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Invitation: Sharon Butler and “Morning in America”

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Please join me for “Morning in America,” an exhibition of new paintings at Theodore:Art that opens on January 15, 2021. From the press release: “For the past few years, Butler has produced daily drawings on her phone. The Good Morning Drawings, digital sketches uploaded to […]

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The inner self: Clayton Schiff’s quirky canvases

Contributed by Paul Laster / Creating playful paintings with psychological twists, Clayton Schiff makes his 56 Henry exhibition debut with the solo show Small World, featuring five medium-scale canvases (all from 2019 and 2020) that depict cartoon-like characters in poetic realms. A 2009 RISD BFA grad, Schiff has been gaining […]

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Catherine Haggarty’s call to memory

Contributed by Zach Seeger / Catherine Haggarty belongs to a group of New York painters who blossomed between financial crisis of 2008 and the election of Donald Trump in 2016, bracketed by Zombie Formalism and the current wave of figuration. Artists of her vintage tend to be inspired by the […]

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Sylvia Naimark: The enigmatic realm of the imperceptible

Contributed by Paul Laster / A painter of poetic pictures, Sylvia Naimark explores the enigmatic realm of the imperceptible in her otherworldly works on canvas and wood at Nancy Margolis Gallery. Working in a mutable manner, which she aptly calls “intuitive yet controlled,” the Swedish artist makes shadowy paintings that […]

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Maeve D’Arcy paints the passage of time

Contributed by Patrick Neal / Taking in the paintings of Maeve D’Arcy, currently on view at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, I kept thinking of the defunct movie rental store Kim’s Video that had long occupied Manhattan’s East and West Villages. These places were legendary repositories of arthouse films, and D’Arcy’s […]

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Rob Ventura’s germy expressionism

Contributed by Patrick Neal / In earlier paintings, artist Rob Ventura explored the anatomical and cellular characteristics of toxic flowers – a menacing subject that would lead to a parallel interest in the structures of disease-causing microorganisms. Ventura had completed new paintings centered on viruses, fungi and bacteria in the […]

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Moira Dryer: Satisfyingly complete

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / Moira Dryer (b. 1957; d. 1992) was among the first painters in the 1980s and ’90s to reject minimalism and conceptualism and open things up for painting after what had seemed, to many critics and theorists, to be its endgame. These artists reintroduced references to […]

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Laurel Farrin’s comedy of errors

Contributed by Cody Tumblin / “Vaudeville,” Laurel Farrin’s solo show at Devening Projects in Chicago, contains an assortment of painted objects that each hold a healthy measure of humor and delight in their making. Although the works are often simple in appearance and construction, they contain intentionally irresolute and sensitive, […]

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Kathryn Hart: A feminist in Venice

Contributed by Emma Stolarski / Kathryn Hart’s “New Dawn,” an inventive site-specific exhibition of sculpture and photography, contemplates the simultaneous organic processes of generation, regeneration, degradation, and, finally, documentation. Each wire-and-fiberglass sculpture incorporates the tension between becoming and eroding, renewal and entropy, growth and decay. The pieces glisten with an […]

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Alun Williams: Lest we forget

Contributed by David Humphrey / What is it to have a life? It’s overwhelming to imagine the pile-up of lives that have preceded ours, some documented, even celebrated, but mostly not. Alun Williams seems to say “pick one, and let it intersect with yours for a moment.” It could turn […]