Jason Farago reviews the new show at New York’s Japan Society, “Radicalism in the Wilderness,” which surveys one artist, Yutaka Matsuzaw, and two collectives, The Play and GUN, in the 1960’s in remote parts of Japan. He writes of the tumultuous time in Japan’s history, “Some young artists found their places in the daily demonstrations and the antiwar and antinuclear movements. For others, the best way forward was to get out.” [New York Times]
Atlanta-based artist Sarah Hobbs opened her first solo exhibit in her hometown in over ten years, “Twilight Living” at Hathaway Gallery this week. Burnaway critic Claire E. Dempster writes of the show, “Hobbs’ series of eight large interior photographs and singular installation work drip with unnerving familiarity.” [Burnaway]
Mark Richardson looks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll,” which exhibits artifacts from the history of rock and roll in collaboration with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. [New York Times]
Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel will curate the second edition of Latvia’s Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art. [Artforum]
Lehmann Maupin gallery now represents London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh. [ARTnews]
Paris’ Galerie Kamel Mennour will exhibit Judith Beheading Holofernes, a painting that raised questions around its creator but was ultimately attributed to Caravaggio. Later this year in June, the piece will be auctioned at La Halle aux Grains in Toulouse with an estimate of £86 million-£129 million ($113 million- $169 million.) [The Art Newspaper]
River Bend, a new multipurpose cultural space in Dallas’s design district opened this week. It plays home to Erin Cluley Gallery, And Now gallery, the Dallas Art Fair’s new exhibition space, 214 Projects, and the Dallas Art Fair offices. [Observer]
New York City has voted to demolish Elizabeth Street Garden, the sculpture-filled greenspace in New York’s Lower East Side, to make room for a new affordable senior housing unit. [Artnet news]
Below The Surface
Artemisia Gentileschi’s Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1618–20) was put under x-ray by a team of scientists, who discovered that the piece has an “underpainting,” or a layer below its surface with an earlier iteration of the piece. [The Art Newspaper]
Maestà Sofferente (Suffering Majesty) is a public art piece installed in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo by Gaetano Pesce, who says the piece is made to honor victims of sexual abuse. However, the sculpture has been protested by local feminist groups with signs reading,“Ceci n’est pas une femme,” or, “this is not a woman,” a famed slogan of the Guerrilla Girls. [Hyperallergic]
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