NY Times Art in Review: Franklin Evans and Tim Bavington

Franklin Evans, “lookbackstage,” 2009 painted tape, thread, wood and text 125 x 137 x 66″ “Franklin Evans: 2008/2009 < 2009/2010,” Sue Scott Gallery, Lower East Side. Through Oct. 24. Roberta Smith:  Having been mostly confined to elaborate abstract watercolors in his last show, Franklin Evans’s art is now all over the place. It has embraced … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Franklin Evans and Tim Bavington”

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NYTimes Art in Review: Greebaum, Thuring, Berryhill

Joanne Greenbaum,”Untitled 2009,” oil and acrylic on canvas, 80 x 78 inches. Courtesy D’Amelio Terras “Joanne Greenbaum: Hollywood Squares,” D’Amelio Terras, Chelsea. Through Oct. 31. Roberta Smith: Joanne Greenbaum’s new paintings are nicely abrasive, inharmonious in color and, generally speaking, a little nuts. They make the eyes spin….The best works here emphasize dark tones, if … read more… “NYTimes Art in Review: Greebaum, Thuring, Berryhill”

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NY Times Art in Review: Anderson and Auerbach

Hurvin Anderson “Peter’s Sitters 3,” 2009, oil on canvas, 187 x 147 cm “Hurvin Anderson: Peter’s Series 2007-2009,” Studio Museum in Harlem. Through Oct. 25. Roberta Smith: The deft oil paintings of Hurvin Anderson, born in England in 1965, fall within a familiar genre of architectural interiors that play it both ways: they combine the … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Anderson and Auerbach”

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Water Lilies Live!

Here’s Charlie Finch (sitting on a lily pad?) at the Monet preview last week (Courtesy NY Sun Out and About blog) For the first time since the MoMA expansion, Claude Monet’s water lily paintings will be on view. I remember the huge exhibition (80 pieces) at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1998 that … read more… “Water Lilies Live!”

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Michael Mazur dead at 73 of heart failure

Michael Mazur, “Rain I,” 2008, oil on canvas, 42″ x 48″ Michael Mazur, a relentlessly inventive printmaker, painter and sculptor whose work encompassed social documentation, narrative and landscape while moving back and forth between figuration and abstraction, died on Aug. 18 in Cambridge, Mass. He was 73 and lived in Cambridge and Provincetown, Mass. According … read more… “Michael Mazur dead at 73 of heart failure”

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Rockburne’s mural-making at the Queens Museum

In the NY Times, Patricia Cohen reports on the Art in Embassies program. The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, a nonprofit group chaired by Robert Storr, works with the State Department to create and donate custom-made artwork for American outposts abroad. They’ve commissioned about a dozen large-scale installations including one that Dorothea Rockburne … read more… “Rockburne’s mural-making at the Queens Museum”

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NY Times Art in Review: Beck, Dorland, Hume, Becker, Woods

Lisa Beck, “Untitled,” 2009; acrylic paint on canvas; 24″ x 18.”Photo courtesy of Feature, Inc. “Lisa Beck,” Feature Inc., New York, NY. Through June 28. Roberta Smith: Lisa Beck’s new black-and-white paintings are among the best she has ever made. With their clusters of visionary orbs, shimmering reflections and radiating starbursts, they suggest modernist fireworks … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Beck, Dorland, Hume, Becker, Woods”

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NY Times Art in Review: Verne Dawson, Karl Haendel

“Verne Dawson,” Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY. Through June 20. Ken Johnson reports: A popular strain of contemporary painting combines goofy, juvenile imagery — pirates, exotic animals, fairy-tale characters — with lush, sophisticated painting. Judith Linhares and Dana Schutz are good examples. Verne Dawson is another. In addition to small, deft, loosely painted pictures … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Verne Dawson, Karl Haendel”

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“A stirring reminder of the countless young artists stuck in captivity as assistants”

In Samantha Peale’s debut novel, The American Painter Emma Dial: A Novel, the narrator is the studio assistant for fictitious NYC painter Michael Freiburg. NY Times reviewer Deborah Solomon reports that the novel has a based-on-experience directness that tends to stray from sharp-eyed observation into the mush of unfiltered whining. Not surprisingly, Peale herself spent … read more… ““A stirring reminder of the countless young artists stuck in captivity as assistants””

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Ken Johnson’s career advice

In the NY Times Ken Johnson suggests a time-tested recipe for success.”Fail at what you want to do, then do what you really can do. It worked for Luis Meléndez. He desperately sought appointment as a salaried court artist like his contemporary Francisco Goya, but his petitions to the king were rejected. So instead of … read more… “Ken Johnson’s career advice”

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