August Theme: Modern and Contemporary Art

The leisure days of summer are winding down, but the world of art hums with fresh activity and perspectives on its place in everyday, modern life.

Already a guest post from Stephen Brown on Edouard Vuillard at the Jewish Museum and a dual post on Roy Lichtenstein’s Chinese landscapes with our friends at the Art Institute of Chicago blog have started our monthly discussions, while another exhibition “Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A.” remains on view there until September 9.

Meanwhile, August celebrates the birthday of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol, with a forthcoming catalog and exhibition, “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Last year, we had some staff fun with the Warhol Museum’s D.I.Y. POP app, and it’s a safe bet that we’ll be aiming our camera at more books and people again.

Renowned writer and curator Michael Peppiatt returns to Yale’s list with Interviews with Artists: 1966-2012, a selection of forty-five artist interviews conducted over the span of the author’s career. Richard Pells unites many forms of art—music, literature, architecture, among others—in Modernist America, addressing the popular belief that the cultural relationship between the United States and the world has been one-sided and how foreign influences absorbed by American artists during the Modernist movement actually created a global culture. From that same era, Eugene O’Neill’s Exorcism, published for the first time this year, provokes reflection on his legacy and transformation of the American stage.

Summers are great for museum hopping, and following last month’s theme on Latin America, we visit the “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” exhibition, which Holland Cotter has already praised as “the big art event of the summer season” in the New York Times, with YUP distributing the accompanying catalogue later this fall. We’ll also revisit some of the year’s best contemporary art shows like “This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s,” as well as the unusual performances of one notorious museum visitor in particular.

Stay tuned, stay cool, and be sure to follow along with @yaleARTbooks on Twitter and keep track of the best in museum news with YUP’s Art Museum Partners! Get out and see some art!

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