Criticism
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Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Stanley Boxer, Somewhereamarbleman, 1990. Mixed media on canvas, 50 x 50 inches. Courtesy of Spanierman Modern

Remembering Stanley Boxer: A retrospective, 1946-2000


An exhibition of Boxer’s work runs at Spanierman Gallery through February 18

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

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Yan Pei-Ming: Landscape of Childhood at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing


By his critical reference to the illusions of the rhetoric of the Olympics, vastly expensive events which diverted funding from the fundamental needs of the population, he makes a powerful political statement, all the more potent because it is extremely elliptical.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Diana Thater, RARE 2008. 16 LCD monitors, DVD player, DVD, and existing architecture, 204 x 264 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York. All photographs by Pablo Mason.

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet at the Berkeley Art Museum


By design, the show is a revealing jumble, expressing something of what it has come to mean to respond to a place (or site, region, niche), and something of what it can no longer mean.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

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The Painter Sam Francis, a film by Jeffrey Perkins


‘The Painter Sam Francis’ 85 minutes Shot on 16mm, Super 8, Hi-8, DV ©2008 Body and Soul Productions Showing at Anthology Film Archives, New York, through September 17 The film biography “The Painter Sam Francis” might be better called “What Happened to Sam Francis?” It reinforces all the standard cliché’s of the outsized artist’s life….

Monday, August 24th, 2009

detail of Orange Fizz 2008. Elmer's glue & ink on panel, 36 x 72 inches. Courtesy of Margaret Thatcher Projects.

Heidi Van Wieren at Margaret Thatcher Projects


The consequences of Van Wieren’s style allow for simultaneous readings of her art.

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Installation view of the exhibition under review show, foreground, Hanne Darboven 100 Books 00–99. 1970. One hundred books, 365 or 366 pages each, offset printed, each 10 15/16 x 8 7/16 x 1 7/16 inches. Collection of the Artist, and Lawrence Weinerr IN AND OUT. OUT AND IN. AND IN AND OUT. AND OUT AND IN. 1971. lettering, dimensions variable. Collection Ghislain Mollet-Viéville, MAMCO, Geneva. © 2009 Lawrence Weiner/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph: Jason Mandella

In & Out of Amsterdam at the Museum of Modern Art


As these mercurial installations, films, and performances indicate, Conceptual art often yielded works of great elegance in novel forms of presentation.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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Ann Stokes: Artists’ Potter, edited by Tanya Harrod


Some artists change the way that you understand art history. Ann changed the way that I and many other people understood everyday life.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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Books in Brief


NAMIES AND NEWBIES: THE KRAMARSKY COLLECTION 560 Broadway A New York Drawing Collection at Work 1991-2006, edited by Amy Eshoo, with contributions by Derrick R.Cartwright, James Cuno, Elizabeth Finch, Josef Helfenstein, Glenn D. Lowry, David Mickenberg, Ann Philbin, Earl A. Powell III, Jock Reynolds, and Townsend Wolfe.  Fifth Floor Foundation in Association with Yale University Press,…

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo


One of art historian Leo Steinberg’s hobby horses  is the way the literature of art generates interpretations that are autonomous of the images being described.  What is written about a work can spin false leads and confused trails that looking directly at the work ought to dispel.  Just as this happens with the historical interpretation of…

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Dorsal Fin 2009. Oil on panel, 11.81 x 7.87 inches. Images courtesy of Marc Jancou Contemporary

Ross Chisholm at Marc Jancou Contemporary


The background shadows throb with an almost Goya-esque expressionism. Maybe the matron is escaping into a sci-fi film. Maybe she’s wandering through the forbidden recesses of memory itself.