Writings by John Goodrich

Brett Bigbee, James, 1999-2001. Oil on canvas, 47-3/4 x 22-1/2 inches. Courtesy of Alexandre Gallery

Triggering the Ingres Reflex: Brett Bigbee, His Powers and His Intentions


The recent overview of his paintings and drawings was at Alexandre Gallery


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Learning to Look: “Nature is the Teacher” at the Painting Center


February 2011 exhibition featured Simon Carr, Stanley Lewis, Thaddeus Radell, and Deborah Rosenthal.


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Stuart Shils: Recent Paintings at Tibor de Nagy Gallery and John Dubrow: Small Landscapes at Lori Bookstein Fine Art


The exhibitions of Shils and Dubrow overlapped by only a couple days, just enough to allow fresh comparisons between the two. Their differences intrigue: could it be that Shils seeks evocative means of representing, while Dubrow peruses the workings of representation itself?


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Max Weber: Paintings from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s at Gerald Peters Gallery


Woman Holding Tablet (1946) pleasingly and convincingly locates a seated figure within a geometric environment, with ochre tints and warm blacks set deftly against notes of bright coral and medium blue. The rather strenuous engineering of the pose and surroundings, however, give the impression of an exercise – a demonstration of the plastic re-creation of a generic event.


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Louisa Matthiasdottir: Selected Paintings at Tibor de Nagy Gallery


Throughout this retrospective selection of her work, one senses in Matthiasdottir a luminous reserve – a private temperament joyfully submitting to an exacting task. We’re rewarded with extraordinary evocations of the observed.


Ying-Li, Jim, 2007. Charcoal on paper, 30 x 23 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

Ying Li at the Painting Center


Ying Li at the Painting Center


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Peter Heinemann: Bluebird


Heinemann’s intensity, always apparent in his incisive, schematized shapes and hues, now describe with awkward purposefulness the trappings of rustic life: still lifes of dry good scales, vases, and lawn ornaments, and outdoor scenes populated by bird feeders and flower gardens – and, most notably, by the cats which by turns resemble inert, furry spheres or rocketing pillows with lethal teeth.


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Gustave Courbet


As a painter, Courbet ravishes a nude in the same manner as he would a tree or a trout: for the visual evidence of its expressive physicality.


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Rackstraw Downes at Betty Cuningham and Greg Lindquist at Elizabeth Harris


Downes paintings reflect a unique combination of aggressive conception and passive elaboration. Fervent perceptions of space enliven their broad outlines; details follow, filling in the story of each site exactly “as is.” Colors add atmosphere and light.


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I Am as You Will Be: The Skeleton in Art


Cheim & Read 547 West 25th Street New York City 212 242 7727 September 20 to November 3, 2007 In Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s “Triumph of Death” (circa 1562), hordes of skeletons swarm upon a town, pitilessly inflicting lessons about the transitoriness of life and its diversions. Popular depictions of death have evolved in the…