Retro book review: NYC art scene in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

At the thriftshop recently, I picked up a hardcover edition of Anthony Haden-Guest’s True Colors, The Real Life of the Art World for two bucks. Published in 1996, the book is an amusing account of the1970s-1990s NYC art world, and makes a nice companion to “Reinventing Abstraction,” the exhibition that revisits 1980s abstract painting at … read more… “Retro book review: NYC art scene in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s”

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Upcoming show: Dense Surveillance

Good news: I just got the brochure proofs for “Dense Surveillance,” my upcoming solo show at Westchester Community College. The space at WCC is roomy–the longest wall is 47 feet–and lit by a glorious wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The exhibition runs from September 3 through November 24 and will include both a workshop and an … read more… “Upcoming show: Dense Surveillance”

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Philosophy and art: Dennis Kardon

In a 2004 NYTimes review of a solo exhibition at Mitchell Algus,  Ken Johnson described Dennis Kardon‘s paintings as “generously painterly, voluptuously creepy narrative pictures of familial conflict, sexual angst and infantile yearning.” During a visit to his DUMBO studio last week, Kardon explained that his earlier images emerged through a labor-intensive, revision-laden painting process … read more… “Philosophy and art: Dennis Kardon”

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Rejecting the New: Abstract painting in the 1980s

This month New York painters and critics are talking about “Reinventing Abstraction,” an exhibition of paintings from the 1980s curated by Raphael Rubinstein. His incisive selection includes one painting each by Carroll Dunham, Louise Fishman, Jonathan Lasker, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Stephen Mueller. Elizabeth Murray, Thomas Nozkowski, David Reed, Joan Snyder, Pat Steir, Gary Stephan, … read more… “Rejecting the New: Abstract painting in the 1980s”

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Paintings made on the assembly line featured at Klaus Von Nichtssagend

At Klaus Von Nichtssagend, Sara Greenberger Rafferty has organzed “Work,” an amusing exhibition of 50 small-scale paintings made by 16 artists exploring issues about labor, value and authorship. Originally conceived in 2012 as a studio assignment for Michelle Grabner and Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s class at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan, the paintings were … read more… “Paintings made on the assembly line featured at Klaus Von Nichtssagend”

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July 18: Panel discussion on Casualism (and other forms of abstraction)

Please join me from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, at Garis & Hahn for artist presentations and a roundtable discussion of contemporary abstraction with curator Kyle Chayka. Artists include Tatiana Berg, Ariel Dill, Sarah Faux, Clare Grill, and Kristina Lee.  Image above: Sarah Faux, Crawling Man, 2012, oil and spray paint on canvas, 42 x 38 inches. … read more… “July 18: Panel discussion on Casualism (and other forms of abstraction)”

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Heather Guertin Ha

A group exhibition comprising work made by the nine organizing artists is currently on view at Essex Flowers, a new space in the small basement of a florist’s shop on the Lower East Side. Heather Guertin’s delicate painting, Children of Paradise, pictured above, is a stand-out among the many compelling pieces in the show. After … read more… “Heather Guertin Ha”

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Weekend report: Studio pop-in with Leslie Wayne and Don Porcaro, Doppler, Crystal Fairy

Despite the heat, humidity, and overall stink, I love summer in New York City. For everyone who has decamped for more temperate climes, here are a few highlights from the past weekend. At Parallel Art Space, I stopped by the jammed opening for  Doppler, a handsome and eye-popping show organized by artist Mel Prest featuring … read more… “Weekend report: Studio pop-in with Leslie Wayne and Don Porcaro, Doppler, Crystal Fairy”

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Press release of the day: The Decline and Fall of the Art World

In the press release for their current exhibition, Freight & Volume sardonically deploys an old favorite, the mention-use distinction: If this were a typical press release, for a typical summer group show in NYC, we might pontificate about how the Art World is steadily failing, and give examples of its slow and embarrassing demise due … read more… “Press release of the day: The Decline and Fall of the Art World”

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The stories we tell: Four paintings at Regina Rex

In the second installment of their “Four Paintings” series, Regina Rex presents four huge figurative paintings, one each from accomplished artists Hannah Barrett, Linda Gallagher, Becky Kinder and Summer Wheat. Walking into the square-shaped gallery, the viewer is surrounded by four larger-than-lifesize figures, the most shocking of which, by Summer Wheat, features a half-naked woman, … read more… “The stories we tell: Four paintings at Regina Rex”

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