Larger-than-life drawing

“Big Drawing,” Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY. Through Jan. 19. This five-person group show features huge drawings by Sharon Horvath, Graham Nickson, Karlis Rekevics, Michael Volonakis and James Weingrod. Media include ink, acrylic, charcoal, and Plexiglas. In the NY Sun, Alix Finkelstein compares the drawings to Renaissance cartones. “Artists continue to expand the … read more… “Larger-than-life drawing”

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Burgoyne Diller’s polite abstraction

“Burgoyne Diller and Hard-Edge Abstraction: Underpinnings and Continuity,” Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY. Through January 5. Along with examples by Diller, the exhibition includes art by Karl Benjamin, Ilya Bolotowsky, Lorser Feitelson, Alexander Lieberman, Helen Lundeberg, Howard Mehring, Leon Polk Smith, and Angelo Testa. In the 1930s, Burgoyne Diller, influenced by Mondrian, Kandinsky and other … read more… “Burgoyne Diller’s polite abstraction”

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Per Kirkeby at Michael Werner

“Per Kirkeby: New Paintings,” Michael Werner, New York, NY. Through Jan. 19. Per Kirkeby is interested in relationships: between nature and architecture, matter and light, abstraction and metaphysics. In this exhibition of 10, 3 x 4 foot, paintings, all made in the last two years, he continues the exploration. In the NYSun, Stephen Maine reports. … read more… “Per Kirkeby at Michael Werner”

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Fetching Freud’s etchings

“Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings,” curated by Starr Figura. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Dec. 16 through Mar. 10. The press release says the exhibition presents the full scope of Freud’s achievements in etching, including seventy-five examples ranging from rare, early experiments in the 1940s to the large and complex compositions created since … read more… “Fetching Freud’s etchings”

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Janice Biala retrospective at Tibor de Nagy

“Biala: I belong where my easel is…” Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY. Through Jan. 5. Janice Biala (1903–2000), Jack Tworkov‘s kid sister, lived and painted among the art and literary intelligentsia in New York and Paris for over sixty years. In the NY Sun, John Goodrich suggests that a little attention is long … read more… “Janice Biala retrospective at Tibor de Nagy”

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William Beckman’s life studies at Forum

With a surgeon’s attention to detail, William Beckman depicts the people and places closest to him: his family, his first home, and studio, all down to the last strand of hair on each head and smudge on every wall. In the NYTimes, Ken Johnson reports that in this new series of paintings, Beckman is showing … read more… “William Beckman’s life studies at Forum”

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Rosemarie Beck(1923-2003) in NYC

“Rosemarie Beck: Paintings, Abstraction into Figuration, 1952-1966,” Lori Bookstein, New York, NY. Through Dec. 1. In the NY Sun, John Goodrich reports: “Rosemarie Beck (1923–2003) enjoyed early success working in an Abstract Expressionist vein, but it left her unfulfilled. Her 10 paintings at Lori Bookstein show the intriguing progression of her work in the ’50s … read more… “Rosemarie Beck(1923-2003) in NYC”

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Seurat’s light and shadow

“Georges Seurat: The Drawings,” curated by Jodi Hauptman. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through Jan. 7. This exhibition, the first NYC show of Seurat’s work in fifteen years, includes conté drawings along with a few oil sketches and paintings. Surveying the artist’s entire career, from his academic training through to the studies made … read more… “Seurat’s light and shadow”

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Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne select

“Drawing Connections: Baselitz, Kelly, Penone, Rockburne, and the Old Masters,” curated by Isabelle Dervaux. Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY. Through Jan. 6. “Drawing Connections” explores the correspondences between contemporary and old master drawings. Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne have been invited to select drawings from the Morgan’s old master … read more… “Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, Giuseppe Penone, and Dorothea Rockburne select”

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Ofili shows us the long journey, the big picture

“Chris Ofili,” David Zwirner, New York, NY. Through November 3. This is Ofili’s first NY solo show since The Holy Virgin Mary came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999 and sparked a huge controversy. Ofili now lives in Trinidad and no longer uses elephant dung on his canvases. In New York Magazine, Jerry Saltz reports … read more… “Ofili shows us the long journey, the big picture”

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