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20140623163406-_dsc6865 Nick Cave Takes Us to School   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Nick Cave at JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY: THE SCHOOL May 17th, 2014 - September 17th, 2014
Posted 6/23/14

There are a handful of stellar institutions that one might plan to visit for a weekend away from the summer heat of New York City. The newest, and one of the most impressive is The School in Kinderhook, New York. Kinderhook is a picturesque town just north of Hudson, which itself is an established attraction for New York City dwellers looking for gourmet food, an eclectic variety of antiques, and a vibrant gallery scene. The School was converted by architect Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas f... [more]

20140513065555-jonathansmith_stream8 Vistas Beautiful and Sublime   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
JONATHAN SMITH at The Curator Gallery April 24th, 2014 - May 24th, 2014
Posted 5/13/14

As I approach the exhibition at The Curator Gallery and peer through the front wall of glass, the art inside reminds me of a modernist painter. Maybe someone who began their career as a Clyfford Still fan and has now pushed their palette past complex chromatic correlations to a more condensed and minimalist black and white expression. To my surprise they are not paintings at all, but nine color photographs captured in large format through the lens of a view camera, all created in 2013. They sho... [more]

20140409130617-orange_hair_snow_close_up Welcome to the Dollerhouse: Laurie Simmons' Kigurumi Portraits   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Laurie Simmons at Salon 94 Bowery March 7th, 2014 - April 26th, 2014
Posted 4/9/14

It would be ridiculous to discuss gender issues, stereotyping, objectification, fetish, or fantasy in contemporary art without Laurie Simmons. For nearly four decades, using a variety of subjects and settings that include toys, costumes, collage, puppets, and people, Simmons’ photographs have created an indelible interpretation of how perception is formed. The current exhibition at Salon 94, Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See*, features Simmons' latest series of pigment prints. The bulk of... [more]

20140205060911-ophelia_v Between the Fragments   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Andy Denzler at Claire Oliver Gallery January 16th, 2014 - February 15th, 2014
Posted 2/5/14

Andy Denzler’s paintings might be best described as figurations abstracted by multiple techniques. The Swiss artist paints, repaints, scrapes off, then repaints the same subjects again. Nineteen of these rigorously worked canvases make up Denzler’s current solo show, “Between the Fragments,” his third with Claire Oliver. Andy Denzler’s painterly process is central to his artistic practice. Working in stages, Denzler first marks off an outline of his subject with sk... [more]

20131218154119-detailcockrill_2013_sleepwalker Mike Cockrill's Existential Man   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Mike Cockrill at KENT FINE ART LLC November 14th, 2013 - January 25th, 2014
Posted 12/18/13

Mike Cockrill has a way of tweaking his audience. I first saw Cockrill’s work at Semaphore Gallery in the East Village of New York, when he was collaborating with Judge Hughes some thirty-odd years ago. In those days, with the resurgence of narrative/figurative painting solidly in the fray, Cockrill and Hughes still managed to shock their audience with all sorts of violent and sexually charged vignettes in which no taboo was left unchurned. In fact, every time I leaf through the ground breaking... [more]

20131018195138-polyhex_portrait_i The Future That Was   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Patricia Perez Eustaquio at Tyler Rollins Fine Art September 12th, 2013 - October 19th, 2013
Posted 10/15/13

Patricia Perez Eustaquio’s installation at Tyler Rollins Gallery has the look and feel of a group show. This Filipino artist allows the various materials that comprise her artwork to guide her forms and intentions. Despite the unpredictability, Eustaquio manages to give us just enough of a narrative to create a comfort zone for visitors. The exhibition’s title, The Future That Was, is a reincarnation of an exhibition that first hit the public arena at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in Quez... [more]

20130120165757-0 Technique only goes so far...   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
steven bindernagel at CRG Gallery January 10th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013
Posted 1/20/13

I cannot help but think of the more commercial, often palette knife-painted, construction-based abstractions of the 1960s as I first walk into the exhibition at CRG Gallery. That is not good. As references go, you want to try to avoid the kitschier techniques, the ones that rely too heavily on dazzling their audience solely with technique, unless you plan to make a commentary about esthetics, or, you are intentionally trying to tweak your audience to get their attention, with the intention of bringi... [more]

20121120085000-fcsofia_prolovyx Sensationalism and Sexuality   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
FC SOFIA at De Buck Gallery November 1st, 2012 - December 15th, 2012
Posted 11/20/12

