Luhring Augustine’s Bushwick satellite currently hosts the “possibilities” of Michelangelo Pistoletto. An array of things, thoughts, and playful points of interest fill the floor and walls. Vastly ranging in scope, they generate a powerful effect that often feels absent in contemporary art.
The Minus Objects, 1965-66 speak to an interesting period of Pistoletto’s life and career. Around this time, the artist began to pioneer the predominantly Italian movement Arte Povera... [more]
“Must we learn again the simple, forthright experience of actually seeing a painting?” —William Gaddis
“In the end, we cultural theorists are the coroners of history, writing our forensic reports on a marble slab table about a murder victim—painting.” —Dr. Hope Ardizzone, Cultural Theorist/Author
One might arguably make the case, after viewing Julian Schnabel’s retrospective at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, that he is the heir to Barnett Newman’... [more]
You Can't Pin Women Down: Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 by Roslyn Bernstein Anni Albers, Denise Scott Brown, Le Corbusier, Ray Eames, Loïe Fuller, Eileen Gray, April Greiman, Eszter Haraszty, Luba Lukova, Bonnie MacLean, Charlotte Perriand, Lilly Reich, Lucy Rie, Lella Vignelli, Eva Zeisel at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
October 5th, 2013 - September 21st
Three flat-bottomed brown paper bags, so simple, you could easily pass them by, stand dead center in the Kitchen Transformations section of the Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 exhibit at MoMA. On the adjacent label there are two names, Margaret E. Knight, the woman who patented the machine that made the bags in the 1870s-1880s, and Charles B. Stilwell, who, according to Juliet Kinchin, organizer of the exhibit and curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, made “subtle modifications&rdq... [more]
If military and religious history came together and exploded in fanciful pieces of art, Kris Kuksi’s sculptures could well be the result. In Revival, his latest solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery, nine sculptures from this year come to life.
While Kuksi also works in paint, charcoal, and graphite, it’s his surreal sculptures that have made his name. Kuksi has been creating mixed-media assemblages in the Revival vein since 2006, using toys, pieces from modeling kits, and other found... [more]
It’s the end of 2013, time for relaxation and reflection. There was a lot of great art to experience in New York this year; here is a selection of some of our favorite shows. —Charlie Schultz
"Where is Jack Goldstein?” at Venus Over Manhattan
“As technologic fires rain down in the brightly spotlit paintings, and the world appears to end in both the trajectory of a missile and a planetary eclipse, love is lost, remembered, mourned, and renewed in lingering strains. Golds... [more]
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]
Art after Sandy by Ryan Wong Rita Ackermann, Stephan Antonakos, Stephen Antonakos, Shoja Azari, Eric Banks, Rachel Beach, ANDREA ROBBINS & MAX BECHER, Z. Behl, Michael Benedetto, Jesus Benevente, Lynda Benglis, Leon Benn, Robert Bergman, antonio bilotta, Vivien Bittencourt, Williamson Brasfield, Michael Brennan, Ric Briggs, Melissa Carroll, Donna Cleary, Chuck Close, Mike Cloud, Diana Cooper, Joanna Pousette- Dart, DAS, N. DASH, Martha Diamond, Rackstraw Downes, Salvatore Farina, Teresita Fernández, C. Finley, Ryan Foerster, Gerald Forster, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Lucy Fradkin, Joey Frank, Natalie Frank, Scott Fulmer, John Ganz, Rico Gatson, Gandalf Gavan, Allison Ginsberg, Juan Gomez, Tamara Gonzales, Ron Gorchov, Dana Gordon, Douglas Gordon, Mark Greenwold, EJ Hauser, Lonnie Holley, David Humphrey, James Hyde, Suzanne Joelson, Darren Jones, Michael Joo, Alex Katz, Benjamine Keating, Mel Kendrick, Owen Keogh, Clay Ketter, Megan Liu Kincheloe, Kathleen Kucka, Antón Lamazares, Noah Landfield, Ronnie Landfield, Matthew C. Lange, James English Leary, Greg Leshe, Matvey Levenstein, Dean Levin, Margrit Lewczuk, Michael Marfione, Kevin Marin, Chris Martin, Zony Maya, Keith Mayerson, Josiah McElheny, Jonas Mekas, Sam Messer, MIKE METZ, Laura Miller, Donald Moffett, and more, Cy Morgan, Nyeema Morgan, Loren Munk, Shirin Neshat, Tammy Nguyen, Jo Nigoghossian, Thomas Nozkowski, Jennifer Nuss, G.T. PELLIZZI, Adam Pendleton, Ellen Phelan, Matt Philips, Jean-Jacques Du Plessis, Rona Pondick, Nickola Pottinger, James Prosek, Carlos Reyes, Samantha Rissmeyer, Joyce Robins, Alexis Rockman, Alexander Ross, Lisa Ross, Brie Ruais, Dean Russo, John Ryan, Michael Ryan, Cordy Ryman, ETHAN RYMAN, Will Ryman, Bill Schuck, Michelle Segre, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Veronika Sheer, Sienna Shields, Arthur Simms, Matt Smilardi, Ray Smith, Sterrett Smith, Colin Snapp, Bosco Sodi, Ursula Sommer, Gary Stephan, Robert Storr, Maya Strauss, Mark di Suvero, Meryl Bennett & Matt Taber, Alina Tenser, Mickalene Thomas, Dan Torop, Lee Tribe, Daniel Turner, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Tomas Vu, Merrill Wagner, Corban Walker, Joan Waltemath, Nari Ward, Benjamin Weber, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Wendy White, Stanley Whitney, Terry Winters, Nicole Wittenberg, Bob Witz, Alan Thomas Wood, iO Wright, Michael Wrobel, Will Yackulic, Dustin Yellin, Rachel Youens, Lisa Yuskavage, Holly Zausner, Joe Zucker at Industry City
October 20th, 2013 - December 15th, 2013
Among the irrevocable losses Hurricane Sandy wrought from New York were works of art: thousands of objects damaged or destroyed in Chelsea galleries, studios in Red Hook and Greenpoint. Phong Bui, artist, curator, and publisher of the Brooklyn Rail, was among those who lost work to the storm. He curated Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1 as a statement of solidarity with a traumatized art community.
