Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
The second of artcritical’s 2015 dispatches from Venice ...
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Ellen McFadden, Toketee, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ampersand Gallery.
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Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Installation view of "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Theory," 2015, at the Garage Musuem. Photograph © 2015 by Egor Slizyak and Denis Sinyakov, courtesy of the Garage Museum.
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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Edward Millman, Fresco Detail, St Louis, MO Post Office, 1942. Tempera on masonite

Los Tres Grandes: US Artists Interpret the Mexican Muralists

Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralists at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Mercedes Matter, Tabletop Still Life, ca. 1936. Oil on canvas, 43 x 48 inches, Private collection, Florida.

Mercedes Matter at the Weisman Gallery, Pepperdine University

There’s an internalized severity to her art; its fierce angularity suggests an appetite for sensual abandon constrained by geometry, argues HEARNE PARDEE

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Misheck Masamvu, Post Election Results oil on canvas, dimensions not known, courtesy of the artist.

Notes from…Harare, Zimbabwe

In a Catch-22, artists cannot sell their work, but they also cannot afford to “waste” materials on work that is not for sale.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

installation shot of the exhibition under review

Yan Pei-Ming: Landscape of Childhood at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

By his critical reference to the illusions of the rhetoric of the Olympics, vastly expensive events which diverted funding from the fundamental needs of the population, he makes a powerful political statement, all the more potent because it is extremely elliptical.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Diana Thater, RARE 2008. 16 LCD monitors, DVD player, DVD, and existing architecture, 204 x 264 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York. All photographs by Pablo Mason.

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet at the Berkeley Art Museum

By design, the show is a revealing jumble, expressing something of what it has come to mean to respond to a place (or site, region, niche), and something of what it can no longer mean.

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Qigu Jiang Figure A 2008. Ink on rice paper, 16 x 12 feet. Courtesy Koehnline Museum.

Ink Paintings by Qigu Jiang: Figures at The Koehnline Museum

Jiang’s work is philosophy in motion: Essence of line and essence of modern truth are his constant themes.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Renato Giuseppe Bertelli, Continuous Profile (Head of Mussolini), 1933. Terracotta with black glaze

The Russian Linesman, curated by Mark Wallinger on tour in the UK

16 February – 4 May 2009 The Hayward Gallery, London 16 May – 28 June 2009 Leeds Art Gallery 18 July – 20 September Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea At a first glance, The Russian Linesman, a group exhibition curated by Mark Wallinger seems to be an eclectic choice of art and artefacts, like a contemporary…

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Allison Katz, Poires Noires, 2009. Oil and rayon string on canvas, 66 x 56 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

Allison Katz: Ruthless in Chalk Farm at Battat Contemporary

Although this exhibition consists of a wide range of works done over the past two years it is purely, and unapologetically, commemorative in spirit.

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Report from Berlin

Rothko/Giotto Gemäldegalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin February 6-May 3, 2009 Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin March 7- May 10, 2009 Blockbuster exhibitions can be extremely small. When recently the Frick presented the London Cimabue alongside its Manhattan mate, in the small room next to the bookstore, a revelatory visual relationship was…

Friday, May 1st, 2009


Austin: The Texas Biennial

While the Texas Biennial has some kinks to be ironed out, ALISON HEARST reports, working together to increase the dialogue and push Texas art forward is what Austin does well.