April 3, 2009 |
Not long after the economic crisis hit last year, stalling big development projects around the world, a wide consensus emerged that the downturn could well spell the end of the age of celebrity architecture a decade or so after it began. After all, the commissions that catapulted architects such as Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster to international fame relied heavily on the easy money and speculative frenzy that fueled the global boom. And the culture seemed ready for a turn away from the glitz and glamour of high-priced buildings by world-famous designers.
August 25, 2008 |
On a couple of public occasions, I saw Manny Farber, the artist and critic who died last week at age 91, deflect high-flown praise for his criticism and painting with the simple, emphatic words, "That's a lot of bunk." Even at his most challenging, as a critic or artist or both, Farber refused to separate aesthetic experience from life experience -- and always addressed both head-on. Before he became a passionate analyst for the European avant-garde, he was the most eloquent champion of "the unpolished [American]
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July 6, 2007 |
George Melly, 80, a flamboyant, gravel-voiced jazz singer, critic and raconteur, died Thursday at his home in London, his wife, Diana, said. Though suffering from lung cancer and dementia, Melly continued performing until nearly the end. He gave his last concert June 10. Born in Liverpool in 1926, Melly was noted for loud suits, louder ties and the image he cultivated of a hard-drinking throwback to the Jazz Age.
May 28, 2005 |
Angelika Jansen-Brown is not impressed. She stands in one of the Getty Museum's 19th century galleries, scowling at a riotous Jackson Pollock that curators have borrowed and placed, as an experiment, between two mellow Monets. "So what?" she says, unmoved by the juxtaposition, and strides away. Two minutes later, Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer steps up to the same spot, rapture on his face. "Absolute genius," he says. "There's a dialogue between those paintings." Everybody's a critic. No, really.
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February 26, 2005 |
Harald Szeemann, 71, a Swiss art critic and curator renowned for his work at such shows as the Biennale in Venice, Italy, and the Documenta in Kassel, Germany, died Feb. 18 in the Ticino region of Switzerland. The cause of death was not reported. Szeemann began making a name in the art world in the 1960s when he served as director of the Kunstahalle in Bern.
August 24, 2004 |
Starting next year, Clear Channel Communications Inc. plans to send a large wooden version of the Trojan horse on a tour of U.S. museums as a frontispiece to an exhibition on ancient Greece and Troy. The show will be the third inroad that the huge, diversified and highly controversial media and entertainment corporation has made into the art world since late 2001.
July 5, 2004 |
Beyond the cozy network of museums, auction houses and New York galleries that establish the market value and reputations of the contemporary artists they dub "important," there is a vast world of artists with followings that make Picasso's seem piddling. Hawaiian marine artist and long-tressed surfer Christian Lassen paints throbbing Pacific sunsets above preening waves.
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January 1, 2004 |
Juan Garcia Ponce, 71, a renowned art critic, translator and prize-winning novelist, died Saturday in Mexico City of complications from multiple sclerosis, which he had suffered from for more than three decades. The author of at least 50 books, Garcia Ponce wrote novels, plays, screenplays and essays, and was considered one of Mexico's best art critics. In 2001, he received the Juan Rulfo Literature Prize, one of Latin America's and the Caribbean's top writing awards.
September 19, 2003 |
If she is remembered at all, art critic and writer Amy Goldin is remembered as the most important theorist of the Pattern and Decoration movement. Golden died of cancer in 1978 at 52. Had she lived longer, she may have been recognized for all of her other passionate and nuanced insights. For many art writers, she's an "ace in the hole" -- someone to read if you want an attitude adjustment, if you want to read a grown-up who isn't writing just about the art world but about the world.