Art criticism: Alive and well

Village Voice critic Martha Schwendener, in a good piece on the state of art writing and criticism, suggests that, despite the bad economy, things are pretty good right now. “The big narrative in the art world over the last decade has been the market. Money, as you may have heard, changes everything. But now that … read more… “Art criticism: Alive and well”


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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NYTimes Art in Review: Chris Ofili, Elif Uras, Thomas Eggerer

“CHRIS OFILI: Devil’s Pie,” David Zwirner, New York, NY. Through Nov. 3. Holland Cotter reports: “Mr. Ofili has always been forthright about the devotional spirit of his art; here he makes the cross-cultural nature of the spirit clear, and a little too clear. Time and further experimentation should bring the synthesis he’s after. I take … read more… “NYTimes Art in Review: Chris Ofili, Elif Uras, Thomas Eggerer”

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Friday NYTimes reviews: Schuyff, Henricksen, Rondinone

“PETER SCHUYFF,” Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY. Through Oct. 13. Roberta Smith: “Mr. Schuyff’s efforts extend the appropriation-art strategies of the 1980s, and are nasty but memorable pieces of work. Even nastier are a large group of often quite respectable 18th- and 19th-century drawings by forgotten artists to which Mr. Schuyff has added black and … read more… “Friday NYTimes reviews: Schuyff, Henricksen, Rondinone”

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NYTimes art reviews: Franks, Frankfort, de Balincourt, Calame

“NATALIE FRANK: Where She Stops,” Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY. Through Oct. 13. Martha Schwendener reports: “The real friction here comes from seeing a painter in her 20s exhibiting works in Chelsea that look like work you would see in traditionalist strongholds on 57th Street. The implication is that there’s something radical in Ms. … read more… “NYTimes art reviews: Franks, Frankfort, de Balincourt, Calame”

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Eric Fischl: Face time in the Hamptons

In the NYTimes, Martha Schwendener reports: “The show at the Parrish, ‘All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and Empathy,’ stems from discussions between Mr. Fischl and Ms. Falkenberg, who met when Mr. Fischl saw a film at the museum about the strategies artists use to elicit responses from viewers. With Mr. Fischl’s ruminations on … read more… “Eric Fischl: Face time in the Hamptons”

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NY Times Friday art reviews: Marlène Mocquet, Old School

“MARLèNE MOCQUET Recent Paintings,” Freight & Volume, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through Aug. 17 Roberta Smith writes: “The work of the young French painter Marlène Mocquet may be something of a guilty pleasure, but what good is taste if it doesn’t betray you? Working very small, on raw canvas, Ms. Mocquet treads lightly on a … read more… “NY Times Friday art reviews: Marlène Mocquet, Old School”

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Hudson River School painters at the New-York Historical Society

Martha Schwendener in the NYTimes: “Ah, summer. Time to venture into the great American outdoors — or at least consider the concept by paying a visit to the New-York Historical Society. Because, as the exhibition “Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School” argues, the notion of an American landscape brimming with sacred sites … read more… “Hudson River School painters at the New-York Historical Society”

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NYTimes Friday art reviews

Milton Avery watercolors and Sarah Peters drawings are reviewed in the NYTimes today. Roberta Smith on Sarah Peters: “In her first solo show, Sarah Peters breathes life into an obsession with the art and history of colonial America. The breath comes from a fidgety crosshatch technique rendered in pencil and black ballpoint pen that gives … read more… “NYTimes Friday art reviews”

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