Writings by Stephen Maine

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In Fashionable Flower: Lee Friedlander’s Mannequins


Reflections of the clamorous streetscape invade the dummies’ glamorous domains


Allison Gildersleeve, Hide Out, 2011. Oil and alkyd on canvas, 52 x 54 inches. Courtesy of Asya Geisberg Gallery

Tunnel Vision: Allison Gildersleeve at Asya Geisberg


Animated touch, sumptuous color and a disquieting absence of context.  Through April 7


Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [Bathroom Window, Broadway studio], ca. 1961. Gelatin silver print. Photo © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA

All the World’s a Combine: Robert Rauschenberg’s Photographs


Review of the new book from D.A.P.


Willem de Kooning, Montauk I, 1969. Oil on canvas, 88 x 77 inches. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Roundtable on MoMA’s de Kooning Retrospective


with David Carrier, David Cohen, Ivan Gaskell, Jennifer Riley and Joan Waltemath,


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The Reductive Expands: MINUS SPACE will move from 175 feet in Gowanus to a Dumbo loft


Last show in old space closes September 17


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Thriving on Drama and Discordance: The Life of Alice Neel


A review of Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty by Phoebe Hoban


Lucian Freud, Man with a Blue Scarf, 2004. Oil on canvas, 66 x 50.8 cm. Private Collection. Lucian Freud archive, photography by John Riddy. Works by Lucian Freud © 2010 Lucian Freud.

Anatomy of a Sitting: Lucian Freud Paints A Portrait


Review of Martin Gayford’s recent book, Man with a Blue Scarf


Hope Gangloff, The Trouble with Paradise, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 64 x 81 inches. Collection of Cynthia and Stuart Smith

The Aldrich at a Crossroads


Portraiture shows at the Aldrich occasion a portrait of the institution itself


Dennis Hollingsworth, Todo es Igual, 2011. Oil on canvas over panel, 32 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Nichole Klagsbrun, New York, NY

Variety Trumps Argument at the Bronx River Art Center


The Working Title,  a raucous survey of contemporary abstraction with an undercurrent of humor, until April 29


Wallace Whitney, Quarry, 2010. Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 inches. Courtesy of Horton Gallery

The Big (Juicy) Apple: Three current shows of abstract painterliness


Russell Roberts at Heskin Contemporary, Cynthia Hartling at Janet Kurnatowski, and Wallace Whitney at Horton