Farah Nayeri reviews the new show at the Royal Academy of Arts juxtaposing the work of old master Michelangelo with contemporary artist Bill Viola. Both feature religious iconography. [New York Times]
Jerry Saltz throws his critical hat in the ring for Dana Schutz’s new work at Petzel Gallery: “Schutz is claiming a lot of visual territory for herself. This means more tenacity in the paint, irrepressible surfaces, ambitious scale, and mixed — conflicted — compositional structures.” [Vulture]
Desolation Center, a short-lived but storied punk festival from the early 1980s is getting the documentary treatment. Here, its founder, Stuart Swezey, is profiled as a freewheeling visionary of the music festival scene.
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Collective Queer Appalachia and Burnaway’s Paul Michael Brown talk about the opioid epidemic, Nan Goldin’s protests through her activist group P.A.I.N., local zine fairs in the Southeast, and more. [Burnaway]
A few weeks ago, ARTnews lamented the upcoming closure of the Half King pub in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, loved by gallerists, writers, artists, and the like. Now, the Times reports, it has closed its doors for good.
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At the Nevada Museum of Art, nude self portraits by Anne Brigman inspire feelings of mysticism, radicalness, and the aesthetic of the pre-Raphaelites. [Hyperallergic]
Ahead of the Brooklyn Museum’s upcoming Frida Kahlo retrospective, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, the question arises of whether the artist’s work can be seen separately from her own image as it has been commercialized since her death. [Observer]
At this year’s Venice Biennale, look for a regatta of blood-red ships by artist Melissa McGill. [ARTnews]
Artist Rashid Johnson’s filmmaking debut, an adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel “Native Son,” has been bought by HBO films ahead of the Sundance Film Festival, where the film premieres this week. [Variety]
November’s Singapore Biennale focuses on something that you might say is in short supply these days: optimism. [The Art Newspaper]