Critical Review

Critical Review

'Activating the Renaissance' at the Walters brings contemporary artists into conversation with altarpieces and saints

Flanked by ranks of Quattrocento holy figures, Stephen Towns’ protagonist feels at once at home and strikingly distinct.

Review of 'Early Blossoms/Perilous Thirds' at Current Space featuring Stephanie Barber, Patrick David, and Josh Dorman

Barber, David, and Dorman transport viewers to fictitious and prophetic scenarios of apocalypses and hopeful futures that suspend disbelief through immersion in surreal realms.

Five-artist show at Mono Practice invites reconsiderations of abstraction 

The intimate group show, Order and Uncertainty: Five Abstract Painters, features painters who share what curator Timothy App calls a classical impulse to bring order to abstraction: Power Boothe, the late Julie Karabenick; Patsy Krebs, WC Richardson, and Linling Lu.

In 'Don’t put it back like it was,’ Larner explores creative destruction and transformation through materials such as mold, hair, and stainless steel

The first object I meet immediately implicates me in a process of dismantling.

Succinct reviews of three must-see exhibitions in Baltimore this weekend

CENTENNIAL: On The Topic Of Now at Current Space, Open House: Art, Craft, and Domesticity at MICA's Decker Gallery, and a new art gallery/retail space in the former ICA Baltimore building on North Avenue.

A look back at 2021 releases from Baltimore/DC-affiliated artists in anticipation for 2022

Entering 2022, it is gratifying that this city's music is still full of such vitality.

Four Baltimore-based women artists handily exceed expectations when given an opportunity at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Lauren Frances Adams, Mequitta Ahuja, LaToya M. Hobbs, and Cindy Cheng received significant project support from the BMA to create new bodies of work.

The Circle and the Line: The Jewelry of Betty Cooke at The Walters Art Museum

There is subtlety, but never repetition in this retrospective of 160 objects. There is revelation in the tiniest nuance.

Soft Water Hard Stone is curated by Margot Norton and Jamillah James

The 2021 New Museum Triennial, Soft Water Hard Stone, the museum's fifth, exhibits works by 40 artists and collectives from around the world including Baltimore's Cynthia Daignault and Kahlil Robert Irving.

A compelling mix of archival and artistic presentations, combining didactic texts with creative installations and works by visual artists

Their first goal was to understand just what has been lost: to reconstruct the contours of the expansive collection.

Three Baltimore exhibitions worth a visit this week

Bill Schmidt and Jan Razauskas’ Spatial Fabrications at MONO Practice, Color and Illusion: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris at the BMA, and Rania Matar’s She at C. Grimaldis Gallery.

"Laurie Anderson: The Weather" presents more than fifty works from across a renowned career

Featuring sculptures, installations, videos, and photographs, and juxtaposing pieces from across her career with a host of recent works , "The Weather" is a dazzling display of what the art historian RoseLee Goldberg once called Anderson’s “powerful inventive drive.

This group exhibition of contemporary Black Baltimore- and DC-based artists plays on personal and collective histories

The show’s larger focus is material culture, specifically Black material culture featuring objects that contain history and tradition.

A rewarding show of rarely seen prints that examines gynophobia in early print culture to the eventual rise of first-wave feminism

This show is richly rewarding, due in large part to a range of rarely seen objects and some truly clever juxtapositions.

Downtown gallery Resort ends its three-year run with solo shows featuring Sophia Belkin and Sasha Fishman

There is much to consider about depletion and extraction in a low- or no-budget art space within a gentrifying city.

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