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. Powhida, who lives and works … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Powhida, Katz, Minter”

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NY Times Art in Review: Mickalene Thomas, Allan D’Arcangelo, Sarah Crowner

“Mickalene Thomas: She’s Come Undone!” Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY. Through May2. Roberta Smith: Yet there is a fast-food obviousness to these paintings. Their potpourri of contemporary precedents is too easily parsed: Kathe Burkhardt’s raw images of Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Colescott’s racial indiscretions and the decorative (often beaded) overkill of artists like Lucas Samaras, Lisa … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Mickalene Thomas, Allan D’Arcangelo, Sarah Crowner”

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Ross Bleckner recruiting artists to fight child enslavement and trafficking

On Tuesday Simone Monasebian, the New York chief of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, announced that Ross Bleckner will be the next goodwill ambassador for United Nations’ agencies. Randy Kennedy reported in the NY Times yesterday that earlier this year Bleckner, who has long been involved in AIDS-related causes, went on an … read more… “Ross Bleckner recruiting artists to fight child enslavement and trafficking”

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Perle Fine: Another tough broad from the New York School resurfaces

Last year, while I was researching an article about Loren MacIver, I came across work by Perle Fine, a dedicated painter who showed with MacIver in NYC in the 50s. I’m looking forward to seeing the traveling retrospective Susan W. Knowles has organized of Fine’s work, currently at the Hofstra University Museum. Fine is one … read more… “Perle Fine: Another tough broad from the New York School resurfaces”

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Martin Kippenberger shines at MoMA

I finally saw the remarkable Martin Kippenberger retrospective at MoMA yesterday, which is a must-see for anyone who doubts that the physical act of making objects holds meaning. “The career of the German artist Martin Kippenberger, who died in 1997 at 44, was a brief, bold, foot-to-the-floor episode of driving under the influence. What was … read more… “Martin Kippenberger shines at MoMA”

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NY Times Art in Review: Dana Schutz and André Ethier

(NOTE: This is Two Coats of Paint’s thousandth post! To read our very first post, from May 9, 2007, click here.) “Dana Schutz: Missing Pictures,” Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY. Through April 25. Roberta Smith reports: Dana Schutz’s new paintings look a tad better on the gallery’s Web site than in person. Compression helps, … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Dana Schutz and André Ethier”

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Picasso: “Unless your picture goes wrong, it will be no good”

In the NY Times Roberta Smith writes that the show of late Picasso paintings at Gagosian proves that, in the main, Picasso only got better. “That’s the take-away from the staggering exhibition of Picasso’s late paintings and prints at the Gagosian Gallery. One of the best shows to be seen in New York since the … read more… “Picasso: “Unless your picture goes wrong, it will be no good””

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NY Times Art in Review: Richard Tuttle, Richard Phillips

“Richard Tuttle: Walking on Air,” PaceWildenstein, New York, NY. Through April 25. Ken Johnson reports: Richard Tuttle’s new fusions of painting and sculpture are a joy to behold. All 12 pieces in this buoyant show have the same basic structure: two narrow, horizontal lengths of fabric, one above and slightly overlapping the other, are fitted … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Richard Tuttle, Richard Phillips”

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NY Times Art in Review: Leon Kossoff and Xylor Jane

“Leon Kossoff: From the Early Years, 1957-1967,” Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY. Through March 28. Roberta Smith reports: This show is an informative treat. The early paintings of the British artist Leon Kossoff are not well known in this country. No American museum even owns one. Of the 10 works here, all but one … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Leon Kossoff and Xylor Jane”

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NY Times Art in Review: Robert Mangold

“Robert Mangold: Drawings and Works on Paper 1965-2008,” PaceWildenstein, New York, NY. Through April 4. Holland Cotter reports: “Taken in isolation, none of these abstract forms are particularly gripping. But when they’re arranged together, salon style, across the gallery wall, as they are at PaceWildenstein, their invention and variety are a thrill. Possibly, scale is … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Robert Mangold”

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