NOAH DILLON is a writer living and working in New York.
April 2017 | ArtSeen
Is Marsden Hartley's pre-war America great? Though seemingly full of promise and productivity, in civic and art historical terms, the scenes and scapes within his paintings also constitute a world that repressed sexual desire, celebrated extractive industries, and segregated race and class and gender even more harshly than today.
MAR 2015 | ArtSeen
Davina Semos sculptures have recently been shown in three concurrent New York exhibitions. Marlborough Chelseas extended public art installation, Broadway Morey Boogie, is on view through April. A solo show of the artists work, called HOLDING THE BAG, was at Rawson Projects through February 1st, and a two-person show with David Flaugher opened at Greenpoints U.S. Blues Gallery February 7th to March 8th.
SEPT 2013 | Critics Page
I have two jobs right now: one is as an assistant and archivist for a highly regarded Minimalist painter, the other is as a copywriter for an online art auction site. Each provides opportunities to examine how arguments for excluding or including art are constructed, from the 1960s through to the present.
FEB 2012 | ArtSeen
Im confident that most peoples understanding of Indias medieval Tantric philosophy ends with the Metropolitan Museum of Arts recent exhibition of beautiful miniature paintings or with a fuzzy, titillated acknowledgment of the Kama Sutra.
NOV 2012 | ArtSeen
Although Occupy Wall Street continues vestigially, it didn’t last long as a visible media spectacle. Nonetheless, the rapid turnaround rate of New York’s art industry has quickly capitalized on the revolt, accounting for it in collections, projects, and exhibitions at a number of museums and galleries.
JUL-AUG 2011 | ArtSeen
Although my hometown of Austin is well advertised as a bastion of liberalism in Texas, for radical politics of every stripe, one must go to Houston. Here, oil barons, libertarians, Revolutionary Communists, anarchists, organized crime, human traffickers, and other unnameable conspirators have found sanctuary on the third coast.
NOV 2011 | ArtSeen
In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Italian artist and architect Matteo Pericoli explained his adoration for New Yorks fluctuating skyline. The shape of Manhattan, said Pericoli, is not a fixed thing.
DEC 16-JAN 17 | Critics Page
I’ve found that Bob Nickas describes criticism best in his recurrent references to “biting the hand that feeds.” I can’t recall admiring a demure piece of criticism.
MAR 2013 | ArtSeen
David Shrigley’s recent show at Anton Kern, Signs, relied heavily on language, making pictures out of words or using images as substrates on which text was written. Words were on placards, on cat-shaped canvases, on a bronze gong.
DEC 13-JAN 14 | ArtSeen
Helmut Federles fifth solo exhibition at Peter Blum, The Ferner Paintings, is promoted with an announcement card that excerpts an anecdote from Giorgio Vasaris The Lives of the Artists (1550), wherein Italys great painters were asked by the Pope to prove their skill. Vasari reports that Giotto was judged as the greatest of all the candidates by replying with a perfect freehand drawing of a circle on an otherwise-blank sheet of paper.
FEB 2012 | ArtSeen
Connected presents works by five contemporary artists inspired by the gallery’s concurrent exhibition, Anonymous Tantra Paintings. Through the artists included here, Tantra’s medieval Indian tradition touches Modernism’s history.
JUNE 2011 | Art
In his 1902 treatise, A General Theory of Magic, Marcel Mauss observed that magicians of every kind have always worked in the wilderness, away from their society. Although the Bronx isnt exactly the hinterlands, it feels removed from the bustle of SoHo or Chelsea.
SEPT 2011 | Art
George Gittoes was recently able to set aside some time for an extended conversation with Railpublisher Phong Bui and his students in the MFA Art Criticism and Writing program at the School of Visual Arts, via Skype from Pakistan.
NOV 2010 | Art
On the occasion of his recent solo exhibition To New York With Love at James Fuentes Gallery, Jonas Mekas, the indefatigable advocate of American independent cinema, graciously took the time out of his busy schedule to meet with the graduate students of the Art Criticism and Writing program at the School of Visual Arts for an in-depth conversation.