One of China’s First Modern Sculptors Has a New York Retrospective

In “Cutting Through Mountains to Bring in Water” (1958), the late sculptor and educator Liu Shiming embodied the vigorous spirit of the Chinese Revolution. A bare-chested man straddles the space between two pointed rocks, as if traversing them, yet his abstracted lower half seems to materialize from the lowest point of the base. Molded with … Read more

Modern Madagascar’s greatest photographer | Apollo Magazine

From the July/August 2022 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. In the first retrospective exhibition devoted to the Malagasy photographer Ramily (1939–2017), there are many portraits of the man himself. He has a look; his thick hair swept back like a mid-century movie star, one lock falling forwards. In the black-and-white photos, he wears … Read more

Circle Jerk Takes the Absurdity of Modern Existence to the Extreme

There’s an absurdity to modern existence that’s difficult to articulate. The more you use apps like Twitter, the more the lexicon of the internet becomes part of your real-life vocabulary, while all the inanity of reality is reported about and read on social media. You can call it an ouroboros loop, but it feels a … Read more

Modern Buildings of Britain | Apollo Magazine

From the June 2022 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. Have you been to the 1950s public lavatories in Hay-on-Wye? Next time you are there you can ignore the second-hand bookshops and head straight for them. The advice comes from one of the more outré entries in Owen Hatherley’s guidebook to Britain’s modernist buildings. … Read more

“A Pathway Through Modern and Contemporary Armenian Art” Dives Into an Often Overlooked History

Posted inSponsored This illustrated guide offers readers a broad and accessible introduction to the evolution of Armenian modern and contemporary art. Written by Dr. Iain Robertson and designed by Nona Isajanyan, A Pathway Through Modern & Contemporary Armenian Art (2022) stands before Armenian-American painter Arshile Gorky’s “The Petrothal” (1947) at the Yale University Art Gallery … Read more

Under-Recognized Artists Bring Sotheby’s Modern Art Sale to $408.5 M. – ARTnews.com

Against the backdrop of a busy week for art in New York headlined by the Frieze art fair, a sale of 60 works of Impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s on Monday evening brought in a total of $408.5 million. Of the entire grouping of 58 works offered, 33 were backed by the auction house … Read more

Tate Modern Preps Major Cézanne Show—and More Art News – ARTnews.com

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines MARCUS LEATHERDALE, A SHARP-EYED AND SENSITIVE PHOTOGRAPHER of the 1980s counterculture in Manhattan, died last month at the age of 69, of suicide, Penelope Green reports in the New York Times. Though Leatherdale’s name is not … Read more

Met Modern and Contemporary Art Chairman Sheena Wagstaff to Depart – ARTnews.com

Sheena Wagstaff, the chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art department, will leave her post after nearly a decade, she announced Wednesday morning. In a letter to colleagues, Wagstaff called the occasion bittersweet and said she would step down this summer. Wagstaff cited the Met’s difficult economic recovery from Covid as … Read more