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.


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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):



The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom 

November 4, 2013 – February 23, 2014



The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

December 19, 2013 – March 9, 2014



British Library, London

Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain 

November 8, 2013 – March 11, 2014



Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

Life after Luther: A Cultural History of the Evangelical Parsonage

October 25, 2013 – March 2, 2014



Museum of Modern Art

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal 

February 1, 2014 – June 1, 2014


Designing Modern Women 1890 – 1990

October 5, 2013 – October 1, 2014



Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

October 15, 2013 – July 6, 2014



The Museum at FIT, New York

 Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashion of the 1930s

February 7, 2014 – April 19, 2014



Design Museum, London

Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things

January 30, 2013 – January 4, 2015



Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa

July 7, 2013 – May 4, 2014



Art Institute of Chicago

When the Greeks Ruled: Egypt after Alexander the Great

October 31, 2013 – July 27, 2014



Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

January 31, 2014 – May 17, 2014



Musée Maillol, Paris

Etrusques: Un hymne à la vie

September 18, 2013 – February 9, 2014



Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Emperor Charles V Captures Tunis: Documenting a Campaign

May 7, 2013 – March 31, 2015



Neue Galerie, New York

Posters of the Vienna Secession, 1898-1918

February 20, 2014 – June 30, 2014