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Stephen Maine, HP11-0402,  2011. Acrylic on panel, 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist and 490 Atlantic Gallery.
Two artists’ recent shows in Brooklyn explore surface as substance. ...
 
Photograph of Milton Resnick.
Milton Resnick’s long but underappreciated career gets a review and revision at Mana Contemporary. ...
 
Andy Warhol, Nelson Rockefeller, 1967. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 75 x 56 x 1 1/4 inches. Copyright The Andy Warhol Foundation, courtesy of The Queens Museum.
The Queens Museum untangles the outrage and hypocrisy around Warhol’s commission at the 1964 World’s Fair. ...
 


William Kentridge: Zeno Writing


William Kentridge Zeno Writing Marian Goodman Gallery 24 West 57 Street, New York November 8, 2002- January 4, 2003 ‘Zeno Writing’, a multi-media project by South African artist William Kentridge which included a short animated film and supporting drawings, recently on show at Marian Goodman, is based on Italo Svevo’s 1923 novel Confessions of Zeno. The novel,…


Jeff Wall


Marian Goodman Gallery 24 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019 September 20 – November 2, 2002 The remnant of an old suitcase lies open, littered with garbage and filled with rain. Three strangers walk along an overpass on a partially cloudy day, carrying luggage. Smoke from a small fire rises through a forest’s bare…


Sam Taylor-Wood: Passion


Matthew Marks Gallery 523 West 24 Street, New York October 21 to November 2, 2002 In the large video projection “Pietà,” facing the desk at Matthew Marks Gallery, the artist Sam Taylor Wood labors to support the draped body of Robert Downey Jr. Why him, one might ask, and for that matter, why her? Why…


Elmer Bischoff Paintings


Elmer Bischoff Paintings Salander-O’Reilly Galleries 20 East 79 Street, New York October 29 to November 30, 2002 By focusing on the early and late abstractions and leaving out the figurative works for which he is best known, this exhibition offers a very clear look at Elmer Bischoff’s search for individuality. From the beginning of his…


Louise Bourgeois


Cheim & Read 547 W. 25 Street N.Y., N.Y. New York 10011 November 20 – January 5, 2002 Louise Bourgeois is 90 years old and still going strong. Critics have called her art the product of “inner necessity” and a “Sisyphean effort to work through psychic material that is not ordinarily worked through successfully in…


The Holes in Merlin James


THE HOLES IN MERLIN JAMES (Shades of Gray on the Richter Scale) Brent Sikkema 530 W 22nd Street New York NY 10011 “I like the hole thing”, a visitor to the Merlin James exhibition was overheard saying to the artist at Brent Sikkema Gallery on opening night. James’s odd-ball little canvases are often pierced through, with varying…


Laura Larson: Complimentary


Lennon, Weinberg 560 Broadway Suite #308 New York, NY 10012 May 17 – June 22, 2002 Laura Larson photographs hotel rooms in disarray, discovering in them not only that unsettling convergence of corporate artifice and fugitive intimacy peculiar to such places but something other and particular to her own sensibility. The images are familiar, generic,…


Julian Schnabel


Big Girl Paintings Gagosian Gallery 555 West 24th Street New York, NY 10022 March 14-April 20, 2002 There are six very big paintings in this show and one tall ugly sculpture. If critical judgment must be reduced to “You get it or you don’t,” then I guess I don’t. Five of these paintings are based…


Paul Pfeiffer


Whitney Museum of American Art 845 Madison Avenue at 75th Street New York 212 570 3676 December 13, 2001 – February 24, 2002 In the old-dog, technology-laden realm of contemporary art, new tricks are often hard to find. Galleries too often become darkened white cubes for the presentation of video art desperately trying unsuccessfully to…


Marcus Harvey


Mary Boone 541 West 24th Street New York, NY 10001 March 9 – April 27, 2002 Those familiar with the work of Marcus Harvey primarily through his piece at the Sensation show will be in for a sensation of a different sort at Mary Boone Gallery. “Myra” (1995) employed children’s handprints in an image of…