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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
 
Mimmo Rotella, TAL, 1957, Décollage on canvas, 12 7/8 x 14 1/4 inches. Image courtesy of the gallery.
selected early works were on view uptown ...
Friday, January 6th, 2017
 
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Cannibalization is a creative act in the artist’s recent show of new text-based and reductivist work. ...
Sunday, August 21st, 2016
 
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A show of activist art from across Latin America. ...
 

Monday, May 4th, 2009

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Adel Abdessemed at David Zwirner Gallery


Abdessemed’s show is an exhilarating introduction to his work as the artist’s “acts” (as he calls his works) have a truly visceral resonance for every viewer. Yet, the show suffers from the ubiquitous interests of the artist, his “fascination with the world” as he himself identifies it.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

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Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros at Gagosian Gallery


The problem with late Picasso has to do with his stubborn insistence on diaristic expressionism increasingly isolated from changing times.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

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Jane Freilicher: Changing Scenes at Tibor de Nagy Gallery


Freilicher’s work becomes tighter over time, but the spirit of chance encounter remains.

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

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Frances Hynes: North Light: Recent Paintings at June Kelly Gallery


By relaxing conventional standards of realistic description, Hynes makes her images immediately accessible to the mind and its fluctuations of mood, and enables herself to explore the modernist vision common to the painters that inspire her

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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Glenn Goldberg: Welcome at Luise Ross Gallery


Goldberg navigates directions between abstraction and referential drawing. Most of his imagery is rooted in the organic and yet conglomerates of patterned forms can establish structures that hint at geometric organization.

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

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Louise Fishman at Cheim & Read


Fishman had been asking very specific things of her chosen medium: how does one make it relevant to oneself and one’s history? How does one possess it? How do you filter your experiences through it?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Shahzia Sikander at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.


Brilliantly colored, covered with decorative motifs and gestural abstractions, the work suggests a gorgeous manuscript, a place where the politics of place and the pain of indifference no longer exist.

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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Linda Francis, Don Voisine, Joan Waltemath, Michael Zahn at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, and Jennifer Riley: To Be A Thing In This World at LaViolaBank Gallery


In each picture, there is a sense that the overt structure is a kind of plan for the making of the work, while the work is the exposition of that plan. But, at the same time, the work is more than its own plan.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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Ellen K. Levy: Stealing Attention at Michael Steinberg Fine Art


The complications of scale bring about violent contrasts and juxtapositions, many of which make little evident sense; this is, I think, a metaphor for the anarchy of war, as well as the dishonesty that provided moral cover for those politicians who originally wanted to invade Iraq.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


Like some earlier Guggenheim exhibitions, Mark Rosenthal’s 1996 splendid, mindless history of abstraction and the more recent survey Russia! are two examples, The Third Mind presents much great art without a convincing visual premise.