Criticism
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
 
Cover of the book under review. Image courtesy of the publisher.
A look at eight years of writing by Bob Nickas. ...
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
 
Mimmo Rotella, TAL, 1957, Décollage on canvas, 12 7/8 x 14 1/4 inches. Image courtesy of the gallery.
selected early works were on view uptown ...
Friday, January 6th, 2017
 
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Cannibalization is a creative act in the artist’s recent show of new text-based and reductivist work. ...
 

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Gustave Courbet


As a painter, Courbet ravishes a nude in the same manner as he would a tree or a trout: for the visual evidence of its expressive physicality.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Ruth Root


For an abstract painter of her generation, the older distinctions between figurative and abstract art, or between politically critical art and the consumer products of mass culture cease to have much importance. Perhaps that is why her essentially cheerful art shows no signs of th angst which inspired so many of the pioneering Abstract Expressionists.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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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

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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.

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

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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

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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

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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

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

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© MURAKAMI


The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90013 October 29, 2007–February 11, 2008 The late 20th century art world had a bad conscience about high art which was vilified as serious, profound, mysterious, spiritual, elitist, pretentious, outmoded and labor-intensive. This led to infatuation with popular culture (silly, superficial, obvious, materialistic,…

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

William Kentridge, What Will Come, 2007. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery

A Surfeit of Genius: William Kentridge at Marian Goodman Gallery


Seeing Double is packed with elaborations of his trademark idiom: imagery transmogrified

Friday, February 1st, 2008

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The Theatre of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900 by Max Kozloff


Published by Phaidon Press, 2007, www.phaidon.com 336 pages, 280 black & white photographs, 70 color photographs $69.95 When the findings of history, a discussion of uses and the reconstruction of story blend with criticism, portrait content, I hope, is enlivened. Still, the narratives within it keep on turning, like the expressions on faces, themselves… (p….