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Vacant Vice: Freeman & Lowe's Ace Hotel Installation   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe at Ace Hotel January 5th, 2015 - January 11th, 2015
Posted 1/7/15
The basement of the Ace Hotel is filling up with leggy females and men with manicured facial hair. It’s not a big room, but the black lights on the dimpled white walls make it seem expansive. The DJ is spinning something that seems like the sonic equivalent to the end of an acid trip as the fog machines get fired up and the bar opens for business.  I’ve been to a few immersive installations created by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe. None have ever been as grand and glorious as the first one,... [more]
Carry Your Ghosts: Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen, and the Specters of Youth   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ryan McGinley at Team Gallery - Grand St September 7th, 2014 - October 12th, 2014
Posted 10/15/14
When I moved to New York in 2007 one of the first things I picked up was a copy of with Dash Snow, Dan Colen, and Ryan McGinley in bed together on the cover. The image, shot by Cass Bird, has stayed with me. It shows a bird’s-eye view of three friends in their underwear, snuggled together like a small litter of puppies. The picture is intimate but it becomes oddly intrusive on a magazine cover, in part because no one is making eye contact with the photographer. Instead all three either sleep... [more]
1) A young woman in skinny jeans pauses outside the entrance of . She pulls her cell phone away from her ear and peeks in at the pink shag carpet lining the floor and Fred Tomaselli’s Diary (1990). She tells whoever is on the other end of her phone call to hold on a minute as she turns her head toward the bouncer, “What the hell is going on in there?” she wants to know, “Is this some kind of surrealist circus or what?” Jim Lambie, Zobop, 1999; Red Bull Content Pool // Greg Mionske 2) There... [more]
What If Staten Island Seceded from New York?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Will Corwin, Neil Greenberg at Staten Island Arts September 25th, 2014 - December 7th, 2014
Posted 10/9/14
It’s late morning and the ride across the New York Harbor, from Manhattan to Staten Island, is brisk. Tourists crowd the starboard side, photographing Lady Liberty, as our ferry powers along. “Did you know that Staten Island voted to secede in the early nineties?” I slant my eyes at the artist, Will Corwin, whose artwork, is currently installed at the Staten Island Ferry terminal. “No. Really?” “It’s true,” he says, “but the whole effort got lost in bureaucratic paperwork. Imagine what... [more]
Greg Lindquist is a painter and writer whose recent work has focused on ecological issues such as sustainability and the industrial contamination of the Dan River in his native state, North Carolina. Currently, Lindquist is showing a large oil painting in HORIZON, a group exhibition at Quint Contemporary in La Jolla, California. He is also one among many collaborating with the artist Mary Mattingly on her mobile, sculptural habitat called WetLand that takes the shape of a partially submerged... [more]
There is a shift in every August when this art critic’s inbox goes from near vacancy to nearly too packed to approach. The slim pickings of late summer exhibitions explode into a buffet of delicious opportunities. Great art, it seems, is everywhere in the city and the challenge (for me) is to not grotesquely over consume, which has taken years of practice and willpower development. And even still, it’s not a guarantee. In fact, despite my best efforts to maneuver the mania I have not yet moved... [more]
In Field and Studio, Florian Maier-Aichen Charts Murky Terrain   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Florian Maier-Aichen at 303 Gallery June 5th, 2014 - August 1st, 2014
Posted 7/22/14
Florian Maier-Aichen’s recent show at 303 Gallery—his fourth to date—splits into two distinct sets of photographs. One series is landscape oriented; the other is markedly abstract. Almost all of the photographs are printed on a large scale, the average size being roughly equivalent to the face of a vending machine. This may be the primary characteristic of these works; because they are large—and from a distance appear full of detail—one is naturally compelled to look closer, to inspect the... [more]
“Infinite Personality”   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Maria Lassnig at MoMA PS1 March 9th, 2014 - September 7th, 2014
Posted 3/18/14
Maria Lassnig’s brushy oil paintings could work as an antidote to the malady of self-consciousness. They are so potently focused on the body—particularly Lassnig’s body—that they pull you completely out of your own head and take you straight into her’s, which is not often a comfortable place to be. The tremendous exhibition of her work at MoMA P.S. 1 spans her seven-decade career and includes a quartet of films and a room of watercolors in addition to the spread of oil paintings. The first... [more]
Crowd instincts kick in at art fairs and curiosity can be a big draw. The first thing I saw walking into Volta, known for its one-artist-per-gallery policy, was an arc of bodies at the last booth of the aisle. Wilmer Wilson IV was performing and his audience was rapt. Phones and tablets were out, capturing him as he inflated brown paper bags, tied them off with twine and roped them to his naked body. You could hear the paper pop with his breath and the snip of his scissors when he cut lengths... [more]
In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th, 2014 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/14
Charlie Schultz: I guess I’ll start by saying I found this year’s iteration of the [Whitney] Biennial to be far less crowded than in past Biennials, which struck me as a surprise because I thought I read that there were more artists in this Biennial than in previous years. [Indian music plays in the background...] Natalie Hegert: I felt like the last edition was very spacious as well…This year I was very struck by this tendency for the curators to go from very large objects to these tiny... [more]
