Writings by Jonathan Goodman

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.


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.


Takako Azami at M.Y. Art Prospects

One of the most interesting aspects is Azami’s negative capability: her technique demonstrates a willingness to expunge the self in favor of a poetic exactitude of description.

Ins & Outs: Zaun Lee and Suzanne Song at Satori Galler

A persistence of hard-edged nonobjective painting shows the lineage of modernism hanging on, even if only by the fingernails.

Jenny Holzer: Protect Protect at the Whitney Museum for American Art

Her aphorisms are generalizations with political intent.


Albert Oehlen at Luhring Agustine

Trying to fail has played a major role in the work of Albert Oehlen.