As these mercurial installations, films, and performances indicate, Conceptual art often yielded works of great elegance in novel forms of presentation.
The background shadows throb with an almost Goya-esque expressionism. Maybe the matron is escaping into a sci-fi film. Maybe she’s wandering through the forbidden recesses of memory itself.
Thinking of herself as a “collector of souls,” Neel created an oeuvre that not only reveals different facets of humanity, but also sums up the diversity of American urban society.
Broken Flowers and Grass: Nature and Landscape in the Drawings of Anselm Kiefer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kiefer is a complicated independent, one who adopts the revanchist Neo Expressionist mode of his peers, yet embraces and exposes the repressed and tangled complexities of German life.
Precisely situated in undelineated seas of space, Granne’s forms feel at once boldly declarative and alarmingly precipitous.
Retrieved in tribute to John Chamberlain, 1927-2011
Joffe is not a perfectionist. Instead, she is intent on capturing a moment in time, not with a photographer’s precision, but as a painterly tableau.
1992009 is a group show with a catchy sci-fi name that offers the theory that 1992 and 2009 share not only similar cultural landmarks–the replacement of a Bush in the White House with a Democrat, the war in Iraq, and fiscal failure–but also an artistic vision.
The impulse to take Close for granted is perhaps all the greater because the work has an effortless assurance to it. But we must slow down, look past the facility, past the celebrity, to find the real investigation still taking place.
Paine manages to steer these leafless “Dendroids,” as he calls them, between the Scylla of transparency and the Charibdis of mechanization.