Posts from April, 2010

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…


Tribute to Victor Pesce, 1938-2010


Victor Pesce: Selections, 1978-2010, on view at Elizabeth Harris Gallery


Richard Smith at Flowers New York


Richard Smith is best known for the synthesis of two seemingly antithetical movements: Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism.


Charles Parness at the National Academy


This was an artcritical PIC in April 2010.


Mercedes Matter at the Weisman Gallery, Pepperdine University


There’s an internalized severity to her art; its fierce angularity suggests an appetite for sensual abandon constrained by geometry, argues HEARNE PARDEE