criticismExhibitions
Monday, June 8th, 2015
 
Cecily Brown, Land of the Free, 2008. Oil on linen, 12 1/2 x 17 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Maccarone Gallery.
Two painters on view at Maccarone. ...
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
 
Holly Zausner, Unsettled Matter, 2015. Single channel HD video, color + sound, TRT: 10:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Postmasters.
The artist’s new video shows the city emptied, but nonetheless full of majesty. ...
Sunday, May 24th, 2015
 
Installation view, "Malcolm Morley," 2015, at Sperone Westwater. Photo courtesy of the gallery.
The realist painter loosens up with new assemblages of warships and planes. ...
 

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

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Alberto Burri at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


However raw and rude his torn, scorched and crudely sewn-together burlaps, his molten plastics, or his randomly cracked ceramics might have been, he was a consummate aesthete, incapable — seemingly — of inelegance. In the case of Italian artists, the national stereotype happens to be true — they have a Midas touch with beauty, even when they are attempting to convey poverty, trauma or angst.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

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Ariane Lopez-Huici: Photography


Lopez-Huici acknowledges the mythic power of the Venus of Willendorf, that of the earth mother and other myths of femininity, as she de-mystifies them through her subjects’ specificity and ambient humanity.

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Alberto Burri, Rosso Plastica L.A.,1966. Plastic, acrylic, combustione on Celotex, 11-3/8 x 14-1/2 inches Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Alberto Burri at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


Burri is famous for the poverty of his means and the richness of his results.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

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The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light


As the skies become grey, the sunlight becomes scarce, and the air becomes frigid, we find in snowy Buffalo at the Albright-Knox, a respite for all of this, an oasis of color and light.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

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Thomas Demand at 303 Gallery and Merlin James at Sikkema Jenkins & Co


Merlin James and Thomas Demand might seem as different as two contemporary artists can be. But a coincidence of means begs a comparison between shows of overtly contrastive mood and art-world temper. For both artists make their final images from models of their own making.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

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Damien Hirst’s Shark


Hirst seems to play to the peanut gallery, the broadest audience, those who think of art as hallowed, more so because they don’t understand it.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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Painting Then For Now; Fragments of Tiepolo at the Ca’ Dolfin


When these three Tiepolos at the Met were removed from the main salon of Ca’Dolfin, the intended site-specific lighting effects were lost. But Alpers, Hyde and Kulok recreate the way that, to quote Alpers and Baxandall, “the world, on Tiepolo’s account, presents a conundrum and his painting makes us conscious of having to work to make things out.”

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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Karen Yasinsky at Mireille Mosler, Alex McQuilkin at Marvelli, Isaac Julien at Metro Pictures


Where Yasinsky accesses early girlhood through dolls and dinky illustration technique, McQuilkin seems dedicated to a perpetual state of teenage angst. The specific identification of both with early cinema relates to a broader trend in feminist-influenced art.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

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The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art


In tribute to curator Walter Liedtke, tragically killed in the Metro-North train crash Tuesday.

Friday, November 9th, 2007

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Anthony Caro at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


These hefty yet open-form, emphatic yet enigmatic assemblages of prefabricated, found, and adapted components show a youthful, spry, curiosity-filled artist at the top of his game.