Etel Adnan and Simone Fattal met in Beirut in the 1970s. They have since lived between Paris, Beirut, and northern California, working in different mediaAdnan is a poet and painter while Fattal is a sculptor and the founder and publisher of the Post-Apollo Pressto explore and reconfigure notions of history, politics, freedom, and feminism.
For Marian, a group show at FiveMyles* in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is a posthumous homage to the Sculpture Centers late director, Marion Griffiths.
Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting chronicles the career of Italian doctor, prisoner of war, and artist Alberto Burri.
There are countless under-recognizedbut nonetheless exceptionalartists working quietly away in our midst here in New York: Nancy Haynes is choice among them.
Despite the portrayal of such extreme emotion, the works are not in the least literal or heavy-handed. Rather, they seem to have been constructed this way, like much of Neshats work, to translate a cultural experience we in the West naturally misunderstand.
A vase of orange marigolds adorns a ledge at the entrance of Alex Da Cortes second solo show at Karma. Like the artists work, this little detail cloaks meaning in layers of wit. The marigolds striking golden hue symbolizes both fortune and grief. Known for captivating films and installations that probe popular American culture, Da Corte is acutely sensitive to the myriad signifying effects of both color and cultural imagery and uses them to penetrate our individual experiences and collective associations.
In Raft of the Medusa, all three floors of Skarstedts townhouse-turned-gallery exhibit Martin Kippenbergers fervent study of Theodore Gericaults infamous 1819 painting, occasioned through a series of photographs, sketches, lithographs, paintings, and even a rug.
On view at Paul Kasmin this past June was the under-represented Belarusian master Chaim Soutine. Life in Death: Still Lifes and Select Masterworks of Chaim Soutine featured 16 paintings of dead animals, landscapes, and a few portraits, giving a limited but nuanced look into the painters oeuvre.