Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
The Israeli sculptor and video artist contends with physical manifestations of war and trauma. ...
Monday, September 12th, 2016
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Friday, September 9th, 2016
Is he a trickster, or a Warholian innovator? What’s the difference? ...

Sunday, March 30th, 2008


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.

Thursday, March 20th, 2008


Sean McCarthy: I Think of Demons

McCarthy’s chimerical hybrid creations are sphinx-like. Mysterious and inscrutable, their individual characteristics undermine any symbolic reading. They are rooted in the real world, but also convey a complete sense of otherness.

Friday, March 14th, 2008


Jeff Wall’s Unlovely World

The effect of scale, however, is to demand an attention the unglamorous, prosaic images might not otherwise command, to make moral, political claims for the importance of their subjects — in the senses both of the socially marginalized people and the issues raised.

Friday, March 14th, 2008


Luc Tuymans

In Luc Tuymans, you are never allowed to forget that the source is banal and secondary. Painterliness underscores alienation rather than ameliorating it.

Friday, March 14th, 2008


Stanley Lewis

Lewis’s unfailingly authoritative skill for painting real, rich and crystalline light, joined to his muscular composition, is the key to his power and success.

Monday, March 3rd, 2008


Bingyi Huang at Max Protetch

Given Huang’s indirectness, we experience the scene as if imbued with symbolist forms, which reveal their meaning only fleetingly. Yet the painting does not feel deliberately obscure, but rather poses the question, How much must be revealed before the images makes narrative sense?

Saturday, March 1st, 2008


Rackstraw Downes at Betty Cuningham and Greg Lindquist at Elizabeth Harris

Downes paintings reflect a unique combination of aggressive conception and passive elaboration. Fervent perceptions of space enliven their broad outlines; details follow, filling in the story of each site exactly “as is.” Colors add atmosphere and light.

Saturday, March 1st, 2008


Successive Approximation: Tauba Auerbach, Daniel Buren, Sol Lewitt, Mike Quinn and Robin Rhode

Too often group exhibitions, especially those that mix together young artists and famous figures, fail to reveal elective affinities. This tight small show, however, revealed that these nine very different looking works of art all shared a genuine concern with successive approximation. And in doing that, it also displayed the totally unexpected relationship of these contemporary works of art with the traditions of old master painting.

Saturday, March 1st, 2008


Juan Usle at Cheim & Read and Silvia Bachli at Peter Freeman, Inc.

Despite different approaches towards scale, texture and color, a common attitude pervades each artist’s style that isolates a cool tension between involvedness and restraint.

Saturday, March 1st, 2008


The Artwork Caught by the Tail: Two on Francis Picabia from MIT

Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris by George Baker and I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation by Francis Picabia