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20120407100228-13054yang4_nl0 A creeping feeling of familiarity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yang Fudong at Marian Goodman Gallery March 28th, 2012 - April 28th, 2012
Posted 4/7/12

Yang Fudong is making the boundary between painting and film seem about as sturdy and secure as an old split rail fence in an open field with a tornado whipping on the horizon. Both of his two new short pieces on view at Goodman’s gallery are presented entirely in shades black as ink and silvery white, as a traditional Chinese painting would be. No character in either film speaks; communication is achieved in glances and gestures, while narrative arcs build out of suggested and implied relation... [more]

20120331181655-hu-xiaoyuanwoodnewmuseum12xs The Overlooked and the Unmentionables   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shaina Anand, Tuan Andrew, Minam Apang, Invisible Borders, CAMP, Julia Dault, Jonathas de Andrade, Rita Ponce de León, Abigail DeVille, House of Natural Fiber, The Propeller Group, Phunam Thúc Hà, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Kit Lee, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Matthew Lucero, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Cinthia Marcelle, Dave McKenzie, Public Movement, Nicolás Paris, Bona Park, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Pratchaya Phinthong, Amalia Pica, Adrián Villar Rojas, Gabriel Sierra, Mounira Al Solh, Ashok Sukumaran, Rayyane Tabet, Pilvi Takala, Slavs and Tatars, Mariana Telleria, Wu Tsang, Danh Võ, Hu Xiaoyuan, Dana Yahalomi, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Ala Younis at New Museum February 15th, 2012 - April 22nd, 2012
Posted 3/31/12

By now both the New Museum’s Triennial and the Whitney Museum’s biennial have been open long enough for the critical voices of the popular press and blogosphere to have weighed in on the virtues and shortcomings of these highly anticipated exhibitions. I’ve been to both, though rather than add another idiosyncratic opinion to the heavily populated mix I decided to take a cue from the nature of the exhibition itself, and survey the critics. The nature of my looking wasn’t qualitative; I wasn’t too co... [more]

20120305114011-armoryartsspeced201222323 Armory Week: Green Collars, Scholars & Dollars   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/5/12

Can an art fair be a site not only for commerce but also critical engagement? Can it include some of today’s most relevant, interesting, and ambitious artists and thinkers? Dr. Horowitz thinks so, and he’s made it his mission as the Armory Show’s newly hired Managing Director to prove it’s not just possible; it’s doable. As a patron of scores of art fairs who has never had the purchasing power to do more than look, I am hopeful. In his book, “The Art of the Deal,” Dr. Horowitz describes art fair... [more]

20120130093955-catch-as-catch-can_evite-1 Double Tornado   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jene Highstein, Lawrence Weiner at Bowery Poetry Club January 11th, 2012 - February 29th, 2012
Posted 1/30/12

“Catch as Catch Can” is a mustard-yellow print as big as a billboard currently pasted on to the Elizabeth Murray Art Wall. In black block capitals that titular phrase occupies the print’s central space in a stencil font. Beneath it arcs a black band that loops once over itself, while whips of line that take the shape of sketchy tornado drawings bookend the phrase on both sides. When the exhibition ends the print will be torn down. This piece was produced collaboratively between Lawrence Weiner and... [more]

20120130092922-roomeastinstall-6-900x600 Rising Ruins   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ethan Breckenridge, David Brooks, Zipora Fried, Emily Henretta, Wyatt Kahn, Zak Kitnick, Erik Lindman, David Scanavino, Erin Shirreff, Nick van Woert at Room East January 8th, 2012 - March 4th, 2012
Posted 1/30/12

“Ruins in Reverse” is the inaugurating exhibition of this nascent gallery, and it’s well organized. Ten artists, each represented by a single work, share two small floors. Repurposed materials abound. No art is older than 2009 and the three newest works were made (or at least completed) in the first week of January. What’s well demonstrated here is the skill of reconfiguration, the ability to manipulate an object or a series of objects in such a way that they maintain a piece of their original... [more]

Interview with Laleh Khorramian  
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1/29/12

New York, Jan. 2012 - Laleh Khorramian doesn’t recall an artistic inclination as a child. She was in her late teens when she began to paint in earnest and though she focused on the figure she admits to youthful fantasies of being a landscape painter. She tells the story with a sigh and a smirk, “It was the thing I yearned to paint, but couldn’t." Khorramian, who is Iranian by birth, grew up in sunny Orlando, Florida. She started as a painting major at RISD before transferring to the Art Institute... [more]

