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. ...
 

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Zhang-Huan, installation shot of the exhibition under review. Photography by G.R. Christmas. Courtesy of PaceWildenstein, New York. (c) Zhang Huan Studio

Zhang Huan at Pace Wildenstein


With Zhang’s Rulai one senses the conflicting elements of life and death within the gray ash.

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Man Ray, Le Violon d'Ingres, 1924, vintage gelatin silver print. Rosalind and Melvin Jacobs Collection. © 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention at the Jewish Museum


Transgressive, experimental, fiercely individualistic, Man Ray evaded any categories not of his own creation.

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Misheck Masamvu, Post Election Results oil on canvas, dimensions not known, courtesy of the artist.

Notes from…Harare, Zimbabwe


In a Catch-22, artists cannot sell their work, but they also cannot afford to “waste” materials on work that is not for sale.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Fred Tomaselli, After Migrant Fruit Thugs 2008. Wool background, silk birds with metallic thread detail, 98 x 64 inches. Edition of 5. Both images, Copyright the artist, Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery and Banners of Persuasion

Demons, Yarns & Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists at James Cohan Gallery


Among thirteen tapestries commissioned from contemporary artists, the most interesting are those in which the medium adds a level of meaning to the image.

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between Categories by Brenda Moore-McCann


“His ambition,” Moore-McCann concludes, “is nothing less than a transformation of thinking, looking beyond material objects to underlying systems of belief”

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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West Coast Minimalism: Four New York Shows


We still have much to learn about California’s cool recasting of New York’s cold Minimalism, but these shows provide a good place to start.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Erick Johnson, Smiles of a Summer Night 2009. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of Heskin Contemporary.

Erick Johnson Parallelogram Paintings at Heskin Contemporary


Once the complexity of the paintings’ under-layers have revealed themselves, we are in a position to appreciate the way in which these paintings offer up to us a visual metaphor of their own making.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

William Carroll, NYC 466 2009. Acrylic on paper, 5-1/4 x 6-7/8 inches

Victor Pesce and William Carroll at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery


Pesce freeze’s the moment, Carroll celebrates transience, and together they create a deeply meaningful and thoughtful dialogue.

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Phillip Taaffe, Subsaxana, 2007. Mixed media on paper, 21 x 30 inches. images courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Phillip Taaffe at Gagosian


Taaffe’s pure decorativeness nevertheless embraces, almost as fetish, the visible husks of signs.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Francine Tint, Dream Life of Angels 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 78 inches. Images courtesy Tria Gallery

Winter White at Tria Gallery


Even in less jovial days of January, whiteness continues to command powerful associations.