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Cotter Fodder: The Met Museum’s Sober Plan for the Virus Crisis vs. A Critic’s Pandemic Polemic

At a moment when museums around the country are shattered, shuttered and bracing for hard times, what could be more shockingly tone-deaf than Holland Cotter’s 3,000-word “manifesto”? – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Holland Cotter, 03.25.20

Holland Cotter’s Five-Point Plan To Save The Souls Of Traditional ‘Encyclopedic’ Museums

“They need to rethink the Temple of Beauty branding they’ve coasted on from the start. They need to acknowledge the often conflicted relationship between aesthetics and ethics. They need to address what their collections leave out. They need to reconsider their own role as history-tellers and history-inventors. In short, they need to redefine what ‘encyclopedic’ and ‘museum’ and ‘art’ can mean. … Here’s a five-point plan to move that process along in a post-coronavirus future.” – The New York T...
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, Holland Cotter, 03.18.20

Radical Women: Stream the Getty’s Podcast That Features Six Major 20th-Century Artists, All Female

Only recently has “actor” become an acceptable gender-neutral term for performers of stage and screen. Prior to that, we had “actor” and “actress,” and while there may have been some problematic assumptions concerning the type of woman who might be drawn to the profession, there was arguably linguistic parity between the two words. Not so for artists. In the not-so-distant past, female artists invariably found themselves referred to as “female artists.” Not great, when male artists were referr...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Podcasts, College, Life, History, Yoko Ono, Museums, New York Times, Getty, Annie, Whitney, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, East Harlem

"[T]he expanded MoMA is making obvious efforts to reshape its image without going entirely off-brand — to tell the tale of what might be called Modernism Plus, with globalism and African-American art added...."

"The first gallery, now labeled '19th Century Innovators,' is pretty much a painting hit parade — Cezanne’s 'Still Life with Apples' (1895-98), Rousseau’s 'The Sleeping Gypsy' (1897) and, straight ahead, van Gogh’s 'The Starry Night' (1889).... But to this familiar two-dimensional European world MoMA has introduced an American wild card: half a dozen nugget-like ceramic bowls and jugs by George Ohr (1857-1918), the self-proclaimed 'Mad Potter of Biloxi.'... The gallery [that is] a virtual Picass...
Tags: Law, Museums, Avignon, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Moma, Pottery, Gogh, Biloxi, Cezanne, Holland Cotter, Faith Ringgold, African America, Rousseau, Ann Althouse

Are Museums the Rightful Home for Confederate Monuments?

In a chapter titled “Capture the Flag: the struggle over representation and identity,” CFM’s TrendsWatch 2016explored the growing pressure for museums to play a role in the detoxification of various symbols of oppression." The report called on museums to “decide whether and how to play a role in decommissioning or relocating culturally explosive icons in their states/cities/communities. Today on the blog Janeen Bryant, Benjamin Filene, Louis Nelson, Jennifer Scott, and Suzanne Seriff preview a...
Tags: Usa, New York, Maryland, Future, America, Chicago, United States, Davis, New Orleans, University Of Virginia, Charlottesville, South Carolina, Jim Crow, Michael Moore, Montgomery, Fred Wilson

Official Presidential Portraits of Barack & Michelle Obama Unveiled, Painted by Black Artists Picked by the Obamas

Yesterday (Mon, Feb. 12) marked another historic moment in Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s legacy. The former President and First Lady of the United States helped unveil their official portraits at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The Obamas each handpicked the artist they wanted to paint their portraits. The former president chose Kehinde Wiley and Mrs. Obama picked Amy Sherald. Both artists are known for painting portraits of African-Americans. Watch the unveiling of the Obama p...
Tags: Photos, Politics, Obama, America, Barack Obama, Chicago, United States, Hawaii, New York Times, Arizona, Michelle Obama, Pop Culture, Smithsonian, Jazz, Kenya, Wiley

The Obama Portraits As Artistic Statement

Holland Cotter: "Not only are the Obamas the first presidential couple of African descent to be enshrined in the collection. The painters they’ve picked to portray them — Kehinde Wiley, for Mr. Obama’s portrait; Amy Sherald, for Mrs. Obama — are African-American as well. Both artists have addressed the politics of race consistently in their […]
Tags: Art, Obama, Visual, Mrs Obama, Kehinde Wiley, Holland Cotter, Amy Sherald, 02.12.18

This Museum Will Leave You Upset, And That's A Very Good Thing

"To a startling degree, and despite being a state-sponsored institution, [it] refuses to sugarcoat history." Holland Cotter visits the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.
Tags: Art, Issues, Holland Cotter, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, 12.18.17

