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If Helga Were Seagulls: Jamie Wyeth at Boston’s MFA

by Whitney Kimball on December 4, 2014
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What do you get when you apply the pastoral idealism of the early 20th century illustration to the ugly post-atomic consumerist reality of the last four decades? You’ll find the answer at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where the first retrospective of Jamie Wyeth combines Renaissance drawing techniques, druggy seventies icons, personal backstory, and idealized New England seasides– all adding up to a jumbly, at times incoherent, show.

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AFC Road Trip: Reviews From Atlanta to Abu Dhabi

by The AFC Staff on December 2, 2014
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We recommend the wings on salad.

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Who’s Throwing Art Away? A Visit to Bob and Roberta Smith’s “Art Amnesty”

by Corinna Kirsch on November 26, 2014
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Who wants to throw away their art in public, with a bunch of other people? I don’t really know. I rid myself of sentences all the time (Welcome to my Mac trash bin!) but I wouldn’t announce it.

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Recommended Show: Samara Golden’s “The Flat Side of the Knife”

by Corinna Kirsch on November 25, 2014
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For those of us who chased fairies in our backyards and played with make-believe friends, there’s Samara Golden’s two-story trompe l’oeil installation—it’s one for the dreamers. More specifically, it’s for those who fantasize about a world beyond.

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At the High Museum, Rediscovered Civil Rights Photos Are Current as Ever

by Whitney Kimball on November 25, 2014
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When you compare a 1956 Life Magazine article to the 2014 news cycle, the two are not so far apart.

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Recommended from Detroit: Ed Fraga’s Shadowy Optimism

by Robin Dluzen on November 6, 2014
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The title of veteran Detroit painter Ed Fraga’s exhibition “Tabula Rasa” translates to “blank slate,” as a reference (in part) to the new direction he has taken his aesthetic.

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Recommended Shows: Fin de Siècle and Sara Greenberger Rafferty

by Corinna Kirsch on November 6, 2014
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With a potential frontrunner for best exhibition of the year.

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Recommended From Detroit: The People’s Biennial

by Robin Dluzen on November 5, 2014
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At the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s “People’s Biennial,” curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann have selected a group of established artists to, in turn, choose their own non-art world collaborators. But “outsider art” hardly begins to cover the kinds of creative practices on display.

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Recommended From Detroit: A Show About Artist Studios, Done Right

by Robin Dluzen on November 5, 2014
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It’s not a new idea to try and recreate the artist’s studio inside the gallery. “Material Affair,” though, fortunately proves that the idea can be carried out in a way that doesn’t fetishize the artistic process. “Material Affair” presents the artist’s studio not as a clichéd, Joyce Pensato-style, paint-splattered sanctuary, but alternately as a workshop, a storage facility, and a place of compiling and categorizing that contemporary, multidisciplinary artists will certainly find true to life.

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