Criticism
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
 
Cover of the book under review. Image courtesy of the publisher.
A look at eight years of writing by Bob Nickas. ...
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
 
Mimmo Rotella, TAL, 1957, Décollage on canvas, 12 7/8 x 14 1/4 inches. Image courtesy of the gallery.
selected early works were on view uptown ...
Friday, January 6th, 2017
 
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Cannibalization is a creative act in the artist’s recent show of new text-based and reductivist work. ...
 

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Milton Avery, Drawbridge, 1932. Oil on canvas, 32 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Knoedler & Company

Milton Avery: Industrial Revelations, at Knoedler & Company


If nature was his springboard, as Avery once famously declared, then in this body of work nature is also the lens through which he experienced the city.

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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Worth the Trip: Fred Tomaselli lands in Brooklyn


His touring exhibition, now arriving at the Brooklyn Museum, was reviewed at the Tang this summer.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Dorothea Rockburne, Universe Series, 1994-99. Raw pigment, acrylic medium and charcoal on watercolor paper, mounted on ragboard, six panels, each 22 x 30 inches. Images courtesy of New York Studio School.

Dorothea Rockburne: Astronomy Drawings at the New York Studio School


These staggering images made it clear that the universe is an interconnected assembly of electrical circuits and that energy and matter are, indeed, infinite in their connectivity.

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Shirley Jaffe, The Gray Center, 1969. Oil on canvas, 76¾ x 51¼ inches. Courtesy Tiber de Nagy Gallery.

Shirley Jaffe: Selected Paintings, 1969 – 2009 at Tibor de Nagy


Jaffe completely jettisoned the stiff grid and strict geometric shapes in favor of a loose, undeniably playful series of rectangles with interior forms.

Friday, April 9th, 2010

John Griefen, Untitled (lavender), 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 32 x 103 inches. Courtesy, Gary Snyder/ Project Space

John Griefen: Recent Paintings at Gary Snyder Project Space


The ensemble represents a series of very carefully thought-out painting decisions — yet never do the results look cold or calculated.

Friday, April 9th, 2010

installation shots of the exhibition under review. All images courtesy Casey Kaplan Gallery.

Liam Gillick at Casey Kaplan Gallery


Gillick’s show is cerebrally engaging and visually interesting, but the visual and cerebral components never coming together to form a layered experience.

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Mercedes Matter, Tabletop Still Life, ca. 1936. Oil on canvas, 43 x 48 inches, Private collection, Florida.

Mercedes Matter at the Weisman Gallery, Pepperdine University


There’s an internalized severity to her art; its fierce angularity suggests an appetite for sensual abandon constrained by geometry, argues HEARNE PARDEE

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Charles Steffen, Red Headed Stripper at the End of Her Act 1991. Pencil on brown wrapping paper, 49 x 30 inches. Courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery

Charles Steffen: Drawing Nudes is Like Saying a Prayer, Amen at Andrew Edlin Gallery


Stylistic textures are revealed to be unselfconscious tics without which Steffen cannot construct flesh.

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Iannis Xenakis, Study for Metastaseis 1954. Ink on paper, 9-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches. Iannis Xenakis Archives, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary at the Drawing Center


Storms of tiny lines and colored boxes remain powerful statements on their own, even if they were to be completely disconnected from the music they ultimately represent.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

David Reed, Working Drawing for #571-2, two sheets; each 22 x 17 inches. cover FEBRUARY 2010: Color Study 45, 2009. Color Study for Painting 601. images courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York

David Reed at Peter Blum (Soho)


The drawings are filled with information and speculation.