Criticism
Sunday, June 21st, 2015
 
Art Green, United Opposition, 1975. Oil on canvas, 68 1/4 x 47 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan.
A book of the painter’s work captures his complicated use of collage, illusion, and narrative. ...
Monday, June 8th, 2015
 
Cecily Brown, Land of the Free, 2008. Oil on linen, 12 1/2 x 17 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Maccarone Gallery.
Two painters on view at Maccarone. ...
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
 
Holly Zausner, Unsettled Matter, 2015. Single channel HD video, color + sound, TRT: 10:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Postmasters.
The artist’s new video shows the city emptied, but nonetheless full of majesty. ...
 

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

rp_thomas-demand.jpg

Thomas Demand at 303 Gallery and Merlin James at Sikkema Jenkins & Co


Merlin James and Thomas Demand might seem as different as two contemporary artists can be. But a coincidence of means begs a comparison between shows of overtly contrastive mood and art-world temper. For both artists make their final images from models of their own making.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

rp_hirst.jpg

Damien Hirst’s Shark


Hirst seems to play to the peanut gallery, the broadest audience, those who think of art as hallowed, more so because they don’t understand it.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

rp_loop.jpg

Painting Then For Now; Fragments of Tiepolo at the Ca’ Dolfin


When these three Tiepolos at the Met were removed from the main salon of Ca’Dolfin, the intended site-specific lighting effects were lost. But Alpers, Hyde and Kulok recreate the way that, to quote Alpers and Baxandall, “the world, on Tiepolo’s account, presents a conundrum and his painting makes us conscious of having to work to make things out.”

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

rp_yasinsky.jpg

Karen Yasinsky at Mireille Mosler, Alex McQuilkin at Marvelli, Isaac Julien at Metro Pictures


Where Yasinsky accesses early girlhood through dolls and dinky illustration technique, McQuilkin seems dedicated to a perpetual state of teenage angst. The specific identification of both with early cinema relates to a broader trend in feminist-influenced art.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

rp_mcquilkin.jpg

Alex Mcquilkin: Joan of Arc at Marvelli


Alex Mcquilkin’s new two-screen projection film is ironic, sincere, casual, rigorous, knowing, adolescent, narcissistic, and emotionally generous. It is a small masterpiece about another masterpiece.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

rp_steen.jpg

The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art


In tribute to curator Walter Liedtke, tragically killed in the Metro-North train crash Tuesday.

Friday, November 9th, 2007

rp_Anthony-Caro-South-Passage.jpg

Anthony Caro at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


These hefty yet open-form, emphatic yet enigmatic assemblages of prefabricated, found, and adapted components show a youthful, spry, curiosity-filled artist at the top of his game.

Friday, November 9th, 2007

rp_McGinness-Blue-Sculpture.jpg

Ryan McGinness: Varied Editions


Laser-cut skateboards, flocked wallpaper, buttons pinned on raw canvas, gold leaf on paper, painted aluminum sculpture and fluorescent-metallic spray paint are all interwoven with his signature silkscreen technique.

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

rp_Shirley-Kaneda-Passive-Vigo.jpg

Shirley Kaneda: New Paintings


Her praxis, based on a social reading of the feminine, is remarkably similar to Emily Dickinsonís: imaginative freedom within extreme restraint.

Monday, October 1st, 2007

rp_Hostvedt-Surge.jpg

Anna Hostvedt: Recent Paintings


Tibor de Nagy Gallery 724 Fifth Avenue New York City 212 262 5050 October 4- November 10, 2007 Anna Hostvedt’s small, intricate paintings offer a personal vision of the mundane. One could say she is painting what Georgio Morandi would have painted had his window faced a non-descript American parking lot instead of an Italian…