Posts from January, 2003

Donald Beal: New Paintings


Prince Street Gallery 530 West 25th Street, New York NY 10001 January 7 through 25, 2003 Tues – Sat 11 – 6 PM Donald Beal’s instinct for color is deeply appealing. And instinct it is. Color sense cannot be forced. It has to come of itself, rather as memories do, by natural association and unbidden,…


John Currin


Yale professors are telling their students that John Currin paints as well as Botticelli. I heard this yesterday from a young painter who was sent my way for career advice. Yale has probably the most illustrious art school in America. Its alumni litter the firmament; Currin (who was born in 1962 and is the hottest ticket this season) is only the most recent ascendant star.


Romanticism and Its Discontents, by Anita Brookner


Isaiah Berlin said that all the problems of our age could be traced back to Romanticism. Anita Brookner heard him lecture on the subject and decided to teach it herself. This took place at the Courtauld Institute where she was an authority on eighteenth century painting. She has written monographs on Greuze, Jacques-Louis David and…


David Brody


You have said that your paintings are “family disputes between order and derangement.” Can you talk about that? That’s just a metaphor that came to me; it doesn’t reveal itself in the final product in a literal way. It’s something that happens in my brain, the working out of the painting process. And I guess…


The Irony and the Ecstasy: Michael Craig-Martin and Anselm Kiefer at Gagosian


Michael Craig-Martin: Eye of the Storm Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, through February 15 Anselm Kiefer: Merkaba ran from November 8 to December 14; the catalogue is available from Gagosian Gallery at $80. What extraordinary scene changes an art gallery can witness. Take the Gagosian Gallery. One week it’s Anselm Kiefer, the next Michael…


William Kentridge: Zeno Writing


William Kentridge Zeno Writing Marian Goodman Gallery 24 West 57 Street, New York November 8, 2002- January 4, 2003 ‘Zeno Writing’, a multi-media project by South African artist William Kentridge which included a short animated film and supporting drawings, recently on show at Marian Goodman, is based on Italo Svevo’s 1923 novel Confessions of Zeno. The novel,…