criticismDispatches
 
Ellen Lanyon, Hat, Pin & Scarf, 1999. Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 22 inches. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
The show that Ken Johnson previewed with incendiary effect. ...
 
Caravaggio, The Fortune Teller, 1594. Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of Scala / Art Resource, NY, Pinacoteca Capitolina, Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy.
Channeling their own brand of the Arab Spring, arts community protests unseat the 30 year head of the city’s arts trust; plus an exhibition of Caravaggio… ...
 
Kristin Baker, Full Dawn Parallax, 2010. Acrylic on acrylic with powder-coated aluminum frame 114-1/8 x 99-1/8 x 15-1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Suzanne Geiss Co., New York. © Kristin Baker. Photograph by Matthu Placek. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Kristin Baker at the MFA, Boston, and commercial gallery shows of Joanne Mattera, Imi Hwangbo and Benicia Gantner ...
 


Gordon Senior: Standing on Earth


Truckee Meadows Community College 7000 Dandini Blvd Reno, Nevada 89512-3999 775 673 7000 March 5 to 30, 2007 A number of works address the preparation and the journey itself. These include most notably Conversation, which consists of eight tower-like structures surmounted by clay or bronze animals, mostly crows and hares. On one level, that of…


Michele Russman: Sculpture and Mark Nelson: Sound


The Koehnline Museum 1600 Golf Road. De Plaines, IL 847-635-2633. December 14 2006 – January 26, 2007 During the Modernist era many serious women artists were often excluded from art world consideration:  it was not until the Feminist movement of the 70’s that sculptors like Louise Bourgeious and Ruth Duckworth, who began their careers in the…


Andrew Krasnow: Of The Flesh ~ Skin Works 1990-2005


ADM PROJECT 6015 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA  90038 323.467.7967 October 27th – February 3rd 2007 By TOBEY CROCKETT Andrew Krasnow’s retrospective exhibition, “Of The Flesh: Skin Works 1990-2005” at  ADM Project in Hollywood is an extraordinary exhibition, by almost any standard.  While the show also includes part of an older film depicting the…


From Vietnam: Some Hanoi Artists


In his second dispatch from the Vietnamese capital, Joe Fyfe visits the studios of Vu Dan Tan, Maritta Nurmi, Phuong Nguyen Linh, Pham Ngoc Duong. I once visited a famous American painter, getting old by that time, who had spent his formative artistic years in Paris before returning to the U.S. Commenting on another American artist…


Eleanor Wood: Mixed media on paper


Don Soker Contemporary Art 49 Geary Street San Francisco 415 291 0966 November 1 to December 14, 2006 Minimalism strikes me as being quaintly obsolete, deriving from a formalist aesthetic that indulges in endgame polemics, arrogantly defining itself as the logical terminus of all previous painting and as the ultimate position that painting can take….


Report from Hanoi


Rienke Enghardt and Tran Trung Tin at Art Vietnam, Hanoi HANOI–Areas of the city feature numerous art galleries aimed primarily at the tourist business. Hundreds of insipid decorative paintings are for sale. Oddly, there is more than an occasional almost interesting one. Some of the more adventurous Hanoi artists also produce for the commercial painting…


Walking With Me 1997, charcoal, shellac, oil and pastel on paper, 67 x 30 inches, Courtesy the Block Museum of Art and the Artist

Jim Dine: Some Drawings, at the Block Museum, Evanston


As Dine exhibits at the Morgan Library, a 2006 review of an Illinois show.


Tom of Finland, Untitled (1963). Graphite on paper, 11-1/2 x 8-3/16 inches

Tom of Finland: Rough


Western Project 3830 Main Street Culver City, California   90232 310-838-0609 www.western-project.com July 29–September 9, 2006 Tom of Finland invites an intimate, comedic gaze. If there were two keys words for his work, they would be “freedom” and “narrative,” rather than “hot” and “hunky” as some might hazard. True, the topics of a Finland portrait…


A Turn in Sri Lanka


Religion is a natural subject with Sri Lankan artists. “I am a Tamil and was a Hindu but now I am a Christian”, said one.” I am a Buddhist but I pray to the Virgin Mary”, said another. “I was informed that you were a Buddhist monk,” I mentioned to an artist, “is this true?”…


Tom Otterness, Big, Big Penny, 1993. Bronze, edition of 3, 71-¼ x 65 x 13 inches. Courtesy the Artist

Tom Otterness in Beverly Hills


Beverly Hills City Hall 450 N. Crescent Dr. Beverly Hills, Ca.  90210 (310) 550-4796 November 15, 2005 – April 30, 2006 Tom Otterness apparently heard that people like money in Beverly Hills. Indeed, his eight sculptures on display on the west lawn of Beverly Hills City Hall tell a story about entrepreneurship, American justice, and…