The Victorian-era art critic and social activist John Ruskin argued that an artist's principal goal should be "truth to nature" - that all great art should depict the natural world as humanity experiences it. He believed that landscapes should capture not only the beauty of nature but also its threat and terror in order to render an authentic representation of the sublime, evoking feelings of awe and human insignificance. And by speaking out against industrial pollution in the 19th century, Ruskin effectively became one of Europe's first environmentalists.
Though celebrated in Algeria, France and the Middle East, Baya (as she chose to be known) has yet to gain greater international recognition. Perhaps her background or initial association with mid-century luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Andre Breton and Jean DuBuffet discouraged broader or more dedicated consideration of her work. A new exhibition redresses this oversight. Baya: Woman of Algiers – on view at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, January through March – is the first solo show of Baya’s art in North America. Comprising 22 gouache paintings from her 1947 Paris debut, it was curated by the French American scholar Natasha Boas, who recasts Baya’s legacy within critical, contemporary, feminist contexts.
"The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal" reviewed in The New York Times
"Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson" reviewed in the New York Times
Mark Mothersbaugh: Music for Six-Sided Keyboard Performance on May 4 at Skirball. Click here for more info.
“Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965” featured in the New York Times
"A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s" featured in The New Yorker
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