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Sunday, December 14th, 2008


Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The attractiveness of the towering, tree covered mountains in Landscape after Wang Meng’s “Travelers amid Autumn Mountains” is self-evident. But if you cannot also see how this is a copy of a fourteen century imitation of Dong Yuan’s 10th century Travelers amid Autumn Mountains, then who knows what you are missing.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008


Lorna Simpson: Ink at Salon 94 and Salon 94 Freemans

The tensions between intimate and public, between information and interpretation, in Simpson’s drawings of women’s hair take on a different meaning in a second body of work in what the artist calls the “orchestrated theatrical disaster” of war.

Thursday, December 4th, 2008


Willard Boepple: Looms at Lori Bookstein Fine Art

The author finds unexpected links between Boepple and the Surrealist phase of Alberto Giacometti

Thursday, December 4th, 2008


The Unknown Blakelock at the National Academy Museum

In addition to his spontaneous brushstrokes, Blakelock explores a decalcomania-like technique of load, press, smear, and lift. This emphatically material-based process creates a raised, textural web of paint activity with a few scattered reds, oranges and yellows flecking a surface that is eerily similar to Jackson Pollock’s and as interesting to ponder.

Thursday, December 4th, 2008


Zero in NY at Sperone Westwater Gallery

Working outside the gallery system, these artists made single-evening exhibitions, often in their own studios, issuing manifestos with these events. While some artists involved with Zero, like Lucio Fontana, are well recognized in America, this is the first survey of the lesser-known group in the States.

Monday, December 1st, 2008


Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman

At the end of the Civil War, there were very few significant paintings in America. By the start of the Great War, however, thanks to a surprisingly small group of men and women, the extensive collections we possess today had started to be formed. Cynthia Saltzman, a marvelously writerly writer, has studied the literature, read…

Monday, December 1st, 2008


New China New Art by Richard Vine

Vine and artist Zhang Hongtu present revised/expanded edition at New York Public Library this Wednesday (February 1)

Monday, December 1st, 2008


Max Weber: Paintings from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s at Gerald Peters Gallery

Woman Holding Tablet (1946) pleasingly and convincingly locates a seated figure within a geometric environment, with ochre tints and warm blacks set deftly against notes of bright coral and medium blue. The rather strenuous engineering of the pose and surroundings, however, give the impression of an exercise – a demonstration of the plastic re-creation of a generic event.

Monday, December 1st, 2008


Alexi Worth at D.C. Moore

The grainy, opaque paint surfaces and austere earth palette bespeak an unfashionably non-ironic desire to produce ‘quality’ paintings. And there are learned references and quotations from art history and photography.

Friday, November 28th, 2008


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.