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Maria Lassnig at MoMA PS1

'Self-Portrait Under Plastic'  (1972) by Lassnig. (Photo ©Peter Cox, courtesy Collection de Bruin-Heijn)

At nearly 95 years of age, Austrian-born painter Maria Lassnig is having her first museum show in the United States. Like Philip Guston, Ms. Lassnig turned to figuration in the 1960s after a period of abstraction. Like Alice Neel, she has painted herself as a naked old woman holding a paintbrush; unlike Neel, Ms. Lassnig is usually alone in her paintings and brutally self-lacerating in her art. Read More

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The Holy Fool From Oberhausen: Christoph Schlingensief’s Riotous Art Comes to New York

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“Tötet Helmut Kohl” (“Kill Helmut Kohl”) read the banner that got German artist Christoph Schlingensief arrested. It was 1997, and the sign aimed at the conservative chancellor was part of his project for Documenta, the prestigious quinquennial art festival in Kassel, Germany. He could have gotten off the hook by telling the authorities it was “just art,” but he and the young curator backing him had other plans. Read More

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Stark Realities

Stark with a still from her 2013 video 'Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David and/or Paying Attention Is Free.' (Photo by Charles Roussel)

After taking the stage to warm applause at MoMA P.S. 1’s Performance Dome on Sunday afternoon, the artist Frances Stark held up a little tissue. “I have a Kleenex, just in case,” she said with a sad smile.

Ms. Stark, who is probably best known for the funny, strangely moving videos she has been making over the past few years with transcripts of online chats that she has with strangers, was at P.S. 1 to give a lecture about her longtime mentor, Mike Kelley, who killed himself in 2012 and is now the subject of a galvanizing and almost unanimously praised retrospective that fills every gallery in the museum, as well as quite a few of its hallways and stairwells. She had titled the talk “Complex Education: Paying Homage.” Read More

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Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1

'The Banana Man, 1983. (Courtesy MoMA PS1)

In 1995, the Los Angeles-based artist Mike Kelley, who passed away last year, created Educational Complex, a piece that reconstructs, in architect’s foam board, a model of all the schools he attended, combining them to form one giant, city-size imaginary facility. He hated school, so it is fitting that his posthumous retrospective should be a subversion of all 40,000 square feet of exhibition space at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, a former public school in Queens. The vast show, curated by the Stedelijk Museum’s Ann Goldstein, consists of some 270 howling, scatological, and often poignant and powerful works. Read More

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Peter Eleey Promoted to Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at PS1

Eleey. (Courtesy PMC)

MoMA PS1 announced today that Peter Eleey has been promoted from curator to curator and associate director of exhibitions and programs at the museum. So, he’s still the top curator there, but will now also work “closely with [PS1 Director Klaus] Biesenbach to expand the institution’s exhibitions and programs and to build its overall capacity in partnership with colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art,” according to a release, which says that he has organized a pretty impressive 16 exhibitions since joining the museum three years ago. Read More

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Sandwoman: Land Artist Agnes Denes Has a Plan for the Rockaways

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York, flooding the streets and wiping out power below Madison Square, most downtown denizens abandoned their homes for safer, if less trendy, ZIP codes. Not Agnes Denes. The 82-year-old, Budapest-born artist, who helped establish land art as a movement in the 1960s, stayed put in her Soho studio. A day or so into the blackout, her primary dealer, Leslie Tonkonow, unable to reach her, sent a gallery director to check in. He drove downtown and raced up to the fifth floor of Ms. Denes’s building by flashlight, only to find her contentedly writing by candlelight. “She was having a great time,” said Ms. Tonkonow.  Read More