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. ...
 

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…

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Austin Osman, Spare, untitled drawing, nd. Pastel on paper, 10 x 15 inches. Courtesy Caduceus Books

Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality 1993-2006 by Joseph Nechvatal


Joseph Nechvatal was ahead of the curve. In 1986 he was using computers and computer robotics to make paintings and from 1991-1993 he experimented with computer viruses. Nechvatal co-founded Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine in 1983, and makes audio art to this very day, using computer viruses to influence the compositional process. Nechvatal firmly believes that…

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Liu Ye, Banned Book 2 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 31-1/2 x 39-3/8 inches/ 80 x 100 cm. Private Collection, Courtesy Sperone Westwater Gallery.

Liu Ye: Leave Me in the Dark at Sperone Westwater Gallery


November 7 – December 19, 2009 415 West 13 Street, between 9th Avenue and Washington Street New York City, 212 999 7337 While many of the most lucrative sales in auctions devoted to Chinese contemporary art have gone to large-scale expressionist-style painting, Liu Ye offers a subtle counterpoint as if to suggest that not all…

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Craig Manister, Figures and Houses with Reflections 2009, Oil on linen, 2" x 36 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Craig Manister at the Painting Center


The eye of the viewer zig-zags in space from overlapping plane to plane, neoclassic style.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Wolfgang Laib, Installation view: Frieze of Life October 30 - December 5, 2009 Photo by Jason Wyche. Copyright the Artist, Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Wolfgang Laib: Frieze of Life at Sean Kelly Gallery


Laib sees his art as having a political dimension, in the sense that the production of cultural artifacts change people and institutions.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Pat Steir, Self-Portrait: Reprise 1987-2009. Wall Drawing, ink and chalk. Photo by Christopher Burke , Courtesy The New York Studio School

Pat Steir: Self-Portrait: Reprise 1987-2009 at the New York Studio School


Taking subjects from the raw materials for old master art, Steir transforms them in accord with her very contemporary sensibility.

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Anish Kapoor, Memory 2008. Cor-Ten steel, 47 x 29 x 15 feet (approximate). Installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Anish Kapoor’s “Memory”: A Tale of Two Cities


October 21, 2009—March 28, 2010 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street) New York City 212-423-3500 Anish Kapoor’s Memory, a 24-ton metallic blimp measuring approximately 47 x 29 x 15 feet overall, is imposing at a number of levels.  It requires the viewer to use his/her own memory to create an image…

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.