Posts from February, 2010

Zhang Huan at Pace Wildenstein

With Zhang’s Rulai one senses the conflicting elements of life and death within the gray ash.

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…