Lisa Cooley

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Lowbrow Stuff in a Vitrine

by Alison Kuo
It's as if the artwork decamped from the gallery and took refuge amongst the luxury wares in the nearby designer outlet. I probably would not have noticed Andy Coolquitt’s installation in Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s hip boutique if I hadn’t been looking for it. The work’s prolix title, no I didn't go to any museums here I hate museums museums are just stores that charge you to come in there are lots of free museums here but they have names like real stores, suggests this Texas based artist has had enough high culture, and indeed it looks like he may have scavenged a thrift shop... [more]
Posted by Alison Kuo on 2/24/14

The familiar and the queer

by Jamie Keesling
On a stifling summer evening on the Lower East Side, the smell of Josh Faught’s current exhibition will reach the viewer before she even sees the work. The warm and muggy waft conjures a romantic image of Josh Faught, the Craftsman, in some dark, sweet studio surrounded by vats of bubbling beeswax and natural dyes, with battered strings of hand-woven hemp and wool strewn about the stiff fresh wood of a constantly clanking loom. The smell is that of craft and kitsch. Like a grandmother’s basement, it is both inviting and unnerving. On the night of the opening, the gallery’s air conditioning... [more]
Posted by Jamie Keesling on 7/7/12

Pretty Things

by Jackson McDade
Decadence, Privilege and Beauty all seem to be as attached at the hip to contemporary art and commercial galleries as is youth and general sexiness.  The current focus on Abstract Expressionist work, seen in galleries across Manhattan this season, does nothing if not recall the fate of Greenberg’s original prophecies and the work that he promoted.  Without pretty pictures of pretty people it would be difficult for galleries to hold the kind of audiences that they do.  The work of Alan Reid seems overtly conscious of this dynamic.  Reid’s subject is the beautiful figure and the... [more]
Posted by Jackson McDade on 10/24/10

Fine Living

by Jackson McDade
Karen Rosenberg concluded her recent New York Times review of Andy Coolquitt’s show We Care About You by branding one piece “Minimalism’s warm and fuzzy side.”  When you acknowledge that many of the linear, illuminated sculptures in this show could also be used as seating and light fixtures, the whole project could sound like an ad for furniture. Considering Cooquitt’s contemporary color scheme, and the references made to human scale, this exhibition even sounds as if it could be as comfortable in a Soho showroom as in a Lower East Side gallery.  However accurate Rosenberg’s assessmen... [more]
Posted by Jackson McDade on 5/31/10


by Will Rawls
Lisa Cooley presents several contemplative works by Mark Barrow and Anthony Pearson in a show that is backed by the homespun ethos of Blinky Palermo’s work in the 60s and 70s, abstraction that resisted the genre as a rarefied, intellectualized vocation.  Cooley bravely wrestled one lovely grano-lithograph print from the tide of Palermo works that is flooding upstate to DIA’s upcoming retrospective on Palermo. Mark Barrow’s abstract paintings are delicate fields of pointillist color laid on hand-loomed fabric. His miniature dots trace the barely perceptible curves of each stretched thread i... [more]
Posted by Will Rawls on 2/1/09

Slow Glass at Lisa Cooley

“You’ll never get it if you don’t slow down, my friend.” This sly warning, from Mario Garcia Torres’ 11 Years Later/11 Minutes Later (2006), is one viewers of Slow Glass, a group exhibition at Lisa Cooley, would do well to heed; though containing only a handful of works, this is a show to spend time with.Heather Rowe’s The Space Above the Ceiling (2008) serves as a meandering guide down the length of the slender gallery. Hanging overhead, its elegant execution causes it to rise like a balloon even as its negative space bears down on you like a heavy consc... [more]
Posted by Trong Gia Nguyen on 7/27/08