Criticism
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
 
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Depositing of John Bellini’s Three Pictures in La Chiesa Redentore, Venice, 1841. Oil on canvas, 29 x 45 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the Paul G. Allen Family Collection.
A traveling exhibition presents the changing way artists have approached nature over the past half millennium. ...
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
 
Joan Tanner, endofred #3, 2015. Oil stick, metallic powder, ballpoint pen and chalk on Bristol paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Locks Gallery.
on view at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, through January 30. ...
Monday, January 18th, 2016
 
A show of new and old work by the English sculptor illuminates the natural world. ...
 

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

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Thomas Nozkowski at PaceWildenstein


Even an astute connoisseur would be hard pressed to locate specific Nozkowskian tropes. There are some recurring motifs, but internal scale, texture, and mood present themselves in different coordinates. This is the more remarkable because Mr. Nozkowski’s modus operandi is so prescribed in terms of scale, medium, taste, and authentic touch.

Friday, April 11th, 2008

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James Siena at PaceWildenstein


The experience in this richly diverse exhibition is not of transition so much as consolidation: the new works, whether big loopy abstractions in fat confident brushstrokes or weirdo figuration, seem legitimate outgrowths of the precious, tight, miniaturist Siena of old.

Friday, April 11th, 2008

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Franz West: Paßstück


Paßstück are like toys, and the people handling them like overgrown children. West replaces violence on bodies with bodies at play, but playing is unnatural and uncomfortable for modern adults: this is an art gallery, not a sandbox, and Paßstück can be awkward, even hostile, to the human form.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

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Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today


Color in general, as well as the emotional and highly individual effects it has on us, is mysterious and personal, no matter how neutrally it is applied. Though the way color was derived in many of the artworks on display was either scientific or arbitrary, the works nevertheless reach the audience on an emotional level that lies beyond anyone’s control.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

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Jasper Johns: Drawings 1997–2007 at Matthew Marks Gallery


Regardless of the medium he works in, Johns’s busy, agile yet weirdly reticent hand presents an oxymoronic mix of attributes, being at once tentative and emphatic.

Monday, April 7th, 2008

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Marcel Dzama: Even The Ghost of the Past


Marcel Dzama’s drawings evoke the ethos of an adult dreamscape while recalling a style of childrenís picture book.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Alexander Ross, Untitled, 2014. Oil on canvas, 62 x 54 inches. Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery

Alexander Ross at David Nolan Gallery


His new show opens Thursday, October 30

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Gustave Courbet


As a painter, Courbet ravishes a nude in the same manner as he would a tree or a trout: for the visual evidence of its expressive physicality.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Ruth Root


For an abstract painter of her generation, the older distinctions between figurative and abstract art, or between politically critical art and the consumer products of mass culture cease to have much importance. Perhaps that is why her essentially cheerful art shows no signs of th angst which inspired so many of the pioneering Abstract Expressionists.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Fay Ku


Like Henry Darger, Ku refers to a mindset populated by children who undermine confidence in the world as it is. She presents disturbing tableaux, meditations on transgressions that make no sense, that seem to come out of nowhere.