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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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Art on the Line


Galeria Janet Kurnatowski 205 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn April 29 – May 28, 2005 Painting is most exciting when it engages your grey matter as much as your guts. It’s amazing that an object on a wall – little more than a poster really – can get a mature adult’s mind racing and body trembling. At…


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William Tucker: Recent Sculpture


McKee Gallery until June 3 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 212-688-5951. A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, April 28, 2005 They say inside every fat man a thin one is trying to escape: Might the same be true of sculpture? William Tucker’s career traces a trajectory from the skeletal…


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Julian Schnabel at C&M Arts


Julian Schnabel: Selected Paintings through June 4, 2005 at C&M Arts, 45 East 78th Street, New York, 212-861-0020. A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, April 21, 2005 Eighteen months ago, on these pages, I treated the latest paintings of Julian Schnabel to severe deprecation. In regretting any absence of resistance…


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Robert Gober at Matthew Marks Gallery


RECRUCIFYING THE STARR REPORT Until April 23 523 W. 24th Street, between Tenth Avenue and West Street, 212-243-0200   At the ecclesiastical-sounding Matthew Marks Gallery, everything is set up like a church. A nave of sepulchral objects leads the eye directly to a high altar, dominated by a crucifix. This is flanked by a pair…


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Alexander Ross at Feature Gallery, Gary Hume at Matthew Marks, Magnus von Plessen at Barbara Gladstone


Alexander Ross through April 23 at Feature Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-675-7772. Gary Hume through April 30 at Matthew Marks, 523 West 24th Street, 212-243-0200. Magnus von Plessen through April 23 at Barbara Gladstone, 515 West 24th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-206-9300 A typical Alexander Ross painting…


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Wayne Thiebaud: High Cholesterol Nonedibles


“Wayne Thiebaud: Since 1962: A Survey” through May 27, 2005 Allan Stone Gallery 113 East 90th Street, New York, 212 987 4997. A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, April 7, 2005 There is a legend concerning the art critic Roger Fry that as a young man traveling in Italy he would…


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Graham Nickson and Giorgio Cavallon


Graham Nickson: Paintings Salander-O’Reilly Galleries 20 E. 79 th Street, New York 212-879-6606 Giorgio Cavallon: Paintings Salander-O’Reilly Galleries Both shows through April 30 What, for a painter, surpasses the nobility of the human figure? Why, several human figures—or so we might gather, thumbing through any history book of western art. So many of the “mega-hits,”…


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Mark Heyer: Recent Paintings


Lohin Geduld Gallery 531 West 25th Street Until April 23 One of the appeals of Outsider Art is its apparent sincerity–the relief it offers from Postmodernist detachment and appropriation. The problem lies in verifying its authenticity, because a skilled artist can find ways to appropriate even the appearance of sincerity. After all, how hard is…


Henry Finkelstein: New Paintings


Kraushaar Galleries 724 Fifth Avenue Until April 30 A few floors below in the same gallery building, the exuberant landscapes of Henry Finkelstein, a painter in his mid-40s, make an intriguing contrast with Ms. Blaine’s. Mr. Finkelstein’s bold palette convincingly evokes the atmosphere of the French countryside he paints, his rich hues maintaining their full…


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Nell Blaine


Tibor de Nagy Gallery 724 Fifth Avenue Until April 23 Every few years, Tibor de Nagy Gallery offers up another selection of works by painter Nell Blaine (1922–96), allowing us to wonder again at the intensity of this artist’s highly original, self-possessed images. The present selection of work from her last four decades includes two…