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'Madayin' Review: Sacred Patterns, Celestial Images
The first major exhibition devoted to Aboriginal bark painting outside of Australia illuminates the continent's Yolngu culture

September 19, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal

Hanover, N.H.

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'Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light' Review: Restoring a Reputation
The Shelburne Museum is showing over 40 works by the Italian-American painter, whose works were once well, and deservedly, known for their hyper-realistic detail and incredible depth of field.

August 30, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal

Shelburne, Vt.

When, in 1932, the Metropolitan Museum of Art made its first purchase of a painting by a contemporary artist, it selected a still life by Luigi Lucioni. The Whitney Museum of American Art also bought a painting by him that year, and in 1930 the Museum of Modern Art had included him in its first exhibition of work by young artists. By then, Lucioni (1900-1988) had won numerous awards and been deemed a rising star in the art world. A gifted draftsman, he had earned admission to Cooper Union at age 15, to the National Academy of Design at 19, and to the company of established artists like John Sloan and Childe Hassam a few years later.

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Black Artists Behind the Lens
An exhibition in New Orleans explores the work of studio photographers since the 1840s.

August 27, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal

When curator Brian Piper of the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) began to study the work of early Black commercial photographers in the 2010s, the subject was largely terra incognita. With very few exceptions, "their photographs were not included in the narrative of art photography," he said. Now Dr. Piper is helping to close that gap with a new exhibition, "Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers," the first museum show to focus on the artistry and social significance of these little-known men and women.

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'Diego Rivera's America' Review: Wall-to-Wall Coverage
SFMoMA's exhibition displays some 150 of the Mexican artist's paintings, drawings and frescos, including three massive projections of his murals and many rarely seen works.

August 8, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal

San Francisco

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'Cezanne' Review: In All His Complexity
An exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago includes 80 paintings, 40 works on paper, and two sketchbooks of an artist who defied norms and inspired his contemporaries

June 23, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal


The first painting visitors to "Cezanne" at the Art Institute of Chicago encounter is "Undergrowth (Sous-Bois)" (c. 1894), a pine-forest scene painted from a bit below the trees, gazing up, with a barely perceivable horizon, and formed from patches of distinct marks that suggest just a slight fluttering. Some elements, like a rust-colored mound on the left, take shape only from several steps away.

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