Writings by Stephanie Buhmann

The Family (Algis, Julie and Bailey) 1968. Oil on canvas, 63-3/8 x 37-1/8. © The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

Alice Neel at David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth


Thinking of herself as a “collector of souls,” Neel created an oeuvre that not only reveals different facets of humanity, but also sums up the diversity of American urban society.


Glenn Goldberg: Welcome at Luise Ross Gallery


Goldberg navigates directions between abstraction and referential drawing. Most of his imagery is rooted in the organic and yet conglomerates of patterned forms can establish structures that hint at geometric organization.


Joe Fyfe: Recent Work at James Graham & Sons


While Fyfe has worked with combining more traditional methods of painting with textile collages for years, it is through the overt focus on counterparts in this exhibition, contrasting the more serious with the playful and the reserved with the whimsical, that Fyfe reveals both the diversity of his artistic interests and the extent of expressive versatility he has reached in his work.


Raqib Shaw at the Met, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Whatever stories Shaw might tell and whatever horrific creatures he might portray, they all are camouflaged by an overstimulation of the viewer’s visual senses. The excessiveness of information is severe and can be compared to 1960s psychedelic art or Persian miniatures.


Take your Time: Olafur Eliasson


The waterfalls promise to be impressive and quite the sensation, but they will also reveal Eliasson’s main strength – the skill to turn a generous gesture into a subjective experience, which even in a city of millions can be as personal as it will be communal.


Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today


Color in general, as well as the emotional and highly individual effects it has on us, is mysterious and personal, no matter how neutrally it is applied. Though the way color was derived in many of the artworks on display was either scientific or arbitrary, the works nevertheless reach the audience on an emotional level that lies beyond anyone’s control.


Jeff Wall


The Museum of Modern Art February 25 – May 14, 2007 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York February 23 – March 31, 2007 By STEPHANIE BUHMANN Jeff Wall is considered one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. Though his medium is photography it is perhaps inappropriate to think of him as a…