Posts from February, 2010

Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention at the Jewish Museum


Transgressive, experimental, fiercely individualistic, Man Ray evaded any categories not of his own creation.


Notes from…Harare, Zimbabwe


In a Catch-22, artists cannot sell their work, but they also cannot afford to “waste” materials on work that is not for sale.


Demons, Yarns & Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists at James Cohan Gallery


Among thirteen tapestries commissioned from contemporary artists, the most interesting are those in which the medium adds a level of meaning to the image.


Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between Categories by Brenda Moore-McCann


“His ambition,” Moore-McCann concludes, “is nothing less than a transformation of thinking, looking beyond material objects to underlying systems of belief”


West Coast Minimalism: Four New York Shows


We still have much to learn about California’s cool recasting of New York’s cold Minimalism, but these shows provide a good place to start.


Erick Johnson Parallelogram Paintings at Heskin Contemporary


Once the complexity of the paintings’ under-layers have revealed themselves, we are in a position to appreciate the way in which these paintings offer up to us a visual metaphor of their own making.


Victor Pesce and William Carroll at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery


Pesce freeze’s the moment, Carroll celebrates transience, and together they create a deeply meaningful and thoughtful dialogue.


Frank Bowling at Anita Shapolsky Gallery and Art Foundation


This was an artcritical PIC in February 2010.


Claire Weiss (1966-2010)


Clare Weiss, who was Curator of Public Art at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation from 2005-2009, was a determined and enterprising champion of art in public places.  She passed away January 11, aged 43, after a protracted battle with breast cancer which began in 2006. Weiss came to art relatively late in…


Phillip Taaffe at Gagosian


Taaffe’s pure decorativeness nevertheless embraces, almost as fetish, the visible husks of signs.