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

Ancient Columbia: A Journey Through the Cauca Valley

January 31, 2015 – December 31, 2015

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

World War I: War of Images, Images of War

November 18, 2014 – April 19, 2015

Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages

December 16, 2014 – March 15, 2015

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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

May 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015


The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis

Life on the Edge of the Forest: Russian Traditions in Wood

September 13, 2014 – March 22, 2015


Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters

July 26, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye

November 15, 2014  – November 1, 2015


The Museum at FIT, New York

Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits

December 2, 2014 – April 25, 2015


Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York

Tools: Extending Our Reach

Decemer 12, 2014 – May 25, 2015


Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York

From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics

February 12, 2015 – June 7, 2015



Two Temple Place, London

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial Northwest

January 31, 2015 April 19, 2015


Somerset House, London

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

November 27, 2014  March 15, 2015


Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wedding Dresses, 1775 – 2014

May 3, 2014 March 15, 2015


Design Museum, London

Women Fashion Power

October 29, 2014 – April 26, 2015



Unedited History: Iran, 1960 - 2014

December 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015


Designmuseum, Copenhagen

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


Design Museum, Helsinki

Postmodernism: 1980 – 1995

January 30, 2015 – May 17, 2015


Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich

Body and Soul: Munich Rococo From Asam to Günther

December 12, 2014 – April 12, 2015




Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Lace: The Art of Adornment

Now showing until March 29, 2015


Hangaram Design Museum, South Korea

Une journeé séduisante, Paris au XVIIIe siècle

December 13, 2014 – March 29, 2015