Abts’ traction

My contribution to the May issue of The Brooklyn Rail is a review of the New Museum’s Tomma Abts show. “For Abts, honesty and sincerity are guiding principles. In a conversation with Peter Doig reprinted in the museum’s exhibition brochure, she unabashedly admits that her process is intuitive, and that she can’t explain why or … read more… “Abts’ traction”

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Abts in heaven

New Museum is presenting the first major U.S. solo exhibition of paintings by London-based artist Tomma Abts (born Kiel, Germany, 1967). Abts creates surprising, small abstract paintings that are being touted as the antidote to the “florid figuration” that has dominated contemporary painting in recent years. In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson writes that Abts’s paintings … read more… “Abts in heaven”

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Monumental absence at the New Museum

“Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century,” curated by Richard Flood, Laura Hoptman, and Massimiliano Gioni. New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY. Through March 23. The only notable thing about painting in the New Museum’s inaugural show is its absence. In the NY Times, Roberta Smith reviews the exhibition, which she sees as … read more… “Monumental absence at the New Museum”

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