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

May 7, 2014

0

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 […]

Posted in: Exhibition Reviews

Essay: Wonchun Che

January 12, 2014

1

Wonchun Che is a monochrome painter. In his home/studio hang a pair of cadmium red canvases side-by-side, identical color tests on the white wall. On an adjacent wall hang a black canvas, two green canvases and a purple canvas. Nearby is a white canvas. In a box on the floor is a yellow canvas, recently […]

Posted in: Essays

Exhibition Review: Courbet at Boston College

October 31, 2013

0

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 […]

Posted in: Exhibition Reviews

Exhibition Review: See it Loud at the National Academy Museum

October 8, 2013

0

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 […]

Posted in: Exhibition Reviews

Exhibition Review: Great and Mighty Things at the Philadelphia Museum

March 26, 2013

0

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 […]

Posted in: Exhibition Reviews

Essay: Maria Walker and Charles Miller

February 11, 2013

2

Charles Miller works on paintings in year-long cycles. Giving a group of eight or ten canvases a single motif from his summers in Maine, he develops them through the fall, winter and spring months in New York, until a return to Maine provides the impetus for a new body of work. It’s an annual cycle […]

Posted in: Essays

Exhibition Review: Per Kirkeby at the Phillips Collection

November 29, 2012

0

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 […]

Posted in: Exhibition Reviews