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

Friday, November 28th, 2008

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Hilary Brace: Recent Drawings at Edward Thorp Gallery


At first the eye is fooled – one thinks one is looking at silvery photographs of sublime cloudscapes shot from an airplane above an uninhabited wilderness. Closer examination reveals the patient, expert mark of the hand, as well as an improvisatory richness of imagination that, while consistently illusionistic, is decidedly otherworldly.

Friday, November 28th, 2008

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Daniel Hesidence: 1779 / Pedestrians at Feature Inc


The artist softens his vigorous brushwork using a blending brush, a staple of the realist painter’s tool kit, relying too heavily on an admixture of white to sidestep the chromatic muddiness that would otherwise ensue. In places this unexpected technique imparts a smeary appearance, while elsewhere the forms are so hairy-looking you want to take a big comb to them.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

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Liza Lou at L&M Arts


We all know that beautiful artifacts are grand commodities, and so have to be carefully guarded. But by making her sculptures beautiful and menacing, both at the same time, Lou brings home that contradiction.

Monday, November 17th, 2008

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Frankenthaler at Eighty: Six Decades at Knoedler & Company


A “pink lady” is a cocktail made with gin, Grenadine, cream and egg white—the gin packs a punch masked by the more ladylike ingredients. The punch in this painting lies in how its image, suggesting (among much else) an orchid and a human heart, boils upward and outward, from its slate-blue core through the billowing peach and fuchsia of its sides to the splattering blast of blue and reds at the top.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

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Jackie Winsor at Paula Cooper Gallery


Much of Winsor’s originality derives from her enigmatic yet evocative treatment of form, which conceals as much as it reveals.

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

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Louisa Matthiasdottir: Selected Paintings at Tibor de Nagy Gallery


Throughout this retrospective selection of her work, one senses in Matthiasdottir a luminous reserve – a private temperament joyfully submitting to an exacting task. We’re rewarded with extraordinary evocations of the observed.

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

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Baker Overstreet: Follies at Fredericks & Freiser


Hints of past layers visible beneath the surface are the only counterpunch to a solid machine that affords little room for speculation beyond its shiny and seductive design. The label of “primitive” given to Overstreet and many of his peers in contemporary abstract painting belies a highly stylized, self-conscious approach to image construction.

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone at the New Museum and Mary Heilmann: Some Pretty Colors at Zwirner & Wirth


Heilmann often seems be daring herself to do something truly “awful”—only to find beauty in it…The accumulated brushmarks and open drips make her act of painting transliterate into a kind of crime of passion.

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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Cora Cohen: Come in a Little Closer at Michael Steinberg


Cohen makes evident tribute to the shaping influences of artists such as Kline, de Kooning, Pollock, and Wols and yet, with seemingly equal force of curiosity explores her fascination with the humble, yet visibly rich, impossibly chaotic, anti-heroic marks and stains of life from street culture: the entropy of urbanism.

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

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Abstract Expressionism: A World Elsewhere curated by David Anfam at Haunch of Venison


We need to understand properly the Americanness of Abstract Expressionism, without treating it either as a triumph of chauvinistic mythmaking or as an episode in the Cold War.