Posts from October, 2009

Dan Christensen (1942-2007): The Plaid Paintings at Spanierman Modern

Facture is neither painterly nor hard-edged geometric, but in between–straight edges that nonetheless exude life.

Rebecca Warren: Feelings at Matthew Marks Gallery

She seems to be simultaneously poking fun at tradition and at the same time leveling a serious challenge against it, all the while acknowledging that she cannot simply reject her artistic heritage.

October 2009: BillsBerkson, Bridget Goodbody, and Robert Morgan with moderator David Cohen

Vincent Fecteau, Alex Katz, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Yigal Ozeri

Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes – Five Decades of Painting at the UBS Art Gallery

Seldom has a better synthesis been achieved among raw power, exquisite color, and the organizing effects of line.

Elliot Green: Personified Abstraction at D’Amelio Terras

Green’s current paintings supplant his earlier “limited animation” mock-mayhem with the saturated glazes and rendered anatomies of a Golden Age chipmunk fable.

Ted Kurahara: Portraits at Walter Randel Gallery

If we are hesitant to use a term so absolute as “the absolute,” we can, even so, acknowledge the extreme philosophical drive in Kurahara’s esthetic.

Mark Bradford and Kara Walker at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

To Walker and Bradford alike, density of visual information is an aesthetic choice that mirrors the mutliple layers of reality and complexity retrieved from subject matter.

The Blue Rider in Performance at the Miller Theatre, Columbia University

“Black has an inner sound of nothingness bereft of all possibilities…”
— Vasily Kandinsky, On the Spiritual in Art (1910)

A.R. Penck: New System Paintings at Michael Werner

Saving the imagery from what we might call barbarous chaos is Penck’s highly skilled orientation and spacing of the visual components of an individual work.

Joe Brainard at Adam Baumgold

This was an artcritical PIC in October 2009.