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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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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…


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Judy Simonian: Chronic Civilization


This 2005 review is re-posted to mark Simonian’s current show, at Edward Thorpe Gallery, through February 19.


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Merlin James at Sikkema Jenkins & Co


Until January 21 530 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, 212.929.2262 Merlin James’s painting, “Flower Piece” (2001), is almost a manifesto of a will to evade categorization.  It hangs in a show spanning twenty years of his work at Sikkema Jenkins, his fourth with these dealers.  At first it looks like a dashed-off,…


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Stephen Harvey at Gallery Schlesinger, Gwen Hardie at Dinker Fine Art, Richard Walker at Alexandre Gallery


STEPHEN HARVEY: FLIGHTS Gallery Schlesinger until December 17 (24 E. 73rd Street, Second Floor, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, 212-734-3600). GWEN HARDIE: FACE PAINTINGS 2005 Dinter Fine Art until December 23 (547 W. 27th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-947-2818). RICHARD WALKER: BEACON ROAD PAINTINGS Alexandre Gallery until December 30 (41 E. 57th Street,…


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Sarah Bernhardt at the Jewish Museum


WHY THEY WENT WILD FOR THE DIVINE SARAH Alphonse Mucha, color lithographs, from left: Tragique histoire d’Hamlet, 1899; La Samaritaine, 1897; Lorenzaccio, 1896. When “the Divine Sarah” died in 1923 a million people lined the streets of Paris between the Madeleine and the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt to see her cortege wend its way to Pere-Lachaise:  An impressive turnout…


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George Nick


George Nick: Recent Paintings Tibor de Nagy Gallery 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 212-262-5050 November 16 to December 23 George Nick: An Artist’s Conscience New York Studio School (8 West 8th Street, New York, NY 212-673-6466 October 27 to December 10, 2005 Underneath the luscious surfaces of George Nick’s paintings lurks a contradiction. His…


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Katia Santibanez


Michael Steinberg Fine Art 526 West 26th St. Suite 215 New York, NY 10001 Tel: 212.924.5770 September 8 to October 8, 2005 Katia Santibanez, a painter based in New York, has spoken of her work as “the relationship between nature, architecture, geometry, and the power of the mind.” Often organizing the picture plane into a…