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John Currin at Gagosian Gallery - 980 Madison Ave. November 4th, 2010 - December 23rd, 2010
Posted 12/12/10

One reason pornography is a pleasure enjoyed more in privacy than amongst one’s peers is because one simply can’t get the same thrill in public. Satisfying the old carnal appetites is like being gay in the military; everyone is fine with it so long as it’s not out in the open. Shame seems to be part of the equation, but who exactly is ashamed is less obvious. This is the major hurdle to be overcome for anyone who wants to get more from John Currin’s paintings than perverse libidinal titillation. You can’... [more]

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Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, JG Ballard, Hans Bellmer, Glenn Brown, Chris Burden, Jake & Dinos Chapman, John Currin, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Paul Delvaux, Cerith Wyn Evans, Cyprien Gaillard, Douglas Gordon, Loris Gréaud, Richard Hamilton, Roger Hiorns, Damien Hirst, Dan Holdsworth, Carsten Höller, Edward Hopper, Allen Jones, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Vera Lutter, Florian Maier-Aichen, Paul McCarthy, Adam McEwen, Dan Mitchell, Malcolm Morley, Mike Nelson, Helmut Newton, Cady Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, Steven Parrino, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, George Shaw, Cindy Sherman, John Hilliard and Jemima Stehli, Piotr Uklański, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, Christopher Williams, Jane and Louise Wilson, Christopher Wool at Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street February 11th, 2010 - April 1st, 2010
Posted 3/14/10

‘The choreography of mediatised reality’   --Will Self, ‘The Bounds of Inner Space’ Gagosian Gallery Catalogue 2010 We are not living in the real world, but merely exist in a virtual dimension, held like flies in aspic by shifting screens and filters which drip feed sensations of experience: violence, pleasure, the monstrous, the curious. These filters are precisely created episodes of a world theatre, a continuous and totally involving soap opera. ‘CRASH: Homage to... [more]

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John Currin at Andrea Rosen Gallery June 19th, 2009 - August 21st, 2009
Posted 7/19/09

I've always feared that there was a bit of invention lacking in John Currin's paintings. Strictly as a painter, he appears to have slid into that category of well-trained academics who found a niche style, but  a la Norman Rockwell, leans too heavily on the side of illustration. The dialogue on figurative painting ends too abruptly, usually with a pair of whopping nipples.  By contrast, other contemporaries like Dana Shutz and Lisa Yuskavage seem more conversant in the conceptual... [more]

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