David Ebony is a contributing editor of Art in America. He is also the author of monthly columns for Yale University Press online, and Artnet News.
Beatriz Milhazes: Mistura SagradaBy David Ebony
In this, her first show at Pace, the Rio de Janeiro-based, Brazilian artist presented ten large-scale, colorful abstract paintings (up to approximately 8 by 10 feet), on the gallerys second floor, plus an immense chandelier-like hanging sculpture displayed separately in the light-filled space on the seventh floor.
Francine Tint: Life in ActionBy David Ebony
Mostly large canvases (up to 6 by 10 feet) painted within the past three years, in the midst of the pandemic, the works on view in Francine Tint: Life in Action appear as luminous and effervescent as any she has made. But within the parameters of the visual vocabulary she has established over decades, Tint reveals a highly nuanced range of emotional statesfrom exuberantly euphoric to introspectively pensive.
Alyson Shotz: Alloys of MoonlightBy David Ebony
Encountering the eight recent abstract, painted folded-metal wall reliefs in Alyson Shotzs luminous show, Alloys of Moonlight, I thought of Gilles Deleuzes book The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. The infinite fold separates or moves between matter and soul, the façade and the closed room, the outside and the inside, Deleuze remarks in his study of folds as an infinite weaving of time and space in Baroque art. Because it is a virtuality that never stops dividing itself, the line of inflection is actualized in the soul but realized in matter, each one on its own side. With the nuanced spatial play in these worksof a façade and an enclosure, outside and insideShotz seems to aim for a transcendent quality like the one Deleuze describes.
Ebony G. Patterson: to kiss a flower goodbyeBy David Ebony
Bathed in subdued light, to kiss a flower goodbye , Ebony G. Pattersons exhibition of three recent large-scale wall-hung assemblage works or tapestries, and two framed photo-collage pieces, sets a mood to summon nocturnal reveries. Optically sumptuous and texturally rich, the colorfully embroidered works feature clusters of long strands of pearlescent white beads that ooze from the top of these irregularly shaped, nearly ten-foot-tall compositions, and pile up on the floor.
Larry Poons: The OuterlandsBy David Ebony
In a varied professional career that has had significant highs and lows, Poonss passion and commitment to art was and is unwavering, as evidenced by the works in this show.
Wolf Kahn & Emily MasonBy David Ebony
Artists, lovers, life-partners, art-world rivals, benefactors, and luminaries, Emily Mason (19322019) and Wolf Kahn (19272020) were all of these thingsand more. Miles McEnery Gallery has devoted each of its two spaces to the first posthumous solo gallery exhibitions for the couple, who died within months of each other after more than sixty years of marriage.
Thomas Woodruff: ResurrectionBy David Ebony
For the new series, he developed an eccentrically exaggerated hyper-illusionistic space, while rejecting the conventions of Natural History painting as well as paleoart. He aimed to imbue his dinosaurs with human aspirations and emotions.
Julian Schnabel: Self-Portraits of OthersBy David Ebony
Most of the twenty-five plate paintings by Julian Schnabel in this exhibition, produced between 2018-2020, were inspired by photographic sources and, especially, a cinematographic sourcephoto reproductions of well-known artworks, and particularly images of van Gogh paintings that appeared in the 2018 film At Eternitys Gate.
John Ferren: From Paris to SpringsBy David Ebony
John Ferrens extraordinary biography can sometimes overshadow his achievements as a painter. Born in Oregon in 1905, he spent some youthful years in the 1930s in Paris, where he befriended Gertrude Stein, and was embraced by the Parisian avant-garde.
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Works and Process
To Breathe: Bottari, Kimsoojas exhibition at the Korean Pavilion, was one of the most memorable presentations at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The Korean-born New York-based artist had the audacity to offer visitors an anechoicor sensory deprivationchamber off the main gallery of the pavilion, which served as an antidote to the sensory-overload that is the hallmark of most Biennale installations.
At the Speed of Light:
Interview with the artist by David Ebony
Larry Poons Paintings of the 1960s
The brightly colored, hard-edge dots and lozenge shapes that Larry Poons painted in the early 1960s, against expansive, monochrome grounds of contrasting tones, appear to dance on the surface, flicker and bounce, in primal rhythmic beats.
RICHARD VINE with David Ebony
An art-world murder mystery, SoHo Sins is the first novel from Richard Vine, Art in America’s Managing Editor and an expert in the field of contemporary Chinese art. SoHo Sins is a noir-style crime-story set in the New York art world of the late 1980s and early ’90s.