NY Times Art in Review: Art Green and Josh Smith

“Josh Smith: Currents,” Luhring Augustine, New York, NY. Through March 14. (Note: The paintings look better as JPEGs than they do in the gallery.) Ken Johnson: “Josh Smith made his mark about five years ago with sloppy paintings and drawings based on the letters of his name. He has also exhibited so-called palette paintings: small, … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Art Green and Josh Smith”

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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 mainly a fine painter. Still … read more… “Another Yuskavage show in NYC”

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Munch: Navigating the messiness of his own present

The Munch exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, curated by Jay A. Clarke, brings together approximately 150 works, including 75 paintings and 75 works on paper by Munch and his peers. It is organized around the following themes: loneliness and solitude, the street, anxiety, love and sexuality, death and dying, the bather, and nature. … read more… “Munch: Navigating the messiness of his own present”

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Bonnard: Folding together form, color and feeling

Roberta Smith on Pierre Bonnard at the Met: “Working simultaneously on several unstretched canvases tacked directly to the wall, he painted largely from memory with the help of quick sketches and watercolors, burnishing his motifs until they approached incandescence. He said that painting from reality distracted him from the task of making the painting a … read more… “Bonnard: Folding together form, color and feeling”

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“Every feeling waits upon its gesture, and I had to be prepared to recognize this moment when I saw it”

“In the mid-1930s, as her writing career was just starting to take off, Eudora Welty thought she might become a photographer. As a junior publicity agent for the Works Progress Administration, she had traveled around rural Mississippi taking pictures of people coping with the Depression. In letters and while visiting New York, she lobbied publishers … read more… ““Every feeling waits upon its gesture, and I had to be prepared to recognize this moment when I saw it””

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Second thoughts: Archeology of Wonder at Real Art Ways in Hartford

RAW’s Director of Visual Arts, Kristina Newman-Scott’s first curatorial effort, “Archeology of Wonder,” aims to examine the way we use artifacts and art to approach our relationships to the past. Although any overall coherence to this particular theme is elusive, many of the disparate, individual objects and installations resonate and have the power to move. … read more… “Second thoughts: Archeology of Wonder at Real Art Ways in Hartford”

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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 Lahore.) The pins and small … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Tazeen Qayyum, John Wesley, Alexi Worth, Keltie Ferris, Trenton Doyle Hancock”

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“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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Enrique Martínez Celaya: “Shiny paint makes me feel like I can’t breathe”

In the NY Times, Jori Finkel profiles Enrique Martínez Celaya, whose show recently opened in LA. “The questions he explores in painting (and in his related writings) belong to religion and philosophy: the meaning of life and death, the purpose of consciousness, and what it means to be good or do good. He is as … read more… “Enrique Martínez Celaya: “Shiny paint makes me feel like I can’t breathe””

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Eric Karpeles: Paintings in Proust

Randy Kennedy wrote in the NY Times that long before Marcel Proust died in 1922, his novel about art and memory, In Search of Lost Time, was being dissected for wisdom on a stunning variety of topics. Painter Eric Karpeles‘s book, Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time is the … read more… “Eric Karpeles: Paintings in Proust”

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