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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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: Little, Man, Smith, Tegeder

JAMES LITTLE, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY. Through June 9. HOLLAND COTTER: Each stripe becomes a self-defined spectrum, each painting a rainbow. Such results could be just pretty; the work’s titles — “Satchmo’s Answer to Truman,” “The Marriage of Western Civilization and the Jungle” — seem designed to make sure we don’t see them … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Little, Man, Smith, Tegeder”

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NY Times Art in Review: Mickalene Thomas, Allan D’Arcangelo, Sarah Crowner

“Mickalene Thomas: She’s Come Undone!” Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY. Through May2. Roberta Smith: Yet there is a fast-food obviousness to these paintings. Their potpourri of contemporary precedents is too easily parsed: Kathe Burkhardt’s raw images of Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Colescott’s racial indiscretions and the decorative (often beaded) overkill of artists like Lucas Samaras, Lisa … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Mickalene Thomas, Allan D’Arcangelo, Sarah Crowner”

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NY Times Art in Review: Dana Schutz and André Ethier

(NOTE: This is Two Coats of Paint’s thousandth post! To read our very first post, from May 9, 2007, click here.) “Dana Schutz: Missing Pictures,” Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY. Through April 25. Roberta Smith reports: Dana Schutz’s new paintings look a tad better on the gallery’s Web site than in person. Compression helps, … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Dana Schutz and André Ethier”

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Roberta Smith on art theory: “It’s not useful to most people”

Roberta Smith recently visited Rail Consulting Editor, Irving Sandler, at his home to talk about her life and work. Here’s my favorite part of their chat, which was published in the April issue of The Brooklyn Rail.Rail: Does art theory inform your work? And what do you think of the academic criticism that’s being written … read more… “Roberta Smith on art theory: “It’s not useful to most people””

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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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