Writings by Deborah Garwood

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Joan Colom: Gente del Raval


Laurence Miller Gallery 20 West 57 Street, 7th floor New York NY 212.397.3930 March 9 – April 29, 2006 From 1958 to 1961, Joan Colom surreptitiously photographed the lively social sphere of Barcelona’s red light district, known as the Raval. Colom exhibited this series to great acclaim at a gallery in Barcelona as well as…


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Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom from the Known


P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Avenue) Long Island City, NY 11101 718.784.2084 February 26, 2006 – May 29, 2006 Wolfgang Tillmans’s exhibition at PS1, entitled Freedom From The Known, features a new series of large scale abstract photographs. Some are unique while others are based on the artist’s previous imagery. This is…


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Barbara Schwartz


Andre Zarre Gallery 529 West 20th St., 7th Floor New York, NY 10011 212.255.0202 January 17 – February 25, 2006 A version of this review first appeared in Gay City News, February 9-15, 2006 Recent polychrome wood relief panels by Barbara Schwartz convey a quietly magisterial beauty by means of playful colors and shapes. They…


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Deborah Roan: The Greenbacked Tip


Von Lintel  Gallery 555 W.25th Street New York NY 10001 212-242-0599 January 12 – February 11, 2006 The cryptic phrase SURYA TECHNO presides over the scene as two dolls raise their perfect eyebrows and scream ghostly laughter through the blue and orange architecture of a Paris storefront. Signage to the left urges ACHAT (buy); signage…


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Judy Simonian: Chronic Civilization


This 2005 review is re-posted to mark Simonian’s current show, at Edward Thorpe Gallery, through February 19.


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Katia Santibanez


Michael Steinberg Fine Art 526 West 26th St. Suite 215 New York, NY 10001 Tel: 212.924.5770 September 8 to October 8, 2005 Katia Santibanez, a painter based in New York, has spoken of her work as “the relationship between nature, architecture, geometry, and the power of the mind.” Often organizing the picture plane into a…


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Robert Smithson


Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street New York, NY 10021 (212) 570-3676 June 23 – October 23, 2005 The Robert Smithson retrospective on view at the Whitney, which originated at LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art, thoughtfully presents the singular intelligence of Smithson’s radical vision. The exhibition features a representative selection…


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Ofri Cnaani: The Colonel and I


Andrea Meislin Gallery 526 West 26th Street, New York March 10 – April 22, 2005 A version of this article first appeared in Gay City News, Volume IV, Issue 15 | April 14 – 20, 2005. Ofri Cnaani is a young Israeli artist based in New York . In the Colonel and I, Cnaani’s first…


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Daniel Buren: The Eye of the Storm


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street), New York March 25 – June 8, 2005 A version of this article first appeared in Gay City News, Volume IV, Issue 15 | April 14 – 20, 2005. “I don’t believe in the existence of work that has no audience. Only once it is…


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Albert Kresch


A new model of modern art has emerged since MOMA’s 2004 reopening, one that is quite helpful in appreciating the long yet underknown career of Albert Kresch (born 1922). The reconfigured galleries at MOMA were hung to reflect a hard won principle: there have been “a succession of arguments and counter-arguments on the continually disputed…