Writings by Drew Lowenstein


The Unknown Blakelock at the National Academy Museum

In addition to his spontaneous brushstrokes, Blakelock explores a decalcomania-like technique of load, press, smear, and lift. This emphatically material-based process creates a raised, textural web of paint activity with a few scattered reds, oranges and yellows flecking a surface that is eerily similar to Jackson Pollock’s and as interesting to ponder.


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

In tribute to curator Walter Liedtke, tragically killed in the Metro-North train crash Tuesday.


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…