Micchelli: How art can effect political change

At Art:21 Blog, the Flash Points guest blogger series is focusing on art and politics this month. Today, Brooklyn Rail writer/editor Tom Micchelli, after seeing a performance of The Investigation, a 1966 documentary drama by Peter Weiss (1916-1982), considers how art can effect political change. “The question implies an integral, activist role within a progressive … read more… “Micchelli: How art can effect political change”

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Joan Banach: GeoAb with a shot of vulgarity please

When Tom Micchelli stopped by Small A Projects, he was puzzled by Joan Banach’s dark, virtually monochromatic hard-edged abstractions that looked like they belonged in MoMA, circa 1959. Until he recognized her delight in the vulgar. “Not that her work is crass—on the contrary, it is the last word in sleekness and serenity—but something closer … read more… “Joan Banach: GeoAb with a shot of vulgarity please”

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Eyal Danieli: Helicopters, bombers and camouflage

Israeli-born, New York-based Eyal Danieli paints metaphors for aggression that explore the contradictory emotions of being both victim and victimizer. His show at Elizabeth Harris came down on the 8th, but I wanted to mention it nonetheless. In The Brooklyn Rail Tom Micchelli reports that the paintings’ “irresistible graphic sensuality pulls us in while their … read more… “Eyal Danieli: Helicopters, bombers and camouflage”

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Resnick’s resonance

Milton Resnick: “Art is not a learning process. It is the very reverse of learning.It is the unhinging of your soul from your sight.” In The Brooklyn Rail Tom Micchelli puts Resnick’s paintings, on view at Cheim & Read, in their proper historic context. “More than a painter’s painter, Resnick (1917-2004) was an artist’s artist … read more… “Resnick’s resonance”

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