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Call Me Ishmael   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Barnaby Furnas at Marianne Boesky Gallery 24th St. November 9th, 2012 - January 9th, 2013
Posted 12/7/12
Once, while Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they immediately left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:18–20)   Barnaby Furnas has always had a penchant for drama in paint. Images of heavy metal bands and great veils of crashing, velvety, blood-red seas. Here Furnas has taken as his starting point... [more]
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50 Shades of Gray   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Pablo Picasso at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum October 5th, 2012 - January 23rd, 2013
Posted 11/12/12
Claiming once that color weakened his work, being merely an addition to an already finished canvas, Picasso eliminated it from his palette during many phases of his well-documented career. If one wanted to make the case that the haunting blue period and the sugary rose one were the painterly equivalents of tinted photos, then there might be a case to be made for it being a lifelong practice with which Picasso demonstrated the supremacy of drawing above all else in his work. Clearly the... [more]
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Five Easy Pieces   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Tony Smith at Matthew Marks Gallery - 522 W. 22nd St. September 7th, 2012 - October 27th, 2012
Posted 10/5/12
Nominally a show of sculpture, Matthew Marks is presenting something more like relics of art world myth, or a romanticized artist-buddy story (think Lust for Life or Schnabel’s Basquiat). It seems an odd pairing at first glance—Pollock, whose paintings consist of poured or dripped skeins of paint, is the archetype of Ab Ex passion, and Tony Smith, with his Buckminster Fuller-like geodesic monuments, ushered in an Age of Cool. This show presents the remains of a day, one spent at Smith’s New... [more]
David Humphrey is a New York artist, born in 1955, who has been showing his paintings and sculpture internationally since the 1980s. Occasionally called a Pop Surrealist, his work hybridizes a variety of depiction schemes and idioms to make works charged with psycho-social content and narrative potential. He is represented by the Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, NY, and is a senior critic at the Yale School of Art. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was published by Periscope... [more]
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L'Age d'Or   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Edouard Vuillard at The Jewish Museum May 4th, 2012 - September 23rd, 2012
Posted 8/27/12
As a young painter in the 1890s, Vuillard became a member of the Parisian group of avant-garde artists known as the Nabis (“prophets” in Hebrew and Arabic). Taking their inspiration from the Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin (who was twenty years Vuillard's senior) as well as Toulouse-Lautrec (who was just four years older), the Nabis used simplified form and planes of pure color to create decorative, subtly emotive pictures, with a somewhat spiritual bent. During his Nabi period, which lasted... [more]
Pedro Barbeito’s exhibition at The Aldrich, Pop Violence, presents a series of work ranging from 2005 to the present that are based on images of war taken primarily from the world news media. For Barbeito, these works address the formative role of violence in contemporary life, from a political ethos driven by “terror” and deception, to the aesthetics of visual assault prevailing in popular culture. They draw upon the anxieties of an age when we are afforded, primarily through the Internet,... [more]
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Slow Burn   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Rodney Dickson at Tanja Grunert Gallery June 5th, 2012 - July 13th, 2012
Posted 6/24/12
To call Rodney Dickson a painter’s painter does him something of a disservice, implying that his work speaks only to the few and initiated. In fact, both Dickson and his paintings strive for a more communal, universal language—one that collectively might understand the search that he undertakes with each painting. In an age that has seen the deconstruction, reconstruction, and post-reconstruction of painting, Dickson reaches back to an era that saw the act of painterly engagement as, first and... [more]
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Don't Miss the Van Gogh Boat   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Keith Haring at Brooklyn Museum of Art March 16th, 2012 - July 8th, 2012
Posted 5/5/12
Not since Andy Warhol has an artist been as driven to achieve both popular and critical success simultaneously as Keith Haring. Although his trademark images of radiant babies, anthropomorphized televisions, barking dogs, and UFOs caught the attention of the NYC subway-riding masses, and his Pop Shop products rivaled Warhol’s Factory output, Haring received little museum attention during his lifetime. René Ricard, in 1981, wrote about Haring with great prescience: Haring, who was born... [more]
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