Writings by Eric Gelber

Frankenthaler: New Paintings


Knoedler & Company 19 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021 tel: 212 794-0550 May 1 – July 18, 2003 The cult of the ugly, consisting of people who equate ugliness with artistic merit, would not approve of this exhibit. Helen Frankenthaler is still guiltlessly making beautiful pictures, even though her work has been dismissed,…


Adolph Gottlieb: A Survey Exhibition


It might surprise us to learn that Adolph Gottlieb considered himself to be a conceptual artist. It is hard for us to imagine any painter as a conceptual artist. Don’t conceptual artists make their statements with pickled sharks and soiled beds? This survey at the Jewish Museum includes early paintings heavily influenced by Milton Avery…


Julian Schnabel


Big Girl Paintings Gagosian Gallery 555 West 24th Street New York, NY 10022 March 14-April 20, 2002 There are six very big paintings in this show and one tall ugly sculpture. If critical judgment must be reduced to “You get it or you don’t,” then I guess I don’t. Five of these paintings are based…


Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence


Metropolitan Museum of Art March 12 – June 19, 2002 The last major tapestry exhibit in New York took place in the early 1970s. The 41 tapestries in the present exhibition, on view now in the Met’s Tisch Galleries, were made by networks of cartoonists and tapestry weavers (most of them unknown) from the 1400s…


Roberto Juarez


Robert Miller 526 West 26th Street New York, NY 10022 November 14 – December 22, 2001 The work of Roberto Jaurez contains nothing that is extraneous to the art of painting. It bristles with a combination of glowing depths and fresh, imaginative line. A super abundance of beaded spirals, wavy triangles and rectangles (sometimes flat…


Joel Shapiro Hits the Roof


When it comes to whimsy, exuberance and pizzazz, the sky’s the limit for Joel Shapiro. Joel Shapiro was born in 1941 and became a bona fide member of the New York avant-garde in the late sixties during the heyday of Minimalism. Five of his sculptures can be seen right now on the tourist-friendly rooftop of…


An Orgy of Violence


Leon Golub: Paintings (1950-2000), was at the South London Gallery and at the Albright Knox, Buffalo, and continues at the Brooklyn Museum til August 19, 2001 “Every virtue resides or is symbolized in the flesh together with all humiliation, threat and squalor”. So wrote the British art critic Adrian Stokes in his 1967 Reflections on the…


William Kentridge


New Museum of Contemporary Art New Museum of Contemporary Art New York NY 10012 www.newmuseum.org June 2 – September 16, 2001 The first American Retrospective of William Kentridge at the New Contemporary Museum is a moving experience. Despite it’s political edge, his art does not become the “kitchen help of politics.” His animated films and…