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The Big Review: Joan Jonas at the Museum of Modern Art, New York ★★★★★

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Source: The Art Newspaper

When was the last time you witnessed the birth of a sperm whale? Were personally greeted by the artist at the entrance to her exhibition in a major museum? And became so engrossed in the videos, sculptures, photographs and even the plinths in said show that you turned right around at the end to take it all in again?

Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning, the trailblazing octogenarian’s animating career retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), is primal exhibition-making. From start to finish it tempers an exhilarating sense of childlike wonderment at the world with the knowledge of its imperilled existence. It gives the most ephemeral and market-defying form of art—performance—a solid body. And it is beautiful—with, as Jonas puts it, an edge.

Never have I seen so high a degree of elegance and visual intelligence in this museum’s top-floor galleries. Gone are most of the dull, white walls that typically neuter much of the art hanging on them. Now, existing walls and domestically scaled room dividers are painted a cushiony black or grey, while rows of deadening lights formerly attached to ceilings too high to provide useful illumination have been sent to storage. Instead, we get a legibility essential to understanding how the many components of Jonas’s layered art cohere in live performance— and in the mind.

Read more: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2024/03/22/the-big-review-joan-jonas-at-the-museum-of-modern-art-new-york

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Thangka Art Museum by AND Studio is ‘a vibrant manifesto of local culture’

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Set against the imposing, jagged faces of the Himalayas, the white volumes of the Thangka Art Museum feel like they’ve been carved out of the hills. Taking inspiration from the local architecture of Tibet, the cultural centre dedicated to regional art forms was designed by architectural practice AND Studio to celebrate and disseminate local culture, while becoming a vital public space for the community. As the architects elaborate on the conceptual underpinnings of the project, “We wanted to reconcile modernity and tradition. [To this end], we embarked on a journey of initiation to learn about and understand Thangka art and local architecture, particularly in terms of its volumetric composition.” The structure, made up of multiple volumes instead of a single mass, draws on the form of the Potala Palace, which has been the winter residence of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century.

Read more: https://www.stirworld.com/see-features-thangka-art-museum-by-and-studio-is-a-vibrant-manifesto-of-local-culture

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Wright Museum art exhibition ‘Double ID’ highlights struggles of Black men

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The struggles of Black men throughout history and culture are examined in a major art exhibition in Detroit.

“Double ID,” a powerful exhibition bringing together 54 works from the private collection of acclaimed actress and renowned art collector CCH Pounder, is on display through Oct. 20 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The show focuses on depictions of Black men through the lens of W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of “double consciousness.”

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/arts/2024/07/08/wright-museum-art-exhibition-double-id-cch-pounder/73588999007/

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National Art Museum opens exhibition dedicated to country’s first female painter [PHOTOS]

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The National Art Museum has opened an exhibition themed “Vajia Samadova-100: Pages of the Artist’s Life”, Azernews reports.

The exhibition was timed to the 100th anniversary of the outstanding artist, Honoured Artist Vajia Samadova (1924–1965).

The museum director, Honoured Cultural Worker Shirin Malikova, Vice-Rector of the Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts, People’s Artist Salhab Mammadov, and grandson of Vajia Samadova Agshin Feyzullayev, spoke at the event about the life and work of the master of the brush, the country’s first female painter.

Read more: https://www.azernews.az/culture/227788.html

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