Sunday, August 21st, 2016
A show of activist art from across Latin America. ...
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Twin surveys of Ader’s short but brightly burning career are mounted in New York and London. ...
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Twin surveys of Ader’s short but brightly burning career are mounted in London and New York. ...

Sunday, February 1st, 2009


Kirsten Hassenfeld at Smack Mellon

January 17-February 22, 2009 92 Plymouth Street, at Washington Street Brooklyn, NY, 718 834 8761 It is hard to imagine an installation looking better in the industrial Smack Mellon main exhibition hall than Kirsten Hassenfeld’s current installation, Dans La Lune. Smack Mellon is a venue of raw physicality, with towering concrete columns framed in industrial steel,…

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


Stanley William Hayter in America: Paintings, Drawings and Prints, 1940-1950 at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art

Naumann has had the courage and good taste to break the medium barrier between Hayter’s experiments in printmaking, drawing and painting by presenting his work chronologically, regardless of – and mixing up – medium and support.

The resulting hang is very refreshing, and vindicating, to those afficionados sick to the hind teeth of Hayter being dismissed as a “technical wizard” in the etching studio, and therefore not, by extension, a “real” artist outside of it.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking at The Drawing Center

When Mullican asserts in writing that the “preoccupation with materials and processes seems to clutter up the phenomenon of what interests me,” he is making it clear to us that no individual person or thing can contain the entirety of that which engages him. Thus the artist reworks appearances as a means of describing the gestalt that both energizes and evades his hand.

Monday, January 26th, 2009


R. H. Quaytman: chapter 12: iamb at Miguel Abreu Gallery

Quaytman works in a mode of painting/silkscreen hybrid, an at once middle-brow and mass-produced liminal form that is ideologically adrift between the elite and the unique in a way that recalls Warhol. The show quietly crackles with ideas about production; perception and legibility; the nature of the “image;” and the play between painterly and photographic values.

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008


Marlene Dumas at MoMA and Elizabeth Peyton at the New Museum

Dumas and Peyton are united in their limitations as well as their strengths—and, arguably, in their capacity to ensure that their limitations are strengths. Dumas’s photo-dependency gives her imagery political edge. Denial of sensory depth almost punishes viewers for yearning for it, reminding them of the urgencies of injustice and exploitation that this art – and their consciences – should be addressing. Peyton’s style wallows in its own patheticism, as if cloying, ephemeral, illustration-technique are symptoms of self-pity. Such knowingly retarded means sit perfectly with the basically adolescent emotion she taps, which is that of star-struck infatuation.

Monday, December 22nd, 2008


Magdalena Abakanowicz: The Reality of Dreams at Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

These monumental drawings consist of interwoven lines made with charcoal or gouache that tangle and bind together to form strange organic beings. Forms allude to a tree trunk, a human torso, a flower, or an insect; they explore the ambivalence between nature’s capacity to produce the mysterious pulsating of life which is simultaneously haunted by the treachery of death.

Friday, December 19th, 2008


William Tillyer: The Cadiz Caprices at Jacobson Howard Gallery

There are few abstract painters at work today who manage to push both metaphor and literalism so hard, simultaneously, as William Tillyer.

Sunday, December 14th, 2008


Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The attractiveness of the towering, tree covered mountains in Landscape after Wang Meng’s “Travelers amid Autumn Mountains” is self-evident. But if you cannot also see how this is a copy of a fourteen century imitation of Dong Yuan’s 10th century Travelers amid Autumn Mountains, then who knows what you are missing.

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Miguel Trelles: Trámite – Hsiao at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts

Much of his earlier work has been involved in reconciling his interests in Chinese traditional painting with his very contemporary reading of his own outsider status as a bilingual Latino artist in America.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008


Lorna Simpson: Ink at Salon 94 and Salon 94 Freemans

The tensions between intimate and public, between information and interpretation, in Simpson’s drawings of women’s hair take on a different meaning in a second body of work in what the artist calls the “orchestrated theatrical disaster” of war.