The artist and writer Molly Crabapple recently spent a week in Puerto Rico documenting grassroots efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Maria—and the Paris Review has excerpts from her sketchbook.
The Paris Review
William A. Noguera committed murder and has spent almost 30 years awaiting execution—but in Escape Artist, a new book covered by way of a profile the Guardian, “the artist explains how painting changed his life.”
“Twenty paintings seized by Italian police last summer from an exhibition of works by Amedeo Modigliani held in Genoa are forgeries, according to Isabella Quattrocchi, an independent expert appointed by Italian prosecutors to assess the images,” the Art Newspaper reports. Regarding the style and pigments used, Quattrocchi called them “crudely forged.”
The Art Newspaper
By way of 3-D video mapping, an installation titled “Metaphysical Orozco” at the L.A. Art Show offers a detailed look into José Clemente Orozco’s murals from the Museum of the Arts at the University of Guadalajara. “It’s a little aside from the galleries and the commercial world,” curator Marisa Caichiolo tells the Los Angeles Times of their virtual presence at an art fair.
Los Angeles Times
Washington Post art critic Philip Kennicott reviewed the David Hockney show at the Met. “Room after room unfolds a sense of his seemingly limitless visual talent, his mix of whimsy and keen insight, his love of the world, and his courage,” he writes of “one of the delights of the season.”
The Washington Post
For a feature called “Before Bed,” Vogue asked Kimberly Drew, known for her Instagram presence as Museum Mammy, how she gets to sleep at night. Among her tips: a special candle, plain sheets (as opposed to patterned), and a rainbow light from the New Museum store. Also: “I’m a sweatpants sleeper. Hard core. Sometimes I wear pajamas, but I find them deeply performative.”
The New York Times reviewed photographer Laurie Simmons’s new movie My Art. But, Ben Kenigsberg writes, “the trap in assessing ‘My Art’ is to assume that it contains more autobiography than it does.”
The New York Times
In an essay titled “Memories of Mississippi,” photographer Danny Lyon recalls the work around the civil rights movement for which he is best-known. “It was the summer of 1962,” he writes in the New York Review of Books. “I had just finished my third year at the University of Chicago. My 650cc Triumph motorcycle was damaged, leaving me grounded and bored.”
The New York Review of Books
The woman who created the “Shitty Media Men” list that made the rounds with claims of sexual harassment wrote a powerful essay identifying herself for New York magazine after Harper’s contacted her saying a story was going to name her and thus end her anonymity.
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An exhibition in Boston features paintings overlaid with video images by Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani, twin sisters from Iran. “The Safarani sisters are skilled painters, and they employ video with remarkable restraint,” critic Cate McQuaid writes in the Boston Globe about the show at AMALGAM, a branding and digital marketing agency.
The Boston Globe
The New York Times “Travel” section has a guide to “the art exhibitions to see in 2018.” A sampling: “Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, SITE Santa Fe, and, um, the Battle of the Oranges in Italy.
The New York Times