MATTHEW BARNEY's Heart of DarknessBy Vince Carducci
I was once the client of a small ad agency that was acquired by a global conglomerate. I remembered this while witnessing Matthew Barneys performance extravaganza, KHU, done in collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, in Detroit on October 2.
Raphael Rubinstein on Art's Past and the Future of PublishingBy Patricia Milder
In his review of The Last Newspaper, Holland Cotter walked off with these lines: But a genuinely last newspaper is still nowhere in sight. And you read that here. Yeah, I thought as I read it, here on nytimes.com.
RENÉ DANIËLS: Painting on Unknown LanguagesBy Sherman Sam
With loosely painted imagery like a rat on a skateboard and giant bubbles floating over a rough ocean, René Daniëls could at first glance be easily dismissed as Neo-Expressionist.
JOAN SNYDER: A Year in the Painting LifeBy Corina Larkin
As might be expected of any grande dame, Joan Snyders recent paintings are extravagant, dramatic, sexy, and somewhat at risk of becoming sentimental caricatures of themselves.
RYAN HUMPHREY: Look for the dream that keeps coming backBy Charles Schultz
Immanuel Kant was no daredevil, yet he knew, long before Evel Knievel rode his first bike, exactly why the madcap stuntman would be such an attraction. Knievel created an experience of the sublime.
Art Books in ReviewBy Greg Lindquist
In Breaking Through: Richard Bellamy and the Green Gallery, 1960 1965, author Erik La Prade synthesizes a rich and sometimes superfluous account of Richard Bellamy during the years of the Green Gallery's operation.
MARISA MERZBy Cora Fisher
The radicalism of the Italian Arte Povera movement is lost in the glare of high-finish concrete floors and glowing white walls.
BROOKLYN DISPATCHES: I Wish They All Could Be CaliforniaBy James Kalm
With the harmonies of Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys pouring out of every car radio, as a kid growing up in the West during the 60s, I didnt have to be reminded that California was where it was happening.
"That Barnett Newman 'Onement' Painting Is, Like, So 1948"By Shane McAdams
Against the consistent attack of Mondrian and Picasso, Leider booms, Americans had only an art of half-truths, lacking all conviction. The best artists began to yield rather than kick against the pricks.
Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 19181936By Thomas Micchelli
Even without its notorious provenance, the painting that once hung over Hitlers mantelpieceDie Vier Elemente: Feuer, Wasser und Erde, Luft (The Four Elements: Fire, Water and Earth, Air) by Adolf Ziegler (1892 1959)looks malignant and bankrupt.
AUDREY FLACK and the Revolution of Still Life PaintingBy Robert C. Morgan
Where is Photo-Realist painting today? Has it gone the way of other trends in marketing? Or has it simply been bypassed in the art historical chain of events? I would suggest that it has gone the way of both.
ROY LICHTENSTEIN The Black-and-White Drawings, 19611968By Terry R. Myers
Abandoning the diminishing returns of the touch of Abstract Expressionism (and, to be sure, it had run its course in his work of the 1950s), Roy Lichtenstein set out to achieve something much harder in both senses of the word.
DIETER ROTH, BJÖRN ROTH Work Tables & TischmattenBy Valery Oisteanu
At the age of 15, Dieter Roths son Björn joined his father in his efforts to record a world of creation and wayward ideas in documents / diaries-cum-paintings. But, as Björn makes clear in this exhibit's accompanying catalogue, the elder artist couldnt shake a feeling of shame while producing his works.
TRIBBLE & MANCENIDO Hurry Up & WaitBy Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata
As the United States slid into financial disaster and unemployment unlike anything seen by most Americans in their lifetimes, photographic team James Tribble and Tracey Mancenido-Tribble retooled their skill set and became long-haul truckers.
ARLENE SHECHET The Sound of ItBy Kara L. Rooney
Freud defined the id as the personality component made up of unconscious psychic energy that works to satisfy basic urges, needs, and desires. Using traditional wheel-thrown and hand-built methods for her most recent executions in clay, Shechet taps into the psychoanalysts collective unconscious of archetypal symbols.
Letter from BerlinBy David Rhodes
In late 1950s Brazil, amid cultural, social, and economic upheaval, changes were registered by new forms of literature, music, and visual art. In visual art, Neoconcretismo combined geometry with sensuality and expressiveness, absorbing examples of the Bauhaus and European modernism.
Nueva York (16131945)By David St.-Lascaux
For those willing to venture to the end of New Yorks museum mile, El Museo del Barrio offers an education in local Hispanic cultural history with its groundbreaking exhibition, Nueva York: 1613 1945. To say this show is eye-opening would be an understatement.
NICOLAS CARONE: In Memoriam (1917 2010)By David Rigsbee
Poet David Rigsbee's The Red Tower: New and Selected Poems was just published this month by NewSouth Books, and his new collection, The Pilot House, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in December.
GORDON ONSLOW FORD Paintings and Works on Paper: 19391951By John Yau
The first solo show of Gordon Onslow Ford (1912 2003) in New York since 1946, which brings together major works made between 1939 and 51, is a landmark event that, among other things, further expands our understanding of what was happening in art during the 1940s.
JONAS MEKAS To New York With LoveBy Michael Newton
The World Trade Center was big. Well? It was. Growing up, everyone said that the twin towers were the tallest buildings in the worldeven taller than the Empire State Building, if not quite as nifty looking.