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Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013, Forest Houses, Bronx, New York. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation. Photo: Romain Lopez.
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Honore Daumier, Galerie Tableaux. Image taken from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.
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Karlis Rekevics


Karlis Rekevics is at the beginning of his career, and yet his work doesn’t bring to mind any other artist. His complex white plaster sculptures, cast from molds made of plywood, masonite and blue foam, are multi-part forms with neon tubes and/or light bulbs attached to them. They are intuitively composed amalgamations of anonymous objects…


Willard Boepple


Willard Boepple continues through July 31 at Salander-O’Reilly Galleries (20 E 79th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, 212-879-6606) “Abstract sculpture has the wonderful potential of catching people coming around a corner and making them say, ‘what the hell is that?’” So says Willard Boepple (pronounced BUP-lee), whose point is proven at Salander-O’Reilly Galleries where…


Bettina Blohm


Bettina Blohm’s paintings are Haiku-like visual landscapes that distill emotion into abstract form. They reflect a love of Eastern art with its focus on intuitive states of mind. Blohm’s paintings also engage with a Matisse inspired sense of color and an Abstract Expressionist scale, both of which come across especially within her compositional placement of…


Salvador Dalí, Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet's "Angelus", 1933-35. Oil on panel, 12-1/2 z 15-1/2 inches Salvador Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, Florida

From Critical Paranoia to Uncritical Banality: 100 Years of Salvador Dalí and 25 of Jeff Koons


“Dalí: Mass Culture” continues at Fundació “la Caixa” until May 23, traveling thereafter to the Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Salvador Dalie Museum, St Petersburg, Florida; and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. “Jeff Koons: Highlights of 25 Years” C&M Arts until June 5 (45 E 78th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues, 212 861 0020…


Audrey Niffenegger


“Time is a state: the flame in which there lives the salamander of the human soul.” -Andrei Tarkovsky Chicago-based artist Audrey Niffenegger has always had a strong sense of storytelling: A compelling grasp of contradiction, humor, tragedy, and fantasy permeates the twenty odd years of her visual art career. Her work, an affirmation of Chicago’s…


Jeremy Blake, Reading Ossie Clark, 2003. Six stills from the DVD Courtesy Feigen Contemporary

Notes on Jeremy Blake


Can video become the new painting? Not just in the art scene, where video takes an ever larger slice of the exhibition pie, but in the aesthetic sense as well. “Autumn Almanac,” a recent show by Jeremy Blake at Feigen in Chelsea has me wondering.


Jon Isherwood


“His sculptures are matrices, in which a mysterious emptiness is embedded” While returning home to Manhattan via Amtrak after my interview with Jon Isherwood I realized that the experience of living with his sculptures for a few hours had transformed my way of seeing natural rock formations. The rocks that occasionally appeared to the sides…


Roy Oxlade


MR: There is of course always idle speculation on the state of painting as it might relate to the cultural vacuum. One cannot dismiss the fact that painting provides an entertainment for the masses, as do all the other mutant forms of so-called fine art. But its popularity at any given moment is certainly irrelevant. Would…


Mark Lombardi, Charles Keating, ACC, and Lincoln Savings, ca. 1978-90 (5th Version), 1995. Colored pencil and graphite on paper, 31-3/4 x 46-1/4 inches, Collection of Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky

Mark Lombardi


Emotional intent is often ascribed to a sensitively rendered line, but to what extent can we say other information – intellect, curiosity, politics – are being transmitted in that same line? Put another way, how much of the spectrum can touch occupy in imparting content to a work of art? The question comes to mind thinking about “Global Networks”, the Independent Curators International exhibition of Mark Lombardi’s work at The Drawing Center in Soho, where twenty-five major drawings by the late artist are currently on display.


Ellen Berkenblit, Pink Flowers on Fence, 2000. Oil on linen, 40 x 36 inches

Notes on Ellen Berkenblit


Ellen Berkenblit has been one of my favorite artists for years. I visited her studio once in the mid-nineties, and have done my best to see her shows whenever possible. A painter of expressionist, hermetic narratives, Berkenblit’s work can be simultaneously colorful, dark, moody, and humorous. With her recurring cast of characters – that include…