Writings by David Carrier


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…


Liza Lou at L&M Arts

We all know that beautiful artifacts are grand commodities, and so have to be carefully guarded. But by making her sculptures beautiful and menacing, both at the same time, Lou brings home that contradiction.


Antonie’s Alphabet: Watteau and His World by Jed Perl

I enjoyed every word of this beautifully composed book, a virtuoso performance by a writer at the top of his form, who almost never fails to be totally engaging.


Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to “In Search of Lost Time” by Eric Karpeles

Thanks to the very fully annotated correspondence, in 38 volumes, we know a great deal about Marcel Proust’s tastes in visual art. When young he frequented the Louvre, went to the Low Countries and, under the spell of John Ruskin, traveled to see France’s medieval churches. He devoted long essays to Gustave Moreau and Monet,…


Abstract Expressionism: A World Elsewhere curated by David Anfam at Haunch of Venison

We need to understand properly the Americanness of Abstract Expressionism, without treating it either as a triumph of chauvinistic mythmaking or as an episode in the Cold War.


Nick Miller: Truckscapes at the New York Studio School

Just as many Matisse drawings and paintings made in Nice in the 1920s and 30s incorporate a representation of himself making the work of art, so Miller includes images of his working space in his landscapes. The effect is to bring us into the working process.