Criticism
Thursday, May 17th, 2018
 
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What’s allegory in Chinatown is reality in rural China, Robert C. Morgan argues ...
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
 
An exhibition in two parts in London this winter ...
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
 
A two-part show at Bookstein Projects and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects ...
 

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.

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

R.L. Haeberle, Q. And Babies? A. And Babies 1970. Offset lithograph, 25 x 38 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Published by the Art Workers’ Coalition

1969 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center


Throughout the show we are taken on a journey through the predominant narrative of 1960s art history, as told by the institution that has dictated modern art as we know it.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Black Kites 1997. Graphite on skull, 8-1/2 x 5 x 6-1/4 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gift (by exchange) of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Magill, 1997. all images this article © 2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco at The Museum of Modern Art, New York


This first major museum retrospective of Mexican Gabriel Orozco has been viewed as controversial, and not entirely for reasons of taste.

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Andrew Moore, Palace Theater, Gary, Indiana 2008. Digital c-print, 62 x 78 inches. Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery

Andrew Moore at Yancey Richardson Gallery


Moore’s subject is the transformative relationship of abandoned architecture to the natural elements, and, through time, its reclamation by the same.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Ree Morton, Untitled (Repetition Series) 1970. Pencil on paper, 14 x 10 inches. Estate of Ree Morton, Courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York and Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zürich.

Ree Morton: At the Still Point of the Turning World at the Drawing Center


There is a subtext running through much of Morton’s works that laments the death of the soul in the things of the world around her.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting (911-3) 2009. Oil on canvas, 78-3/4 X 118-1/8 inches. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Gerhard Richter: Abstract Paintings 2009 at Marian Goodman Gallery


Austere, calming, provocative, aggressive, confronting, soothing, luring, denying – these are some of the adjectives that can be applied to Richter’s new paintings.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Eric Fischl, Corrida in Ronda #6 2008. Oil on linen, 84 by 120 inches. Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Eric Fischl at Mary Boone


By all rights these life-and-death-size duels in the sun between bullfighters and bulls should be awful, stripped of the mystery and mediation that until now had been the artist’s stock-in-trade.