Criticism
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Friday, April 9th, 2010

John Griefen, Untitled (lavender), 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 32 x 103 inches. Courtesy, Gary Snyder/ Project Space

John Griefen: Recent Paintings at Gary Snyder Project Space


The ensemble represents a series of very carefully thought-out painting decisions — yet never do the results look cold or calculated.

Friday, April 9th, 2010

installation shots of the exhibition under review. All images courtesy Casey Kaplan Gallery.

Liam Gillick at Casey Kaplan Gallery


Gillick’s show is cerebrally engaging and visually interesting, but the visual and cerebral components never coming together to form a layered experience.

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Bill Jensen, With Color XXIV, 2009. Egg and oil tempera on paper, 20-1/2 x 14-3/4 inches. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

Bill Jensen at Cheim & Read


Jensen is in some ways a reticent painter, removing all signs of a brushstroke. His quietness, though, becomes something else when one regards the casual mastery and expressiveness of color in much of his art.

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

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Carl Fudge: Dazzle at Ronald Feldman Gallery


Sometimes Fudge seems to be searching for hidden sweet spots in the harmonics of recognition.

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Mercedes Matter, Tabletop Still Life, ca. 1936. Oil on canvas, 43 x 48 inches, Private collection, Florida.

Mercedes Matter at the Weisman Gallery, Pepperdine University


There’s an internalized severity to her art; its fierce angularity suggests an appetite for sensual abandon constrained by geometry, argues HEARNE PARDEE

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

John Himmelfarb, Mesa 2009. Unique bronze, 14 x 42-1/2 x 30 inches. cover MARCH 2010: Knowledge 2010. Unique bronze, 27 x 31 x 22 inches. All images courtesy Luise Ross Gallery.

John Himmelfarb at Luise Ross Gallery


February 18 to April 17 511 West 25th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues (212) 343-2161 The veteran Chicago painter and printmaker John Himmelfarb has recently turned to sculpture in a variety of mediums.  Several delightful examples of his foray into the third dimension are now on view in a rousing show entitled “Geared Up,”…

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Louise Belcourt, HedgeLand Painting #9 2009. Oil on canvas over panel, 30 x 41 inches. Courtesy Jeff Bailey Gallery

Louise Belcourt at Jeff Bailey Gallery


February 17 to March 27 511 W 25TH Street, Second Floor New York City, 212 989 0156 Clouds and shrubbery, water and air have long been insinuating themselves into Louise Belcourt’s lusciously brushed color fields that otherwise can seem bequeathed from Friedl Dzubas or Helen Frankenthaler.  Belcourt raises the stakes of this mingling of painting…

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Jim Nutt, Wishful Thinking, 1978. Graphite and colored pencil on kraft paper, 4-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches. Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery, New York.

Seeing Out Louder: Art Criticism 2003-2009 by Jerry Saltz


Jerry Saltz Book Review

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Charles Steffen, Red Headed Stripper at the End of Her Act 1991. Pencil on brown wrapping paper, 49 x 30 inches. Courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery

Charles Steffen: Drawing Nudes is Like Saying a Prayer, Amen at Andrew Edlin Gallery


Stylistic textures are revealed to be unselfconscious tics without which Steffen cannot construct flesh.

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Iannis Xenakis, Study for Metastaseis 1954. Ink on paper, 9-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches. Iannis Xenakis Archives, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary at the Drawing Center


Storms of tiny lines and colored boxes remain powerful statements on their own, even if they were to be completely disconnected from the music they ultimately represent.