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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

Saturday, March 1st, 2008


Diana Puntar: Lived Live Evil Devil at Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery

Their biomorphic qualities are undermined by the fabrication process, but this increases the sense of otherness they generate. They suggest imaginary beings that are not the product of fantasy, but rather of imaginative speculation on the real but unknown.

Saturday, March 1st, 2008



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

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008


Lisa Robinson: Snowbound at Klompching Gallery

Although Robinson’s snowscapes recall the nineteenth-century Arctic exploration that captured America’s imagination, her work also conjures our 21st-century fear of natural disaster—that nature will reclaim the manmade landscape by our own disregard for the environment.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008


Alan Saret at the Drawing Center, Richard Pousette-Dart at Knoedler

Physical gesture means the artist’s hand is present yet transcended: there is no question that the arcs or circles are handmade, but an unforced, lyrical all-overness creates a cosmic, suprapersonal sense of order and well-being.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008


Katy Grannan at Salon 94 Freemans and Greenberg Van Doren; Lina Bertucci at Perry Rubinstein

There is a pervasive ambivalence in Katy Grannan’s portraits: the gaze that returns the viewer’s is a mix of coyness and exhibitionism. The images themselves oscillate between similar extremes, building a visceral sense of the present through precision while succumbing to a remoteness that results from theatricality.

Friday, February 1st, 2008


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

Published by Phaidon Press, 2007, 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….

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Alberto Burri, Nero cretto (Black Cretto), 1976. Acrylic and PVA on Celotex, 147.3 x 246.5 cm. On view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in their exhibition, Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting. Private collection, courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

Alberto Burri at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

As Burri’s retrospective continues at the Guggenheim through January 6, a review from 2008

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008


Ariane Lopez-Huici: Photography

Lopez-Huici acknowledges the mythic power of the Venus of Willendorf, that of the earth mother and other myths of femininity, as she de-mystifies them through her subjects’ specificity and ambient humanity.