Salman Toor: There’s a boy I know

By Laurie Fendrich / Critics have been lavish in their praise of the Brown, queer-themed figurative paintings by the Pakistani-born Brooklyn artist Salman Toor, currently on view in the Whitney Museum’s first-floor lobby gallery (free of charge to the public). And rightly so. Toor’s pictures touch the heart, and his audacious drawing and sensitive paint … read more… “Salman Toor: There’s a boy I know”

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Art and Film: A subdued Top Ten in 2020

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / By the most salient political parameters – governance, public health, the rule of law – 2020 was one of the worst years in living memory. Hobbled by Covid-19, art overall seemed commensurately downbeat, but also pensively defiant. In cinema, if a dominant theme emerged, it may have been the karmic … read more… “Art and Film: A subdued Top Ten in 2020”

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The inner self: Clayton Schiff’s quirky canvases

Contributed by Paul Laster / Creating playful paintings with psychological twists, Clayton Schiff makes his 56 Henry exhibition debut with the solo show Small World, featuring five medium-scale canvases (all from 2019 and 2020) that depict cartoon-like characters in poetic realms. A 2009 RISD BFA grad, Schiff has been gaining momentum and well-deserved attention in … read more… “The inner self: Clayton Schiff’s quirky canvases”

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Art and Film: Men of wealth and taste

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Charles Willeford – Guthrie-esque hobo, World War II hero, pulp-fiction genius – was one of the best crime writers of his generation, influential yet under-appreciated. Among his many books, Cockfighter became a cult-classic film starring Warren Oates, Miami Blues a quirky eighties jaunt with Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and … read more… “Art and Film: Men of wealth and taste”

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Primordial ooze and concrete assertions: A conversation between Michael Berryhill, Daniel Dove, and Sangram Majumdar

Daniel Dove and Michael Berryhill have been friends forever it seems, or at least since their time as students at UT Austin. In 2009, Michael and I met when we were residents at the Sharpe Walentas Foundation Residency in Dumbo, and I met Daniel when he came for a visit with Michael. Since then, we’ve … read more… “Primordial ooze and concrete assertions: A conversation between Michael Berryhill, Daniel Dove, and Sangram Majumdar”

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Josephine Halvorson’s communion with nature

Contributed by Kari Adelaide Razdow / Now on view as part of the deCordova Museum’s “Visionary New England” exhibition, Josephine Halvorson’s lyrical yet meticulous oil paintings employ no masquerade of myth. Rather, they are documentations of nature that meld history, self, and place. Her intense practice centers on painting chosen subjects, such as a fallen … read more… “Josephine Halvorson’s communion with nature”

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Sylvia Naimark: The enigmatic realm of the imperceptible

Contributed by Paul Laster / A painter of poetic pictures, Sylvia Naimark explores the enigmatic realm of the imperceptible in her otherworldly works on canvas and wood at Nancy Margolis Gallery. Working in a mutable manner, which she aptly calls “intuitive yet controlled,” the Swedish artist makes shadowy paintings that are both figurative and abstract, … read more… “Sylvia Naimark: The enigmatic realm of the imperceptible”

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Finding shelter at ArtYard

Contributed by Robin Hill / Our personal narratives are inextricably entwined with what the philosopher Gaston Bachelard refers to as The Poetics of Space. His work contemplates the spaciousness of consciousness one experiences in relation to architectural space, real or imagined, and the indispensability of shelter to life. Without shelter, we are what Bob Dylan aptly … read more… “Finding shelter at ArtYard”

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Interview: Julie Heffernan talks about writing her first graphic novel

Contributed by Rebecca Chace / Julie Heffernan is primarily known for her large-scale figurative paintings that seamlessly merge a rococo sensibility with contemporary content. Since “Hunter Gatherer,” her 2018 solo show at PPOW in New York, she has been working on her first graphic novel, fusing drawing with memoir and narrative. We recently sat down … read more… “Interview: Julie Heffernan talks about writing her first graphic novel”

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The stories we choose to tell: “Fall Reveal” at MoMA

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / The Museum of Modern Art’s “Fall Reveal” marks the second phase of the museum’s re-telling of the story of Modern Art (the first phase opened in October, 2019), and there are big changes. First, with its $450 million expansion adding 47,000 feet of exhibition space, this new MoMA is a … read more… “The stories we choose to tell: “Fall Reveal” at MoMA”

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