Inspired by the experience of standing alone in the first room of the exhibition: Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night at the Museum of Modern Art, December 2008
Entitled Instruments of Argument, John Newmans exhibition at the New York Studio School might have been called 14 Pearls, after Richard Tuttles 20 Pearls, for the gem-like quality and small scale that contribute to the fragile, delicate quality shared by both artists.
Chris Martin is not afraid to make art that openly alludes to the work of Paul Feeley, Alfred Jensen, Philip Guston, Forrest Bess, Blinky Palermo, and Frank Stella, but in a way that is sophisticated and innocent.
Is anyone surprised anymore when the culture mavens at the New York Times get it all wrong, again?
When Stephane Mallarme said that everything exists to end up in a book, he didnt mean an art history book written by a university professor with an axe to grind.
This exhibition of eight paintings that Philip Guston completed between 1954 and 1960 got me thinking about the one or two surprises that I have encountered in nearly all of this artists exhibitions that I have seen since his retrospective in 1980, the year he died, and how there is very little explanation or follow-up to them.
Intended Consequences conveys through its visual parity the burden of long-internalized silenceunbroken until nowover the sexual torture of Rwandan women by militiamen during and after the bloodiest phase of the 1994 genocide.
"Painting, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) once declared, is the transcription of the adventures of the optic nerve.
The idea of originality has seen its credibility erode significantly over the past century. Why this happened is a complex matter.
Where do we turn when the end of our civilization confronts us? This isnt exactly a new question for artists.
The history of the moving image is a history written by victors. The victors were electricians: Maxwell, Westinghouse, Marconi, et al.
Whats so good about Facebook? Most art bloggers will tell you its a good way to connect with the people who read their blogs.
Life is messy, but death is messier. And at least while youre alive, you can bust ass in the clean-upscrub away the stains and sweep what you dont want seen under the rug.
The Third Mind, a sprawling exhibition, tackles the vastly neglected subject of how Asian thought, defined as the eastern religions of Hinduism, Tantric Buddhism, Chan/Zen Buddhism and Taoism, as well as classical Asian art forms and the living performance traditions of Japanese art and Zen Buddhism, has influenced many forms of American modernism for over a century.
Sex is the pretext at the Michael Kohn Gallerys SHE: Images of Women by Wallace Berman & Richard Prince.
Who Got the Chickens is the title of Stephan Paschers latest show at Steven Wolf Fine Arts. Its a lighthearted jab at a well-known artist whose name became entwined with a small town in west Texas.
Friends and critics have been entirely charmed by the exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre. The Guardians Adrian Serle describes it as inexplicably odd.
After six years of an escalating art market following the invasion of Iraq, where prices for mediocre spectacles rose beyond the fringes of obscenity, artists and their investors find themselves in a different state of mind.
This exhibition of fifteen oil paintings by Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren is the first major show of the artists work in New York City since a 1957 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
There is as much to say about Piero Manzoni, the artist, as there is to say about his work. They are, more or less, inextricably bound to one another.
If the events in Keren Cytters video Les Ruissellements du Diable (The Devils Streams) (2008) have a familiar ring, it is because they are adapted from the same source material as Michelangelo Antonionis 1966 film, Blow-Up: Julio Cortázars short story Las Babas del Diablo (The Devils Drool).
Years ago, when I first started writing about outsider art, I mentioned the term to someone who didnt happen to be an art world insider. She looked puzzled and asked, Outside artyou mean art thats shown outdoors?
In the 49 years since La Monte Young, John Cage and others first investigated chance, duration, and atonality in Yoko Onos Chamber St. Loft, experimental music has broadened and defined its boarders, trickled into discrete genres, and almost entirely left private residences for spotlit galleries and trendy venues.