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Exhibition Review: Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life

November 14, 2015


    “O Nature, and O soul of man! how far beyond all utterance are your linked analogies! not the smallest atom stirs or lives on matter, but has its cunning duplicate in mind.” –Ahab Herman Melville, Moby Dick   Roman, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and French. These cultures all developed uniquely mannered still-life traditions that […]

Exhibition Review: “It Ain’t What You Make It’s What Makes You Do It” at Valentine Gallery

May 7, 2014


Dennis Oppenheim’s Theme for a Major Hit, from which this compelling group show at Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood takes its cue, is a two foot tall self-portrait marionette, dressed in a silver suit over black turtleneck, and made to tap dance on a circular podium by a motor that tethers it from overhead. The clattering […]

Exhibition Review: Courbet at Boston College

October 31, 2013


Influence is tricky to pin down. In the visual arts it’s safe to say that artists of every time and place develop languages that respond to and expand upon others they encounter. Forrest Bess lived alone on an island in the Texas gulf, yet he corresponded regularly with Meyer Schapiro about the formal issues of […]

Exhibition Review: See it Loud at the National Academy Museum

October 8, 2013


The National Academy Museum, on Fifth Avenue, is now hosting “See it Loud,” an exhibition of paintings by seven painters—Leland Bell, Albert Kresch, Paul Resika, Paul Georges, Neil Welliver, Peter Heinmann and Stanley Lewis—whose deep influence on the sensibilities of at least two generations of painters in this city is reflected—some will think this perverse—in […]

Exhibition Review: Great and Mighty Things at the Philadelphia Museum

March 26, 2013


Some of the most striking works in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, are the sculptures of William Edmondson, who was born in 1874 to former slaves and held various manual labor jobs until his mid-50s, when a series of divine visitations—and the […]

Exhibition Review: Per Kirkeby at the Phillips Collection

November 29, 2012


Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture, The Phillips Collection’s survey of works by the 74-year-old Danish artist, is a must-see exhibition for anyone who has walked through that museum’s collection of early modernist masters wondering which, if any, of today’s painters have picked up the project they bequeathed to us. That Kirkeby’s paintings hold their ground […]

Exhibition Review: Ferdinand Hodler at Neue Galerie

October 12, 2012


Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity, The Neue Galerie’s exhibition of late works by the Swiss symbolist (1853-1918), is structured around three distinct phases of Hodler’s mature work: symbolist paintings from the 1900s and early 1910s; a series of drawings and paintings documenting the decline and eventual death of Hodler’s lover Valentine Godé-Darel, from 1913-1915; and […]

Exhibition Review: Lloyd Martin

June 4, 2012


The exhibition Lloyd Martin: Mettere, recently on view at Stephen Haller Gallery, in Chelsea, reminds us that an artist’s adherence to strict formal parameters need not keep him from pushing his aesthetic in new directions. Martin, a Providence-based painter who has been showing with Haller for a decade, makes paintings composed entirely of vertical and […]

Exhibition Review: Odd Nerdrum

May 7, 2012


Odd Nerdrum, the legendary Norwegian painter who is currently showing new work at Forum Gallery, makes large dark oil paintings of figures in the landscape in the scumbled chiaroscuro style of Rembrandt. Although the paintings are said to illustrate some distant post-apocalyptic future, it is a future, like the painter’s style, that seems firmly rooted […]

Exhibition Review: Catherine Yass

March 17, 2012


All the world’s a stage. In Lighthouse, the captivating twelve-minute film by British artist Catherine Yass on view at Galerie Lelong, the fact that the subject of the work looks very much like a stage does not inhibit the metaphor. A mesmerizing portrait of one of the millions of purely functional places that make our […]