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These paintings convey nature’s immensity even as they mangle its topography. ...
 
Munro Galloway, 65” x 47.5” (What We Talk About When We Talk About Donuts), 2014. Oil, acrylic and inkjet on canvas, 65 x 47 1/2 inches. Photograph by John Berens,  courtesy of the artist and Soloway Gallery.
Galloway show’s his head-hand coordination. ...
 
Samuel Fosso, Le chef qui a vendu l’Afrique aux colons, 1997. C-print, 101 x 101 cm. Courtesy of the Walther Collection.
Fosso challenges visions of African identity through self-portraiture. ...
 


Ying Li, City Series #3, Blue Curtain; 2014. Oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist and The Painting Center.

Clusterfunk: Six Solo Shows in Two Galleries


Two galleries cluster three solo shows each, a less-than-ideal way to show interesting work by six artists.


Bettina Blohm, Diagram 1, 2014. Charcoal on paper, Courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery

Diagrams Intuited: Bettina Blohm at Marc Straus


An abstract painter with drawing roots in the landscape


Theresa Chong, LU (Walking Carefully), 2014. Gouache and colored pencil on Shikibu Gampi, 12 x 11-3/4 inches. Courtesy of Danese/Corey

Imagined Landscape: Theresa Chong at Danese/Corey


A show of small works on paper, through November 15


Christopher Williams; Untitled (Study in Yellow/ Berlin) / Dirk Schaper Studio, Berlin / June 21, 2007 (No. 1); 2008. Chromogenic color print, 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams.

The Production Line of Credulity: The Rhetoric of Christopher Williams


Williams’s recent retrospective was praised for its critical and visual ingenuity, but was that adoration misplaced?


Harriet Korman, Untitled, 2012. Oilstick on paper, 16-1/2 x 23-1/2 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.

Jewel-Pure Color: Harriet Korman at Lennon, Weinberg


“Rigorous, flat, unpredictable, startling, deadpan, funny”


Jim Hodges, the dark gate, 2008. Wood, steel, electric light, and perfume, 96 x 96 x 96 inches. © Jim Hodges. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

Give You So Much More: Jim Hodges at the Hammer Museum


A traveling retrospective of the artist’s work renders the personal political and beautiful.


Tomma Abts, Untitled #7, 2013. Colored pencil and pencil on paper, 35-1/2 x 25-7/8 inches (90.2 x 65.7 cm). Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery

Real Spaces and Illusions of Depth: Tomma Abts at David Zwirner


Asymmetry, illusion and odd numbers all add up in her latest exhibition


Tomer Aluf, Untitled, 2014. Oil on canvas, 60 x 54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and KANSAS, New York.

Sweet and Dandy: Tomer Aluf’s Bohemian Paintings


The artist’s first solo exhibition at KANSAS, New York, shows his discernment and love of the visual and physical promenade.


William Conger, #131, 2014. Gouache on paper, 5 x 4 inches. Courtesy of Studio Vendome Projects

Beyond Image: William Conger of Chicago


A veteran abstract painter defined by and defining his city.


Installation shot, Spaced Out - Migration To The Interior, lower floor. Photo: Greg Mionske / Red Bull Content Pool

Total Work of Art: “Spaced Out” at Red Bull Studios


Curated by Phong Bui, works and installation alike evoke psychedelic experience