Writings by Eric Gelber

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Irate Phone Customer


Christie’s record breaking three-day auction of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Berge, earned more than $484 million, but has not escaped controversy. Two bronze fountainheads from the auction, taken from China’s Summer Imperial Palace in 1860, sold for $18 million each to a telephone bidder, who remained anonymous at the…


Art Stars


In a Lifetime Channel biopic set to air later this year, Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen star as the photographer Alfred Stieglitz and the painter Georgia O’Keefe. The two will be working together again in an art related project in the Broadway production of Michael Jacobs’ play “Impressionism”, much of which, is set in a…


Susanna Heller, On the Heel -Toe Express, 2008. Oil on canvas, 36 x 31 inches

Susanna Heller at Magnan Projects


Susanna Heller at Magnan Projects


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David Kinast: The ISM


Vacillation between equilibrium, a consistently busy surface that can be read as a singular gestalt, and the disequilibrium caused by the dark and sometimes opaque asymmetrical highlights that disrupt these linear networks, creates unpredictable rhythms within the iterations of abstract shapes.


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Sean McCarthy: I Think of Demons


McCarthy’s chimerical hybrid creations are sphinx-like. Mysterious and inscrutable, their individual characteristics undermine any symbolic reading. They are rooted in the real world, but also convey a complete sense of otherness.


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Diana Puntar: Lived Live Evil Devil at Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery


Their biomorphic qualities are undermined by the fabrication process, but this increases the sense of otherness they generate. They suggest imaginary beings that are not the product of fantasy, but rather of imaginative speculation on the real but unknown.


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Yuri Masnyj: The Night’s Still Young


Metro Pictures 519 West 24th Street New York City June 21 – July 31, 2007 Yuri Masnyj’s art bears the burden of historical self-consciousness unwaveringly. The modernist style permeates his compositions, the cartoonish yet exacting watercolors of interior spaces and the hybrid sculptures. Masnyj transforms modernist formal devices and elements of genre painting into a…


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Nancy Shaver: “Retail,” sculpture and objects from Henry


Feature, Inc. 530 West 25th Street New York City 212 675 7772 14 April – 19 May 2007 The curiosity shop that artist Nancy Shaver runs in Hudson, N.Y., is named Henry. It is an antique store filled with non-art objects in display cases that customers pay cash for and carry away. In one sense…


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Justin Lieberman: Agency (Open House)


Zach Feuer Gallery 530 West 24th Street New York City 212-989-7720 January 11 to February 24, 2007 Historically speaking, the emphasis on written language in works of visual art, whether it is done in a mocking, disruptive, or sculptural way, introduced a level of criticality that was not there before. If a visual artist decides…


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Alan Davie: Mystic Visions


The Scottish-born painter Alan Davie turns 87 this year. He has been called one of Britain’s most significant living artists and one of its most famous beatniks. He wears a bushy, long white beard and is an accomplished jazz musician as well as a poet. Davie made a splash in the New York art scene…