On the Changing Culture of the Art Fair: SCOPE's Katelijne De Backer Pulls Back the Curtains   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at SCOPE New York March 6th, 2014 - March 9th, 2014
Posted 3/5/14
It's undeniable that the proliferation, expansion and emboldening of the art fair is a distinct characteristic of our contemporary art world. The art fair industry over the last decade has grown exponentially, becoming a crucial part of the art landscape, developing from mere trade shows into elaborate events and necessary meeting grounds for art professionals. Charlie Schultz talks with Katelijne De Backer, the Director of Exhibitor Relations for SCOPE about the evolution of art fairs, her... [more]
- Celia Gerard is an artist for whom two sticks of charcoal, a bit of white paint, and a strong sheet of paper is plenty of material. “Line Quality” could be her mantra, and looking at her works one can see why. Gerard’s abstract compositions are built on geometric foundations of linear marks that may be subtle or bold but are always decisive. While her solo exhibition, “Lost at Sea,” was being hung, ArtSlant editor Charlie Schultz paid Gerard a visit to discuss her newest body of... [more]
"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. Goldstein's world is not a bright one, and when viewed together these works offer at best a cold sanctuary from a reality lost in images of its own destruction.” Collin Sundt Josh Tonsfeldt at Simon Preston... [more]
Looking to Brazil   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Brazil ArtFair December 4th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 12/6/13
The way the gallerist Lourdina Jean Rabieh describes it the Brazilian art world is heating up. Because the art market and the greater economy are interlinked, the number of galleries and museums taking root in major cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro has grown significantly as the economy has flourished. There may not be an art district, like Chelsea in New York, but there are well over one hundred galleries in São Paulo, Rabieh muses, before offering the boom in contemporary Chinese... [more]
High-Octane Art Fare for Miami Art Week   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ron Arad, Joshua Callaghan, César, Dan Colen, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jacob Kassay, Nate Lowman, Servane Mary, Olivier Mosset, Virginia Overton, Richard Phillips, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Salvatore Scarpitta, Kenny Scharf, Franz West at 1111 Lincoln Road December 4th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 12/2/13
Cars have been a fascination for artists since they sputtered onto the road. They are cultural objects, gleaming social markers, symbolic vessels of all that is modernity. Usually, there are one or two “art cars” in Miami, but in all the years I’ve made the rounds the most memorable was easily , the fully customized Cadillac low-rider Jeffrey Deitch parked in front of Art Basel back in 2007. It was tricked out by the Chicago-based Puerto-Rican artist Dzine and it was cool. Like good graffiti,... [more]
A painted miasma of carnivalesque Americana   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michael Cline at Horton Gallery October 23rd, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 11/13/13
Michael Cline’s current exhibition, , 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 this banal stuff into compositions... [more]
The quantity, caliber and diversity of photography exhibitions in New York City this fall is remarkable. For students of the medium a curriculum could be developed and if I were tasked with building the syllabus I would start with the youngest generation and click backwards. Geographically speaking, that would mean beginning in the Lower East Side, passing through Chelsea and a few uptown galleries, before concluding at the Metropolitan Museum. Is it coincidence that the exhibitions become... [more]
Doing the Dishes   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Joan Linder at Mixed Greens Gallery April 25th, 2013 - May 24th, 2013
Posted 4/30/13
When Joan Linder draws something she tends to do it with such intensity that the image on the page makes a monument out of whatever her subject may be. For her fifth solo show at Mixed Greens Linder’s subject is her kitchen sink: a standard double-bowl fixture in stainless steel with a single-headed faucet that has a pullout spray option and a drying rack in one bowl. She’s depicted it three different ways in eleven new works that collectively invest this sink with the status of an icon. In... [more]
In the last forty-eight hours I’ve walked through six fairs, looked over the presentations of more than 350 galleries, and seen the work of more than 1000 artists. If pressed to put an adjective to the experience, I’d choose enthusiastic, because when you attend these sorts of events in the first few days of the run everyone is pretty hopeful. Everyone smiles, and if you can keep your tradeshow cynicism at bay, you can soak up some of the excitement and be energized. The trick is to not take... [more]
No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Exhibition   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Huang Yong Ping at Gladstone Gallery - 21st St. November 13th, 2012 - January 19th, 2013
Posted 12/16/12
The Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping has drawn the scorn of humane societies for his use of animals in artworks considered to be cruel and disrespectful to the lives of the creatures involved. No such controversy will arise from Circus; all the animals are dead and stuffed. Notable connections remain, however, such as the ploy of the spectacle as a critique of entertainment and religion. Huang Yong Ping’s work seems to suggest that life is a succession of cages and stages one navigates as best... [more]
