Posts from December, 2004

de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan


“de Kooning: An American Master” By Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan Knopf, 2004 752 pages, $35 With typical existentialist panache, Francis Bacon coined the phrase “exhilarated despair,” an oxymoron that rings true for Willem de Kooning, whom Bacon admired. Not so much for his work, necessarily, which runs the gamut of emotions and sensations (although…


December 2004: Joe Fyfe, Andrea Scott, and Roberta Smith with moderator David Cohen


Gilbert and George at Lehmann Maupin and at Sonnabend, Jesper Jest at Perry Rubenstein, Richard Tuttle at the Drawing Centre and Sarah McEneaney at Gallery Schlesinger


Stuart Shils: Chasing the Sky


Tibor de Nagy Gallery 724 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street 212 262 5050 December 2, 2004 – January 8, 2005 Stuart Shils is an artist both of great refinement and dramatic emotion. His recent paintings at Tibor de Nagy were done in Ballycastle, on the wild northern coast of County Mayo, under the auspices of…


Tamara Gonzales: Seed


Cheryl Pelavin 13 Jay Street, New York City December 2, 2004 – January 8, 2005 In the particularly inspired artist’s statement accompanying her exhibition, Tamara Gonzales touches on this past summer’s Donovan concert and the notion that plants can talk, then more pessimistically wonders if Americans are really interested in dying free. “It was looking…


Linda Francis


Sarah Moody Gallery of Art University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 19 November – 19 December 2004 In an exhibition entitled “quanta,” at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Linda Francis shows paintings and drawings that draw on physics to premise patterns for the development of form in nature. Her work extrapolates form from a grid…


Manny Farber: About Face


P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY September 23, 2004 to January 10, 2005 Manny Farber grew bored with non-objective painting (“I was just repeating myself”). Perhaps he grew tired of suppressing or transforming signs of empirical reality. It is certainly not obvious to strangers standing before the early work what…