Criticism
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
 
Joan Semmel, Purple Diagonal, 980. Oil on canvas, 78 x 104 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates.
Two concurrent exhibitions by women painters, about the body, its love, and labors. ...
Friday, May 8th, 2015
 
Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2014. Oil on canvas, 13 x 16.1 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong.
New work by the poet and painter, reviewed by one of artcritical’s poet-critics. ...
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
 
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Cain and Abel, 2013. Inkjet print, 39 1/2 x 49 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery.
The photographer’s new series connects the financial crisis to biblical narratives of guilt and redemption. ...
 

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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I Am as You Will Be: The Skeleton in Art


Cheim & Read 547 West 25th Street New York City 212 242 7727 September 20 to November 3, 2007 In Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s “Triumph of Death” (circa 1562), hordes of skeletons swarm upon a town, pitilessly inflicting lessons about the transitoriness of life and its diversions. Popular depictions of death have evolved in the…

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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Old School


Zwirner & Wirth 32 East 69 Street New York City 212 517 8677 June 27 to August 31 Zwirner & Wirth’s “Old School” explores a tantalizing mega-generational gap: the divide between sixteenth- and seventeenth-century paintings and our postmodernist counterparts. Nearly thirty landscapes, still lifes and figure paintings by old masters and contemporary artists make for…

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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Yuri Masnyj: The Night’s Still Young


Metro Pictures 519 West 24th Street New York City June 21 – July 31, 2007 Yuri Masnyj’s art bears the burden of historical self-consciousness unwaveringly. The modernist style permeates his compositions, the cartoonish yet exacting watercolors of interior spaces and the hybrid sculptures. Masnyj transforms modernist formal devices and elements of genre painting into a…

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Lynda Benglis, Quartered Meteor, 1969. Lead, 57-1/2 x 65-1/2 x 64-1/2 inches, edition 1/3. Courtesy Cheim & Read Gallery

Lynda Benglis and Louise Bourgeois: Circa 1970, at Cheim & Read


Louise Bourgeois and Lynda Benglis are both inveterate explorers of sculpture’s soggy underbelly. They are doyennes of a dark sexuality and of the nebulous space between the personal and the universal.

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

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Neo Rauch: para at The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Neo is perfectly forenamed for an artist in whom, to paraphrase architectural theorist Charles Jencks, the wasms have become an ism. Rauch’s paintings, fusing elements of romanticism and realism from the last two centuries, resist the idea that anachronism and rejuvenation might be at odds with one another.

Monday, June 11th, 2007

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Venice Biennale 2007


LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 52nd International Exhibition of Art A version of this article first appeared in the New York Sun, June 11, 2007 under the title “Pax American in the Serene Republic” The Venice Biennale has been the Olympics of the visual arts since its inception in 1895. In odd years countries choose their artist…

Friday, June 1st, 2007

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Jeff Wall


The Museum of Modern Art February 25 – May 14, 2007 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York February 23 – March 31, 2007 By STEPHANIE BUHMANN Jeff Wall is considered one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. Though his medium is photography it is perhaps inappropriate to think of him as a…

Friday, June 1st, 2007

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Arthur Ou: To Preserve, To Elevate, To Cancel


Hudson Franklin 508 West 26th St. #318 New York City May 10 – June 16, 2007 Arthur Ou is a Taiwan-born artist whose concerns include the legacy of modernist art and photography’s predominant role in visual culture. Although Mr. Ou earned an MFA in photography at Yale in 2000, he is perhaps best described as…

Friday, June 1st, 2007

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Anthony Goicolea: Almost Safe


Postmasters Gallery 459 W 19 Street New York City 212 727 3323 April 28- June 2, 2007 Anthony Goicolea’s photographs are fantastical constructions of derelict landscapes. His large-scale black and white photographs—they measure up to eight feet wide—fill the front room at Postmaster, depicting traces of man’s interaction with the natural environment in a surreal…

Friday, June 1st, 2007

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Nancy Shaver: “Retail,” sculpture and objects from Henry


Feature, Inc. 530 West 25th Street New York City 212 675 7772 14 April – 19 May 2007 The curiosity shop that artist Nancy Shaver runs in Hudson, N.Y., is named Henry. It is an antique store filled with non-art objects in display cases that customers pay cash for and carry away. In one sense…