Writings by David Carrier

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Ann Stokes: Artists’ Potter, edited by Tanya Harrod


Some artists change the way that you understand art history. Ann changed the way that I and many other people understood everyday life.


Wang Guangyi, Great Criticism: Andy Warhol 2002. Oil on canvas, 300 x 200 cm.

Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China by Karen Smith; and Ai WeiWei by Karen Smith, Hans Ulrich Obrisi, Bernard Fibicher


It may seem odd to locate the birth of the Chinese avant-garde so close to the present, for in the West that period style label is associated with the late 19th Century, but in the early 1980s, China was emerging from a long period of being effectively cut off from the outside world.


Report from Berlin


Rothko/Giotto Gemäldegalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin February 6-May 3, 2009 Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin March 7- May 10, 2009 Blockbuster exhibitions can be extremely small. When recently the Frick presented the London Cimabue alongside its Manhattan mate, in the small room next to the bookstore, a revelatory visual relationship was…


Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience: a Reevaluation by Irving Sandler


Is there anyone in our Manhattan art world who does not know Irving Sandler? Much loved, he is our Vasari, the tireless chronicler  who attends every lecture, goes to every show, and knows every artist and critic. In this well illustrated book, a revision of his classic The Triumph of American Painting, he focuses on 1942…


The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


Like some earlier Guggenheim exhibitions, Mark Rosenthal’s 1996 splendid, mindless history of abstraction and the more recent survey Russia! are two examples, The Third Mind presents much great art without a convincing visual premise.


Jim Dine: Hot Dream (52 Books) at PaceWildenstein


Pinocchio’s nose grew when he lied, and so he is a perfect role model for this artist whose magnificently chaotic installation presents the truthful lies of art


Terry Winters: Knotted Graphs at Matthew Marks Gallery


Some may remind you of Sam Francis’s Blue Balls, although Winters packs his pictures more densely. And his lavishly worked colors occasionally have some unruly relationship to 1970s pattern painting, the faux-Islamic decorations of Philip Taaffe and, even, the gridded portion of Henri Matisse’s The Moroccans. But whatever his visual sources, Winters makes entirely original, entirely resolved works of art.


Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


The attractiveness of the towering, tree covered mountains in Landscape after Wang Meng’s “Travelers amid Autumn Mountains” is self-evident. But if you cannot also see how this is a copy of a fourteen century imitation of Dong Yuan’s 10th century Travelers amid Autumn Mountains, then who knows what you are missing.


Julie Langsam, Mendelsohn Landscape (Einstein Tower), 2008. Oil on panel, 23 x 23 inches, Courtesy of Frederieke Taylor

Julie Langsam at Frederieke Taylor


Julie Langsam at Frederieke Taylor


Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman


At the end of the Civil War, there were very few significant paintings in America. By the start of the Great War, however, thanks to a surprisingly small group of men and women, the extensive collections we possess today had started to be formed. Cynthia Saltzman, a marvelously writerly writer, has studied the literature, read…