Recent Reviews…

coleThere’s good news at The Washington Post. The paper is stronger than it’s been in at least a decade, and everyone is breathing (tentatively, nervously) a sigh of relief that the new owner and business model may bring some stability. Jeff Bezos has certainly brought growth, and in the past month I’ve enjoyed something that was pretty restricted for several years: The chance to travel and see exhibitions outside of Washington.

Reviews are, fundamentally, news of the world, albeit news processed by the sensibility of the critic. They offer an essential alternative to the emotionally draining and sometimes stultifying news of politics that we are all reading like crazy addicts these days.  We need that kind of news, of course; but we also need the mental clarity and equanimity to make sense of that news. The arts won’t fix the world, but they do give us a locus for thinking about and reacting to the world in ways that may help us to be better equipped at dealing with the so called “real” world that seems in such disarray now.

So here are links to some recent reviews and other pieces, from New York and Arkansas and the old hometown, Washington, D.C.

“Brand New,” New York art of the 1980s at the Hirshhorn, Washington, DC

The Obamas’ portraits unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Danh Vo at the Guggenheim, New York City

Crystal Bridges may be the most “woke” major museum in America

The art of Black Power at Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR

Thomas Cole at the Metropolitan Museum, New York City

Outliers at the National Gallery, Washington, DC

Trump and the Golden Toilet, the Guggenheim, New York City

Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

David Hockney at the Metropolitan Museum, New York City

Michelangelo at the Metropolitan Museum, New York City

Club 57 and Trigger at MoMA and the New Museum, New York City

Anne Triutt at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

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