Miracle on 24th Street: Allison Miller, Odili Donald Odita, Cary Smith

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / For all the fine work to be found in New York galleries, even in Chelsea it’s rare to encounter three distinct and extraordinarily fine painting exhibitions within a half-block span on a single side of a street. But three such shows now grace the south side of West 24th Street … read more… “Miracle on 24th Street: Allison Miller, Odili Donald Odita, Cary Smith”

Art and Film: Alex Ross Perry’s little tyrant artist

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Alex Ross Perry’s gothic, resolutely arthouse chamber piece Queen of Earth is a fascinating study in the ominous subtext of friendship and the diabolical social neediness of even those who claim to hanker a respite from people. Elisabeth Moss immersively plays Catherine, an increasingly unhinged young artist whose best friend … read more… “Art and Film: Alex Ross Perry’s little tyrant artist”

Stern verve: Joseph Zito at Lennon, Weinberg

  Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The artist’s weight in ominous lead slabs, a combat helmet spilling with rose petals – in another artist’s hands these conceptual pieces would probably seem trite or overbearing. But Joseph Zito’s unerringly fine calibrations of irony combined with his formidable technical range and astutely Gober-esque deployment of different materials … read more… “Stern verve: Joseph Zito at Lennon, Weinberg”

Revitalization by contamination: OBJECT’hood at Lesley Heller

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / The premise of “OBJECT’hood,” a group exhibition at Lesley Heller Workspace curated by Inna Babaeva and Gelah Penn, is that sculpture, though less celebrated than painting, is enjoying a stealthy resurgence. Fueling what they impishly call this “revitalization by contamination” is the willingness of its practitioners to draw on a … read more… “Revitalization by contamination: OBJECT’hood at Lesley Heller”

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”

Ruth Root’s deep integration

Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / Ruth Root’s seven striking shaped canvases, on display at Andrew Kreps Gallery in Chelsea and all untitled, might recall Elizabeth Murray’s transcendent household paintings, Hermine Ford’s erudite explorations of nature and artifice, or, more distantly, Kelly and Stella’s hard-edge Minimalist works. Indeed, Root has freely and openly acknowledged her antecedents. … read more… “Ruth Root’s deep integration”