Category Archives: GLS

by Garth Swanson

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Seriously Funny, Part One: Variably Funny

When I saw Andrew Masullo’s paintings at Mary Boone a few weeks back, they struck me then, as they did the first time I saw his work in person, at last year’s Whitney Biennial, as both smart and funny. They’re

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Seriously Funny, Part One: Variably Funny

When I saw Andrew Masullo’s paintings at Mary Boone a few weeks back, they struck me then, as they did the first time I saw his work in person, at last year’s Whitney Biennial, as both smart and funny. They’re

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Literature in the Art of Joseph Cornell (and Vice Versa)

John Ashbery opens his 1967 review of Joseph Cornell’s Guggenheim exhibition with two epigraphs. The first, from Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, is uncannily and self-evidently appropriate: I loved stupid paintings, decorated transoms, stage sets, carnival booths, signs, popular engravings;

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Literature in the Art of Joseph Cornell (and Vice Versa)

John Ashbery opens his 1967 review of Joseph Cornell’s Guggenheim exhibition with two epigraphs. The first, from Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, is uncannily and self-evidently appropriate: I loved stupid paintings, decorated transoms, stage sets, carnival booths, signs, popular engravings;

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Kurbis Kopfstücke

The Belvedere in Vienna has sixteen of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s so-called “character heads” in their collection.  Messerschmidt, born in Bavaria in 1736, studied sculpture and completed early court commissions in Vienna until his sudden departure in 1770, after what is

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Kurbis Kopfstücke

The Belvedere in Vienna has sixteen of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s so-called “character heads” in their collection.  Messerschmidt, born in Bavaria in 1736, studied sculpture and completed early court commissions in Vienna until his sudden departure in 1770, after what is

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You Have to Read a Lot

A small tour passed through the Lucy Lippard show at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.  “This art is conceptual,” explained the guide, “you have to read a lot to understand it.”  I am of at

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You Have to Read a Lot

A small tour passed through the Lucy Lippard show at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.  “This art is conceptual,” explained the guide, “you have to read a lot to understand it.”  I am of at

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Between The Ancients and The Moderns

It became a familiar curatorial move: the inclusion of a few works of contemporary art interspersed among collections of more venerable, more properly art-historical art.  The thinking seems clear: it’s win-win, isn’t it?  Potential stuffiness is relieved; connections are made;

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Between The Ancients and The Moderns

It became a familiar curatorial move: the inclusion of a few works of contemporary art interspersed among collections of more venerable, more properly art-historical art.  The thinking seems clear: it’s win-win, isn’t it?  Potential stuffiness is relieved; connections are made;

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Richard Serra In Public

Richard Serra is responsible for what is perhaps the most infamous public sculpture of modern times (possibly excepting some sundry effigies of deposed dictators.) The history and surrounding controversy of his Tilted Arc have been extensively documented and analyzed, and

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Richard Serra In Public

Richard Serra is responsible for what is perhaps the most infamous public sculpture of modern times (possibly excepting some sundry effigies of deposed dictators.) The history and surrounding controversy of his Tilted Arc have been extensively documented and analyzed, and

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The Flowing Obscurity

Sometimes, and it’s not always clear why, you get an itch to see a particular work of art or the work of a particular artist.  This happened to me about a month ago: I had to see some Albert Pinkham

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The Flowing Obscurity

Sometimes, and it’s not always clear why, you get an itch to see a particular work of art or the work of a particular artist.  This happened to me about a month ago: I had to see some Albert Pinkham