Writings by David Brody

Louise Belcourt, HedgeLand Painting #9 2009. Oil on canvas over panel, 30 x 41 inches. Courtesy Jeff Bailey Gallery

Louise Belcourt at Jeff Bailey Gallery


February 17 to March 27 511 W 25TH Street, Second Floor New York City, 212 989 0156 Clouds and shrubbery, water and air have long been insinuating themselves into Louise Belcourt’s lusciously brushed color fields that otherwise can seem bequeathed from Friedl Dzubas or Helen Frankenthaler.  Belcourt raises the stakes of this mingling of painting…


Charles Steffen, Red Headed Stripper at the End of Her Act 1991. Pencil on brown wrapping paper, 49 x 30 inches. Courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery

Charles Steffen: Drawing Nudes is Like Saying a Prayer, Amen at Andrew Edlin Gallery


Stylistic textures are revealed to be unselfconscious tics without which Steffen cannot construct flesh.


Phillip Taaffe, Subsaxana, 2007. Mixed media on paper, 21 x 30 inches. images courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Phillip Taaffe at Gagosian


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


Eric Fischl, Corrida in Ronda #6 2008. Oil on linen, 84 by 120 inches. Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Eric Fischl at Mary Boone


By all rights these life-and-death-size duels in the sun between bullfighters and bulls should be awful, stripped of the mystery and mediation that until now had been the artist’s stock-in-trade.


Elliott Green, Lemmonny Soap 2009. Oil on linen, 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of D’Amelio Terras

Elliot Green: Personified Abstraction at D’Amelio Terras


Green’s current paintings supplant his earlier “limited animation” mock-mayhem with the saturated glazes and rendered anatomies of a Golden Age chipmunk fable.


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Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Paine manages to steer these leafless “Dendroids,” as he calls them, between the Scylla of transparency and the Charibdis of mechanization.


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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros at Gagosian Gallery


The problem with late Picasso has to do with his stubborn insistence on diaristic expressionism increasingly isolated from changing times.


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Brooklyn DIY: A Story of Williamsburg Art Scene 1987-2007 directed by Martin Ramocki


In Julian Schnabel’s film Basquiat, the title character, exemplar of the flameout credo of the East Village, is assisting an artist-installer at the Mary Boone Gallery.  This mediocrity, played by Willem Da Foe, attempts to counsel the hero about the benefits of a reliable day job.  Basquiat replies that someday he would show on those very…


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Hilary Brace: Recent Drawings at Edward Thorp Gallery


At first the eye is fooled – one thinks one is looking at silvery photographs of sublime cloudscapes shot from an airplane above an uninhabited wilderness. Closer examination reveals the patient, expert mark of the hand, as well as an improvisatory richness of imagination that, while consistently illusionistic, is decidedly otherworldly.


Meredith Allen, Untitled, 2008

Meredith Allen at Edward Thorp Gallery


Meredith Allen at Edward Thorp Gallery