20111226061937-national_grid_0_00_05_25_ Pattern Jam   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Anne Morgan Spalter at Stephan Stoyanov/Luxe Gallery December 8th, 2011 - January 6th, 2012
Posted 12/26/11

Typically if I’m entranced in front of a television monitor it’s because the narrative plot of whatever I’m watching has got me gripped. Well there’s no storyline in any of the six videos Anne Morgan Spalter is exhibiting in her debut New York solo, “Traffic Circle,” but the visuals are so hypnotically mesmerizing it’s easy to stare yourself into a state of spellbound captivation. Fans of psychedelic art will try to herald Spelter’s videos as ideal specimens, and though they have nothing to do wi... [more]

20111226061103-elena_bajo_a_script_for_a_form_n Minimal Mayhem   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Elena Bajo, Sara MacKillop, Cristiana Palandri at Scaramouche November 13th, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
Posted 12/26/11

There’s nothing beautiful in this show and that’s the way the three women exhibiting work wanted it. Elena Bajo, Sara MacKillop, and Cristiana Palandri—all Europeans born in the mid-seventies—have created an assortment of sculptural assemblages from domestic and discarded material designed to flout the pretexts of aesthetic consideration. It’s the sort of work that probably wouldn’t strike you as art if it wasn’t in a gallery. In situations like this one discord is its own brand of unity and f... [more]

20111120214133-campfire_steelglasspolyurethanefoam21_x20_x15_201482 Double the Stone   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Matt Stone, Matthew Stone at The Hole NYC November 1st, 2011 - December 10th, 2011
Posted 11/20/11

I can imagine the ladies running The Hole had a bit of a chortle over the idea of pairing two sculptors with the same name: Matt Stone and Matthew Stone. Had the work of these two gentlemen not been so damn well-suited the name thing would have been obnoxiously trite. As it happened, each artist mounted a solo show in the gallery: Matt, an American, presented Residuum in the rear room, while the British artist, Matthew, used the main space for Optimism as Cultural Rebellion. Visitors encounter... [more]

20111120212530-chyldish1 Childish-Like   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Billy Childish at Lehmann Maupin November 4th, 2011 - January 21st, 2012
Posted 11/20/11

Like a girl with facial tattoos and rainbow hair searching for a spoon in the ambassador’s kitchen, the pictures of a painter with a legacy of working outside the system can appear awkward in a blue chip gallery. The knee-jerk reaction is to presume the artist has gone soft, sold out, been absorbed at last by the main stream. In the case of Billy Childish—poet, novelist, musician, painter—from whom the elemental acid of punk rock’s primal ethos gushes forth geyser-like, the surprise is not that... [more]

Interview with Zhang Wei  
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10/16/11

New York, Oct. 2011 - In 1974 Zhang Wei invited members of the loosely organized Wuming group (“No Name” in English) to bring paintings to the apartment he shared with his mother for an informal showing. They used a secret knock at the door. No one outside the group could know what they were doing. Had the authorities found out Wei, his mother, and the eldest member of the group would have been jailed. By numerous accounts this was the first underground art exhibition in China. Zhang survived the Cult... [more]

20111010004343-rafferty_fig__back__2011_direct_substrate_on_print_on_plastic Getting the Waterlog Treatment   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sara Greenberger Rafferty at Rachel Uffner Gallery September 7th, 2011 - October 23rd, 2011
Posted 10/10/11

Sarah Greenberger Rafferty might be described as a meta-photographer or even a New Mannerist. She photographs altered photographs, many of which are distorted representations of the human figure. Like the artists in the MOMA’s 2009 New Photography exhibition, Rafferty’s work is the product of a process structured around image appropriation and manipulation. What sets her apart, however, is a cultivated aesthetic characterized by a loose, painterly style full of color that spreads and seeps and ble... [more]

20111010002702-jin___jin_tans_fiberglass_and_enamel Shiny Bliss   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Laurens Tan at Tally Beck Contemporary September 7th, 2011 - October 30th, 2011
Posted 10/10/11

As far back as history goes so too do toys. In fact, toys reach so far into the depths of humanity’s shared past that we’ve lost track of where the word originated (in English anyway). Two observations follow: that toys are a fundamental component of human development regardless as to what stage of development humanity happens to be passing through; and that toys produced in any given culture will be loaded with the symbolically coded values that a particular society would like to pass on. The... [more]

20110918202915-kramer_easytoplease_2011_ink_pencil_on_paper A Lot of ALOT   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Kramer at Mulherin + Pollard September 7th, 2011 - October 2nd, 2011
Posted 9/18/11

