Criticism
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Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Misheck Masamvu, Post Election Results oil on canvas, dimensions not known, courtesy of the artist.

Notes from…Harare, Zimbabwe


In a Catch-22, artists cannot sell their work, but they also cannot afford to “waste” materials on work that is not for sale.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Fred Tomaselli, After Migrant Fruit Thugs 2008. Wool background, silk birds with metallic thread detail, 98 x 64 inches. Edition of 5. Both images, Copyright the artist, Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery and Banners of Persuasion

Demons, Yarns & Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists at James Cohan Gallery


Among thirteen tapestries commissioned from contemporary artists, the most interesting are those in which the medium adds a level of meaning to the image.

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between Categories by Brenda Moore-McCann


“His ambition,” Moore-McCann concludes, “is nothing less than a transformation of thinking, looking beyond material objects to underlying systems of belief”

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.