Writings by Drew Lowenstein

Norman Bluhm: Large Scale Works on Paper


Squirmy, steadfast, and biologic in their surging rhythmic climax, Bluhm’s forms bulge and push up against the edges of his support, creating an explosive pressure. His use of bilateral symmetry heightens this effect.


The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer reinforce the picture plane by building their modernist compositions like so many overlaid computer windows, while Gerard ter Borch accentuates the picture window with a diagonally placed mantelpiece, bed, or table in his interiors. Not to be outdone, Gerrit Dou uses the “window niche,” a framing device that he pioneered, to mediate our voyeuristic gaze into the private realm of the sitter.


Time, Truth and History – El Greco to Picasso


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street New York City 212 423 3500 November 17, 2006 to March 28, 2007 What to think of yet another in the procession of general surveys the Guggenheim has served up?  In 2000, the late, great Robert Rosenblum presented the 1900 show as an expansive index that…


Gary Stephan


Baumgartner Gallery 418 West 15 Street, New York NY 10011 January 20 – February 21, 2001 I’m always curious to see what Gary Stephan’s next show will offer.  I may or may not get hooked, but his consistent probe into the activity of abstract painting is usually persuasive.   His current show has no hooks but satisfies completely….


James Esber


P.P.O.W. Gallery 476 Broome Street New York 10013 By DREW LOWENSTEIN In his second solo exhibition at PPOW gallery, James Esber continues to pull, ply and distort sexist and racist hate images culled from popular American sources. But this time a more subtle use of these taboo subjects operates as they intrude, creep into and…