Sprawled over 100,000 square feet on four floors in the massive Industry City building in Sunset P... [more]
For his first solo show at Asya Geisberg Gallery in 2012, Guðmundur Thoroddsen presented ink drawings and wooden busts of blank-eyed bearded patriarchs—gods, men, and their progeny—as the exhibition title suggested: “Father’s Fathers.” Thoroddsen, who is Icelandic, was remixing imagery from various sources: Norse mythology, humankind’s evolutionary path, and the artist’s personal history, while the long geometric beards of the figures, depicted both in... [more]
Robin Kang - First Place, ArtSlant Prize 2013
Robin Kang interrogates machinery. From her roots as a photographer (BFA) and through her MFA in printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, it’s always been about how the machine affects the artwork produced and what exactly can be done within that process of translation: idea to object. Her latest projects involve two very different explorations. Using digital jacquard looms, she recreates patterns taken both from ancient weav... [more]
Meditations by Max Bushman Bruce High Quality Foundation at Mark Fletcher - Washington Square
November 9th, 2013 - December 18th, 2013
Meditations, the new exhibition by the mysterious Bruce High Quality Foundation, is showing through the 8th of December between two spaces: Vito Schnabel (43 Clarkson Street) and Mark Fletcher (24 Washington Sq. North). The show is a single exhibition though it’s been bisected. Each environment is very different despite following the same subject. Described as “a meditation on the historical relationship between works of art and the consolidation and dispersion of political power,”... [more]
Maureen Meyer - Second Place, ArtSlant Prize 2013
I discovered Maureen Meyer’s work this summer when she was chosen by the jury to advance to the next round on the way towards the Artslant Prize. I forwarded the announcement email to Artslant’s Editor, Natalie Hegert, and asked, “Who is this person? Her work is beautiful.”
Her name is Maureen Meyer. She was born in Nuremberg, Germany and she has lived in many places. Of late, she resides, and paints, in New York City. Her... [more]
Michael Cline’s current exhibition, Corporation Pudding, presents a painted miasma of carnivalesque Americana. In six sumptuous oil paintings and a trio of elegant collages, this Florida born artist whips up one bizarre scenario after the next. Each painting is packed like a suitcase busting at the seams with repeating motifs: house plants, 2x4s, eyeballs, ears and fingers, pages torn from comics, clamp lamps, electrical cords, magazine adverts. Incredibly, Cline’s organized all thi... [more]
Gregory Amenoff makes paintings and drawings that communicate feeling and emote spirit. His perception of the outer world—the landscape, waters, and sky—provides an opening to his inner life through abstracted images. “Trace: Paintings and Drawings” at Alexandre Gallery features eleven paintings and a series of drawings that serve as the basis of the paintings. Amenoff’s new work—alive with color and light—continues to carry the influence of the Symbolis... [more]
It took me a long time to write about Aaron Flint Jamison’s exhibition at Artists Space. I had to figure out how to move past the obvious statement, which is that the work is frustratingly opaque, and say something about what lies under it. Maybe I could even say something about the opacity itself.
The exhibition leaves the gallery nearly empty: about half a dozen objects (depending on how you count them) are strewn throughout. The SoHo columns and worn floorboards of 38 Greene Street are... [more]
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]
For her show of new photography and sculpture at Robert Mann gallery in Chelsea, Mary Mattingly first created a number of “man made boulders,” which were made by amassing her possessions and binding them together with light brown twine. Measuring about five feet in diameter, these boulders consist of clothes, journals, keys, bottles, wires, and other miscellaneous items that Mattingly found kicking around her home. Two of these boulders are on display at the exhibition, as well as fifte... [more]