Start with cartoon characters, add a little S & M, a cup of fetishism and a bucket full of small cell phone charms and children’s stickers, then stir in a mood of domination and you have the fabulously fun work of FC SOFIA. FC SOFIA, which is comprised of the French-based duo of Frederic and Catherine Sofia, captivated this reviewer with a very slick read on the sensationalism and sexualizing of contemporary aesthetics. Anchoring the installation are four wall-mounted, brightly colored masks that... [more]

20121029091118-1 The Explosive Sublime   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Ushio Shinohara at Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art August 29th, 2012 - December 16th, 2012
Posted 10/29/12

In a far room, in one of the many spaces at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art can be found the sometimes explosive and other times sublime art of Ushio Shinohara. Boxing Painter (2011), the first piece you encounter even before you enter the space immediately sends your thoughts through dynamic expressions, inventive techniques and fantastical fantasies. Using color-loaded boxing gloves, as he has done in the 1960s and again since 1991, Shinohara marks his territory like a predator marks its groun... [more]

20120909183604-1 Happening & History   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jonathan Beer at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts September 6th, 2012 - October 11th, 2012
Posted 9/9/12

The narratives in Jonathan Beer’s art make many unpredictable turns. And like the paintings of Neo Rauch, who is an influence here, there is an unmistakable weirdness in the work. It’s never clear what you are looking at, or why the sky is sometimes bright yellow, or the earth fractured and filleted, yet there is enough of a reference to the known world to trigger a disjointed series of quick, unresolved thoughts in the viewer’s mind. The general gist of Beer’s art is a suspension of reality –... [more]

20120814102702-reyle_untitled Collector's Catalogue 2012: The Collector Base   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 8/14/12

Over the years, a few artists have made a point to tell me they care little, if at all, about ever selling their work. Whenever I hear that sentiment, I always feel this twinge of suspicion, as I know what it is like to sell one’s own work. In point of fact, there would be little art to see if there were no collectors. Commercial galleries would not exist and a lot of very creative people would be stressed, repressed and totally misunderstood if there were no patrons or collectors. Richard Smolin, creator of the websi... [more]

20120812172802-20120812095649-2131 Summer in the City   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Rita Ackermann, Miriam Cahn, David Dupuis, Mark Flood, Mary Heilmann, Lothar Hempel, Sean Landers, Keith Mayerson, Dan McCarthy, Marlene McCarty, Matthew Monahan, Robert Moskowitz, Joyce Pensato, Jack Pierson, Andreas Schulze, Amy Sillman, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe, Dan Walsh, Robin Winters at Anton Kern Gallery July 10th, 2012 - August 24th, 2012
Posted 8/12/12

August is the toughest month to find a gallery exhibition that will inspire most critics’ fingers to pound the keyboard. With so many galleries closed, and others emphasizing the coming season’s first exhibition in early September, there tends to be a general lack of interest in mounting a show, especially anything substantive. However, there are some good gallery exhibitions here and there, one being “It’s Always Summer on the Inside” at Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea. Organized by Dan McCarthy... [more]

20120716084904-roj0 Dam That Paint!   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Ron Johnson at Garth Greenan Gallery July 10th, 2012 - August 17th, 2012
Posted 7/16/12

For his first one-person exhibition in New York, Ron Johnson offers up a collection of paintings that project a keen and sometimes-referential theory of color, a very curious technique, and a place between non-representation and our collective subconscious of catalogued experiences that flow through the exhibition in unexpected ways. To achieve the sinuous interlocking and overlapping fields of color, Johnson employs pre-positioned dams to corral the poured paint and polyurethane mix. The dam wa... [more]

20120607212004-prol_s Energetic, Wrenching, and Raucous   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Rick Prol at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art May 19th, 2012 - June 17th, 2012
Posted 6/7/12

I first came to know the art of Rick Prol in the 1980s when he was with B-SIDE gallery, a space run by artist Caren Scarpulla who too had a feel for the hideous/beauteous aesthetic. At that time, Prol’s difficult imagery, cutting painting style, bizarre juxtapositions and fantastical combinations of impossibly difficult architectural elements rendered simply were a huge part of the East Village art scene. With my recent visit to the prestigious Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art I was h... [more]

20120525095831-stephenking-john-mellencamp Skeletons In Our Shared Closet   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
John Mellencamp at Tennessee State Museum April 12th, 2012 - June 10th, 2012
Posted 5/25/12

John Mellencamp doesn’t see himself as an activist, which I suspect is his humility speaking. There is no escaping the fact that Mellencamp is a political artist. And I say this with the utmost respect as his views are heartfelt, witnessed first-hand and lifelong. With work ranging from the alarming Strange Fruit (2006), which points to past, horrific atrocities, to the straightforward Coast to Coast (2005) that reveals the continuing problems and degradation more and more are facing across our... [more]

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