Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
View of "Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)," 2015, by John Cage, published by Siglio Press. Courtesy of Siglio.
The radically inventive and prolific musician’s ethics and curiosity are revealed in a new diary facsimile by Siglio Press. ...
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
On view at Valentine in Ridgewood and Hionas on the Lower East Side ...
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Sarah Sze, Measuring Stick, 2015. Video projectors, fan, light, mirrors, wood, stone, archival prints, speakers, stainless steel, balloon, sand, fruit, egg, plastic, toilet paper, aluminum foil, grass; 132 x 90 x 51 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Photo: Mike Barnett.
Sze’s new exhibition makes astronomical allusions with everyday goods and plays with viewer expectations. ...

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006


Deborah Roan: The Greenbacked Tip

Von Lintel  Gallery 555 W.25th Street New York NY 10001 212-242-0599 January 12 – February 11, 2006 The cryptic phrase SURYA TECHNO presides over the scene as two dolls raise their perfect eyebrows and scream ghostly laughter through the blue and orange architecture of a Paris storefront. Signage to the left urges ACHAT (buy); signage…

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006


Mary Mattingly: Second Nature

Robert Mann Gallery 210 Eleventh Avenue New York NY 10001 January 5 to February 25, 2006 Mary Mattingly’s photography explores many themes and concepts: home, travel, cartography, human relationships, human interaction with the organic world, the corporate entities that have influenced and shaped so much of our lives, language, the privatization of natural resources such…

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006


Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul

The Museum of Modern Art, New York 11 West 53rd Street February 19—May 8, 2006 The first Edvard Munch retrospective in America in the past thirty years is a big disappointment.  But it’s not the artist’s fault. There is an obligation to provide a narrative shape that highlights the genuine achievements of an important artist’s…

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006


Thomas Hirschhorn: Superficial Engagement at Gladstone Gallery and Roxy Paine at James Cohan Gallery

Hirschhorn until February 11 515 W. 24th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-206-9300 Paine until February 25 533 W. 26th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-714-9500 Thomas Hirschhorn and Roxy Paine, two sculptors with ambitious installations in Chelsea right now, might seem diametrically opposed in terms of sensibility, representing Dionysian and Apollonian extremes…

Sunday, January 1st, 2006


Christopher Winter: Virgin Forest

Edelman Arts at Salander-O’Reilly 20 East 79th Street New York 212-879-6606 January 7-31, 2006 This review first appeared in The New York Sun, January 12, 2006. SALANDER-O’REILLY IS SHOWCASING CHRISTOPHER WINTER’S Bavarian kinder kitsch as a courtesy to Asher Edelman, mega-collector. Described by the Wall Street Journal in 1998 as “one of the most notorious…

Sunday, January 1st, 2006


Judy Simonian: Chronic Civilization

This 2005 review is re-posted to mark Simonian’s current show, at Edward Thorpe Gallery, through February 19.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005


Merlin James at Sikkema Jenkins & Co

Until January 21 530 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, 212.929.2262 Merlin James’s painting, “Flower Piece” (2001), is almost a manifesto of a will to evade categorization.  It hangs in a show spanning twenty years of his work at Sikkema Jenkins, his fourth with these dealers.  At first it looks like a dashed-off,…

Thursday, December 8th, 2005


Stephen Harvey at Gallery Schlesinger, Gwen Hardie at Dinker Fine Art, Richard Walker at Alexandre Gallery

STEPHEN HARVEY: FLIGHTS Gallery Schlesinger until December 17 (24 E. 73rd Street, Second Floor, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, 212-734-3600). GWEN HARDIE: FACE PAINTINGS 2005 Dinter Fine Art until December 23 (547 W. 27th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, 212-947-2818). RICHARD WALKER: BEACON ROAD PAINTINGS Alexandre Gallery until December 30 (41 E. 57th Street,…

Friday, December 2nd, 2005


Sarah Bernhardt at the Jewish Museum

WHY THEY WENT WILD FOR THE DIVINE SARAH Alphonse Mucha, color lithographs, from left: Tragique histoire d’Hamlet, 1899; La Samaritaine, 1897; Lorenzaccio, 1896. When “the Divine Sarah” died in 1923 a million people lined the streets of Paris between the Madeleine and the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt to see her cortege wend its way to Pere-Lachaise:  An impressive turnout…

Thursday, December 1st, 2005


George Nick

George Nick: Recent Paintings Tibor de Nagy Gallery 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 212-262-5050 November 16 to December 23 George Nick: An Artist’s Conscience New York Studio School (8 West 8th Street, New York, NY 212-673-6466 October 27 to December 10, 2005 Underneath the luscious surfaces of George Nick’s paintings lurks a contradiction. His…