“In these scary times, investment in spiritual expansion may be the best investment of all”

In the NY Times Ken Johnson reports that “The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors” in Chelsea will close at the end of this month. “That may not mean much to most of the art world’s hipper denizens, but it will to visionary and psychedelic-art fans for whom the chapel has been a mecca since it opened … read more… ““In these scary times, investment in spiritual expansion may be the best investment of all””

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Gregory Amenoff: Radiant little pictures

In the NY Times Ken Johnson reviews Gregory Amenoff’s show at Alexandre. “In most of Mr. Amenoff’s easel-scale pictures, a large, mysterious form — botanical, geological or geometric — looms close against a distant vista. Color and contrasts of light and dark are pumped up to melodramatic effect. It’s as though you were seeing through … read more… “Gregory Amenoff: Radiant little pictures”

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Craig Kauffman on paper

Craig Kauffman, said to be one of the most prominent and influential artists to have come out of the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, currently has a drawing retrospective at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. In a 2001 NY Times review of a show at Sandra Gering, Ken Johnson wrote … read more… “Craig Kauffman on paper”

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NY TImes Art in Review: Loeb, Brown, Ackermann

“Damian Loeb: Synesthesia, Parataxic, Distortion, and the Shadow,” Acquavella, New York, NY. Through Oct. 7. Ken Johnson: “With its portentous Damien Hirst-like title, ‘Synesthesia, Parataxic Distortion, and the Shadow,’ it promises something more spectacular than the pleasant, conscientiously well made, illustrative paintings that make up this exhibition.Mr. Loeb produces what you might call Photorealist Melodrama. … read more… “NY TImes Art in Review: Loeb, Brown, Ackermann”

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Out on the Island: Knoebel, Rivers and Krasner

“Imi Knoebel: Knife Cuts,” Dan Flavin Institute, Bridgehampton, NY. Through October 12. Ben Genocchio reports in the NYTimes that Dia is featuring two Imi Knoebel installations, although his review is primarily focused on the one at the Dan Flavin Institute in Bridgehampton. “You notice the colors first: boundless, joyful, and leaping off the wall at … read more… “Out on the Island: Knoebel, Rivers and Krasner”

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NY TImes Art in Review: Christian Vincent, PN&FP2

Christian Vincent: Runyon Canyon,” Mike Weiss, New York, NY. Through Aug. 16.Ken Johnson reports: “At a moment when articulately imaginative representational painting seems in short supply, it’s interesting to consider Christian Vincent’s mildly wacky works. Formerly a slick, realist painter of dreamy allegories in the Bo Bartlett mold, Mr. Vincent evidently has been transformed in … read more… “NY TImes Art in Review: Christian Vincent, PN&FP2”

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NY Times Art in Review: Hopper, Ellis, “Constraction,” Pearlstein

“Edward Hopper: Etchings,” Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York, NY. Through Aug. 15. Ken Johnson: “Early in his career, when the demands of commercial illustration left him little time to paint, Edward Hopper turned to printmaking and produced some of the most moving and memorable graphic images in 20th-century American art. This small gem of … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Hopper, Ellis, “Constraction,” Pearlstein”

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Field trip to Williamstown to contemplate the soft side

James McNeill Whistler: “Paint should not be applied thick. It should be like breath on the surface of a pane of glass.” Ken Johnson reports in the NY Times that Marc Simpson, the Clark Art Institute’s curator of American art, has gathered 41 paintings, dating from the 1870s to 1919, by 15 Americans for their … read more… “Field trip to Williamstown to contemplate the soft side”

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The tip of a psychic iceberg at MoMA

In the NY Times Ken Johnson declares that “Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing” is the most exciting exhibition of drawings the Museum of Modern Art has produced in years. “Organized by Connie Butler, the museum’s chief curator of drawings, it presents a delightfully unpredictable mix of about 100 works by two distinct groups: self-taught outsider artists … read more… “The tip of a psychic iceberg at MoMA”

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NY Times Art in Review: Kannemeyer, Quabeck, Bessone, Nilsson, Dodge

“Anton Kannemeyer: The Haunt of Fears,” Jack Shainman, New York, NY. Through May 17. Ken Johnson: “A Tintin-style painting for a Bittercomix cover shows a happy white man on safari in an antique car driven by a black servant. The car is filled with boxes labeled Texaco and Halliburton. As a machine-gun-toting black soldier stands … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Kannemeyer, Quabeck, Bessone, Nilsson, Dodge”

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