Posts from October, 2008

Untitled (Vicarious): Photographing the Constructed Object at Gagosian Gallery


This adventurous photography survey, pairing historical and contemporary examples of sculptural construction and assemblage as subject matter, includes David Smith, László Moholy-Nagy, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, James Welling, Gregory Crewdson, Thomas Demand and Wolfgang Tillmans.


October, 2008: Hirsch, Ribas, and Stillman


October 17, 2008 at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York Faye Hirsch, Joao Ribas, and Nick Stillman joined David Cohen to review Rita Ackermann at Andrea Rosen, Nicole Cherubini at Smith Stewart and 303 Gallery, Kota Ezawa at Murray Guy, Michael Krebber at Greene Naftali, and William Pope L at Mitchell-Innes…

 
 
 
 
 

Nick Miller: Truckscapes at the New York Studio School


Just as many Matisse drawings and paintings made in Nice in the 1920s and 30s incorporate a representation of himself making the work of art, so Miller includes images of his working space in his landscapes. The effect is to bring us into the working process.


Bridget Riley and Peter Doig at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris


In his first dispatch from Paris, Mick Finch ponders simultaneous shows of two artists, Bridget Riley and Peter Doig, both active in Britain but from different generations, whose contrastive relations to Post-Impressionism proved instructive.


NOTES FROM… North Carolina


In the first of a new series of dispatches from around the US and the world by regular contributors, GREG LINDQUIST charts developments in his native North Carolina


Night


Nightfall can inspire fascination with the starry sky, optimistic hopes for fulfilled sexual desire, or at least anticipation of sleep. But it can also cause anxiety if you are lonely, which is why van Gogh described The Night Café (1988), at MoMA, as showing a place where “dark forces lurked and suppressed human passions could suddenly explode.”


Cecily Brown at Gagosian Gallery


Was on view until October 25, 2008


Julian Hoeber: All That is Solid Melts into Air at Blum & Poe


Collectively, these sculptures look like death masks cast from Aztec sacrifices. Each embodies the magical absurd-beyond-belief-because-it’s-so-true realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


Janet Malcolm: Burdock at Lori Bookstein Fine Art


Malcolm chooses to photograph leaves of the burdock plant because of its lowly status in the plant world – as a common weed that grows “along roadsides…and around derelict buildings” – and because of its literary status. She notes that Chekhov and Hawthorne have referenced it in their fiction to denote “ruin and desolation” and explains that she prefers “older, flawed leaves to young, unblemished specimens — leaves to which something has happened.”