Writings by Jonathan Goodman


Albert Oehlen at Luhring Agustine

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


Shahzia Sikander at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Brilliantly colored, covered with decorative motifs and gestural abstractions, the work suggests a gorgeous manuscript, a place where the politics of place and the pain of indifference no longer exist.


Ellen K. Levy: Stealing Attention at Michael Steinberg Fine Art

The complications of scale bring about violent contrasts and juxtapositions, many of which make little evident sense; this is, I think, a metaphor for the anarchy of war, as well as the dishonesty that provided moral cover for those politicians who originally wanted to invade Iraq.


Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool at the Studio Museum in Harlem

The painter Barkley L. Hendricks caught not only the mood, but also the dress of black Americans in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Indeed, the subhead of the Studio Museum’s exhibition, “Birth of the Cool,” gives the nod to the development of a style whose casual hipness and intimated militancy marked a generation of African Americans.


Lin Yan at China Square Gallery

Lin has managed, through wit and a visionary interpretation of speech, to create a low-relief sculpture that refers simultaneously to American political and artistic history.


Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking at The Drawing Center

When Mullican asserts in writing that the “preoccupation with materials and processes seems to clutter up the phenomenon of what interests me,” he is making it clear to us that no individual person or thing can contain the entirety of that which engages him. Thus the artist reworks appearances as a means of describing the gestalt that both energizes and evades his hand.


New China New Art by Richard Vine

Vine and artist Zhang Hongtu present revised/expanded edition at New York Public Library this Wednesday (February 1)


Jackie Winsor at Paula Cooper Gallery

Much of Winsor’s originality derives from her enigmatic yet evocative treatment of form, which conceals as much as it reveals.

Miguel Trelles, Guateque (Filial Piety in Relation to the Three Powers), 2008. Oil on linen, 60 x 72 inches. Courtesy the Artist, photo: Jonas Hidalgo.

Miguel Trelles: Trámite – Hsiao at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts

Miguel Trelles at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts

Ching Ho Cheng, The Certainty of Blue IX, 1994. Charcoal, graphite and pastel on torn rag paper, 38-1/2 x 50 inches. Courtesy Shepherd & Derom Galleries.

Ching Ho Cheng at Shepherd & Derom Galleries

Ching Ho Cheng at Shepherd & Derom Galleries