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):



Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

April 5, 2014 – July 27, 2014


Disobedient Objects 

July 26, 2014 – February 1, 2015



Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

“Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World

May 15, 2014 – August 10, 2014



National Gallery, London

Making Colour

June 18, 2014 – September 7, 2014



Museum of Arts and Design, New York

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

July 1, 2014 – October 12, 2014



New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

Through September 7, 2014



Design Museum, London

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

July 2, 2014 – September 29, 2014



Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910

June 29, 2014 – September 28, 2014


Art Deco Textiles

July 26, 2014 – November 30, 2014


Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

The 50s: Fashion in France, 1947-1957

July 12, 2014 – November 2, 2014



Museum of Modern Art, New York

Ray Johnson Designs

July 2, 2014 – September 29, 2014


The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters

July 26, 2014 – March 1, 2015



Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Finland: Designed Environments

May 10, 2014 – August 17, 2014


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

May 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015



Tate Britain, London

British Folk Art

June 10, 2014 – August 31, 2014



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



Art Institute of Chicago

Saul Steinberg: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of His Birth

July 4, 2014 – October 12, 2014


Ethel Stein, Master Weaver

June 13, 2014 – November 9, 2014


The Museum at FIT, New York

Exposed: A History of Lingerie

June 3, 2014 – November 15, 2014



The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissnace Tapestry

October 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015


Design Motifs in Byzantine Art

August 6, 2013 – August 31, 2014