David Kramer is the kind of artist you might expect to find applying for a residency at a bar. At least that’s the first impression his artwork makes; here’s a boozy joker with a knack for snappy anecdotes and a taste for the bawdy. In truth, Kramer’s output is far too ample for anyone putting in serious time at a drinking establishment. His recent show, The Hangover…Too, included drawings, paintings, sculpture, and installation. Seriously. It’s been a long time since I visited a solo exhibition... [more]

20110918201512-1114_400_700 Personality Order   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kristopher Benedict at Sue Scott Gallery September 7th, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Posted 9/18/11

The history of Modernism is, in part, a story of art consuming art. And like that mythical self-devouring serpent Ouroboros, hunger is never satiated and the food is always available. Most artists are natural devourers of images. They show up on the sly, fused like Frankenstein into some newer visual amalgamation. A lot of us take pleasure in finding these pictographic reiterations. But it’s not like a "Where’s Waldo?" scenario; how god awful and trite that would be. It’s a deeper communication. Certain... [more]

Interview with Kenseth Armstead  
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7/23/11

New York, July 2011-- Kenseth Armstead grew up in Washington D.C., so maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that he’d discover a missing link in our forefather’s defining triumph over the British at the Battle of Yorktown. That link was a former slave turned double agent named James Armistead Lafayette. Posing as a runaway slave Lafayette gained the trust of the British generals, learned of their plans, and relayed them back to the Americans. It sounds Hollywood but it’s history, and it’s a story whose... [more]

20110626221603-tundra1 Reflections from the East   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Double Fly Art Center, Cheng Ran, Zhou Tiehai, Chen Wei, Hu Xiangqian, Sun Xun, LIANG Yuanwei, Zhao Zhao at James Cohan Gallery June 16th, 2011 - July 29th, 2011
Posted 6/26/11

'Tis the season of the MFA group show, in my opinion the most democratic of art exhibitions. Why? Because the artworks are supremely individualized, the only binding relationship being one of relatively minor consequence: these artists are fellow graduates; they are peers. And that’s it. There are no key themes or hot topics. If conceptual or aesthetic linkages occur it can generally be chalked up to coincidence or perhaps early signs of a possible zeitgeist. These shows are about individual artists... [more]

20110626213453-instalation_shot Back Back Story   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw (editors, Chadwick Family Papers) at Winkleman Gallery June 16th, 2011 - July 29th, 2011
Posted 6/26/11

When Bob Dylan sang, “Everybody is building big ships and boats, some are building monuments and some are just jotting down notes,” he might as well have been singing about Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw. These two—an artist and a poet, respectively—are the editors of the Chadwick Family papers. Who are the Chadwicks? Kin with an extensive collection of nautical artifacts, the core of which has been brought together for this very exhibition. Furling the Spanker: Masterworks from the Chadwicks’ Nautic... [more]

Interview with David LaChapelle  
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6/5/11

New York, May 2011 – In 2006 David LaChapelle did something he never imagined he would do: say no to Madonna. It was a decision that would trigger a profound and positive change in his life. After that the legendary photographer of celebrities stepped away from the commercial world and moved off the grid to a retreat in Maui with visions of farming. There were more pictures in him, he knew, but he didn’t think galleries and museums were an option. That changed when his long-time friend and production manag... [more]

20110515201034-wtd_installation_1_big_bj-1 Cigarettes, Hold the Coffee   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wang Tiande at Chambers Fine Art May 5th, 2011 - June 25th, 2011
Posted 5/15/11

The great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges once imagined a library filled with books of every language, written using all possible combinations of words and letters, which added up to a lot of indecipherable texts. Borges called the story “The Library of Babel” and sitting in the reading room of Wang Tiande’s exhibition, 3,720: Recent Works by Wang Tiande, I had the feeling I was in a wing of Borges’ library. A nice wooden table sat in the center of a well-lit, noiseless room. Wooden bookshel... [more]

20110515200116-52777_li_songsong A Painter's First Breaks   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Li Songsong at Pace Gallery - 25th St. May 6th, 2011 - August 5th, 2011
Posted 5/15/11

As a general rule I avoid absolutes because there simply are very few artists creating work that is truly and completely unlike the efforts of their peers. However the young Chinese artist Li Songsong has cultivated a style that is so utterly his own that I feel capable of writing the forbidden sentence: Nobody paints like Li Songsong. It’s not his subject matter that distinguishes him. Many painters work with imagery that is representational and largely historic. Nor is it his process; he works... [more]

20110220193135-josh_smith_stage_painting Act III   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/20/11

