Writings by Jonathan Goodman

Gerard Mosse, Step Into Light, 2008-2009. Oil on Linen, 79 x 59 inches. Courtesy Elga Wimmer PCC

Gerard Mosse at Elga Wimmer


Reinterpreting Flavin’s purist experiments with light within the medium of oil on linen enables Mosse to describe the moment when color becomes something as indefinable as light.


Bill Jensen, With Color XXIV, 2009. Egg and oil tempera on paper, 20-1/2 x 14-3/4 inches. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

Bill Jensen at Cheim & Read


Jensen is in some ways a reticent painter, removing all signs of a brushstroke. His quietness, though, becomes something else when one regards the casual mastery and expressiveness of color in much of his art.


David Reed, Working Drawing for #571-2, two sheets; each 22 x 17 inches. cover FEBRUARY 2010: Color Study 45, 2009. Color Study for Painting 601. images courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York

David Reed at Peter Blum (Soho)


The drawings are filled with information and speculation.


Linda Cross, Fresh Kills 2005. Paper and acrylic on panel, 47 x 42 x 8 inches

Linda Cross at the James W. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College and the Beacon Institute of Rivers and Estuaries


She doesn’t paint so much as build her pictures…they seem to convey the reality of water stopped up with manmade detritus.


Carroll Dunham, Bather (one) 2009. Mixed media on canvas, 71 x 71 inches. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery

Carroll Dunham at Gladstone Gallery


Carroll Dunham’s rough canvases, tilting toward aggressive sexual assertion and actions of near anarchy, are catchy tunes of hipster malice.


Wolfgang Laib, Installation view: Frieze of Life October 30 - December 5, 2009 Photo by Jason Wyche. Copyright the Artist, Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Wolfgang Laib: Frieze of Life at Sean Kelly Gallery


Laib sees his art as having a political dimension, in the sense that the production of cultural artifacts change people and institutions.


Double Indian Yellow 2008. Acrylic on Canvas, 2 panels, 72 x 36 inches each. Courtesy of Walter Randel Gallery

Ted Kurahara: Portraits at Walter Randel Gallery


If we are hesitant to use a term so absolute as “the absolute,” we can, even so, acknowledge the extreme philosophical drive in Kurahara’s esthetic.


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A.R. Penck: New System Paintings at Michael Werner


Saving the imagery from what we might call barbarous chaos is Penck’s highly skilled orientation and spacing of the visual components of an individual work.


detail of Orange Fizz 2008. Elmer's glue & ink on panel, 36 x 72 inches. Courtesy of Margaret Thatcher Projects.

Heidi Van Wieren at Margaret Thatcher Projects


The consequences of Van Wieren’s style allow for simultaneous readings of her art.


Chantal Joffe at Cheim & Read


Joffe is not a perfectionist. Instead, she is intent on capturing a moment in time, not with a photographer’s precision, but as a painterly tableau.