Writings by Joe Fyfe

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Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modern Architecture, 1922-32 Photographs by Richard Pare


The Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues New York City 212 708 9400 July 18–October 29, 2007 Richard Pare is a documentary photographer who specializes in historical architecture and has written a book on the subject entitled Photography and Architecture. He spent fifteen years collecting examples of architectural photography,…


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From Vietnam: Some Hanoi Artists


In his second dispatch from the Vietnamese capital, Joe Fyfe visits the studios of Vu Dan Tan, Maritta Nurmi, Phuong Nguyen Linh, Pham Ngoc Duong. I once visited a famous American painter, getting old by that time, who had spent his formative artistic years in Paris before returning to the U.S. Commenting on another American artist…


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Report from Hanoi


Rienke Enghardt and Tran Trung Tin at Art Vietnam, Hanoi HANOI–Areas of the city feature numerous art galleries aimed primarily at the tourist business. Hundreds of insipid decorative paintings are for sale. Oddly, there is more than an occasional almost interesting one. Some of the more adventurous Hanoi artists also produce for the commercial painting…


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Douglas Gordon: Timeline


Museum of Modern Art 11 W 53 Street New York City 212-708-9847 June 11–September 4, 2006 The literature surrounding the Douglas Gordon retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art emphasizes time and sociology, while I prefer to think of the work as sculpture; this makes the catalog, which is full of mass-media images, seem beside…


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A Turn in Sri Lanka


Religion is a natural subject with Sri Lankan artists. “I am a Tamil and was a Hindu but now I am a Christian”, said one.” I am a Buddhist but I pray to the Virgin Mary”, said another. “I was informed that you were a Buddhist monk,” I mentioned to an artist, “is this true?”…


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Cady Noland Approximately: Sculptures and Editions, 1984-99


Triple Candie 461 West 126 Street New York NY 10027 212-865-0783 April 21 to May 21, 2006 The sculptor Cady Noland (b.1956) is a little like J.D.Salinger, who arrived big on the literary scene in the late 1940s, made a significant contribution, then more or less disappeared, keeping tight control over the release of his…


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Peter H. Begley and Keith Long


Salander-O’Reilly Galleries 20 East 79th Street March 21 to April 22, 2006 Ansonia Pharmacy Windows 6th Avenue and 10th Street March 14 to April 18, 2006 OK Harris Gallery 383 West Broadway March 25 – April 22, 2006 Reactionary bores often claim that a “Real Artist” is someone that pursues a “Personal Vision” and is…


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Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul


The Museum of Modern Art, New York 11 West 53rd Street February 19—May 8, 2006 The first Edvard Munch retrospective in America in the past thirty years is a big disappointment.  But it’s not the artist’s fault. There is an obligation to provide a narrative shape that highlights the genuine achievements of an important artist’s…


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Yves Klein


Yves Klein: Fire Paintings Michael Werner Gallery 4 East 77 Street New York NY 10021 November 1, 2005to January 14, 2006 Yves Klein: A Career Survery L&M Fine Arts 45 East 78th Street New York NY10021 October 25 to December 10 The French artist Yves Klein seemed to be a verb from outer space. The…


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Sam Martineau and Anne Deleporte


SAM MARTINEAU Brooklyn Fire Proof 101 Richardson St., btwn. Leonard St. & Manhattan Ave. Williamsburg Sat. & Sun.1 p.m.-6p.m. Through Nov. 13 718- 302-4702 ANNE DELEPORTE Roebling Hall 390 Wythe Ave., at S. Fourth St. Fri.-Mon. noon-6p.m. Through Oct. 31 718-599-5352 Two artists who paint on material culled from newspapers and magazines have exhibitions in…