1846), oil over charcoal with white heightening on paper, mounted to canvas, 9 5/8 x 13 1/4 inches.

Where Folk and Fine Art Meet


Joseph Cornell, Untitled, Gift of Mrs. John A. Benton. © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Frick Garden and Watts Towers Listed Among Most Endangered US Art Landscapes


70th Street Garden at the Frick Collection, New York (photo by Navid Baraty, 2014) (all images courtesy the Cultural Landscape Foundation) The Frick Collection’s Russell Page–designed garden, planned for destruction as part of the Manhattan museum’s expansion project, is one of 11 land-based art pieces announced as under threat this week by the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF).

From Goya to Ab-Ex in a Series of Brushstrokes


Installation view, ‘Dana Saulnier: Stacks and Traps’ at First Street Gallery (image courtesy First Street Gallery) Dana Saulnier’s ostensibly expressionist canvases at First Street Gallery carry a bravado reminiscent at first glance of mid-century abstraction.

In Maryland Wizard Statue, Some See Salve for Recession Woes — But Not All Are Enchanted


Illustration from “Goethe’s Werke” (1882) (image via Wikimedia Commons) An eight-foot-tall sculpture of a wizard in a couple’s front yard has sparked a debate in the village of Oakland Mills, Maryland, about what constitutes appropriate neighborhood statuary, who has the power to decide what is and isn’t art, and whether or not the towering sorcerer could help lift the community out of economic depression.

Opening a Gallery in a Contemporary Art Desert


Central Features, with Jami Porter Lara’s ceramic “bottles” in the foreground and Patronio Bendito’s digital prints along the back wall (all images courtesy Central Features) ALBUQUERQUE — Writer, curator, and (now) gallery owner Nancy Zastudil summarized her experience opening a commercial art gallery in Albuquerque with one Facebook post: “When opening Central Features, approx 90% of the people I told in ABQ asked if it was a gallery of my own artwork.” She later told me that several other people also asked if the gallery was her studio.

See the Sun Set Over Casablanca in Bushwick


Installation view, Selina Grüter and Michèle Graf, “Watch the sunset 5 Helsinki” (2014) (all photos courtesy the artists) The Swiss artists Selina Grüter and Michèle Graf are bringing every hue in the color spectrum to Signal gallery for Exchange Rates Bushwick.

Solemn Protest Against Public Art Reactionaries as McCarthy Goes Chocula in Paris


At the AICA-organized rally in support of Paul McCarthy’s “Tree,” recently deinstalled from the Place Vendöme (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted) PARIS — About 60 artists and art critics allied with the French chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) gathered in the Place Vendôme at mid-day Friday near where Paul McCarthy’s once mighty butt plug–based inflatable “Tree” had once stood and stooped.

Art Movements


One of six known functioning Apple-1 computers sold at Bonhams for $905,000. The Apple-1 computers were designed and hand built by Steve Wozniak in 1976 (image courtesy of Bonhams) Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

Behold, Picasso’s “Guernica” Remade in Legos


An all-Lego brick recreation of Picasso’s Guernica created by Legoland Discovery Center Westchester’s Master Model Builder Veronica Watson (photo by Legoland Discovery Center Westchester) Tomorrow would be Pablo Picasso’s 133rd birthday.

The Spectacle of War in Woodblock Prints


Kobayashi Kiyochika’s woodblock print depicts a naval battle near Phung-tō in Korea during the Sino-Japanese War.

An Illustrated Guide to Artist Resale Royalties (aka ‘Droit de Suite’)


(All images by Lauren Purje for Hyperallergic) Droit de suite (“right to follow”) is the notion that artists, their heirs, and estates should receive an Artist Resale Royalty (ARR) every time one of their works is subsequently resold.

The Queer Matter of Shakespeare’s Sonnets


Robert Wilson, Rufus Waingwright and the Berliner Ensemble, “Shakespeare’s Sonnets” (2014) (photo by Stephanie Berger, courtesy of BAM) A not-so-minor detail was left out of a recent New York Times review of Robert Wilson’s reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM): The sonnets were the gayest thing the Bard ever wrote.

NASA Releases Audio of Space Exploration into the Public Domain


Night launch of Apollo 17 Saturn V Moon Rocket, Kennedy Space Center, Florida (December 7, 1972) (image via NASA) A cosmic collection of sounds from space exploration is now available in the public domain.

Can a Vacation Really Make You More Creative?


(Image via Wikimedia) Last week, we all got a little jealous when we heard that the creative agency ThinkPARALLAX gave its employees $1,500 each and an extra day off to travel the world in search of inspiration.

Civil War Portraits of the Broken Bodies Sent Home


Robert Fryer. Amputation of third, fourth, and fifth metacarpals. PVT, Company G, 52nd New York Volunteers.

Bargain-Basement Marilyn Minter Knockoffs for Four-Star Hotel


Art in the Loews Hollywood Hotel lobby (photo by Tim Hailand) The Loews Hollywood Hotel on Los Angeles’s Highland Avenue may look like just another generic hotel, but its lobby benefits from some extra glitter and grit thanks to a pair of large-scale photographs by New York artist Marilyn Minter.

Your Concise Guide to Exchange Rates Bushwick


(all images courtesy Exchange Rates Bushwick unless otherwise noted) Elements both foreign and domestic are soon to descend on the Bushwick section of Brooklyn under the aegis of Exchange Rates, an art exposition featuring artists and galleries imported from a dozen locations — Tacoma to Johannesburg, Glasgow to Beijing — orchestrated by London-based Sluice with local partners Centotto and Theodore:Art. And please don’t call it a fair, organizers insist, citing Exchange Rates’s extensive menu of programs, all free and open to the public.


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