Posts from February, 2010

Brian Alfred: It’s Already the End of the World at Haunch of Venison

Alfred’s note perfect exhibition strips his media images of their usual affect to present the soothing vision of an extreme aesthete

February 2010: Carly Berwick, Michèle C. Cone, and Mario Naves with moderator David Cohen

El Anatsui at Jack Shainman, Damien Hirst at Gagosian, Yvonne Jacquette at DC Moore, and Tino Sehgal at the Guggenheim

Charles Steffen: Drawing Nudes is Like Saying a Prayer, Amen at Andrew Edlin Gallery

Stylistic textures are revealed to be unselfconscious tics without which Steffen cannot construct flesh.

Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary at the Drawing Center

Storms of tiny lines and colored boxes remain powerful statements on their own, even if they were to be completely disconnected from the music they ultimately represent.

David Reed at Peter Blum (Soho)

The drawings are filled with information and speculation.

William Eggleston: 21st Century and Diane Arbus: In the Absence of Others at Cheim & Read

Eggleston and Arbus promoted the shared view that no subject is uninteresting when captured a compelling way.

Pablo Bronstein at the Met, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bronstein appears to want to draw classical buildings as though he were at work in a perpetual ancient regime.

Paul Corio at 210 Gallery

Corio brings a hard-earned sense of humor and mischief to abstraction rooted in the phenomenology of optical sensation, a branch of contemporary art not exactly known for big laughs.

Josh Smith at Deitch Studios

The best works are vibrant and fun, and show the chops of a painter who takes delight in straightforward, rambunctious picture making.

Linda Cross at the James W. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College and the Beacon Institute of Rivers and Estuaries

She doesn’t paint so much as build her pictures…they seem to convey the reality of water stopped up with manmade detritus.