Catalogue Essay: Aubrey Levinthal at Nancy Margolis

Contributed by Samantha Mitchell / In his definition of heterotopia (of which utopia and dystopia are types) Michel Foucault writes about the mirror as an agent of transformative realization of self in place – simultaneously illuminating and falsifying our own image: I see myself where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up … read more… “Catalogue Essay: Aubrey Levinthal at Nancy Margolis”

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Catalogue essay: Jennifer Riley’s Machine Series Paintings

Contributed by Sharon Butler / When Brooklyn artist Jennifer Riley began making large-scale abstract paintings using discarded laser-cut pieces of steel, she connected with a century of artists preoccupied with the deconstructed machine. They ranged from post-World War I Dadaists like Raoul Hausmann and Francis Picabia whose images of humans were crafted from machine parts, … read more… “Catalogue essay: Jennifer Riley’s Machine Series Paintings”

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Exhibition essay: Sarah Sentilles on Nancy Bowen at Kentler International Drawing Space

Contributed by Sarah Sentilles / Nancy Bowen calls herself an “artistic archaeologist,” and in her exhibition “For Each Ecstatic Instant,” you can see the fragments of her brilliant excavations: maps, engravings, pamphlets, stamps, glass, picture frames, and pages from books on scientists and language and personalities and enamelware and customs and hopscotch. Bowen reassembles what … read more… “Exhibition essay: Sarah Sentilles on Nancy Bowen at Kentler International Drawing Space”

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In transition: Regina Bogat in the 1990s

After exploring hard-edge abstraction and unconventional materials for decades, Regina Bogat began incorporating a more gestural approach into her work. These paintings, made in the 1990s, are on view at Zürcher Gallery, NY, through March 2. Her daughter Anna Bogat Jensen wrote the following essay for Bogat’s exhibition catalogue. Contributed by Anna Bogat Jensen / In the 1990s, Regina Bogat found a new … read more… “In transition: Regina Bogat in the 1990s”

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Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Drew Shiflett

Raphael Rubinstein wrote the following essay,  “Eccentric Modularity,” on the occasion of Drew Shiflett’s elegant solo show of new collage pieces, on view through June 30, at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. —— I wonder when the great variety of process entered the field of art. When did certain artists begin to invent their own … read more… “Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Drew Shiflett”

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Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman

Note: This essay, written by artist and art writer Thomas Micchelli, originally appeared in the catalogue for “Free Fall,” Cordy Roman‘s 2017 solo show at Tower 49 Gallery. The eight-foot-long two-by-fours cascade down the wall from the farthest corner of Cordy Ryman’s double-height Sunset Park studio: wooden lengths in forest green, yellow green, emerald green, with … read more… “Catalogue essay: Thomas Micchelli on Cordy Ryman”

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Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out

Contributed by Stephen Westfall / American abstraction was born in the landscape. Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe seem to have got there before anyone else, trailing plowed fields, banks of clouds, and zigzag lightning bolts into visual rhythms that verge onto geometric patterning without losing touch with a dream-like memory of forest, field and weather. … read more… “Gregory Amenoff: Inside and Out”

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Catalogue essay: Kirsten Swenson on Peter Soriano’s Permanent Maintanence

Kirsten Swenson originally wrote this catalogue essay for Permanent Maintenance, Peter Soriano‘s wall drawing project, on view through August 21, 2016, at the Colby College Museum of Art. // Drawing on the wall is a natural, immediate kind of expression, even as it remains at odds with the idea of an “art object” that we … read more… “Catalogue essay: Kirsten Swenson on Peter Soriano’s Permanent Maintanence”

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Raoul De Keyser: The loss of certainty

“Drift,” the sublime Raoul De Keyser exhibition on view at David Zwirner through April 23, was organized around a group of 22 small paintings known as The Last Wall. Completed shortly before his death in October 2012, they are hung in the gallery exactly as De Keyser had installed them on the wall of his … read more… “Raoul De Keyser: The loss of certainty”

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Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Gary Stephan

Raphael Rubinstein originally wrote this essay for Gary Stephan‘s solo exhibition, on view through April 23, 2016, at Susan Inglett. / Some paintings pick arguments with art history. Some paintings pick arguments with their materials. Some paintings pick arguments with the other paintings around them in the artist’s studio. Some paintings pick arguments with the … read more… “Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Gary Stephan”

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