Criticism
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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


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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.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

David Reed, Working Drawing for #571-2, two sheets; each 22 x 17 inches. cover FEBRUARY 2010: Color Study 45, 2009. Color Study for Painting 601. images courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York

David Reed at Peter Blum (Soho)


The drawings are filled with information and speculation.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

William Eggleston Untitled (Water on Dirt Road, Las Poza, Mexico) 2005. Pigment print, 22 x 28 inches, Edition of 7 © Eggleston Artistic Trust Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

William Eggleston: 21st Century and Diane Arbus: In the Absence of Others at Cheim & Read


Eggleston and Arbus promoted the shared view that no subject is uninteresting when captured a compelling way.

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Pablo Bronstein, The Museum Nearing Completion as Seen from Fourth Avenue 2009. Ink on paper, 44-7/8 x 138 inches (114 x 350 cm). images courtesy the artist, Herald St., London

Pablo Bronstein at the Met, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Bronstein appears to want to draw classical buildings as though he were at work in a perpetual ancient regime.