Posts from October, 2003

Menachem Ben Menachem: Monumental Woodcuts and Related Works


William Koehnline Gallery Oakton Community College 1600 East Golf Road. Des Plaines, IL 60016 847-635-2633. Sept. 10 – Oct. 31 2003 The wooodcuts of Israeli artist Asaph Ben Menahem exudes traumatic and existential meaning through terrifying and violent scenes which are often difficult to look at. Ben Menahem is a true monumentalist: his woodcuts mostly measure five…


Michael Ferris, Jr: The Artist’s Studio (Revisited)


Aron Packer Gallery 118 N Peoria Chicago IL 60607 October 10  November 15 At the historical center of the Chicago tradition in art lie the essential themes of fantastic personal narrative, the eccentric human figure, and expressive emotion. Michael Ferris reflects the continuation of that tradition at its core through two different worlds he “narrates”…


Notes on Ellen Berkenblit


Ellen Berkenblit has been one of my favorite artists for years. I visited her studio once in the mid-nineties, and have done my best to see her shows whenever possible. A painter of expressionist, hermetic narratives, Berkenblit’s work can be simultaneously colorful, dark, moody, and humorous. With her recurring cast of characters – that include…


Susanna Coffey


Tibor de Nagy Gallery 724 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10019 212 262 5050 October 9 to November 8, 2003 Susanna Coffey is a truly gifted painter and a repellent artist. I love her paint-her hand-but can not stand looking at her work. She has no subject matter that extends beyond her own narcissism. The…


Monica Bonvicini: Anxiety Attack


Modern Art Oxford Oxford, England June 21 – August 17, 2003 The architecture of the art museum as an environment for the display and reception of contemporary art has been a hot topic around Oxford in recent years. In 2000, Museum of Modern Art Papers, a series published by Modern Art Oxford’s Educational Department, came…


Ellen Phelan: Family Romance


Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art 20 W 57, 2nd floor New York, NY 10019 212 445 0051 September 9 – October 9, 2004 Ellen Phelan has taken a great many chances in her current show of paintings and watercolors at Ameringer & Yohe. First of all a she has chosen to work from photographs. Secondly…


Alex Katz


Alex Katz: Flowers & Landscapes PaceWildenstein 32 E 57th Street, at Madison Avenue, 212 421 3292 until November 8. Alex Katz: Cartoon Peter Blum 99 Wooster Street, between Prince and Spring Streets, 212 343 0441 until November 15 The painter Alex Katz, now 50 years into his career, is a kind of artist that only…


David Ben White


No. 12 is an unoccupied Tel Aviv penthouse, still filled with the rich lives of its past owners – Sarah, a Berlin-trained psychiatrist, born nearly 100 years ago in Palestine, and her flamboyant husband Bandi, who designed the building. The flat is as it was left, with its fine books, grand piano, paintings by Bandi…


Saul Ostrow


I’m Saul Ostrow’s first official guest in his new apartment, and he’s happy to be cooking for someone other than himself. Saul has just transplanted from New York to become Dean of Fine Arts and Chair of Painting for the Cleveland Institute of Arts. His wife, the painter Shirley Kaneda, helped him move in, having…