Monographs and critical studies on the artist continue to proliferate, and now MOMA is hosting a retrospective
of Munch's work--surprisingly, the first exhibition in the US to be devoted to the Norwegian painter in almost three decades.
Satisfying because this retrospective
confirms that, whatever else may be said of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, its words are still taken seriously by serious people.
Tseng Kwong Chi, born in Hong Kong as Joseph Tseng, succumbed to complications from AIDS in 1990 at age 39, but the first career-spanning exhibit of his work, "Tseng Kwong Chi: A Retrospective
," opened in Philadelphia on March 19, the third annual exhibition in PrideFest America's "Artistic Alternatives" series.
Island gives the duo the two-disc retrospective
treatment as well, though the second disc is, appropriately, mostly remixes and dub versions of the hits on disc one.
Together these three retrospectives
remind us of the vigor with which young artists in the '60s empowered themselves as filmmakers.
New York's influential Signature Theatre Company, which every year devotes its entire season to a single playwright, has chosen to greet Y2K with a Fornes retrospective
In a way, I feel like I shouldn't even be having retrospectives
until I'm like 60 or 70,'' she said during an interview at MOCA a few days ago while helping to install 156 works covering every phase of her singular career.
The second features retrospectives
of the work of Doris Salcedo and Takashi Murakami.
No hot new talent sprung from the galleries over the past year, but a slew of career retrospectives
improved the art world's landscape.
2 The Bontecou Effect This year saw a spate of important retrospectives
by women artists (Lee Bontecou, Yvonne Rainer, Joan Jonas) who came of age in the '60s and early '70s.
All told, there have been four retrospectives
since the artist's death, three in Europe and now, finally, one in the United States.
Concurrent exhibitions treat aspects of Ed Ruscha's work that remain unexamined even after two recent retrospectives