Posts from May, 2008

Frank Selby: We Weren’t Never Here

Uncovering a sense of presence through an implied absence, these drawings and paintings explore a peculiar, discontinuous narrative.

May 2008: R.C. Baker, Carly Berwick, and Peter Plagens with moderator David Cohen

2008 Whitney Biennial

Norman Bluhm: Large Scale Works on Paper

Squirmy, steadfast, and biologic in their surging rhythmic climax, Bluhm’s forms bulge and push up against the edges of his support, creating an explosive pressure. His use of bilateral symmetry heightens this effect.

Jake Berthot at Betty Cuningham Gallery and Lois Dodd at Alexandre Gallery

The waterfalls promise to be impressive and quite the sensation, but they will also reveal Eliasson’s main strength – the skill to turn a generous gesture into a subjective experience, which even in a city of millions can be as personal as it will be communal.

Art Power by Boris Groys

Using few footnotes, this collection of Boris Groys’s essays offers a compulsively original account of contemporary art and the political systems that support it. Educated in the former USSR, now a professor in Germany who also teaches at NYU, he brings to contemporary art theory a highly original perspective. Groys discusses fundamental topics: the nature…