Posts from June, 2009

Gustave Caillebotte at the Brooklyn Museum


Regina Granne: Increments: Drawings, 1970-1995 at A.I.R. Gallery

Precisely situated in undelineated seas of space, Granne’s forms feel at once boldly declarative and alarmingly precipitous.

Allison Katz: Ruthless in Chalk Farm at Battat Contemporary

Although this exhibition consists of a wide range of works done over the past two years it is purely, and unapologetically, commemorative in spirit.

Automobiles: John Chamberlain, Chakaia Booker, Dirk Skreber

Retrieved in tribute to  John Chamberlain, 1927-2011

Chantal Joffe at Cheim & Read

Joffe is not a perfectionist. Instead, she is intent on capturing a moment in time, not with a photographer’s precision, but as a painterly tableau.

Barbara Friedman at Michael Steinberg Fine Art

Barbara Friedman at Michael Steinberg Fine Art

1992009 at D’Amelio Terras

1992009 is a group show with a catchy sci-fi name that offers the theory that 1992 and 2009 share not only similar cultural landmarks–the replacement of a Bush in the White House with a Democrat, the war in Iraq, and fiscal failure–but also an artistic vision.

Chuck Close: Paintings and Tapestries from 2005-2009 at PaceWildenstein

The impulse to take Close for granted is perhaps all the greater because the work has an effortless assurance to it. But we must slow down, look past the facility, past the celebrity, to find the real investigation still taking place.

Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paine manages to steer these leafless “Dendroids,” as he calls them, between the Scylla of transparency and the Charibdis of mechanization.

Takako Azami at M.Y. Art Prospects

One of the most interesting aspects is Azami’s negative capability: her technique demonstrates a willingness to expunge the self in favor of a poetic exactitude of description.