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. ...
 

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.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Steve DiBenedetto, Untitled 2008. Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

Morphological Mutiny: Steve DiBenedetto, Alexander Ross and James Siena at David Nolan Gallery


Dibenedetto, Siena and Ross have defined an architectural endoskeleton within the body of the biomorph.

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Elia Alba, James & Rocio 2009. Photo transfers on fabric, acrilyic, thread, metal armature, life size. Courtesy Black & White Gallery. rear view, below.

Elia Alba: Busts at Black & White Gallery


Shrouding the armature with photo-tattooed fabric tilts two-dimensional surfaces towards the third dimension, but there is constant flickering or vacillation between the two kinds of space.

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

R.L. Haeberle, Q. And Babies? A. And Babies 1970. Offset lithograph, 25 x 38 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Published by the Art Workers’ Coalition

1969 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center


Throughout the show we are taken on a journey through the predominant narrative of 1960s art history, as told by the institution that has dictated modern art as we know it.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Black Kites 1997. Graphite on skull, 8-1/2 x 5 x 6-1/4 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gift (by exchange) of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Magill, 1997. all images this article © 2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco at The Museum of Modern Art, New York


This first major museum retrospective of Mexican Gabriel Orozco has been viewed as controversial, and not entirely for reasons of taste.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting (911-3) 2009. Oil on canvas, 78-3/4 X 118-1/8 inches. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Gerhard Richter: Abstract Paintings 2009 at Marian Goodman Gallery


Austere, calming, provocative, aggressive, confronting, soothing, luring, denying – these are some of the adjectives that can be applied to Richter’s new paintings.