At Hyperallergic, Thomas Micchelli still has Casualism on the brain. In his excellent review of "Reinventing Abstraction," an exhibition of 1980s abstract painting curated by Raphael Rubinstein, Micchelli suggests that "the genome of this generation of post-minimal abstractionists, who were born between 1939 and 1949, is embedded in the Provisional/Casual DNA," and he's absolutely right. I'll be writing about the exhibition myself later this week. (Image above: Jonathan Lasker, Double Play, 1987, oil on linen, 76 x 100 inches. Courtesy of Cheim & Read)...
In Dennis Kardon's Art in America review of the recent Caroll Dunham show at Gladstone, I almost missed this provocative last line: "What finally elevates these paintings is Dunham’s interrogation and uneasy embrace of willful pictorial decision-making. Dunham directly challenges high painting’s prevailing dogma of wimpy indifference, arbitrariness and accident, and dares to insist it is time to move on." Hmm. Not so sure about that. Let's discuss.
I finally went to The Brooklyn Museum to see "Gravity and Grace," the stunning El Anatsui exhibition that's up through August 4, and I was pleased to find work by several Brooklyn artists on display as well, including projects by Caitlin Cherry, Mike Ballou, and Valerie Hegarty. Unknown to the throngs of summer tourists flocking to MoMA and the Met, The Brooklyn Museum is relatively quiet--sort of like urban museums used to be back in the day. I highly recommend a visit. (Image above: Caitlin Cherry American, b. 1987. Dual-Capable Catapult Artcraft "Your Last Supper, Sucker," 2013, oil on canvas with wood and rope construction, 72 x 96 x 120 inches.
Film Pick: Museum Hours
In this witty and meditative film, a lonely museum guard at the befriends a Canadian woman who's in Vienna to care for her comatose cousin. American filmmaker Jem Cohen uses the museum's astounding collection of work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder to tell a compelling story that ponders how art is conjured from everyday life. A spellbinding art history lesson, the film even has an amusing docent lecture about Bruegel's Conversion of St. Paul.
Questions for Casualists (2013)
Painters as storytellers: The Mill and The Cross (2011)