By Tom McGlynn
JUNE 2018 | ArtSeen
The question of poise comes up in different ways when viewing Barry Flanagan’s survey at Paul Kasmin Gallery: Strictly sculptural poise (from the ground to the plinth) but also conceptual poise, the balancing act that an artist needs to sometime effect to get their point across.
By Taney Roniger
JUNE 2020 | Critics Page
The words in my title belong to Robert Irwin. I came across them years ago in Lawrence Weschlers much-loved book of dialogues with the artist, and since then theyve become something of a personal shibboleth. Referring to his technique for placing bets at the track (a second vocation in which he enjoyed great success), Irwin relayed that, after carefully studying the statistics for each horse, he would forget all the facts, close his eyes, and run his hand over the race. I dont think Ive encountered a better metaphor for tacit thinking: the kind of thinking we do unconsciously, without language, with and through our bodies.