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. ...
 

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.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Eric Fischl, Corrida in Ronda #6 2008. Oil on linen, 84 by 120 inches. Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Eric Fischl at Mary Boone


By all rights these life-and-death-size duels in the sun between bullfighters and bulls should be awful, stripped of the mystery and mediation that until now had been the artist’s stock-in-trade.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Helmut Federle, 4.4 Resurrection II 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 23-5/8 x 19-5/8 inches. Courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery.

Helmut Federle: Scratching Away at the Surface at Peter Blum Soho


Federle’s attempt to create an atmosphere of spiritual mimesis is fairly unique in current abstract painting.

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Carroll Dunham, Bather (one) 2009. Mixed media on canvas, 71 x 71 inches. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery

Carroll Dunham at Gladstone Gallery


Carroll Dunham’s rough canvases, tilting toward aggressive sexual assertion and actions of near anarchy, are catchy tunes of hipster malice.

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Denyse Thomasos, Lollipop Nation 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 54 inches. Courtesy Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.

Denyse Thomasos: The Divide at Lennon, Weinberg


Thomasos’s vigorously contemporary abstraction is constructed upon imaginary metropolitan grids in which subterranean cages rise to skyscraper scale and architectural renderings blur into infinite space.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Sylvia Sleigh, Chelsea Garden 1967. Oil on canvas, 57 x 50 inches. Courtesy I-20 Gallery

Sylvia Sleigh at I-20 Gallery


Sleigh took a proto-feminist approach to spatial representation that was, and sometimes still is, confused with a naïve technique.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Ghada Amer, Painting to Trini’s 2006. Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas, 78 x 63 inches. Private collection, New York

In Stitches at Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery


In Stitches surveys artists from very different backgrounds who are united by the medium of stitching, broadly defined.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Giambattista Tiepolo, Time Revealing Truth c. 1758. Oil on canvas, 231 x 167 cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Charles Potter Kling Fund

Tiepolo Pink by Roberto Calasso


Giambattista Tiepolo (1696 – 1770), very famous and much in demand in his lifetime, has a roomful of his enormously tall paintings at the entrance to the European galleries of the Metropolitan Museum. Thought to be just a gifted decorative artist, unlike Piero della Francesca, he has not has not become a culture hero. In a…