Criticism
 
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. ...
 


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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,…


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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…


Penny Kronengold: Swimmers & Other New Works at First Street Gallery


526 W 26th Street Ninth Floor New York, NY 10001 March 5-23 , 2002 Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 This afternoon I was utterly seized by an artist previously unknown to me. Penny Kronengold’s unassuming, modestly scaled bathers, starting the last week of their short run at the First Street Gallery, are a must-see. In reproduction she is…


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Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence


Metropolitan Museum of Art March 12 – June 19, 2002 The last major tapestry exhibit in New York took place in the early 1970s. The 41 tapestries in the present exhibition, on view now in the Met’s Tisch Galleries, were made by networks of cartoonists and tapestry weavers (most of them unknown) from the 1400s…