Textility: Idiosyncratic materiality at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey

To kick off the new year, I will have work  in “Textility,” a big exhibition at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey that brings together 28 artists who use (or reference) fiber and cloth in their work. Co-curators Mary Birmingham and Joanne Mattera coined the word “textility” to describe a new sensibility that they … read more… “Textility: Idiosyncratic materiality at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey”

Assembled but not resembling, at Patricia Sweetow

Contributed by Robin Hill / The works in “Assembled,” an absorbing three-person exhibition featuring Julia Couzens, Helen O’Leary, and Cornelia Schulz at Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, are defiantly not about anything but are, rather, of many things (of fiber, wood, paint, wire, canvas), and have been realized through many actions (binding, wrapping, stuffing, leaning, interlocking, slathering, skimming, stitching, gluing). The works ask … read more… “Assembled but not resembling, at Patricia Sweetow”

Leslie Wayne: Beyond painterly

Contributed by Sharon Butler and Jonathan Stevenson / Leslie Wayne, in transcendently clever new work on view at Jack Shainman Gallery through October 21, has encapsulated a significant strand of art history. Renaissance artist Leon Battista Alberti is often credited with the observation that a painting is a window through which to see the world. That … read more… “Leslie Wayne: Beyond painterly”

Installation view: Machines of Paint and Other Materials

When artist Jennifer Riley saw a cavernous vacant storefront on Front Street in DUMBO, she thought it would make a good exhibition space, so she contacted the building’s owner (Two Trees Management) and asked if they would be interested in hosting a pop-up show. They agreed, and the result is “Machines of Paint and Other … read more… “Installation view: Machines of Paint and Other Materials”

Press release of the day: Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan

In January Casey Kaplan is presenting work from the 1970s by painter Giorgio Griffa (b. Turin, 1936), an Italian painter known for his rigorous approach to conceptual painting. Here is an excerpt from the press release for the show: “In Georgio Griffa’s observations, metaphorical and symbolic imagery exist as an overlay functioning on top of … read more… “Press release of the day: Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan”

Warp and weft: The grid at Mixed Greens

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Mixed Greens’ enterprising group exhibition “Common Thread,” on view through August 28, positions a 1973 Bauhaus grid study by Anni Albers and Ellen Lesperance’s 2009 grid-based gouache deconstruction of her pre-Josef Albers sweater pattern as aesthetic and cultural springboards for work by nine contemporary female artists. Restively contemplating traditional gender … read more… “Warp and weft: The grid at Mixed Greens”

Leslie Wayne: Absorbed and wiped out

In the last few years, much has been made of hybrid paintings that re-purpose canvas and stretcher bars to create sculptural objects. In her solo at Jack Shainman, Leslie Wayne takes a brilliant tangent, presenting small-scale objects made from oil-paint skins that she folds to look like cloths. In the exhibition’s catalogue, critic David Pagel … read more… “Leslie Wayne: Absorbed and wiped out”

Quick study: Batman, love advice, internships, and the new videographer in town

“Batman Returns,” Joyce Pensato’s show at Friedrich Petzel, was in Time Out New York’s Top Five and listed as ArtCat’s Top Pick this week. Incorporating color in her new paintings, Pensato presents crazed images of Batman, assemblages of toys, ephemera, stuffed animals, and photographs. Looks good.  • The January issue of Art in America just … read more… “Quick study: Batman, love advice, internships, and the new videographer in town”