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Peter Schjeldahl on Stanley Whitney’s first solo museum show at the Studio Museum in Harlem:

It’s as if, for each painting, Whitney had climbed a ladder and then kicked it away. A viewer on the ground can only wonder how he got up there. A picture’s dynamics may seem about to resolve in one way: heraldically flat, for example. But blink, and the shapes swarm in and out—a Cubistic fire drill. 

“I think of myself as a robber,” artist Sarah Charlesworth told an interviewer. “I plunder and pillage on paper. . . . I possess these things and give them my own meaning.”

Read more on the New Museum’s survey of her work.

This image is “Bird Woman” (1986), from Charlesworth’s opulent but restrained series “Objects of Desire.” Courtesy estate of Sarah Charlesworth and Maccarone Gallery.


¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York
On view July 22, 2015 – October 17, 2015

¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York explores the legacy of the Young Lords in East Harlem, the Bronx and the Lower East Side, focusing on specific political events that the Young Lords organized in these locations.

El Museo’s exhibition draws from works in the museum’s own collection including copies of the Young Lords weekly newspaper, Palante. It also explores the legacy of the Young Lords and the relationship between art and activism. Images by photographer Hiram Maristany that feature the Young Lords’ Garbage Offensive, their take over of the First Spanish Methodist Church of East Harlem (later renamed by the Young Lords as The People’s Church), their free morning breakfast program, the rerouting of a TB-testing truck and the funeral of Julio Roldán will all be highlighted in the exhibition.
Paintings and political prints (Antonio Martorell, Domingo García, and Marcos Dimas) from El Museo’s permanent collection will be on display. Works commissioned specifically for this exhibition by Coco Lopez, JC lenochan, Miguel Luciano, and Shellyne Rodriguez are also featured.

¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York will be exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (July 2 – October 15, 2015), El Museo del Barrio (July 22-October 17, 2015), and Loisaida Inc. (July 30 – October 10, 2015). The exhibition is co-organized by all three institutions. 

At El Museo del Barrio the exhibition is made possible with Public Support from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council.

Portions of an armour garniture by T. Hoog
Via Flickr:
Germany (Augsburg), 1550-55. Decoration attributed to Jörg Sorg the Younger. These elements are either from a large garniture or possibly two similar garnitures, including pieces for field and tournament. Sorg’s design album shows three similar armours made for Spanish knights in 1551 and 1553. This armour is in the northeast corner case formerly occupied by the Italian-made Henry VIII armour. Instead of following my usual clockwise-round-the-room order for the Met set, I moved the photos up to have them closer to the other German armours.

IMG_6592 by Jerry
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Fragment of a gold wreath Greek, ca. 320-300 B.C. From a tomb at Zaneskaya Gora in the region of the Crimea on the northern shore of the Black sea. Lent by the Smithsonian American art museum, Gift of John Gellatly A fragment from this wreath is known to have come from the above-mentioned tomb and is now in the Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg. Such wreaths made of sheet gold have been found in burials throughout the Mediterranean area, particularly tombs of the fourth century B.C.