Marion Majori’s close-up of Chuck Close

“Chuck Close,” produced, directed and edited by Marion Cajori. Directors of photography, Mead Hunt, Ken Kobland and David Leitner; song “Portrait of Chuck” by Philip Glass, performed by Bruce Levingston; released by Art Kaleidoscope Foundation. Film Forum, New York, NY. Running time: 1 hour 56 minutes. Check out a “brushcam” Quicktime movie of Close applying … read more… “Marion Majori’s close-up of Chuck Close”

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Words Smith loves to hate

In the NYTimes, Roberta Smith takes issue with current art jargon, particularly the newly fashionable use of the word “practice” to describe the artmaking process. “When it comes to fashionably obtuse language, the art world is one of the leading offenders. Academic pretensions flash through like brush fire, without a drop of cold water splashed … read more… “Words Smith loves to hate”

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Painting reviews from the North Pole

“Emmy Skensved,” Greener Pastures Contemporary Art Gallery.Through Jan. 13. “Nada Sesar-Raffay: Swing,” Edward Day Gallery.Through Jan. 6. “Lynne McIlvride Evans: Tourists Welcome–A Chapel of Recent Paintings,” David Kaye Gallery. Through Dec. 23.Snarky Gary Michael Dault reviews these Toronto painting shows in the Globe and Mail. Note to last-minute shoppers: The Globe and Mail thoughtfully includes … read more… “Painting reviews from the North Pole”

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Pard Morrison bakes pigment in Denver

“Pard Morrison: 50 Ways to Fall in Love,” Rule Gallery, Denver, CO. Through Jan. 5. Pard Morrison, who says that the fusion of surface and medium in his paintings is a metaphor for the human condition, describes his work as a hypothetical conversation between Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. In the Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan … read more… “Pard Morrison bakes pigment in Denver”

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Per Kirkeby at Michael Werner

“Per Kirkeby: New Paintings,” Michael Werner, New York, NY. Through Jan. 19. Per Kirkeby is interested in relationships: between nature and architecture, matter and light, abstraction and metaphysics. In this exhibition of 10, 3 x 4 foot, paintings, all made in the last two years, he continues the exploration. In the NYSun, Stephen Maine reports. … read more… “Per Kirkeby at Michael Werner”

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Charles Shaw’s precisionist geometries

“Charles G. Shaw,” Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY. Through Dec. 22.“Manhattan Modern: The Life and Work of Charles Green Shaw, ” Archives of American Art, New York, NY. Through Feb. 7. Roberta Smith reports in the NYTimes. “Like his writing, Shaw’s paintings paddle serenely through various painting genres, among them, Synthetic Cubism, Surrealism-tinged biomorphic … read more… “Charles Shaw’s precisionist geometries”

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What’s a drawing anyway?

“Drawing the Line: 20th Drawing Show,” selected by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA. Artists include Cree Bruins, Lana Z. Caplan, Matthew Cleary, Mark Epstein, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, A. Jacob Galle, Jenine Haard, Robert Hernandez, Annie Heisey, Yasemin Kackar-Demirel, Jason La Croix, Jeffrey Marshall, Lior Neiger , Bob Oppenheim , … read more… “What’s a drawing anyway?”

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Merlin James’ elusive architecture

 Merlin James, Yellow Roof, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 21.875″   Merlin James, House and Tree, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 25.875 x 26 inches Glasgow-based Merlin James’ small architectural paintings invite various associations – domesticity, industry, nostalgia. The mix or alternation of functionality and ornament, and the reference to models or source images, create … read more… “Merlin James’ elusive architecture”

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Recommending Beverly Ress

On the art blog Working, Amy Wilson, on a break from writing a stack of recommendation letters, wonders why her talented friend Beverly Ress isn’t an artworld big. In a 2007 art review for the Baltimore City Paper, Deborah McLeod described Ress’s work. “These meticulous colored-pencil drawings float on expanses of white paper and share … read more… “Recommending Beverly Ress”

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For Benjamin Edwards, progress is a hollow concept

“The New Future,” curated by Kristina Bilonick . District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC. Through Jan. 13. Artists include Urban Scout, Jade Doskow, Jo Wonder, Benjamin Edwards. In Washington City Paper, Kriston Capps zeroes in on lone painter Benjamin Edward’s cynical vision of the future. “Outwardly, Benjamin Edwards’ world looks pleasant enough. Sure, the … read more… “For Benjamin Edwards, progress is a hollow concept”

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