Exhibition Reviews

The Bauhaus in Calcutta: An Encounter of the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde

Reviewed by Antonia Behan

The encounter between Bauhauslers and the Bengali avant-garde in 1922 has long tantalized scholars of South Asian modernism. 

Chris Burden: Extreme Measures

Reviewed by Ivan Gaskell

Just as there is no such thing as a private language, no artist—even one of the stature of Chris Burden—can play the art game alone.

Michael Landy: Saints Alive

Reviewed by Kerry Boeye

As saints, Landy's absurd machines become poignantly human: like us they are inefficient, flawed, and break down.

Bauhaus: Art as Life

Reviewed by Catherine Moriarty

While exploring the School’s peculiarities, the exhibition at the Barbican, perhaps inadvertently, encourages the visitor to frame things in a wider cultural and political context.


Reviewed by Sarah M. Guérin

How have humans almost the world over crafted sculptures from this curious alloy of copper to such wonderful effect?

Present from the Earth: The Staffordshire Hoard

Reviewed by Benjamin C. Tilghman

How can we properly consider objects within their historical setting while allowing for the very real presence they have in the present day?

In Other Words

Reviewed by Kim Dhillon

Do we read or see art made of words? Is the aim of text in art to communicate efficiently?

Seeing Red: Hungarian Revolutionary Posters

Reviewed by Dominic Paterson

With near-simultaneous exhibitions at MoMA and MAK, it might be claimed that the poster designer Mihály Biró is finally breaking into the consciousness of art and design historians.


Exhibition Reviews


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A brief sampling--in no particular order--of some of the upcoming or current exhibitions we would like to see reviewed (this listing will be updated regularly and we are open to contributor suggestions):


North America

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen

September 9, 2014 – March 8, 2015


Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

Decoding the Renaissance

November 11, 2014 – March 1, 2015


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

October 19, 2014 – February 1, 2015


Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Coated Splendor: Art of Chinese Lacquer (12th-19th centuries)

May 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissnace Tapestry

October 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

October 21, 2014 – February 1, 2015


Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters

July 26, 2014 – March 1, 2015


Museum of Arts and Design, New York

New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America

November 4, 2014 – February 22, 2015


The Museum at FIT, New York

Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits

December 2, 2014 – April 25, 2015

Dance and Fashion

September 13, 2014 – January 3, 2014


Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Tools: Extending Our Reach

Decemer 12, 2014 – May 25, 2015


The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Silent Partners: Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish

October 14, 2014 – January 25, 2015


Somerset House, London

Fashioning Winter

November 11, 2014 January 11, 2015


Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wedding Dresses, 1775 – 2014

May 3, 2014 March 15, 2015


The British Museum, London

Ming: Fifty Years that Changed China

September 18, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Germany: Memories of A Nation, A 600 Year History in Objects

October 16, 2014 – January 25, 2015


Design Museum, London

Women Fashion Power

October 29,  2014 – April 26,  2015


Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

De la Chine aux Arts Décoratifs : l’art chinois dans les collections du musée des Arts décoratifs

February 13, 2014 – January 11, 2015


Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

Out of the Blue

October 1, 2014 – January 11, 2015


Designmuseum, Denmark

Cupboards, Cabinets, Closets: Domestic Storage Furniture Through the Ages

November 1, 2014 – September 6, 2016

Century of the Child

January 17, 2015 – August 30, 2015



National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Art of the Table

February 28, 2014 – December 31, 2014


Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Paradise on Earth: Flowers in the Art of Islam

Now showing until January 2015

Lace: The Art of Adornment

Now showing until February 2015