Writings by Stephen Maine

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

Sandi Slone, The Buxom Eye, 2009. Oil, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 66 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

The Buxom Eye of Sandi Slone

Essay from the artist’s exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon, October 7 to 30, 2010


The Last Roar of Leon Golub

Leon Golub: Live and Die Like a Lion, at the Drawing Center, through July 23

Dawn Clements, Ruin, 2009. Sumi Ink on Paper, 143 x 116 inches. Courtesy of Pierogi 2000

Dawn Clements at The Boiler (Pierogi)

One senses that drawing is how Clements comes to grips with her surroundings, whether those stimuli are constructed, imagined or discovered.

John Himmelfarb, Mesa 2009. Unique bronze, 14 x 42-1/2 x 30 inches. cover MARCH 2010: Knowledge 2010. Unique bronze, 27 x 31 x 22 inches. All images courtesy Luise Ross Gallery.

John Himmelfarb at Luise Ross Gallery

February 18 to April 17 511 West 25th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues (212) 343-2161 The veteran Chicago painter and printmaker John Himmelfarb has recently turned to sculpture in a variety of mediums.  Several delightful examples of his foray into the third dimension are now on view in a rousing show entitled “Geared Up,”…

Paul Corio, Toga Tiger 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Paul Corio at 210 Gallery

Corio brings a hard-earned sense of humor and mischief to abstraction rooted in the phenomenology of optical sensation, a branch of contemporary art not exactly known for big laughs.


Rosemarie Fiore: Pyrotechnics at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

The artist’s material of choice is live fireworks, or rather the tinted smoke, made of fine particles of organic dyes, that color their familiar, ordinarily airborn explosions.


David Diao: “I lived there until I was 6…” at Postmasters

For decades, Diao has injected deeply personal, even confessional content onto the placid surfaces and into the untroubled spaces of Modernism by way of a formal vocabulary grounded in the conventions of presentation diagrams, plans, text. The new work retains its erstwhile formal elegance and restraint, but rueful humor is replaced by a seething emotional undertow stemming from the artist’s inherited memories of his family’s displacement and fragmentation at the hands of the Chinese government.


R. H. Quaytman: chapter 12: iamb at Miguel Abreu Gallery

Quaytman works in a mode of painting/silkscreen hybrid, an at once middle-brow and mass-produced liminal form that is ideologically adrift between the elite and the unique in a way that recalls Warhol. The show quietly crackles with ideas about production; perception and legibility; the nature of the “image;” and the play between painterly and photographic values.