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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
 
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Exuberant joy in the face of anguish; through September 10 ...
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
 
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For Dumas, the question of extinction also points to violence against African-Americans ...
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
 
Florine Stettheimer, Self-Portrait with Palette (Painter and Faun), ca. 1915, oil on canvas. Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York
“Painting as Poetry” on view through September 25 ...
 

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.

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.

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Baker Overstreet, Sequined Cyclone Sequence, 2008. Acrylic and latex on canvas, 48 by 62 inches. Cover NOVEMBER 2008: The Continental Bathosphere, 2008. Acrylic and latex on canvas, 62 by 48 inches. Images courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser, New York.

Baker Overstreet: Follies at Fredericks & Freiser


Baker Overstreet at Fredericks and Freiser

Friday, October 17th, 2008

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Untitled (Vicarious): Photographing the Constructed Object at Gagosian Gallery


This adventurous photography survey, pairing historical and contemporary examples of sculptural construction and assemblage as subject matter, includes David Smith, László Moholy-Nagy, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, James Welling, Gregory Crewdson, Thomas Demand and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

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Nick Miller: Truckscapes at the New York Studio School


Just as many Matisse drawings and paintings made in Nice in the 1920s and 30s incorporate a representation of himself making the work of art, so Miller includes images of his working space in his landscapes. The effect is to bring us into the working process.

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Ching Ho Cheng, The Certainty of Blue IX, 1994. Charcoal, graphite and pastel on torn rag paper, 38-1/2 x 50 inches. Courtesy Shepherd & Derom Galleries.

Ching Ho Cheng at Shepherd & Derom Galleries


Ching Ho Cheng at Shepherd & Derom Galleries

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

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Night


Nightfall can inspire fascination with the starry sky, optimistic hopes for fulfilled sexual desire, or at least anticipation of sleep. But it can also cause anxiety if you are lonely, which is why van Gogh described The Night Café (1988), at MoMA, as showing a place where “dark forces lurked and suppressed human passions could suddenly explode.”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

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Janet Malcolm: “Burdock” at Lori Bookstein Fine Art


Janet Malcolm at Lori Bookstein Fine Art

Monday, September 29th, 2008

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Rirkrit Tiravanija: Demonstration Drawings at the Drawing Center


There is a limited range of drawing styles, which tends to be competent enough but generally stilted, illustrative, and a bit nerdish. One wonders whether the difference in treatment that does come across is purely a matter of the individual draftsman’s hand or whether different speeds of movement in the scenes depicted — orderly placid drudging through dreary East European streets versus violent clashes with riot-geared police in some steamy tropical town — account for these differences.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

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Diana Al-Hadid: Reverse Collider at Perry Rubenstein Gallery


Al-Hadid has been hooked on towers for several years now, involved in what can be taken as a reverse Watts Towers syndrome — instead of transforming found, non-art materials to create an aspirational edifice, she deploys considerable artistry to depict with a literalist intensity state of the art, fabricated structures in a frozen instant of failure.