Art 1990: Cheers & jeers

December 30, 1990|By John Dorsey

THUMBS UP Opening of Grimaldis Sculpture Space and BAUhouse. Announcement of plans for Museum for Contemporary Arts here.

Cincinnati jury acquits city's Contemporary Arts Center and its director, Dennis Barrie, of pandering obscenity by showing certain images in exhibit "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment."

"Islamic Art and Patronage: Selections from Kuwait" at the Walters Art Gallery (through Feb. 17). Refined luxury, beautifully presented.

"Joel Shapiro: Tracing the Figure" at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Minimalism as a humanism.

"The Art of Thomas Rowlandson" at the BMA. A great artist revealed.

"Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India and Its International Legacy" at the Walters. Fine works threw light on a little-known art.

"John Baldessari" at C. Grimaldis Gallery (through Jan. 12). Conceptualism as a humanism.

"The Green House" by Sandy Skoglund at G. H. Dalsheimer. Serious fun.

"Titian" at the National Gallery in Washington (through Jan. 27). An overview of the work of one of the greatest artists of all time.

"Albert Pinkham Ryder" at the National Museum of American Art. An overview of the work of an important, too little-known artist.

"Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (through Jan. 13). An overview of a too little-known art.

THUMBS DOWN

Closing of BMA's sales and rental gallery and announcement that G. H. Dalsheimer gallery will close in April. Other local galleries cut back on shows or hours.

The National Endowment for the Arts reauthorized for only three years instead of five with prohibitions against funding "indecent" art.

Artscape: This year's offering of area art was shrunken, hidden, overcautious and depressing.

"Illuminations: Images of Landscape from France, 1855-1885" at the Walters Art Gallery. A confused look at the origins of modernism.

"Lalique" at the BMA (through Jan. 15). Unnecessary look at Lalique's commercialism.

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