Retrospective


Retrospective
Donatello, David, ca. 1430, bronze. PATRICK A. RODGERS/FLICKR

‘The Bronze David of Donatello': Randall Jarrell’s 1957 Poem for ARTnews

In 1956, the American poet Randall Jarrell was selected as a consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now called poet laureate). One year later, in October 1957, ARTnews kicked off a series of previously unpublished poetry … Read More


Artists Retrospective
Joseph Beuys, Sled, 1969, wooden sled, felt, fabric straps, flashlight, fat, oil paint, string. COURTESY MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

Artist, Academic, Shaman: Joseph Beuys on His Mystical Objects, in 1970

A wooden sled with a roll of felt and a flashlight strapped to it, a mound of fat, and a lightbulb plugged into lemon are just three of the 500-plus Joseph Beuys works currently on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash … Read More


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Leonard Nimoy taking a photograph for "Secret Selves." SETH KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY

Multiple Personalities: Leonard Nimoy on His ‘Secret Selves’ Photographs in 2010

Though known for playing Spock on the sci-fi TV show Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy, who died at age 83 on February 27, also had one foot in the art world. He studied with conceptual photographer Robert Heinecken when he was … Read More


Artists Retrospective
Installation view of "Tony Smith," currently on view at Matthew Marks Gallery. ©ESTATE OF TONY SMITH/ARTIST RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/COURTESY MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY

‘I Find the Art World Very Oppressive': Tony Smith’s 1971 Q&A With Lucy R. Lippard

Tony Smith was something of a Renaissance man. Best known for his steel sculptures (he preferred the word “presences”), the New Jersey-born artist also dabbled in architecture, painting, and art criticism. Today, he is remembered most for Die (1962), a … Read More


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Retrospective: The State of Japanese Collecting in 1990

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Alice Neel, Woman on a Train, ca. 1940, watercolor on paper. ©THE ESTATE OF ALICE NEEL. COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/LONDON

The Risk-Taking Portraitist of the Upper West Side: On Alice Neel’s Tense Paintings, in 1962

Alice Neel, like many women artists of her time, was under-appreciated when she was alive. During the 1930s, Neel was employed by the Works Project Administration and painted urban landscapes. Between then and the ’60s, the art world nearly ignored her. During the ’60s, … Read More


Retrospective Reviews
Installation view of "Younger Than Jesus." Top: Cory Arcangel, Photoshop CS: 72 by 110 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Spectrum", mousedown y=1416 x=1000, mouse up y=208 x=42, 2009, unique chromogenic print. Bottom: Chu Yun, This is XX, 2006, female participant, sleeping pill, bed. PHOTO: BENOIT PAILLEY. COURTESY NEW MUSEUM

When They Were Still ‘Younger Than Jesus’: Revisiting the First Two New Museum Triennials

Named “Younger Than Jesus,” for its group of 33-year-old-or-under artists, the New Museum’s first “Generational” triennial was met with mixed reactions when it opened in 2009. Was it a response to the Whitney Biennial? Was it a provocation? What was … Read More


Retrospective Reviews
Installation view of "Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino," currently on view at Dominique Lévy Gallery. PHOTO: TOM POWEL IMAGING. COURTESY DOMINIQUE LÉVY GALLERY

The California 1930s Frat-Rush-Week Esthetic: On the First American Gutai Show, in 1958

Gutai, the loose group of Japanese artists known for their work from the 1950s, is having a moment in America. Kazuo Shiraga, the abstract painter known for using his feet and hands in lieu of brushes, is the focus of not … Read More


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Peter Whitehead, still from Daddy, 1972, film. ©NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION/PETER WHITEHEAD

Aim High: On Niki de Saint Phalle’s First New York Solo Show, in 1962

Niki de Saint Phalle, the French New Realist sculptor who died in 2002 at the age of 71, has been having a comeback. Three years ago, to mark the 10-year anniversary of her death, New York’s Nohra Haime Gallery held … Read More


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Piero di Cosimo, Liberation of Andromeda, ca. 1510–1513, oil on panel. ALINARI / ART RESOURCE, NY

The Vegetarian Loner of the Renaissance, Now a Modern Master: On the First American Piero di Cosimo Show, in 1938

Only two U.S. exhibitions have ever been devoted to the work of Piero di Cosimo, an Italian Renaissance painter who is considered by many to be one of the masters of his time. The first was in 1938 at Schaeffer … Read More


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Retrospective: Duchamp’s ‘interior-decorator’s eye’

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Installation view of "The Forever Now." PHOTO: JOHN WRONN. ©2014 THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Then and ‘The Forever Now': On MoMA’s Last Major Painting Survey, in 1958

“The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World,” the Museum of Modern Art’s controversial survey of contemporary painting (which has been praised by some and disliked by many more) is, amazingly, its first major painting show since 1958. We’re flashing back to that period … Read More


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Zhong Yao, Spirit Above All 1-93A, 2012, acrylic on denim. COURTESY PACE LONDON AND WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

Less Is More: Ad Reinhardt’s 12 Rules for Pure Art

When Kazimir Malevich painted Black Square (1915), whose title perfectly explains what it is, painting was pushed further into abstraction than it ever was before. A new show at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, “Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and … Read More


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Installation view of "ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s."

‘Mack Is the Metal-and-Glass Man, Uecker Is the Nails Man': Flashing Back to the Zero Group

With the Guggenheim’s “ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s” just closed, we look back 50 years, to 1964, when ARTnews published a review of a Group Zero show at Howard Wise Gallery. Though the European avant-garde group had been well-known in Europe since the … Read More