Lee Ann Norman

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Live Uncertainty: Impressions from São Paulo Bienal   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Bienal São Paulo September 7th, 2016 - December 11th, 2016
Posted 9/16/16
As I walked along the winding path of Parque Ibirapuera toward the São Paulo Bienal entrance, I thought about how the impeachment decision, which ousted Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, was finalized a few days prior. When the decision came down, I was with a group of artists during a residency. We spent ten days together in Zone Leste, the east zone in the periphery, away from the bustling city center. One of us had gone out the night before and reported that there were... [more]
Chicago—despite being famously referred to as The Second City—has made critical contributions to American jazz and blues music, architecture and design, theater, and visual art, proving time and again that this city can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes as New York and London as an influential center of cultural production. Crucial to both the historic and present dissemination of this artistic legacy are the city’s cultural institutions. With arts spaces ranging from traditional... [more]
Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography, and performance, using a range of media and methods to explore themes of language, the body, and what it means to be transformed by an experience. She recently participated in Beautiful Beast at the New York Academy of Art, an exhibition that explored the intersection of beauty and abjection through sculpture, often depicting our humanity through distortion. I am always interested in work that defies disciplinary boundaries and convention, and Dill’s... [more]
For more than ten years, Luftwerk (the creative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero) have created art installations that merge elements of light and video with facets of architecture and design. An opportunity to create a new media exhibit for the centennial celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in 2010 sparked a growing interest in architecture leading to a deeper engagement with space and culturally significant buildings. Luftwerk will have an installation at the Mies van der... [more]
A World's Fair tribute in a New York neighborhood mash up   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Balthus, Joseph Cornell, Daniel Gordon, Van Hanos, Robert Indiana, Ray Johnson, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Anya Kielar, Claes Oldenburg, Dushko Petrovich, James Rosenquist, Pierre Roy, Peter Saul, Johannes Vanderbeek, Stan VanDerBeek, Roger White at Rachel Uffner Gallery June 28th, 2014 - August 16th, 2014
Posted 8/24/14
New York City has always been a draw for an eclectic mix of artists working across the visual and performing arts. Its underground pubs and speakeasies, expansive loft spaces, museums, sidewalks, and streets have served as creative inspiration for all kinds of movements including jazz, expressionism, Fluxus, hip-hop, and punk. Despite all of that creative energy and expression, the city has also been a beautiful breeding ground for social and cultural dissonance. While New York may not be known... [more]
Gregory Amenoff: Trace Paintings and Drawings   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Gregory Amenoff at Alexandre Gallery October 17th, 2013 - November 23rd, 2013
Posted 10/30/13
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 Symbolist movement.   Amenoff’s compositions... [more]
A Real Gem of a Summer Show   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Radcliffe Bailey, Nick Cave, Susana Solano, Leslie Wayne at Jack Shainman Gallery 20th Street July 11th, 2013 - August 16th, 2013
Posted 8/13/13
The frantic pace and manic energy of New York City life seem to slacken when urbanites abandon their concrete enclaves for wide-open spaces and greener pastures. The exodus of so many New Yorkers can make Chelsea feel less intense for three glorious months. Art galleries respond to this seasonal shift by mounting that ubiquitous thing known as the summer group show. While some galleries invite guest curators to organize quirky or ambitious shows others return to their roots offering exhibitions... [more]
Emotional Bonds: The Art of Friendship   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jorge Luis Borges, Xul Solar at Americas Society Gallery April 18th, 2013 - July 20th, 2013
Posted 7/16/13
The concept of friendship has been a key component of Western political philosophy throughout history, but in the modern era discussions about its importance have fallen out of favor. The mystic artist Xul Solar (born Oscar Schultz Solari 1887, died 1963) and famed writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986) became fast friends soon after they met in Buenos Aires in 1924. Both men, having recently returned from extended studies and travels in Europe, created a nearly forty-year friendship rooted in... [more]
Tracing the Origin: Meditations   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Cui Fei at Chambers Fine Art April 25th, 2013 - June 7th, 2013
Posted 5/13/13
I remembered my desire to meditate more often when I visited “Cui Fei: Tracing the Origin” at Chambers Fine Art. The moment I ducked into the gallery I was overcome with a sense of quietude. I muttered aloud to myself: what is the Chinese equivalent to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi? As I scanned the twisted metal and vine that makes up much of the work of this young Chinese artist, I remembered that the origins of “Wabi” (despondence) and “Sabi” (solitude) are distinctly Chinese. Cui Fei... [more]
"Blues for Smoke": Ambiguity and Duality, Arpeggios and Be-bop Changes   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Roy DeCarava, Jeff Donaldson, Melvin Edwards, Renee Green, David Hammons, Martin Kippenbenger, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Mark Morrisroe, William Pope.L, Lorna Simpson, Bob Thompson, Wu Tsang, Carrie Mae Weems, Jack Whitten, Martin Wong at Whitney Museum of American Art February 7th, 2013 - April 28th, 2013
Posted 4/1/13