Holland Cotter: Louvre Abu Dhabi's Rewrite Of Art History

"The Louvre Abu Dhabi is banking on the theory that pointing out links among a wide variety of cultures will make all art feel more approachable to the global audience it hopes to attract. Once viewers gain the habit of spotting connections, they may come to accept that all cultures are equally valuable and personally […]
Tags: Art, Visual, Holland Cotter, Louvre Abu Dhabi, 11.29.17

art review: From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path

East (minus 3) meets West at the Guggenheim, in what Holland Cotter calls a “powerful, unmissable event” about a world we are still getting to know.
Tags: Art, News, China, Museum, Museums, Ai Weiwei, Chinese Language, Guggenheim, Holland Cotter, Munroe, Huang Yong Ping, Solomon R, Beijing (China, Tiananmen Square (Beijing, Cao Fei (1978-, Xu Bing

The NYT's Holland Cotter: Don't Destroy Confederate Monuments

The resident art critic says to move them instead. "My reasons are pragmatic. When you find yourself at a crime scene, you don’t destroy evidence. You preserve it for the prosecution. In the case of images like this, the prosecutor is history, and the trial may be a long one, stretching far into the future, […]
Tags: Art, Issues, Holland Cotter, 08.20.17

Thoreau Wasn't A Righteous, Grumpy Old Recluse - He Was A Sensualist, An Activist, A Social Creature, And A Kitten Rescuer

Holland Cotter, who loved Thoreau in his youth and then fell away, visits an exhibit at the Morgan Library and discovers that the writer was attuned to and thrilled by sound and touch and taste, a devoted family man (though unmarried himself) whom children loved, and such a committed abolitionist that his family house was […]
Tags: Art, People, Holland Cotter, Thoreau, Morgan Library, 06.01.17

Holland Cotter's Suggestions For Fixing The Met Museum

"What could revive it? Solvency would help, although I, who can't balance a checkbook, can say nothing useful on that subject. What I can talk about is art, and how a museum can make people care about it. If historical art is now a hard sell, and it is, learn to sell it hard."
Tags: Art, Visual, Met Museum, Holland Cotter, 03.01.17

Kerry James Marshall And The Limitless Power Of Black Paint

In his expansive retrospective spanning 35 years of work, Kerry James Marshall’s paintings range from urban pastorals to Renaissance-inspired portraits, subtly shifting abstractions to romanticized, domestic interiors. Yet regardless of style, substance or setting, the works converge on a single element: the undiluted blackness of their subjects’ flesh.  The vast majority of paintings that make up the Western art historical canon feature, of course, white subjects. Marshall’s painted world does...
Tags: News, New York City, America, Los Angeles, New York Times, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Marshall, Priscilla Frank, Watts, Breuer, Birmingham Alabama, Helen Molesworth, Holland Cotter, MacArthur Fellowship, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

‘He’s Now A Classic’ – Holland Cotter On Why Robert Mapplethorpe Still Matters

“An artist once reviled as a pariah and embraced as a martyr has been thoroughly absorbed into mainstream. He’s now a classic, with auction prices to match. The question is, how does the work, cleaned of the grit of controversy, hold up?”
Tags: Visual, Robert Mapplethorpe, Holland Cotter, 04.01.16

Moralizing Museum Art? Peter Plagens Responds To Holland Cotter

“There’s not a kind of art on Earth now or in the past whose societal context doesn’t include great evils. Do we need to be told in wall text or brochures–in order to look at the art–that Victorian England was a quagmire of exploitation, that Napoleonic France was nasty, that whatever dynasty in China wasn’t […]
Tags: England, France, China, Visual, Holland Cotter, 03.17.16, Peter Plagens

15 Best Artist Retrospectives of 2015

In the art world, it seems 2015 was the year of the underdog. In and among the blockbusters and biennials, there were a great number of retrospectives devoted to artists who have long been under-rated, under-valued, and under-recognized for their achievements. Here are our top 15 retrospectives of artists whom we were glad to see get their due. Melvin Edwards, Ame Eghan (Rocker), 1975. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, © 2015 Melvin Edwards / ...
Tags: Europe, New York, London, France, Russia, United States, New York Times, Paris, Italy, Brazil, South America, Tate Britain, Lyon, Huffington Post, Barbara Hepworth, Morton

Six Shows That Defined a Weird, Messy, Fun year in L.A. Art

Earlier this month, New York Times art critic Holland Cotter published his "Best Art of 2015" list. Wedged between MoMA and a series of solo shows he liked, Cotter ranked Los Angeles No.
Tags: Los Angeles, New York Times, Moma, Cotter, Holland Cotter