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Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013, Forest Houses, Bronx, New York. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation. Photo: Romain Lopez.
…It made me proud to be an artist and a New Yorker ...
 
Ohad Meromi, still from Worker! Actor! Smoker!, 2010-13. Single-channel video, 20:36 minutes. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Triple V, and Nathalie Karg.
Ohad Meromi’s exhibition at Nathalie Karg continues through August 15. ...
 
Koons’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art continues through October 19. ...
 


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“Coaxed into fullness of existence”: A conversation with Rackstraw Downes


Published on the occasion of the inaugural exhibition at the Betty Cuningham Gallery in 2004


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Susanna Heller


Heller is on view at John Davis Gallery until April 24


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…


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.