“The blues self is an improvised self. It doesn’t shy away from the difficulty that that entails. When you improvise yourself in culture, you may get some blowback.”[1] Halfway through the exhibition, a nondescript listening station for John “Jaki” Byard’s 1960 release Blues for Smoke hangs on the wall facing Glenn Ligon’s oil and acrylic text-based reflections and Zoe Leonard’s vintage blue suitcases. When you wander through the exhibition, don’t forget to look for it—you might miss it.... [more]
Saya Woolfalk’s work in painting and drawing, video, media, and fiber arts demands that a viewer be open to suspending disbelief to image what’s possible. Her alter world—a future vision of the future—asks that we re-consider what it means to be human and how we co-exist with other life forms in the world. Through a fantastical narrative logic of science fiction, genetics, metaphysics, semiotics, and anthropology, among other subjects, Woolfalk’s work challenges us to question our perception of... [more]
Flexing Their Form   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
El Anatsui at Jack Shainman Gallery 20th Street December 14th, 2012 - January 19th, 2013
Posted 1/6/13
Ghananian sculptor El Anatsui works with a team of assistants in his Nsukka, Nigeria studio. The men make “blocks,” small patches of bottle caps that are eventually fused together to form Mr. Anatsui’s large-scale pieces. At various moments in the process, he gathers the assistants together to lay these blocks out on the floor in patterns; sometimes they rearrange them to create new shapes until Anatsui is satisfied. Before one of these flexible sculptures is completed, Mr. Anatsui will... [more]
Mark Bradford: Thinking About Painting   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mark Bradford at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. November 13th, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012
Posted 11/24/12
Looking at Mark Bradford’s work makes me happy. I am one of those critics who doesn’t normally find much interesting in painting, but Bradford’s work makes me want to think hard about it again. I saw his first mid-career survey at the ICA in Boston nearly two years ago, and I got a good sense of his oeuvre over the last fifteen years. Not much has changed with Bradford’s third solo exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins. All of the works on view are large-scale abstractions created from a variety of... [more]
Freeman/Lowe “Stray Light Grey"   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe at Marlborough Chelsea September 13th, 2012 - October 27th, 2012
Posted 9/30/12
Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe are known for creating disorienting, dystopian and fully immersive alter-worlds. Their large-scale installations often reference popular culture, art and history, drugs, deviance, poverty and affluence through a comprehensive transformation of space and material. Their work is a complex three-dimensional collage where no detail is overlooked. With seamless movement across genres—performance, architecture, installation, and visual art—Freeman/Lowe are able to not... [more]
Do You Have What It Takes?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Julika Rudelius at Koenig & Clinton July 11th, 2012 - September 8th, 2012
Posted 9/2/12
Video and performance artist Julika Rudelius is a bit of a “watcher.” She behaves like an anthropologist: studying people, their habits, rituals, ways, codes, norms, and behaviors. Instead of cataloguing the physical artifacts she finds or contemplating patterns of behavior, she captures the evidence with her camera. In “Julika Rudelius: Rituals of Capitalism,” she presents her findings as a solo exhibition encompassing Leo Koenig’s main gallery and project space. Her two multi-channel videos,... [more]
tête-à-tête   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Derrick Adams, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jayson Keeling, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, Clifford Owens, MahlOt SANSOSA, Malick Sidibe, Xaviera Simmons, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas at Yancey Richardson Gallery July 12th, 2012 - August 24th, 2012
Posted 7/22/12
The images in Yancey Richardson’s summer group show challenge us to examine the ways in which seeing is performative. Through a subversion of social codes and values related to gender and representation, “tête-à-tête” necessitates an uncomfortable slowness and close looking. Curated by Mickalene Thomas (who also has work in the show), the exhibition features photography and video from artists from Africa and the Diaspora including Derrick Adams, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jayson Keeling, Deana... [more]
Loyal Royals   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Shirin Neshat at Gladstone Gallery - 24 St. January 13th, 2012 - February 11th, 2012
Posted 1/22/12
Like earlier works that deal with the power dynamics inherent in politics, culture, and aesthetics such as  (1993) and Women of Allah (1994), Shirin Neshat once again turns to text as a tool of the subversive in “The Book of Kings,” her fifth solo exhibition at Gladstone. The new series of gelatin silver prints is accompanied by a version of her Performa 11 commissioned piece Overruled, seen here as a three-channel video installation. Although Neshat often focuses on issues specific to her... [more]
A Simple Nature   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yvonne Estrada at Von Lintel Gallery January 12th, 2012 - February 18th, 2012
Posted 1/22/12
Yvonne Estrada crafts images in the spirit of improvisation. She creates abstractions that allude to the natural world through forms that suggest a leaf, or imply a flower bud or bulbous seed casing. She prefers to construct images from memory instead of using source material like photograghs, indicating a fondness for the imaginative and dream-like over the representational real. In “Blue,” her second solo exhibition at Von Lintel, Estrada’s singular focus shifts to the color blue in hues... [more]
Jungle Love   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jayson Keeling at Third Streaming October 28th, 2011 - February 25th, 2012
Posted 10/30/11
