On View

Amy Sillman: Art Meets Intimacy at Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College

Installation view from Amy Sillman: ‘one lump or two.’ Shade (2010), Purple/Pipesmoker (2009). (Courtesy Chris Kendall Photo)

A show of 25 years of Amy Sillman’s work on view at the Hessel Museum, Bard, begins with an uncharacteristically small painting. Most of Ms. Sillman’s painting is abstract and moderately vast, but Lemon Yellow Painting (2001) is a tiny, luminously colorful take on two coupled bodies. In its abstracted forms you can make out the flash of a tit, a mouth, an ass, a supine spine: it’s painting as a meditation on flesh, half-obscured (lesbian?) sex, and closeness, a fitting kick-off to a show that makes the case that there’s really no separating abstraction from figuration, or art from intimacy. Read More

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Morning Links: Going to California Edition

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with its Chris Burden installation. (Photo courtesy LACMA)

Sam Falls, Jordan Wolfson, and other Los Angeles transplants explain why they came out west, often away from their galleries in New York or London, to work. Apparently the weather is nice there. [T]

And while we’re out in California, let’s note that the Hammer Museum has handed out the prizes associated with its Read More

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Morning Links: Goodbye Corcoran Edition

The Corcoran. (Courtesy Senate.gov)

A Washington, D.C. judge has approved a plan to dissolve the Corcoran Gallery of Art and divide its collection between the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. [NYT]

Shepard Fairey is painting a mural on the giant wall space that faces Houston Street and The Bowery. Last time he painted on that Read More