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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. ...
 


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The Battle of Algiers: Marc Lafia and Fang-Yu Lin


A project co-commissioned by Artport at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Tate Online “The Battle of Algiers” is the second of three commissioned projects that will be displayed at Artport and Tate Online in February and March 2006. Each project showcases net art as central to the conception of the museum as a networked, virtual…


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Thomas Nozkowski at Max Protetch, Tony Berlant at Lennon, Weinberg


THOMAS NOZKOWSKI Max Protetch until March 18 (511 W. 22 Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-633-6999) TONY BERLANT: Within Lennon, Weinberg until March 11 (514 W. 24 Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-941-0012) Thomas Nozkowski’s paintings call out for oxymoronic exaltations: bravura reticence! Fluent awkwardness! Grandiose humility! Mr. Nozkowski’s inventions burst with a…


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An Unmodern Master’s American Moment: William Nicholson at Paul Kasmin


Until March 18 293 Tenth Ave between 26th and 27th Streets, 212-563-4474 A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, February 16, 2006 Sometimes, unexpected context can give the requisite jolt that leads to aesthetic discovery. Paul Kasmin’s Chelsea gallery, with its exposed concrete ceilings and whitewashed walls, usually plays host to…


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Gregory Gillespie, Chaim Gross, William Kentridge


GREGORY GILLESPIE Forum Gallery CHAIM GROSS: REINVENTING FORM Forum Gallery WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THE MAGIC FLUTE, DRAWINGS AND PROJECTIONS Marian Goodman Gallery Not many contemporary artists came as close as Gregory Gillespie (1936-2000) to the virtuosic rendering of early Renaissance painting, and none took these talents in so unsettling a direction. The thirty-odd paintings at Forum…


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Barbara Schwartz


Andre Zarre Gallery 529 West 20th St., 7th Floor New York, NY 10011 212.255.0202 January 17 – February 25, 2006 A version of this review first appeared in Gay City News, February 9-15, 2006 Recent polychrome wood relief panels by Barbara Schwartz convey a quietly magisterial beauty by means of playful colors and shapes. They…


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Deborah Roan: The Greenbacked Tip


Von Lintel  Gallery 555 W.25th Street New York NY 10001 212-242-0599 January 12 – February 11, 2006 The cryptic phrase SURYA TECHNO presides over the scene as two dolls raise their perfect eyebrows and scream ghostly laughter through the blue and orange architecture of a Paris storefront. Signage to the left urges ACHAT (buy); signage…


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Mary Mattingly: Second Nature


Robert Mann Gallery 210 Eleventh Avenue New York NY 10001 January 5 to February 25, 2006 Mary Mattingly’s photography explores many themes and concepts: home, travel, cartography, human relationships, human interaction with the organic world, the corporate entities that have influenced and shaped so much of our lives, language, the privatization of natural resources such…


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Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul


The Museum of Modern Art, New York 11 West 53rd Street February 19—May 8, 2006 The first Edvard Munch retrospective in America in the past thirty years is a big disappointment.  But it’s not the artist’s fault. There is an obligation to provide a narrative shape that highlights the genuine achievements of an important artist’s…


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Thomas Hirschhorn: Superficial Engagement at Gladstone Gallery and Roxy Paine at James Cohan Gallery


Hirschhorn until February 11 515 W. 24th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-206-9300 Paine until February 25 533 W. 26th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-714-9500 Thomas Hirschhorn and Roxy Paine, two sculptors with ambitious installations in Chelsea right now, might seem diametrically opposed in terms of sensibility, representing Dionysian and Apollonian extremes…


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Christopher Winter: Virgin Forest


Edelman Arts at Salander-O’Reilly 20 East 79th Street New York 212-879-6606 January 7-31, 2006 This review first appeared in The New York Sun, January 12, 2006. SALANDER-O’REILLY IS SHOWCASING CHRISTOPHER WINTER’S Bavarian kinder kitsch as a courtesy to Asher Edelman, mega-collector. Described by the Wall Street Journal in 1998 as “one of the most notorious…