Criticism
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Nathaniel Dorsky, Autumn, 2016. Silent 16mm color film, TRT: 26:00. Courtesy of the artist and New York Film Festival.
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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Dan Christensen, Dark Tulip 1970. Enamel and acrylic on canvas , 71 x 130 inches. Courtesy of Spanierman Modern

Dan Christensen (1942-2007): The Plaid Paintings at Spanierman Modern


Facture is neither painterly nor hard-edged geometric, but in between–straight edges that nonetheless exude life.

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Nanon 2009. Reinforced clay on paintied MDF plinth, 73 x 33-1/2 x 25-3/4 inches. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Rebecca Warren: Feelings at Matthew Marks Gallery


She seems to be simultaneously poking fun at tradition and at the same time leveling a serious challenge against it, all the while acknowledging that she cannot simply reject her artistic heritage.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Jack Tworkov, Crossfield I 1968. Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 inches. Collection of Beatrice Perry, NY.

Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes – Five Decades of Painting at the UBS Art Gallery


Seldom has a better synthesis been achieved among raw power, exquisite color, and the organizing effects of line.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Elliott Green, Lemmonny Soap 2009. Oil on linen, 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of D’Amelio Terras

Elliot Green: Personified Abstraction at D’Amelio Terras


Green’s current paintings supplant his earlier “limited animation” mock-mayhem with the saturated glazes and rendered anatomies of a Golden Age chipmunk fable.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Double Indian Yellow 2008. Acrylic on Canvas, 2 panels, 72 x 36 inches each. Courtesy of Walter Randel Gallery

Ted Kurahara: Portraits at Walter Randel Gallery


If we are hesitant to use a term so absolute as “the absolute,” we can, even so, acknowledge the extreme philosophical drive in Kurahara’s esthetic.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Kara Walker, 10 Years Massacre (and its Retelling) #3 2009. Mixed media, cut paper and acrylic on gessoed panel, 84 x 72 inches. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Mark Bradford and Kara Walker at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.


To Walker and Bradford alike, density of visual information is an aesthetic choice that mirrors the mutliple layers of reality and complexity retrieved from subject matter.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Members of the Brentano String Quartet and soprano Susan Narucki in a performance shot of the concert under review, courtesy the Miller Theatre.

The Blue Rider in Performance at the Miller Theatre, Columbia University


“Black has an inner sound of nothingness bereft of all possibilities…”
— Vasily Kandinsky, On the Spiritual in Art (1910)

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

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A.R. Penck: New System Paintings at Michael Werner


Saving the imagery from what we might call barbarous chaos is Penck’s highly skilled orientation and spacing of the visual components of an individual work.

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Peter Halley, Rectangular Prison with Smokestack 1987. Acrylic, roll-a-tex/canvas, 72 x 124 inches. Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery.

Peter Halley Early Work: 1982 to 1987 at Mary Boone


10 September to 24 October, 2009 745 Fifth Avenue, between 57th and 58th streets New York City, 212 752 2929 In the 1980s, when painting was beleaguered and abstract painting under much pressure, Peter Halley was one of the few younger abstractionists who attracted attention. His distinctive hard-edge pictures were accompanied by his theorizing that,…

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

installation shot of the exhibition under review.

Will Ryman: A New Beginning at Marlborough Chelsea


As in the films of David Lynch, a seedy underbelly lurks below this rosy landscape.