criticismExhibitions
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
 
Charles Gaines, Faces 1: Identity Politics, #4, W.E.B. Du Bois, 2018 (detail). Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, lacquer, wood, 74 x 59-1/8 x 5-3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery.
An unusual show of portraits, on view in Chelsea through June 9 ...
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
 
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A Synthesis of Intuitions is up through July 22 ...
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
 
A two-part show at Bookstein Projects and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects ...
 

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Gustave Courbet


As a painter, Courbet ravishes a nude in the same manner as he would a tree or a trout: for the visual evidence of its expressive physicality.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Ruth Root


For an abstract painter of her generation, the older distinctions between figurative and abstract art, or between politically critical art and the consumer products of mass culture cease to have much importance. Perhaps that is why her essentially cheerful art shows no signs of th angst which inspired so many of the pioneering Abstract Expressionists.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Fay Ku


Like Henry Darger, Ku refers to a mindset populated by children who undermine confidence in the world as it is. She presents disturbing tableaux, meditations on transgressions that make no sense, that seem to come out of nowhere.

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

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Sean McCarthy: I Think of Demons


McCarthy’s chimerical hybrid creations are sphinx-like. Mysterious and inscrutable, their individual characteristics undermine any symbolic reading. They are rooted in the real world, but also convey a complete sense of otherness.

Friday, March 14th, 2008

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Luc Tuymans


In Luc Tuymans, you are never allowed to forget that the source is banal and secondary. Painterliness underscores alienation rather than ameliorating it.

Friday, March 14th, 2008

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Stanley Lewis


Lewis’s unfailingly authoritative skill for painting real, rich and crystalline light, joined to his muscular composition, is the key to his power and success.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Installation shot, details to follow.

Successive Approximation: Tauba Auerbach, Daniel Buren, Sol Lewitt, Mike Quinn and Robin Rhode


Tauba Auerbach, Daniel Buren, Sol Lewitt, Mike Quinn, and Robin Rhode at Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

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Bingyi Huang at Max Protetch


Given Huang’s indirectness, we experience the scene as if imbued with symbolist forms, which reveal their meaning only fleetingly. Yet the painting does not feel deliberately obscure, but rather poses the question, How much must be revealed before the images makes narrative sense?

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

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Rackstraw Downes at Betty Cuningham and Greg Lindquist at Elizabeth Harris


Downes paintings reflect a unique combination of aggressive conception and passive elaboration. Fervent perceptions of space enliven their broad outlines; details follow, filling in the story of each site exactly “as is.” Colors add atmosphere and light.

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

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Juan Usle at Cheim & Read and Silvia Bachli at Peter Freeman, Inc.


Despite different approaches towards scale, texture and color, a common attitude pervades each artist’s style that isolates a cool tension between involvedness and restraint.