Jayson Keeling’s photographs, videos, and paintings currently on view at Third Streaming rest somewhere between the high gloss aura of a fashion shoot and the low, gritty vernacular of the street. Although his artwork draws heavily on references to pop culture including 1980s New Wave, punk, and Hip-Hop music, fashion, art, and television, Keeling is not nostalgic for a bygone era. Instead, his references seem to poke at the mutability of identities as a way to subvert our casual constructions... [more]
I Dub Thee…Swaggerlicious   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Rashaad Newsome at Marlborough Chelsea October 20th, 2011 - December 3rd, 2011
Posted 10/30/11
In any form of combat, it is important to know who your enemies are. Armies often define themselves based on their customs, manners, and rituals so that no one would ever be in doubt about which army it was they had just encountered. The fine art of heraldry – a kind of ancient and old school swagger – grew out of this necessity for bravado, presence, and visual identification. Participants in combat shielded their faces behind iron or steel, and heralds began creating elaborate coats of arms... [more]
Fragmented Heaven on Earth   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Diana Al-Hadid, Mathias Kessler, Julião Sarmento at Marianne Boesky Gallery 24th St. July 7th, 2011 - August 5th, 2011
Posted 7/17/11
The idea of envisioning a future through the real or imagined ruin and decay of the present flows throughout “Lost Paradise,” a group exhibition featuring works by Diana Al-Hadid, Mathias Kessler, and Julião Sarmento. Through sculptures, a video, photographs, and paintings, viewers are encouraged to meditate on the meaning of memory and the signs that mark the passage of time. They are also asked to fill in the blanks, finish the story, and simply dream. Diana Al-Hadid’s commanding yet... [more]
Please Enter   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Adel Abdessemed, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, David Altmejd, Francis Alÿs, Mamma Andersson, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Brown, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Maureen Gallace, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Mona Hatoum, Toba Khedoori, Charles LeDray, Thomas Ruff, Gregor Schneider, Luc Tuymans, Jeff Wall, Rachel Whiteread at David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th July 7th, 2011 - August 5th, 2011
Posted 7/17/11
Taking inspiration from Emily Dickenson’s poem of the same name, “The House Without the Door” considers the idea of home as emotionally complicated rather than safe, secure and comforting. Eighteen artists including Mamma Andersson, Louise Bourgeois, Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Luc Tuymans, and Rachel Whiteread use painting, sculpture, installation, and photography to examine the multiple meanings of home with the understanding that home is not only where the heart is, or where comfort and... [more]
Come Flybabyboyfly with Me   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
David Antonio Cruz at Praxis International Art May 19th, 2011 - July 9th, 2011
Posted 5/22/11
Dollops of chocolate, lavender, robin’s egg blue, pink, and spearmint dominate the paintings in “flybabyboyfly,” David Antonio Cruz's  first New York solo exhibition. Figures emerge from a buttery palette of swirls, peaks and swoops of abstracted wonder, shifting between poles of masculine and feminine, real and unreal, hard and soft. Using a variety of media including oil paint and enamel, gold leaf, fabric, film, sculpture and installation, “flybabyboyfly” tries to locate some of the places... [more]
The Dark Side of Play   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Cao Fei at Jane Lombard Gallery May 18th, 2011 - June 25th, 2011
Posted 5/22/11
Beijing-based artist Cao Fei critiques notions of fantasy and reality in “Play Time,” her latest exhibition at Lombard-Freid Projects. Rather than focus on its child-like aspects, she seems much more interested in exploring play’s ambiguities. Her photographs, installations, and films are lighthearted on the surface, but never deny the darkness that lurks in the background. The ten-minute video Shadow Life relays three children’s stories that refer to a Chinese Spring Festival Gala that was... [more]
Balthazar   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 4/3/11
Balthazar Restaurant & Bakery80 Spring StreetNew York, NY 10012   Bathazar serves traditional French bistro fare all day and well into the night. Opened in the spring of 1997, Keith McNally’s concept is so good that Balthazar is always busy – ridiculously busy. It seems like everyone who wants a taste of Paris on this side of the Atlantic knows they can find the best of it here, which makes the wait long and the tables dangerously close together. Once inside though, nearly anything you... [more]
An Optimist's Truth   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mark Morrisroe at Artists Space: Exhibitions March 9th, 2011 - May 1st, 2011
Posted 4/3/11
Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989) spent most of his life smudging lines between fact and fiction. Legend has it that he was a teenaged prostitute and hustler, the illegitimate son of the Boston Strangler, and starred in a snuff film that nearly killed him. While most of these tales have not been proved, Morrisroe did however, spend the remainder of his days with a bullet lodged dangerously close to his spine and walking with a permanent limp. “Mark Morrisroe: From This Moment On” (the first U.S.... [more]
Lost in New York   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Alvin Baltrop at Third Streaming March 16th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 4/3/11
The Hudson River Piers beneath the old West Side Elevated Highway had a reputation for being a place where cutting-edge art making occurred. While Gordon Matta-Clark, Vito Acconci, Richard Serra, and the graffiti artist Tava among others used the Piers to create site-specific interventions and performances, Alvin Baltrop (1948-2004) chose to focus his attention on what many people feared and reviled about the location. From the mid 1970s until their complete demolition in 1989, Baltrop’s... [more]
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