Ron Amstutz: Right Roads & Wrong WaysBy Jeremy Sigler
By now were all versed in the complexities of the performance document. While a single photograph can refer back to a primary action, it can never quite recreate the reality of that moment. It cannot bring a dead thing back to life.
ProgressBy Jen Schwarting
Progress is an excellent exhibition of work from the Whitney Museums permanent collection. Hot on the heels of Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe, Progress only mildly concerns itself with the technological advancements considered synonymous with the term and integral to Fullers utopian designs.
Marc Van Cauwenbergh: Loose FormationsBy Stephanie Buhmann
For over two decades, Marc Van Cauwenbergh has explored the language of color field abstraction. He creates compositions that contrast monochromatic fields with isolated, predominantly vertical shapes by brushing layers of translucent oil paint directly onto raw linen.
Show and Tell: Contemporary Practice in Artists' BooksBy Sharon L. Butler
This month over 138 international publishers, booksellers, and antiquarian dealers will stock their bookshelves at Printed Matters annual fair for contemporary art books, art catalogs, artists books, art periodicals, and zines. In addition, the Art Library Society of New York is hosting a four-day conference to examine contemporary directions in artists books.
Swoon: Swimming Cities of Switchback SeaBy Ellen Pearlman
Swoona street artist whose moniker shields her from potential prosecution on vandalism chargessailed her ragtag Burning Man on the Hudson-like flotilla of seven sculptures nee boats to landfall in front of a cheering crowd of hipsters on the docks of Deitch Projects in Long Island City.
Raha RaissniaBy Ben La Rocco
The Miguel Abreu Gallery is low lit for Free Way, Raha Raissnias composite 35mm slide projection and 16mm film. Her big black and white paintings and small drawings dont suffer from the dimming, a testimony to the toughness of all Raissnias workyou can see it in the dark.
Pipe, Glass, Bottle of Rum: The Art of AppropriationBy Cora Fisher
In an interview with Gene Swenson, Andy Warhol articulated his intellectual stance on originality and mechanization, saying: I think somebody should be able to do all my paintings for me I think it would be so great if more people took up silk screens so that no one would know whether my picture was mine or somebody elses.
Arthur CohenBy Robert C. Morgan
Arthur Cohen is a persistently dedicated painter, the proverbial painters painter. His first important works were of Italian Baroque cathedrals in Rome. Although painted during the early seventies during the height of New Realism and eventually selected for the Whitney Biennial in 1973, Cohens paintings were never quite fashionable.
Shit: a group exhibitionBy Thomas Micchelli
So its in the air. Three shows opening the new season in New York all bear the word shit in their titles: Andres Serranos Shit at Yvon Lambert (reviewed here by Robert C. Morgan), Alejandro Almanza Peredas The Fan and The Shit (reviewed by Shane McAdams), and Shit: a group exhibition at Features brand new, barely finished space on the Bowery.
Medium Cool: The Case for Serrano's Hot ShitBy Robert C. Morgan
Shit may be the closest we come to death in life, or for that matter, the meeting ground between Eros and Thanatos. It is most often the detritus we choose to ignore, the packaging we rip from the simulacrum and tear apart.
Alejandro Almanza Pereda THE FAN AND THE SHITBy Shane McAdams
When I first saw Alejandro Almanza Peredas precariously arranged constructions a few years ago, I remember thinking that he must have been the kind of kid who tortured his mother by rollerskating around the pool with scissors in his hands, drinking Coca-Cola and eating pop rocks.
Cecelia ConditBy Heidi Howard
Cecelia Condits videos from 1981 to the present chart the psyches of American women. Based on her immediate personal experience, the early narratives discuss the tensions between young women and their lovers, their close friends, and their families.
Baker Overstreet: FolliesBy Craig Olson
Theres something buried in these paintings, hovering at the cusp of recognition. Its a fleeting something or other that at times appears as parody, and at others as a sincere meditation on the medium of a medium (or market gone mad?), and it hits home in both contexts.
Leigh Ledare: You Are Nothing To Me. You Are Like AirBy Thomas Micchelli
Not to mix mythic metaphors, but Oedipus was also a narcissist.
Brooklyn Dispatches: Performance AnxietyBy James Kalm
As a painting snob, Ive always held performance art at arms length. I do appreciate the Feminist tactic of using its designation to elevate the drudgery of womens work to an aesthetisized level, subverting the elite realm of high art.
Art and China's RevolutionBy Ellen Pearlman
A collection of mostly Social Realist paintings about Mao and the Chinese Revolution, spanning the 1950s through the 1970s, is quite honestly nothing revolutionary to look at. But, like the Shroud of Turin, the history behind the image is what pulls together these never-before-exhibited works.
Robert Bordo: It's always rainingBy Cassandra Neyenesch
The clearest preoccupation one takes away from the paintings by Robert Bordo at Alexander and Bonin is obliteration. He paints over an earlier layer of a painting to the point that it is visible only as a line or a few chinks of color.
Entre Chien et LoupBy Nora Griffin
New Yorks fall art season is in full swing and you would never know that our country is on the precipice of an historic presidential election. Kent Gallerys current exhibition, Entre Chien et Loup (between dog and wolf), gives itself fully to this crepuscular moment in American politics.
Charles Seliger: Ways of NatureBy John Yau
Charles Seligers place in history has yet to be fully secured. Born in 1926, he was the youngest and most precocious artist in the group that gathered around Peggy Guggenheim in New York in the 1940s (Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock were also part of this circle).
John Ashbery: Collages: They Knew What They WantedBy John Yau
For those who still need a guide, poets can be divided into two groups, those who have at one juncture or another used collage (or a related methodology) in their writing, and those who havent. The former are interested in what has been called (rather negatively) the experimental, while the latter regard themselves as traditionalists.
John Ashbery: Collages: They Knew What They WantedBy Claudia La Rocco
Tibor de Nagy Gallery September 4October 4, 2008
Letter from LondonBy Sherman Sam
The discovery of Le Douanier Rousseau by Picasso in Paris, and the naïve fisherman-artist Alfred Wallis by the British modernist Ben Nicholson in Cornwall, provided inspiration for new approaches to making art. What opened their eyes was a freedom of material, expression, and mostly of composition that worked purely within the terms of the frame.
Andrew Bick and Charlotte BeaudryBy Sherman Sam
n our current art-fair-crazy moment, it is quite difficult to imagine a situation of antagonistic ideologies such as that posed by the Jewish Museums Action/Abstraction exhibition.