Writings by John Goodrich


The Scabrous Intensity of Lucian Freud

A review of his 2006 show at Acquavella Galleries


Susan Shatter: New Paintings and Stuart Shils: Works on Paper

Susan Shatter: New Paintings DFN Gallery 210 Eleventh Avenue New York City 212-334-3400 Stuart Shils: Works on Paper Davis & Langdale Company, Inc. 231 East 60th Street New York City 212-838-0333 No other medium has watercolor’s blend of luminosity and directness, and none requires so sure and responsive a touch. With larger watercolors, it becomes…


Christine Hartman: Drawings and Paintings

Bowery Gallery 530 West 25th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues 646-230-6655 Until October 1, 2005 It’s no cliché—painting really is, and always has been, an act of inquiry. But art in New York City has become a competitive vocation, so driven by eye-catching effects and rib-nudging ideas, that it can be difficult to separate…


An American Abroad: Sandra Fisher and her School of London Friends

New York Studio School 8 West 8 Street New York NY 10011 212 673 6466 March 30 to May 13, 2006 The achievement of the American artist Sandra Fisher  (1947–94) was overshadowed during her lifetime by her husband R.B. Kitaj and other School of London artists. Now, 12 years after Fisher’s  death from a cerebral hemorrhage,…


White II: An Exhibition of White Paintings

Howard Scott Gallery 529 West 20th Street 646-486-7004 February – March 11, 2006 According to light theory, white is the sum of all colors. As a spiritual symbol, white occupies one end of another kind of spectrum; it’s the note of purity beyond life’s assortment of grays. For artists, though, white has a more down-to-earth…


Gregory Gillespie, Chaim Gross, William Kentridge

GREGORY GILLESPIE Forum Gallery CHAIM GROSS: REINVENTING FORM Forum Gallery WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THE MAGIC FLUTE, DRAWINGS AND PROJECTIONS Marian Goodman Gallery Not many contemporary artists came as close as Gregory Gillespie (1936-2000) to the virtuosic rendering of early Renaissance painting, and none took these talents in so unsettling a direction. The thirty-odd paintings at Forum…


George Nick

George Nick: Recent Paintings Tibor de Nagy Gallery 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 212-262-5050 November 16 to December 23 George Nick: An Artist’s Conscience New York Studio School (8 West 8th Street, New York, NY 212-673-6466 October 27 to December 10, 2005 Underneath the luscious surfaces of George Nick’s paintings lurks a contradiction. His…


James Bohary

Elizabeth Harris Gallery 529 W 20th Street, New York 212-463-9666 Through May 27 Abstract-Expressionism is a tough act to revisit; whose gestures today could seem as authoritative—and yet so personally revealing—as Jackson Pollock’s? Nevertheless “Ab-Ex” continues to be a fertile source for many contemporary painters, among them James Bohary, whose encrusted but quirkily disciplined canvases…


Graham Nickson and Giorgio Cavallon

Graham Nickson: Paintings Salander-O’Reilly Galleries 20 E. 79 th Street, New York 212-879-6606 Giorgio Cavallon: Paintings Salander-O’Reilly Galleries Both shows through April 30 What, for a painter, surpasses the nobility of the human figure? Why, several human figures—or so we might gather, thumbing through any history book of western art. So many of the “mega-hits,”…


Mark Heyer: Recent Paintings

Lohin Geduld Gallery 531 West 25th Street Until April 23 One of the appeals of Outsider Art is its apparent sincerity–the relief it offers from Postmodernist detachment and appropriation. The problem lies in verifying its authenticity, because a skilled artist can find ways to appropriate even the appearance of sincerity. After all, how hard is…