An enormous American flag hangs in the MoMA’s atrium above Martha Rosler’s buzzing installation, "Meta-Monumental Garage Sale." Its stillness seems at odds with the commotion on the floor below where visitors rummage through stacks of records, videos, old books and magazines, piles of sweaters, and tables crowded with knick-knacks and old plates. Perhaps the flag is meant as a reminder that America is a consumer society, and that in such a nation to shop is to do one’s patriotic duty. Where the... [more]
For the most part art in hospitals is an afterthought, if anyone even gives it a thought at all. Motivational posters and kitschy bucolic scenes of anthropomorphized wild animals seem to be the standard. This does not appear to be the result of any kind of study that has proven such things enhance the healing process, rather it seems the consequence of institutions with no budget for anything better and willing to take what they can get. Fortunately this epidemic of cheesy décor is being... [more]
It is Friday night and the commercial galleries have all closed. Naturally, one might say, but such a simple fact points to a more profound stipulation: that most of the art one can visit in a city as a sleepless as the Big Apple has a curfew. Like a patient in a hospital, art has viewing hours. This sociological constraint unwittingly links the art object with every other saleable commodity in town. It’s hard to say whether a work of art would strike one differently at noon than it might at... [more]
September Bonanza   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 9/11/12
The first Thursday of September marks the opening of the fall season for many art galleries. It’s a celebration not of the art, per se, but of the community that supports it and this year’s mood was vivacious. The night was cool with a light breeze drifting in off the Hudson, and through some coincidence of scheduling Fashion’s Night Out, a very similar sort of celebratory fete in the name of fashion rather than art, was also going on in Chelsea. The crowds mixed and overflowed from gallery to... [more]
Young Curators / New Ideas IV   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sterling Allen, Ben Alper, Pan Aterson, Amy Beecher, A.K. Burns, Darren Coffield, Jillian Conrad, Adam Curtis, Teresa Henriquez, Peter Hobbs, Brookhart Jonquil, Jerry KEARNS, Jen Kennedy, Ryan Lauderdale, Liz Linden, C.J. Matherne, Hugo McCloud, Matt Nichols, Miranda Pissarides, Erik Blinderman & Lisa Rave, Josh Reames, Prem Sahib, Judith Shimer, Adam Parker Smith, Kasper Sonne, Jeni Spota, Jeffrey Vallance, Julia Weist at Meulensteen June 7th, 2012 - August 24th, 2012
Posted 8/20/12
Youth and newness are the totems of this exhibition and it feels that way. An excitement like an electric current runs through the arrangements of artworks, which seem to function as conceptual experiments or curatorial prototypes. The exhibition is built on a somewhat peculiar precedent; a dozen aspiring curators were each allotted a section of the gallery to mount individual micro-shows. Most chose to work with two or three artists; in all there are twenty-nine artists represented by an... [more]
Transformers   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yuji Agematsu, Harold Ancart, Cameron, Ariel Dill, Jimmie Durham, Sam Falls, Amy Granat, Matt Hoyt, Patrick Jackson, Gyan Panchal, Sophie Stone at Nicole Klagsbrun June 21st, 2012 - August 10th, 2012
Posted 8/6/12
If this show had a motion it would be centripetal, and the energy generator would be the lithesome red-headed vixen Cameron Parsons (1922-1995), poet, mystic, actress, artist, whose ink drawings are like observations of other dimensions. Curators Amanda Friedman and Taylor Trabulus picked up on the exploratory impulse in Cameron’s practice and looked for connections in the contemporary landscape. The ten artists they chose may not be oriented to the same occult-compass that guided Cameron, but... [more]
– Mariam Ghani’s research-based projects explore the socio-political histories of specific places, and often respond directly to the site upon which she works and exhibits. For Documenta 13, Ghani collaborated with a team to create the multichannel film, A Brief History of Collapses, which is based on and filmed within Kassel’s Museum Fridericianum and the Dar ul-Aman Palace in Kabul. In addition she produced Afghanistan: A Lexicon, with her father for Documenta's 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts... [more]
There is no skirting the intimacy of a studio visit. Even if you’re not in a one-to-one situation, you’re still in the private space of a person for whom that environment is charged in a very unique way. You’re conscious of this immediately, or, just as likely, you’re overwhelmed and distracted by the plethora of tools and studio detritus that give the place character and always correspond with the idiosyncrasies of the artist. As I thumb through the pile of cards I collected, the fact that no... [more]
The crucial factor that distinguishes the graduate thesis exhibition from any other group show is this: the participants know one another’s work intimately. Such nearness has interesting consequences for an audience whose familiarity with the artists is most likely naught. We encounter a panoply of individualism built out of the communal urge to develop personal visions, and within this we find sophisticated webs of thought worked out amidst issues that have been felt deeply, be they political,... [more]
I used to think the proper way to experience an exhibition of art was slowly, moving at a stroller’s pace and pausing frequently. Stillness seemed necessary if close examination was to be part of the point, which of course it was. After all looking at art was serious business, a solemn procedure, a moment for reverence and reflection. I picked up this behavior watching others and never questioned it until one afternoon back in 2008. I was lingering over a fine marble statue... [more]
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