Posts from June, 2007

Neo Rauch: para at The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Neo is perfectly forenamed for an artist in whom, to paraphrase architectural theorist Charles Jencks, the wasms have become an ism. Rauch’s paintings, fusing elements of romanticism and realism from the last two centuries, resist the idea that anachronism and rejuvenation might be at odds with one another.


Venice Biennale 2007


LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 52nd International Exhibition of Art A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, June 11, 2007 under the title “Pax American in the Serene Republic” The Venice Biennale has been the Olympics of the visual arts since its inception in 1895. In odd years countries choose their artist…


Jeff Wall


The Museum of Modern Art February 25 – May 14, 2007 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York February 23 – March 31, 2007 By STEPHANIE BUHMANN Jeff Wall is considered one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. Though his medium is photography it is perhaps inappropriate to think of him as a…


Arthur Ou: To Preserve, To Elevate, To Cancel


Hudson Franklin 508 West 26th St. #318 New York City May 10 – June 16, 2007 Arthur Ou is a Taiwan-born artist whose concerns include the legacy of modernist art and photography’s predominant role in visual culture. Although Mr. Ou earned an MFA in photography at Yale in 2000, he is perhaps best described as…


Anthony Goicolea: Almost Safe


Postmasters Gallery 459 W 19 Street New York City 212 727 3323 April 28- June 2, 2007 Anthony Goicolea’s photographs are fantastical constructions of derelict landscapes. His large-scale black and white photographs—they measure up to eight feet wide—fill the front room at Postmaster, depicting traces of man’s interaction with the natural environment in a surreal…


Nancy Shaver: “Retail,” sculpture and objects from Henry


Feature, Inc. 530 West 25th Street New York City 212 675 7772 14 April – 19 May 2007 The curiosity shop that artist Nancy Shaver runs in Hudson, N.Y., is named Henry. It is an antique store filled with non-art objects in display cases that customers pay cash for and carry away. In one sense…