Category Archives: art criticism

  1. Zhi LIN: In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads

    “Zhi LIN In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads” at the Tacoma Art Museum is a tour de force of research, aesthetics, history, tragedy, and beauty.

  2. Kerry James Marshall Maestro and Shaman

    Kerry James Marshall Retrospective glories in the humanity and history of African Americans, and confronts the prejudices of the white eye, the white museum, the white art history

  3. Maria De Los Angeles: Artist, Activist, Undocumented

    DACA Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals a program that provides temporary status to young people brought here as children may be cancelled any day. Maria De Los Angeles, a DACA who is not afraid to speak out, addresses the tensions and anxieties of immigrant families in her drawings and performances.

  4. The Artnauts: A Global Collective of Artists for Peace

    The Artnauts, an art collective, travel to places of conflict and collaborate with artists in places such as Palestine, Guatemala, Bosnia, the Amazon, even China.

  5. Constellations (Asterismos) on Amorgos in the Cyclades

    Constellations, (Asterismos) a multimedia arts festival on the remote Cycladic Island of Amorgos is run entirely by volunteers with creative performers donating their time. Now in its fourth year, it gets better every year.

  6. Montmartre!

    Montmartre has a radical history in politics and art. It still retains an independent spirit and atmosphere.

  7. Mona Hatoum at the Tate Modern

    Mona Hatoum overtly expresses violence in her early performance works, then through metaphor with minimal materials she brings that sense of threat into our own bodies and lives.

  8. Walid Raad Scratching on Things I Could Disavow

    Walid Raad Scratching on Things I Disavow at the Museum of Modern Art probes the interconnections of art, money, history, in the Middle East, focusing on Saadiyat (Happiness) Island in Dubai.

  9. The Museum of Modern Art and the Art of Disruption

    Museum of Modern Art disrupts our expectations in one exhibition after another, engaging political art, reinterpreting historical modernists and surprising us with irreverence.

  10. “¡Presente!: The Young Lords in New York”

    El Presente at El Museo del Barrio features the Young Lords of 1969-71, their activism and their art, a wonderful piece of history.

  11. Art AIDS America at the Tacoma Art Museum on World AIDS Day

    On this World AIDS Day, I offer a review of the comprehensive exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum, Art AIDS America. It includes 127 works, many media, and a thesis that artists who addressed AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s permanently changed the course of American art by demonstrating strategies to address political issues.

  12. “Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art, 1977 – 2015”

    “Not Vanishing: Contemporary Native American Art, 1977 – 2015” features 78 works of art by 49 artists from 23 tribes in the Northwest. In all media, and combining aesthetics, politics, history and urgent contemporary issues, this show at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington, is not to be missed. It closes on January 3.

  13. Nato Thompson Seeing Power, Art and Activism in the 21st Century

    My Review of Nato Thompson’s Seeing Power, Art and Activism in the 21st Century. Thompson is curator of Creative Time.

  14. QUIET INSIGHTS INTO STRUGGLE AND JOY AWAIT YOU AT THE WING

    the subtle and beautiful exhibition “Constructs” at the Wing Luke Museum features interactive installations by Asian Pacific Women Artists ranging from a canvas house to calligraphy carried into the landscapes of Seattle. Each installation is both personal and universal in their implications.

  15. After Midnight: Contemporary Art in India At the Queens Museum of Art

    After Midnight: Contemporary Art in India 1947/1997 curated by Dr, Arshila Lokhandwala offers a sophisticated dialogue of contemporary India with global modernism, postmodernism and current issues.

  16. Led by Indigenous voices, all ages protest Arctic Drilling

    From Indigenous poets to Raging Grannies, from children and youth to college students, to people of every age, everyone is participating in the protest of Shell’s Polar Pioneer oil drilling platform with creative non violent civil disobedience at its best

  17. Rameschwar Broota and Nalini Malani at the Kiran Nadar Museum in Delhi

    We can see the state of the earth and our spiritual crisis in the work of Rameschwar Broota and Nalini Malani at the Kirin Nadar Museum

  18. “Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict”

    “Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict” presents the repeated destruction and instant death enabled by contemporary technology

  19. American Art at the Newly Expanded Tacoma Art Museum

    The generous donation of the Haub Family Collection gives the Tacoma Art Museum an opportunity to rethink Western Art and its meaning.

  20. The Common SENSE: Ann Hamilton at the Henry Art Gallery

    Ann Hamilton’s “The Common SENSE” at the Henry Art Gallery embraces our relationship to the planet in a surprisingly disturbing sequence of installations.

  21. The Tate Modern “A Chronicle of Interventions” Spring 2014

    Tate Modern London”A Chronicle of Interventions” includes Group Material 1984 Timeline A Chronicle of US Intervention in Central and Latin America.” Other more recent artists from Central America also address colonialism, but with much less passion.

  22. Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline

    Syria Speaks is a profoundly moving new book published by English Pen with a collection of essays, art, and analysis of culture in Syria since the uprising began in 2011.

  23. Feminism and Performance: Joan Jonas and Gina Pane

    Parellel Practices: Joan Jonas and Gina Pane at the Henry Art Gallery. The two artists have different roots, philosophies and trajectories.

  24. Carletta Carrington Wilson “Unchain My Heart”

      At the outset of her poetic presentation, Carletta Carrington Wilson declared that her exhibition “Unchain My Heart” (listen!) is a testament to mystery. Her exhibition at Art Xchange Gallery included selections from three series of works, “constellation of shadows and leaves” (2006) “Orange You Mingus” (2008-9), and “book of the bound” (2011-12). The artist explained […]