Picasso: “Unless your picture goes wrong, it will be no good”

In the NY Times Roberta Smith writes that the show of late Picasso paintings at Gagosian proves that, in the main, Picasso only got better. “That’s the take-away from the staggering exhibition of Picasso’s late paintings and prints at the Gagosian Gallery. One of the best shows to be seen in New York since the … read more… “Picasso: “Unless your picture goes wrong, it will be no good””

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NY Times Art in Review: Richard Tuttle, Richard Phillips

“Richard Tuttle: Walking on Air,” PaceWildenstein, New York, NY. Through April 25. Ken Johnson reports: Richard Tuttle’s new fusions of painting and sculpture are a joy to behold. All 12 pieces in this buoyant show have the same basic structure: two narrow, horizontal lengths of fabric, one above and slightly overlapping the other, are fitted … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Richard Tuttle, Richard Phillips”

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Picassify it

In the NY Times Carol Vogel wonders what Picasso was thinking during the final years of his life, when he was living in Notre-Dame-de-Vie on the French Riviera, obsessively producing images of musketeers and matadors, twisted couples and haunted women laced with obvious art-historical references or simply drawn from his fertile imagination. His unflagging confidence … read more… “Picassify it”

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NY TImes Art in Review: Loeb, Brown, Ackermann

“Damian Loeb: Synesthesia, Parataxic, Distortion, and the Shadow,” Acquavella, New York, NY. Through Oct. 7. Ken Johnson: “With its portentous Damien Hirst-like title, ‘Synesthesia, Parataxic Distortion, and the Shadow,’ it promises something more spectacular than the pleasant, conscientiously well made, illustrative paintings that make up this exhibition.Mr. Loeb produces what you might call Photorealist Melodrama. … read more… “NY TImes Art in Review: Loeb, Brown, Ackermann”

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The nakedly emotional bravura of Howard Hodgkin

Alan Hollinghurst writes in The Guardian that Howard Hodgkin, now in his 70s, continues to make reckless,unanswerably new paintings.”In many of his paintings, Hodgkin famously works with a found frame, which is then lavishly painted over. They intoxicate by being all paint, and even on the smallest scale can overwhelm you with their refusal of … read more… “The nakedly emotional bravura of Howard Hodgkin”

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The backstory: Poons and Taylor

In the NYSun, Stephen Maine writes that the absence of an artistic vanguard makes everything old new again. “Among the wildly disparate features of today’s art-world landscape, two modes of pictorial thought with venerable lineages have recently re-emerged: materials-oriented abstract painting, and a linear approach to the investigation of the third dimension that may conveniently … read more… “The backstory: Poons and Taylor”

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Steve Parrino’s sex and death paintings

Steve Parrino, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY. Through Nov. 3. Gagosian presents Steve Parrino’s paintings, drawings and sculpture. Parrino died in a New Year’s morning motorcycle accident at the age of 46 in 2005. “When I started making paintings the word on painting was ‘PAINTING IS DEAD,’” Parrino said. “I saw this as an interesting … read more… “Steve Parrino’s sex and death paintings”

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The superslick, super-flat, superexpensive paintings of Takashi Murakami

Jerry Saltz reviews the show in New York Magazine. “The main attractions of this exhibition are 50 little happy-faced flower paintings and six large portraits of a haggard-looking Zen patriarch. The flowers are insipid. So are the portraits, although at least with them Murakami is up to his old extreme stylization. But the real content … read more… “The superslick, super-flat, superexpensive paintings of Takashi Murakami”

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