Writings by Maureen Mullarkey

Rackstraw Downes: Drawing as Part of the Process


New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture 8 West 8 Street New York NY 10011 212.673.6466) April 29 to June 12, 2004 A version of this essay appeared in The New York Sun, Thursday, June 3, 2004. Does drawing matter anymore? It is a common question made all the more pointed by the…


Lee Bontecou: Drawings from 1958 to 1999 and Sarah G. Austin: Assemblages


Knoedler & Company (19 East 70 Street, 212.794.0550) May 6 to July 30, 2004 Kimberly Venardos (1014 Madison Avenue at 78 Street, 212.879.5858) April 22 to May 29, 2004 A version of this article appeared in the New York Sun, May 20, 2004 Lee Bontecou is back! Launched by Leo Castelli in the 1960s, she…


Victor Pesce


Elizabeth Harris Gallery 529 West 20th Street New York NY 10003 212 263 9666 March 11 to April 10 , 2004 a version of this article first appeared in The New York Sun on Thursday, April 8, 2004 Victor Pesce is a sly abstractionist who rides the realist rail. His pared-down imagery refers to real…


David Levine: Escapes


Forum Gallery 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 212-355-4545 February 12 to March 20, 2004 Dickensian in temperament, David Levine wields a wicked pen. Part moralist, part entertainer, he lampoons presidents, political contenders, literati, and cultural icons with equal verve. On view are 40 caricatures from The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker…


In Pursuit of Enlightenment: New Watercolors by Alexander Creswell and Dee Shapiro: “The Last Time I Saw Cuba”


Hirshl Adler Galleries April 24 (21 East 70th Street, 212.535.8810) Andre Zarre Gallery May 1 ( 529 West 20th Street, 212. 255.0202) A version of this review appeared in The New York Sun, April 15, 2004 If you are in the market for society portraits of Stately Houses or a souvenir of some luxurious site…


Wendy Mark, Rosemarie Beck, Paul Resika, Andrea Morganstern


Wendy Mark: Recent Monotypes Lori Bookstein Fine Art 37 West 57th Street, New York. Tel: 212. 750.0949 Lovers: The Drawings of Rosemarie Beck and Paul Resika, 1968-69 Lori Bookstein Frine Art Andrea Morganstern: Nature’s Pulse Kimberly Venardos & Co. 1014 Madison Avenue at 78 Street, New York. Tel: 212.879.5858 A version of this review appeared…


Vincent Desiderio: Paintings and Raymond Han: Still Lives


Marlborough 46 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue, 212 541 4900 through February 7 Forum Gallery 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 212 355 4545 through February 7 this article first appeared in the New York Sun on Thursday, February 12, 2004 Figure painting claims greater gravity and issues a tougher challenge than other genres….


Rosemarie Beck: Paintings 1965 – 2001


New York Studio School 8 West 8th Street, New York Tel. 212.673.6466 Rosemarie Beck died in New York in July, 2003. This posthumous exhibition is the final stop on a tour that originated at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, in 2002. It is her first in Manhattan in fifteen years. Since the closing of the…


John Currin


Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street November 20, 2003 – February 22, 2004 Currin is an accomplished stylist who knows how to cover a canvas. His paintings are full of small seductions. The edges of his forms are everywhere graceful. His handling of drapery and clothing can be delicious. His…


Janet Malcolm


Lori Bookstein Fine Art 50 East 78th Street New York NY 10021 Tel. 212.439.9605 October 9 to November 8, 2003 As a challenge to traditional painting, collage is one of Modernism’s lasting gifts. Argus-eyed, it endows its audience with a kaleidoscope of viewpoints along a scale from the personal and recondite to the purely formal….