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NY Times Art in Review: Franklin Evans and Tim Bavington

Franklin Evans, “lookbackstage,” 2009 painted tape, thread, wood and text 125 x 137 x 66″ “Franklin Evans: 2008/2009 < 2009/2010,” Sue Scott Gallery, Lower East Side. Through Oct. 24. Roberta Smith:  Having been mostly confined to elaborate abstract watercolors in his last show, Franklin Evans’s art is now all over […]

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NY Times Art in Review: Anderson and Auerbach

Hurvin Anderson “Peter’s Sitters 3,” 2009, oil on canvas, 187 x 147 cm “Hurvin Anderson: Peter’s Series 2007-2009,” Studio Museum in Harlem. Through Oct. 25. Roberta Smith: The deft oil paintings of Hurvin Anderson, born in England in 1965, fall within a familiar genre of architectural interiors that play it […]

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NY Times Art in Review: Verne Dawson, Karl Haendel

“Verne Dawson,” Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY. Through June 20. Ken Johnson reports: A popular strain of contemporary painting combines goofy, juvenile imagery — pirates, exotic animals, fairy-tale characters — with lush, sophisticated painting. Judith Linhares and Dana Schutz are good examples. Verne Dawson is another. In addition to […]

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Ken Johnson’s career advice

In the NY Times Ken Johnson suggests a time-tested recipe for success.”Fail at what you want to do, then do what you really can do. It worked for Luis Meléndez. He desperately sought appointment as a salaried court artist like his contemporary Francisco Goya, but his petitions to the king […]

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NY Times Art in Review: Powhida, Katz, Minter

“WILLIAM POWHIDA: The Writing Is on the Wall,” Schroeder-Romero, New York, NY. Through May 16 Holland Cotter: William Powhida, art world vigilante, virtuoso draftsman, compulsive calligrapher, fantasist autobiographer and recently self-announced gallery owner and art dealer, has a semi-solo show at Schroeder-Romero well worth catching. As in the past, Mr. […]

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Another Yuskavage show in NYC

A few years ago in the NY Times, Ken Johnson wrote that Lisa Yuskavage’s paintings were sly, soft-porn fantasies of pneumatic women in hazes of auto-erotic reverie. “Some will say that she is subversively toying with the male gaze; others, noting the melting light in her pictures, that she is […]

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NY Times Art in Review: Tazeen Qayyum, John Wesley, Alexi Worth, Keltie Ferris, Trenton Doyle Hancock

“Tazeen Qayyum,” Aicon Gallery, New York, NY. Through Jan. 11. Karen Rosenberg: “Insects also figure in small paintings by Tazeen Qayyum, who renders cockroaches and other household pests with extraordinary delicacy. (Like the well-known contemporary artist Shahzia Sikander, Ms. Qayyum studied miniature painting at the National College of Arts in […]