“Italian culture minister pledges to give museums more autonomy.” [The Art Newspaper]
“Heterogeneity and lots of it is trending”: Roberta Smith on summer group shows. [NYT]
And Holland Cotter on “Beyond the Supersquare” at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. [NYT]
Russian collector Maria Baibakova had a fancy dinner after the Bolshoi Ballet, Read More
New York Times art critic Holland Cotter’s review of Bushwick Open Studios contains a nice little walk through of New York’s incessant rent hikes:
Week in Art Criticism
Two bits of news about The New York Times’ co-chief art critics, Robert Smith and Holland Cotter, just came across our desk.
As we move into the second half of October, much of the art crowd is off in London for Frieze. Next week, a good portion of it will move to Paris for FIAC, returning to New York as temperatures begin to drop and dealers ready their second shows of the season. Nevertheless, critics have been busy on these shores. In The New York Observer this week, Will Heinrich reviewed Algus Greenson’s just-closed “Invitation to the Voyage” and declared that it “could easily pass for a small museum show.” Below we offer a quick look at what critics are saying elsewhere.
Holland Cotter, from The New York Times, October 13: “Artists copying without acknowledgment is, of course, an old story. The problem with ‘The Asia Series,’ though, is that not even whispers of potential ethical impropriety can make these paintings interesting to look at, which — unless there’s some Duchampian gesture afoot here — is what Mr. Dylan presumably means them to be. The color is muddy, the brushwork scratchily dutiful, the images static and postcard-ish. The work is dead on the wall.”