Retrospective


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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


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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


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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


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Matisse as ‘The Apostle of the Ugly,’ and ‘Good American Paintings Are Like the Stock Market’

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Henri Matisse, The Parakeet and the Mermaid, 1952, gouache on paper, cut and pasted, and charcoal on white paper. © 2014 SUCCESSION H. MATISSE/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK. COURTESY MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

‘His Stock Will Be Sent Sky-Rocketing’: Read ARTnews’ 1931 Review of MoMA’s First Major Matisse Show

As the blockbuster “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” moves into its final weeks at the Museum of Modern Art, we look back to the first time the museum held a major show of Matisse’s work. The retrospective, MoMA’s 13th exhibition, ran … Read More


2014: The Year in Review Retrospective
Attributed to Desidario da Settignano, Saint Helena, Empress, circa 1460–64, pietra serena (dark gray sandstone). COURTESY TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART

Retrospective: The Best Art of 1939, The Year MoMA Acquired Picasso’s Demoiselles

As part of our 2014: Year in Review features, we look back to a year-ending column that ARTnews editor Alfred M. Frankfurter penned 75 years ago, in 1939, as war swept Europe. Among Frankfurter’s highlights are two MoMA acquisitions: Picasso’s landmark Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Wilhelm … Read More


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A fountain at the Cubanacán Arts Center, designed by architect Ricardo Porro.COURTESY FLICKR/LISA MOFFATT.

Retrospective: The Cuban Art Scene in 1964

Following President Obama’s announcement that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, many in the art world have begun to predict a boom in the island nation’s art market. To mark the occasion, we are republishing Tana de Gàmez’s in-depth report on the Cuban art … Read More


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Retrospective: Ed Ruscha Takes California into the ’90s

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