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Refrigerated Art
Two installations, one by Mary Corse, another by Adrian Villar Rojas, employ refrigeration to interesting and divergent purpose. More than temperature, we get and enhanced sensory experience in Corse's "Cold Room"; and a vehicle for preservation of an epoch in Rojas' "Theater of disappearance. More...


“Annus Horribilis”
James Yood looks back as "a year of disaster or misfortune," the hopeful note for the art world being the current administration's indifference to it. A reproduction of Renoir's "Two Sisters" that Trump owns he refers to as an original serves as an apt metaphor. More...


Keeping an Eye Open
DeWitt Cheng introduces us to English essayist Julian Barnes' fluent, conversation commentary on art. More...


An Antidote for Our Woes
Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Rooms" are among the finest, and certainly most popular examples of the genre of interactive or immersive installation. In them you experience what it feels like to be at the core of infinity while seeing a latticework of lines moving in all directions. More...


Reversing the Gender Mirror
The reverberations of aesthetically driven feminism are apparent in the current discussion surrounding sexual harassment. More...


Polychromed
This time the Legion of Honor gets it right. "Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World" takes down a long misconstrued cultural myth. More...


What Museum-goers Really Want: Ice Cream
A new study of public cultural habits revealed that art has, for a majority of Americans, become just another form of entertainment. And nothing has recently personified this more horrifically than the trés popular Museum of Ice Cream. More...


Seattle’s Best of 2017
Matthew Kangas revisits Seattle's top exhibitions of 2017, and discovers a scene currently in a state of exceptional flux. More...


The Greatest Rediscovery?
The rediscovered da Vinci portrait of Jesus goes up for auction, and a new biography's film rights promise a big 21st century moment. More...


Andrew Wyeth’s Darkness and Light
Painted primarily in opaque tempera or watercolor, Andrew Wyeth's landscapes, portraits, interiors, and still lifes are ethereally delicate, worthy of scrutiny. They make a strong case for the continuing relevance of unapologetic realism. More...


The Walking Cure
The heartlessness of much contemporary art, argues DeWitt Cheng, reflects the lack of an ethical center in American culture. More...


Moonlighting Movie Stars
Hollywood celebs like Brad Pitt or Jim Carrey tend to infuriate many artists by gaining undeserved attention for art that is half baked. Still, reminds Richard Speer, everyone is entitled to their own free expression. More...


Whose Kickstart Was This Anyway?
A Kickstarter campaign in support of Michael Rakowitz’s “Enemy Kithen” project seemed honorable enough until James Yood noticed it wasn’t exactly the artist who was doing the solicitation. More...


Robbie Conal's Political Art
In the current zeitgeist, there is a need for political activist artists. Robbie Conal meets and then exceeds this need. More...


Not “Good Muse”
San Francisco's Legion of Honor's latest effort to bring contemporary artwork into dialogue with its collection simply flops. More...


“Reflections on the Yokohama Triennale”
The Yokohama Triennale’s opposition to the kind of “me-first” separatism that is so troubling back home was palpable. More...


The Kangas Six
The third Seattle Art Fair drew a large and diverse audience. Matthew Kangas discusses a half dozen artists who stood out for their ability to absorb and connect multiple genres to bring together memorable ideas with ambitious studio practice. More...


An Ode to Old School Curators
Walter Hopps, in his day, altered curatorial practice to configure exhibitions according to the aesthetic demands of the art being exhibited. That, for better and for worse, must now be considered the old school of contemporary art curating. More...


A Talent for Talent
The late curator Walter Hopps, "elusive, unpredictable, outlandish in his range, jagged in his vision, heedless of rules," was as responsible for the emergence of L.A's 1960s avant garde as any one individual. A new book on Hopps helps explain why. More...


The Eclipse is Coming
The August 21st full solar eclipse crosses the U.S., offering a unique visual experience to millions in approximately two minute intervals. Bill Lasarow takes a look at how that visualization has impacted global culture over millennia. More...

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