Posts from April, 2010

Shirley Jaffe: Selected Paintings, 1969 – 2009 at Tibor de Nagy


Jaffe completely jettisoned the stiff grid and strict geometric shapes in favor of a loose, undeniably playful series of rectangles with interior forms.


John Griefen: Recent Paintings at Gary Snyder Project Space


The ensemble represents a series of very carefully thought-out painting decisions — yet never do the results look cold or calculated.


Liam Gillick at Casey Kaplan Gallery


Gillick’s show is cerebrally engaging and visually interesting, but the visual and cerebral components never coming together to form a layered experience.


Memorial Celebrates Life and Work of Nancy Spero (1926-2009)


Cooper Union hosted a public commemoration of the life and work of Nancy Spero, pioneering feminist artist, on April 18, at 3pm. Speakers were slated to include friends, artists, arts professionals and writers: Benjamin Buchloh, Donna De Salvo, writer Christopher Lyon, Bartomeu Marí, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kiki Smith, Robert Storr, and Nora York, among others,…


Loose Talk Costs $$$


Can sharing a bit of gossip cost you $8 million?  It might if you are high-powered art dealer and gallery owner David Zwirner. It all started when Miami collector Craig Robins resold a painting, Reinhardt’s Daughter, (1994) by Margaret Dumas through David Zwirner’s Chelsea gallery in 2004.  Zwirner apparently told the South African artist about…


Literally, the End of Metaphor


The downtown Brooklyn gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art had its final show in March 2010.  The owners, Rene Lynch and Julian Jackson, have been wearing two hats since the gallery space opened in October 2001—both artist and dealer/curator.  After almost a decade of the balancing act of “being both” they have decided to dissolve the physical…


Ordway Winners Announced


Hazma Walker, writer/curator, and Polish video artist Artur Zmijewski are the winners of the 2010 Ordway Prize.  The award, named for naturalist, philanthropist and arts patron Katherine Ordway, comes with an unrestricted $100,000 cash prize.  It acknowledges the contributions of a mid-career curator/arts writer and artist whose work has had significant impact on the field…


New Chief for Frick Reference Library


The Frick Collection announces the appointment of Dr. Stephen J. Bury to the post of Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian and the Frick Art Reference Library.  Dr Bury has been at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, as the Deputy Director and Head of European and American Collections, Maps, Music and…


Joan Mitchell Remembered in a Three-Day Symposium


A three-day symposium in New Orleans celebrates the life and work of Joan Mitchell April 9-11, 2010.  Co-organized by Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Gallery and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, this gathering will feature art historians, friends of Mitchell and film screenings.  Additionally, three exhibitions bring together the three major bodies of her work: paintings at…


Artists Design Themes for Google’s Chrome Browser


Chrome, Google’s flashy new web browser, is now offering themes designed by artists such as Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, Tom Sachs and Dale Chihuly. What’s a theme?  It’s the thing behind the webpages you are looking at.  All you usually see is that little strip on top, a gray bar.  New themes by artists, designers…