Joyce Beckenstein is a writer living in New York.
MAY 2018 | Art Books
Madeline Schwartzman’s unconventional methodologies—as a scholar, teacher, writer, artist, and curator—navigate intricate webs through art, science, reality, fantasy, logic and absurdity, though they criss-cross with startling ease in both her books.
APR 2017 | ArtSeen
The Frick Collection celebrates this British artist, lionized today for his explosive swirls of abstract color and light, with a selection of his luminous studies of European ports: harbors for the pursuits of everyday life that he renders as quotidian snippets in the infinite scheme of things.
DEC 17-JAN 18 | ArtSeen
While the divergences between their works, in genre, medium, and scale are huge, they are inextricably linked by a primal human need to keep alive memories—to say, “I was here and this is the way I remember how things were.”
OCT 2016 | ArtSeen
Bradley Walker Tomlin: A Retrospective pays long overdue homage to an artist whose contributions to Abstract Expressionism have been relatively overlooked.
DEC 16-JAN 17 | ArtSeen
How sweet it is, then, that this 1908 Renaissance revival landmark is now “no man’s land”—home to an art museum dedicated to women in the arts! This is the irony, though not the inspiration, for the current exhibition NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection.
APR 2015 | Art
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov began to jointly sign their works in 1997. When Joyce Beckenstein conducted an interview with them, Amei WallachIlya Kabakovs first biographer, and director of the recent film, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013)joined in.
NOV 2015 | ArtSeen
On the first cool day of autumn, Sarah Sze walked me through her exhibit at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea. In the moments before she appeared, Id been looking at the new work, feeling a bit like Alice in a topsy-turvy place, bursting with questions.
MAY 2014 | ArtSeen
In 1979, at the urging of her friend and colleague, the painter Elaine de Kooning (1918 89), Connie Fox moved to East Hampton. Almost daily, the two walked and swam at Sammys Beach, a local flat strand of shoreline.
SEPT 2014 | Art
The painter Ellen Wiener and the poet LB Thompson live among a close-knit circle of artists in whats locally dubbed the un-Hamptons, the last remaining bastion of quiet hamlets stretching along the North Fork of Eastern Long Island, New York.
NOV 2013 | Critics Page
Carolee is spinning the moon, whispers Marielle Nitoslawska, speaking over the golden orb dancing in the night. This opening sequence of Breaking the Frame, Nitoslawskas documentary film about the artist Carolee Schneemann, was shot by Schneemann many years ago.
JUNE 2018 | ArtSeen
Lichtenstein’s comparisons often target the American dream. Julius Shulman’s Case Study House No. 22 (Los Angeles, Calif.) (1960) was intended to advertise affordable post-World War II real estate. Photographed at night, the cantilevered glass home suspended above a view of Los Angeles aglow in the distance, positions two elegantly dressed women seated inside. The surrounding sixties furnishings pitch modernist design as a paradigm of twentieth-century living.
SEPT 2017 | ArtSeen
In 1945, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner purchased an 1879 farmhouse in Easthampton, New York that is today the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Here, they created the iconic paintings that helped launch a distinctly American style of Abstract Expressionism.
APR 2016 | ArtSeen
Seeing works in an artist’s studio as they’re readied for exhibition is oh so different from viewing them in the surround of a gallery space. Prior to seeing Gabriel Lima’s paintings at Kai Matsumiya’s Lower East Side gallery, I visited the Brazilian-born artist in his Brooklyn studio.
DEC 16-JAN 17 | Art
From the late 1940s through the ’60s, New York artists, restless and in pursuit of what they had yet to discover about themselves, headed for Long Island’s East End. The titans who at the time had yet to learn they were titans—Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, and Robert Motherwell—were among the visual artists who, when not sequestered in their hushed studios, hung out on the beach, smoking, drinking, cooking, canoeing, clamming, and coveting one another’s lovers and spouses.
MAR 2015 | ArtSeen
The 10 artists featured in Picture/Thing, an exhibition exploring the relationships between photography and sculpture, unleash art historys most beguiling trickster: The Photograph.
MAY 2015 | ArtSeen
One step into Alexander Gray gallery and you know that Joan Semmel is a fearless woman. Semmel chose to work with the nude female figure during an era dominated by male minimalists; a time when figuration was a very poor choice for artists seeking recognition.
FEB 2014 | ArtSeen
Quite a cast of characters are chatting things up at Algus Greenspon Gallery.
MAY 2014 | ArtSeen
When Allan Wexler looks into the forest he sees its trees as natures I-beams, their leafy boughs as protective rooftop canopies. More interested in dwellings for the human spirit than in constructing habitable spaces, Wexlers architecture-as-sculpture-as installation-as conceptual art isnt easy to pin down.
OCT 2014 | Art
Art historian and critic Phyllis Tuchman orchestrated an exuberant collection of works, many of them seldom seen, for Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944 1952 on view at Guild Hall in East Hampton through October 13.