DAVID COHEN, Editor           


APRIL 2007

posted April 10, 2007 
DAVID COHEN on Alfred Leslie at Ameringer Yohe, Sylvia Sleigh at I-20, Philip Pearlstein at Betty Cuningham

While the desire to render people in a way that is immediate, universal and impactful has something primitive about it, revival of historically available styles entails sophistication—technically, if you are going to pull it off without looking anachronistic, and conceptually, if in fact mannerism is part of your intent. Often, significant contemporary realism is pulled by these competing forces—a naïve belief that you can capture reality and astute awareness of the relativity of style.

posted April 18, 2007
DAVID CARRIER on Saul Steinberg at the Morgan, Merlin James at the New York Studio School

I am in awe of Merlin James and Saul Steinberg, for in their very different styles they show everything that we can reasonably expect visual art to present; James in his painterly manner with the aid of the old masters, and Steinberg, a great linear artist, directly drawing from life.

posted April 17, 2007
STUDIO VISIT: ELLEN PEARLMAN on the Gao Brothers, Beijing

He shows me a book from a New York gallery filled with fluorescent Porky Pig like characters and escorts me inside his office to see these pieces in person. They are called “Miss Mao.” The artists are forbidden to show this work publicly inside the country.

posted April 17, 2007
DAVID OLIVANT on Gordon Senior at Truckee Meadows, Reno, Nevada

On one level, that of their natural scale, these are animal sculptures on pedestals, but they rapidly shrug off this convention and behave like maquettes for an architectural monument or, on a more narrative and whimsical level, symbols of the victory of nature over culture.

posted April 10, 2007
ERIC GELBER on Justin Lieberman at Zach Feuer

Juvenile and brilliant at the same time, this combination of the artist’s personal life and generic pornographic imagery emphasizes the ways in which our emotional lives, for better or worse, maneuver through the world of mediated images. No matter how shaped we are by the media we will always find a way to express ourselves, no matter how depraved our utterances might be.

posted April 10, 2007
PETER CAMPION on Deborah Rosenthal and Jed Perl at the Bowery

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Borromini’s famous rival, once called the younger Milanese “an ignorant Goth who has corrupted architecture.” The Gothic influence which so appalled Bernini, the penchant for flights of exaggeration, is precisely what interests Rosenthal and Perl.

posted April 1, 2007
RACHEL YOUENS on Jenny Tango at the Staten Island Museum

These paintings suggest that women are the true builders of human history, but Tango simultaneously celebrates and satirizes this achievement.