Yalies featured in MoMA photo exhibit

NEW YORK — At a time when photographs are as common as the cell phones that can take them, some young photographers are choosing to construct their own subject matter and develop different methods to ensure the uniqueness of their images. “New Photography 2009,” curated by Eva Respini and currently on display at the Museum […]

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In exhibition, Mosse ART ’08 goes beyond war photography

NEW YORK — How can an artist take war-related photographs that aren’t defined by tragic emotion? Richard Mosse ART ’08, for one, focuses on landscape, or rather, what landscape has become. Mosse’s new exhibition, “The Fall,” currently up at the Jack Shainman Gallery here, consists of a video and 12 photographs that the artist took […]

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Two sculptures, one vision

NEW YORK — “Richard Serra: The Man of Steel” is the title of a 2008 BBC interview with Richard Serra ART ’64, and the description is fitting. Serra’s large, breathtaking sculptures originate in his dedication to and obsession with his medium: Corten steel, a type of steel with a copper color. “Blind Spot / Open […]

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Commercial architecture shines

“Naked children have never played in our fountains,” Robert Venturi wrote in his 1972 book “Learning from Las Vegas,” explaining the difference between American and European artistic and architectural expression. But if classic modes of beauty aren’t American, then how should architects make beautiful and inherently American buildings? The beginning of Venturi’s answer: embrace the […]

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Surrealist show misses mark

“It’s like a Thomas Pynchon novel,” Volunté Morceaux said of his new show, “Forces de Nature,” currently up at the Hull’s Gallery on Whitney Avenue. But the show is more like a collection of all the annoying, arbitrary and incomprehensible moments in a Thomas Pynchon novel, without any of the conceptual and creative ingenuity. The […]

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ART REVIEW | Tufte’s show fails to challenge

After walking twice around political science professor Edward Tufte’s GRD ’68 show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield Conn., I could not help but ask myself this simple question: how can modern sculptors continue to make challenging art? It’s not that Tufte’s show is bad — as a first attempt at large-scale public […]

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ART REVIEW | The object is space

Richard Serra ’62 ART ’64 received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Yale this spring. While his installation in the sculpture garden at the Yale University Art Gallery has been on display since 2006 in this location, this sculpture, as well as his other works, demands multiple interpretations. It is now, in 2009, as […]

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