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Entrance to Venice Biennale (photograph by Nancy Nesvet)


Art Makes the World Go Around: First Day at the Venice Biennale

Surrounded by water, filled with foreigners speaking different languages, in a city where getting lost in ancient alleyways is a regular occurrence, Venice provides the perfect venue for the most famous of the World’s Biennales. Almost every exhibit at the Venice Biennale deals with risks to our changing world, whether they be political or environmental. Located at ground zero, with the risk of inundation by water if global warming continues to produce floods and facing refugees arriving in Italy every day, Venice is the perfect place for government-sponsored art projects seen by an international public.



Text in Contemporary Art at Jamestown Arts Center

The intersection of language and visual form provides both the tools and the subject of conceptual art. “WORD: Text in Contemporary Art” at the Jamestown Arts Center offers over 55 images, objects and installations contrasting canonical works with recent forays in the art-form. While concentrating on artists in southern New England, curator Karen Conway has also tapped collectors, galleries and artist studios in New York and the Midwest. Voyages at an end as well as explorations underway complement each other in the spacious former boat repair shop through early August.


Art Basel 2017 Art

(Clockwise, from top left) Reza Aramesh, Site of the Fall: Study of the Renaissance Garden, 2016-17, marble, topiary, Leila Heller, New York City, at Parcours, ArtBasel ; Sue Williamson, Messages from the Atlantic Passage, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Phyllida Barlow, untitled: 100banners2015, 2015, Hauser & Worth, Zurich; Thomas Struth, Paradise 28, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru 2005, 2005, chromogenic print, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris; Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No. 313, 2014, Levy Gorvy, New York.


THE MORNING AFTER: LOOKING BACK AT ART BASEL 2017

This year, Art Basel had something for everyone. Dominated by the motherlode of over 4,000 works of art shown by 226 exhibitors in the Galleries sector, Art Basel extended its universe to individual artist projects at Parcours, Unlimited, Statements and Features. The solo projects, the result of artist proposals, were politically aware, environmentally conscious and community oriented.


Subodh Gupta "Cooking the World”

Subodh Gupta, "Cooking the World” 2017, found aluminum utensils, monofilament line, steel, Gallery Continua, Italy.


ARTSCOPE’S GUIDE TO BASEL ART FAIRS 2017

It is a calmer year at Art Basel, but no less edgy. Escapist to a degree, the world sector-wide reflects a desire to hide under the covers, or at least spend time at a beach, eating a good meal or watching an entertaining, possibly animated film. Whereas the work last year implored us to speak an act, and sometimes revolt, we’ve now done it, and largely have had no effect. So, let’s have some fun. Many projects allow us just that.


Art Basel Art 2017

(Clockwise, from top left) Reza Aramesh, Site of the Fall: Study of the Renaissance Garden, 2016-17, marble, topiary, Leila Heller, New York City, at Parcours, ArtBasel ; Sue Williamson, Messages from the Atlantic Passage, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Phyllida Barlow, untitled: 100banners2015, 2015, Hauser & Worth, Zurich; Thomas Struth, Paradise 28, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru 2005, 2005, chromogenic print, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris; Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No. 313, 2014, Levy Gorvy, New York.


ARTSCOPE AT ART BASEL SWITZERLAND: DAY TWO

First confronted by Al Wei Wei’s “Iron Tree” (2016), which changes patina as it ages, it also brings nature and the manmade relationship with nature into perspective. That relationship seems a theme of Parcours, curator Samuel Leuenberger’s brilliant trek through the city through the following of artwork installations. Reza Aramsh recreates Michelangelo’s “Slave” in resin, but tiesits hands behind his back with a rope, making him captive and towering on a plinth over the river. Katinka Bock’s “Parasite Fountain” (2017) creates ametal fish that draws water from a neighboring fountain, thus the parasite description, and does not give it back. It uses the water for itself. Politics has come into the work now.


Art Basel Entrance

Art Basel Entrance


ARTSCOPE AT ART BASEL SWITZERLAND: DAY ONE

Done with the hard-hitting political landscape of last year’s work here, and taking a breather, maybe literally, everyone’s happier seeing fewer political statement or in your face art. A lot is concentrating on the process, the materials and the bringing in of concrete, beads, aluminum screening and more for innovative treatments of material.


Clemens Kalischer and Familly

Clemens Kalischer and family at the opening reception for his “Between Past and Future: Clemens Kalischer’s Vermont” exhibition at Bennington Museum (photo by Marguerite Serkin).


Between Past and Future: Clemens Kalischer’s Vermont at Bennington Museum

Bennington Museum hosted an artist reception on the afternoon of June 3rd to honor legendary photographer Clemens Kalischer. Now on view in the museum’s ground floor gallery, “Between Past and Future: Clemens Kalischer’s Vermont” provides a wide sampling of Mr. Kalischer’s masterfully- composed portraits that span more than six decades of Vermont life.


Doris Salcedo, Plegaria Muda, 2008-2010 (installation view); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis; © Doris Salcedo; photo: Don Ross.

Doris Salcedo, Plegaria Muda, 2008-2010 (installation view); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis; © Doris Salcedo; photo: Don Ross.


Wanderlust: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

How does one sum up a museum so huge that it qualifies as the largest space in the world dedicated to modern and contemporary art?


Image: Da Vinci — The Genius at the Museum of Science.

Da Vinci — The Genius at the Museum of Science.


Da Vinci — The Genius at the Museum of Science

Inside the Museum of Science is a dark room full of realized dreams that’s hosting a temporary exhibit from Grande Exhibitions and Pascal Cotte, France: “Da Vinci — The Genius,” an exhibition that allows visitors into Leonardo da Vinci’s world with a behind-the-paintings look at some of his most infamous creations.


Robert McCloskey, Burt Dow, Deep Water Man


Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey at the MFA

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey at the MFA Kate Kenney Inside Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, a room of color blooms. There are fictional seaside blues and house shingle reds. A friendly grey whale graces the white walls like a story out of a children’s dream. It is the Make Way […]