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Oh! Sweet Nothin

by Abraham Ritchie
        “[I’ve] never been entirely happy with abstract paintings,” states Jim Lutes, as quoted in Debra Bricker Balken’s catalog essay for Valerie Carberry Gallery’s exhibition, “Jim Lutes: Half-Ass Rapture”.   This dissatisfaction or skepticism regarding abstraction drives Lutes in this exhibition, as he combines abstract and gestural elements with representation and narrative. The exhibition contains examples of both modes of working: four abstract paintings and four works that show recognizable figures or scenes but are obscured to varying degrees by Lutes’s gestural brushwork. Jim L... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 1/8/10
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Practice makes Perfect

by Victor M. Cassidy
Tony Smith (1912-1980) did not begin to make the geometric sculptures for which he is known until he was past fifty. Before that, he dabbled in a variety of artistic pursuits, trying this, trying that, and failing more often than not. He studied painting and architecture in his twenties, but high school was the only formal course of study that he ever completed. In 1938-39, he worked for the architect Frank Lloyd Wright in different capacities. At other times, he painted, practiced architecture, and supported himself as a tool maker, purchasing agent, bookseller, plant nursery worker, a... [more]
Posted by Victor M. Cassidy on 10/11/09
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Women

by Robyn Farrell Roulo
          Also located on the 25th floor of the John Hancock building is the Valerie Carberry Gallery.  Established in 2002, the dealer's sole focus is Modern and Postwar American Art.  "Jack Tworkov: Women" is the gallery's latest exhibition that highlights work from 1945-1949, by the under-recognized abstract expressionist artist.  On view until May 23rd, the show consists of roughly twenty paintings and works on paper displayed in a way that embodies the sensibility of the artist: elegance and simplicity. Jack Tworkov was a Polish-born immigrant who is often overlooked in the scheme... [more]
Posted by Robyn Farrell Roulo on 4/5/09