Criticism
Friday, July 22nd, 2016
 
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A group show gives Marxist voice to recent unrest in art and politics. ...
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The painter creates abstractions based on the coast of his home. ...
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A performance, installation, and sound artist unites people in collective experience. ...
 

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

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Delia Brown: Precious at D’Amelio Terras, Hilary Harness at Mary Boone


Hilary Harkness shares with Sade not just the pathology to which the Marquis lent his name but also an essential element of style — endless variation, at once exhilerating and enervating, upon an obsessive theme.

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

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Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin Gallery and Neo Rauch at David Zwirner Gallery


Neo Rauch is a prodigious talent. His canvases are lush with painterly dexterity, compelling characterization, and compositional intrigue. But, as with Walton Ford’s animal portraits, there is more about these costume dramas that transports viewers back to the amalgamated past they never knew — the very definition of nostalgia — than truly puts them in touch with a sense of being here and now.

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Frank Selby: We Weren’t Never Here


Uncovering a sense of presence through an implied absence, these drawings and paintings explore a peculiar, discontinuous narrative.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

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Norman Bluhm: Large Scale Works on Paper


Squirmy, steadfast, and biologic in their surging rhythmic climax, Bluhm’s forms bulge and push up against the edges of his support, creating an explosive pressure. His use of bilateral symmetry heightens this effect.

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

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Jake Berthot at Betty Cuningham Gallery and Lois Dodd at Alexandre Gallery


The waterfalls promise to be impressive and quite the sensation, but they will also reveal Eliasson’s main strength – the skill to turn a generous gesture into a subjective experience, which even in a city of millions can be as personal as it will be communal.

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

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Art Power by Boris Groys


Using few footnotes, this collection of Boris Groys’s essays offers a compulsively original account of contemporary art and the political systems that support it. Educated in the former USSR, now a professor in Germany who also teaches at NYU, he brings to contemporary art theory a highly original perspective. Groys discusses fundamental topics: the nature…

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.