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.
Robert Grosvenor at Paula Cooper
Brian Alfred at Haunch of Venison
The best works are vibrant and fun, and show the chops of a painter who takes delight in straightforward, rambunctious picture making.
Linda Cross at the James W. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College and the Beacon Institute of Rivers and Estuaries
She doesn’t paint so much as build her pictures…they seem to convey the reality of water stopped up with manmade detritus.
With Zhang’s Rulai one senses the conflicting elements of life and death within the gray ash.
Transgressive, experimental, fiercely individualistic, Man Ray evaded any categories not of his own creation.
Among thirteen tapestries commissioned from contemporary artists, the most interesting are those in which the medium adds a level of meaning to the image.
We still have much to learn about California’s cool recasting of New York’s cold Minimalism, but these shows provide a good place to start.
Once the complexity of the paintings’ under-layers have revealed themselves, we are in a position to appreciate the way in which these paintings offer up to us a visual metaphor of their own making.