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Minimalism and BeyondBy Benjamin Clifford
Minimalism and Beyond takes its title seriously: an emphasis on ‘beyond’ informs Mnuchin Gallery’s liberal selection of works, and lets surprising, productive connections develop. That said, the conventional narrative of Minimalism’s origins in the early 1960s and its evolution into Postminimalism later in the decade is well represented.
Josef Albers in MexicoBy Benjamin Clifford
The Guggenheim’s concisely titled Josef Albers in Mexico explores Albers’s experience of the eponymous Latin American nation, focusing on his frequent visits to pre-Columbian monuments and archeological sites.
By Benjamin Clifford
Sculpture and Drawings
The works that make up Serra’s current show reveal an approachability that’s surprising for a figure commonly associated with aggressive, even overwhelming, effects.
Raha Raissnia: GalvanizationBy Benjamin Clifford
Raha Raissnia’s atmospheric new paintings, drawings, and projections share much with the work she exhibited at The Drawing Center last winter.
Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964By Benjamin Clifford
Although the people that populate the FCCBs photographs may at times exist in Romantic solitude, the built environment and mass-produced goods around them proliferate relentlesslythese are unmistakably images of urbanism at mid-century.
The Worlds of Joaquín Torres-GarcíaBy Benjamin Clifford
Acquavella’s The Worlds of Joaquín Torres-García is a wide-ranging and substantial look at the Uruguayan master’s career, drawing on material executed as early as the artist’s youth in the late nineteenth century and as late as 1949, the year of his death.
Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950-1965By Benjamin Clifford
In his most characteristic works, Nuvolo stitched fragments of fabric together with a sewing machine to form an asymmetrical but carefully balanced grid.
Gabriel OrozcoBy Benjamin Clifford
The varying texture of local stone, the colors of a specific landscape, the ephemera of regional commercial culture—Orozco’s work finds its enduring vitality in the slippages and incongruences that emerge from these factors.
PAT STEIR: KairosBy Benjamin Clifford
Kairos, the title of Pat Steir’s most recent exhibition at Lévy Gorvy, is taken from an Ancient Greek word that refers to the right or opportune moment for action.
Willem de Kooning:
By Benjamin Clifford
Men and Women
Willem de Kooning’s practice never stood in place for long, a sustained creative restlessness that is plain to see in a pair of exhibitions currently on view, one at Craig F. Starr and the other at Matthew Marks.
Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960sBy Benjamin Clifford
Radicalism thinks through this dialectic within Japan itself and on an international scale. The show features boundary-pushing artists who worked in areas remote from Tokyothe seat of the art establishment after World War IIwhile proposing the terms connection and resonance to describe, respectively, concrete links and conceptual parallels with figures in Europe and the United States.
By Benjamin Clifford
This presentation of thirteen works by David Salle focuses on the ten years following his establishment in the art world—a period that saw the painter’s compositions grow denser and more complex in their staging.
GutaiBy Benjamin Clifford
The selection of work by members of the Japanese art collective Gutai at Hauser & Wirth 69th Street aims to highlight the importance of painting to the group’s avant-garde practice. Active from 1954 to 1972, Gutai’s interest in this medium was idiosyncratic, and many of the works displayed here were not intended as self-sufficient pieces. Instead, they were intimately linked with public performances or other bodily actions.
Nour Mobarak: Logistique ElastiqueBy Benjamin Clifford
The first impression made by Nour Mobaraks solo debut in New York is celestial: several roughly spherical objects are scattered throughout Miguel Abreus Orchard Street gallery, like an eccentric solar system in miniature.
Epic Abstraction: Pollock to HerreraBy Benjamin Clifford
The title of the Met’s new ongoing installation, Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera, suggests a revisionist take on the history of abstraction since World War II. However, the show is drawn almost entirely from the permanent collection, which is simply not broad enough in this area to fulfill such an ambitious promise.
Richard SerraBy Benjamin Clifford
Both shows largely eschew the raw and overbearing aggression that Serra is best known for. Instead, they are finely judged installations that manipulate the relationship between a sculptural object, a display space, and a mobile viewer with great sophistication. The overall effect is thoughtful and, at times, even seductive.
Deborah Turbeville: CollagesBy Benjamin Clifford
The collages by Deborah Turbeville currently on view at Deborah Bell draw mainly from the photographers work in fashion. Turbevilles images are shrouded in a gothic atmosphere of deep shadows and Romantic decay, and her models typically convey alienation or psychological dissociationnot precisely the glamour we expect of luxury advertising.
Benjamin Clifford on Edward Steichen
Its February 2020 and Im looking at two prints laid side-by-side on a work table in the Museum of Modern Arts Department of Photography. Each shows a wooded pond in Westchester County in the dark of night, the moon rising, shining dimly between the trees that line the far edge of the water. In each case it is the same scenethe same brute visual informationand both images are rendered in soft focus, with a similarly Romantic atmosphere. But they are different.