Posts from August, 2009

Joa Baldinger in Sagaponak, NY


This was an artcritical PIC in September 2009.


Heidi Van Wieren at Margaret Thatcher Projects


The consequences of Van Wieren’s style allow for simultaneous readings of her art.


Jinkee Choi at Gana Art Gallery


This was an artcritical PIC in August 2009.


In & Out of Amsterdam at the Museum of Modern Art


As these mercurial installations, films, and performances indicate, Conceptual art often yielded works of great elegance in novel forms of presentation.


James Ensor at the Museum of Modern Art


The skulls, which appear early on in his work, are more than momento mori. On the beach, where over 130,000 Flemish were massacred by the Spanish in the 17th Century, skulls were as common as driftwood.


Jimmy Wright at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art


This was an artcritical PIC in August 2009.


Ann Stokes: Artists’ Potter, edited by Tanya Harrod


Some artists change the way that you understand art history. Ann changed the way that I and many other people understood everyday life.


Paint Made Flesh at the Phillips Collection


Paint Made Flesh at the Phillips Collection, and other shows this summer, reveal a love affair between a material painters use and the material all of us are.


Books in Brief


NAMIES AND NEWBIES: THE KRAMARSKY COLLECTION 560 Broadway A New York Drawing Collection at Work 1991-2006, edited by Amy Eshoo, with contributions by Derrick R.Cartwright, James Cuno, Elizabeth Finch, Josef Helfenstein, Glenn D. Lowry, David Mickenberg, Ann Philbin, Earl A. Powell III, Jock Reynolds, and Townsend Wolfe.  Fifth Floor Foundation in Association with Yale University Press,…


Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo


One of art historian Leo Steinberg’s hobby horses  is the way the literature of art generates interpretations that are autonomous of the images being described.  What is written about a work can spin false leads and confused trails that looking directly at the work ought to dispel.  Just as this happens with the historical interpretation of…