Writings by Robert C. Morgan

Michael Goldberg, Sam Wells, 1962. Oil on canvas, 99-3/4 x 88-3/4inches. Courtesy Knoedler & Company

Michael Goldberg at Knoedler & Company


Given their extraordinary force and paradoxical restraint, these paintings represent the kind of psychic change that distinguishes the fifties from the sixties.


Dorothea Rockburne, Universe Series, 1994-99. Raw pigment, acrylic medium and charcoal on watercolor paper, mounted on ragboard, six panels, each 22 x 30 inches. Images courtesy of New York Studio School.

Dorothea Rockburne: Astronomy Drawings at the New York Studio School


These staggering images made it clear that the universe is an interconnected assembly of electrical circuits and that energy and matter are, indeed, infinite in their connectivity.


Installation shot of the exhibition under review, courtesy of PaceWildenstein Gallery

Robert Ryman: Large-small, thick-thin, light reflecting, light absorbing at PaceWildenstein


Ryman appears less concerned with representing the color white in all its purity than with the experience of “real light,” in the non-illusionistic sense of “the light by which the paintings are seen.


Zhang-Huan, installation shot of the exhibition under review. Photography by G.R. Christmas. Courtesy of PaceWildenstein, New York. (c) Zhang Huan Studio

Zhang Huan at Pace Wildenstein


With Zhang’s Rulai one senses the conflicting elements of life and death within the gray ash.


Black Kites 1997. Graphite on skull, 8-1/2 x 5 x 6-1/4 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gift (by exchange) of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Magill, 1997. all images this article © 2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco at The Museum of Modern Art, New York


This first major museum retrospective of Mexican Gabriel Orozco has been viewed as controversial, and not entirely for reasons of taste.


Liu Ye, Banned Book 2 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 31-1/2 x 39-3/8 inches/ 80 x 100 cm. Private Collection, Courtesy Sperone Westwater Gallery.

Liu Ye: Leave Me in the Dark at Sperone Westwater Gallery


November 7 – December 19, 2009 415 West 13 Street, between 9th Avenue and Washington Street New York City, 212 999 7337 While many of the most lucrative sales in auctions devoted to Chinese contemporary art have gone to large-scale expressionist-style painting, Liu Ye offers a subtle counterpoint as if to suggest that not all…