Matisse at Tate Modern
“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of a reputation, a prisoner of success,” wrote Henri Matisse in his book Jazz (1947). It was with this book that the French painter, then already in his seventies, radically challenged his own practice.
- Mr. Bush has not painted the people closest to him, who were instrumental in bringing him to power and shaping his presidency, namely Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld. Instead, he has painted a world of smiles and friendship that can rarely be taken as the whole story….
“Don’t wish to disturb you”
On the afternoon of April 14, 1865, just hours before he assassinated President Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth left this calling card for Vice President Andrew Johnson at his Washington D.C. hotel. Booth’s co-conspirator, George Atzerodt was to kill Johnson that night, but he lost his nerve and did not make an attempt. Historians continue to debate why Booth left his card with Johnson.
Calling card left by John Wilkes Booth. National Archives, Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army)
Booth’s calling card is among the featured items at the “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" exhibit now on display at the National Archives Museum.
Right Mastcam, Sol 540
"Stereoscopic wiggle GIFs of Mars from Curiosity Rover, animated from MSL raw imagery by brownpau"
SAIC at the Whitney Biennial: Michelle Grabner
Co-curated by artist and SAIC faculty member Michelle Grabner, the 2014 Whitney Biennial featured a record number of 17 SAIC alumni and faculty. Grabner talks about her role and curatorial vision for “the most important survey of the state of contemporary art in the United States.”
These alumni and faculty members are part of a roster that also includes: Elijah Burgher (MFA 2004), Gaylen Gerber, Joseph Grigely,Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Alex Jovanovich (BFA 2003), Stephen Lacy (MFA 2000), Diego Leclery (MFA 2007), Tony Lewis (MFA 2012), Rebecca Morris (MFA 1994), Joshua Mosley (BFA 1996, MFA 1998), Philip Vanderhyden, and Pedro Vélez (MFA 1999).
“If you want to get the most out of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, start on the fourth floor and spend most of your time there. This portion of the exhibition…was organized by the Chicago artist-gallerist Michelle Grabner, and includes the show’s visual and material high point.” — Jerry Saltz, Vulture, March 5, 2014