 Josh Smith: Stage PaintingsLuhring Augustine 531 West 24th StreetNew York, NY 10011 The stage is not just for theatre anymore. In between Koh’s calming salt mountain and the violent onslaught of color and cult symbolism that is Hermann Nitsch, check out Josh Smith’s “Stage Paintings” at Luhring Augustine. They provide a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor that is the perfect compliment to a pair of extreme and intense performance-based exhibitions. ~Charlie Schultz Image: Josh Smith, “Stage Paintin... [more]

20110220192509-nitsch_painting_action Maestro in Action   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hermann Nitsch at Mike Weiss Gallery February 19th, 2011 - March 19th, 2011
Posted 2/20/11

Hermann Nitsch, the septuagenarian Austrian artist, is known for some pretty grisly performance art. His most famous work (performed in a variety of ways over one hundred times), Orgies Mystery Theatre, features freshly slaughtered animals and entrails on display. This sets the stage for Nitsche pouring blood over the naked bodies of people tied to crosses. The art world celebrates this gore, and holds it up as evidence that artists are not too timid to deal frankly with the visceral nastiness of ma... [more]

20110220191640-koh_nothingtoodoo Life in the Fast Lane   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terence Koh at Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St. February 12th, 2011 - March 19th, 2011
Posted 2/20/11

Mary Boone’s bookshelves, usually occupied by a panoply of big art books, are barren. In fact, the only object in Mary Boone’s Chelsea gallery, besides the gallerist’s desk and phone in the anteroom, is a heaping mound of sodium chloride. It’s not the refined table variety, but the kind of industrial looking salt you’d expect to be stored in a highway maintenance facility. The salt pile, which peaks out around six feet, has a conical shape as if it had been poured in the center of Boone’s gallery.... [more]

20110123145443-mexicase_1 The Case of Capa   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/23/11

The Mexican Suitcase: Rediscovered Spanish Civil War negatives by Capa, Chim, and TaroSeptember 24, 2010–May 8, 2011 International Center of Photography (ICP)1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rdNew York, NY 10036  The walls on the ground floor of ICP are full of contact sheets and old school black and white prints—the kind that come out of a dark room stinking like chemicals. These are the finds that came out of Robert Capa’s infamously lost “Mexican suitcase.” This historic exhibition presen... [more]

20110123144736-qingsong_1 Violent Impact   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wang Qingsong at International Center of Photography (ICP) January 21st, 2011 - May 8th, 2011
Posted 1/23/11

It’s an open secret that in China creative liberties are extended at the behest of the government. In the confines of the studio anything goes, but outside those sacred walls it’s a different story. For many artists the trick to avoiding the authority’s paranoid scrutiny is to simply keep a low profile. Freedom of the unseen. Wang Qingsong (pronounced: Wong Ching-song) can’t stay out of sight. Wang works like a film director, creating elaborate stages and employing dozens of actors. On sight he ten... [more]

20110123143550-haibo1 Here, There, Wherever   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hai Bo at Pace/MacGill Gallery January 20th, 2011 - February 26th, 2011
Posted 1/23/11

In Samuel Beckett’s classic play Waiting for Godot, Estragon and Vladimir do their best to kill time while they wait for someone whom they wouldn’t even recognize if they saw him. It’s absurd, of course, but it can also be understood as a life-affirming allegory: it doesn’t really matter if you take an active or passive approach to life, either way will work. The photographer Hai Bo (pronounced: High Bo) employs both strategies. He creates scenarios in which old friends and acquaintances interact... [more]

20101212214438-screen_shot_2010-12-13_at_12 Americanana   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/12/10

Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery68th Street & Lexington Ave.West Lobby New York, NY 10021Hours: Tues. - Sat., 1 - 6pm Americanana, curated by Katy Siegel, brings together an interesting selection of American art from Charles Sheeler to Donald Judd to Kara Walker. The exhibition also takes a look at pervious efforts at establishing American identity such as installation shots of “Americana” from the 1985 Whitney Biennial as well as photographs of the art colony in Ogunquit, Maine. It’s a concise li... [more]

20101212213742-installation_view_greenaway Super Supper   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Greenaway at Park Avenue Armory December 3rd, 2010 - January 6th, 2011
Posted 12/12/10

Almost anyone in tune with western pop culture can imagine Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper.” What one thinks of the famous fresco is a matter totally unrelated; the image is there in our collective psyche as if it were contemporary with our age. To further enhance with high def rigor is the goal Peter Greenaway, filmmaker and artist, set for himself when he began Ten Classic Paintings Revisited with Rembrandt’s “Night Watch.” The project brings cinematic life to classic paintings with... [more]

20101212212512-currin_constance_towers_oil_on_canvas_2009 Carnal Home   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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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