NY Times Art in Review: Hopper, Ellis, “Constraction,” Pearlstein

“Edward Hopper: Etchings,” Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York, NY. Through Aug. 15. Ken Johnson: “Early in his career, when the demands of commercial illustration left him little time to paint, Edward Hopper turned to printmaking and produced some of the most moving and memorable graphic images in 20th-century American art. This small gem of … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Hopper, Ellis, “Constraction,” Pearlstein”

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NY Times Art in Review: Danica Phelps and Ata Kwami

“Danica Phelps,” Zach Feuer, New York, NY. Through July 18. Karen Rosenberg: “For the last decade Danica Phelps has chronicled her personal and financial lives with an exhaustive system of lists and charts accompanied by diagrams of colored stripes. In this show, her fifth at the gallery, she clears the decks. “I would rather remember … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Danica Phelps and Ata Kwami”

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NY Times Art in Review: Nelson, Mitchell, Rauch

“Dona Nelson: In Situ, Paintings, 1973-Present,” Thomas Erben, New York, NY. Through May 31. Roberta Smith: “There are many ways a New York museum could avoid merely validating the art market; one would be to surprise us all and give the New York painter Dona Nelson a survey. She has painted prolifically and innovatively for … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Nelson, Mitchell, Rauch”

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NY Times Art in Review: Kannemeyer, Quabeck, Bessone, Nilsson, Dodge

“Anton Kannemeyer: The Haunt of Fears,” Jack Shainman, New York, NY. Through May 17. Ken Johnson: “A Tintin-style painting for a Bittercomix cover shows a happy white man on safari in an antique car driven by a black servant. The car is filled with boxes labeled Texaco and Halliburton. As a machine-gun-toting black soldier stands … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Kannemeyer, Quabeck, Bessone, Nilsson, Dodge”

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NY Times Art in Review: Substraction, Dieter Roth

“Substraction,” curated by Nicola Vassell. Deitch Projects, New York, NY. Through May 24. Artist include Kristin Baker, Dan Colen, Rosson Crow, Elizabeth Neel, Sterling Ruby, Aaron Young. Roberta Smith: “The idea is that the artists in this show fuse the scale, painterliness and frequent performance aspects of postwar abstraction with the grittiness of contemporary street … read more… “NY Times Art in Review: Substraction, Dieter Roth”

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Small talk with Roberta Smith

In the NY Times, Roberta Smith notices that the galleries are full of small abstract painting lately.”Small may be beautiful, but where abstract painting is concerned, it is rarely fashionable. Big has held center stage at least since Jackson Pollock; the small abstractions of painters like Myron Stout, Forrest Bess and Steve Wheeler are mostly … read more… “Small talk with Roberta Smith”

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NYTimes Art in Review: Edward Wheeler and Edgar Bryan

Roberta Smith on Edward Wheeler (1912-92), a contemporary of Philip Guston (1913-80), who offered among the sharper alternatives to Abstract Expressionism. “Wheeler’s work started to resurface about 15 years ago. In the face of AbEx’s big scale, open gestures and abstract purity, he cultivated tightly wound geometries that were fiery in color, finely diced and … read more… “NYTimes Art in Review: Edward Wheeler and Edgar Bryan”

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Proto-Bohemian Gustave Courbet arrives at the Metropolitan

Courbet would be glad to know that everyone’s still talking about him. In the NYTimes, Roberta Smith writes that Courbet only grudgingly accepted the title of Realist. “Even in front of his most realistic work, you often find yourself wrestling not so much with lived reality, as with the sheer — very real — uncanniness … read more… “Proto-Bohemian Gustave Courbet arrives at the Metropolitan”

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On Jasper Johns at the Met

At artnet, Donald Kuspit suggests that Johns is a good avant-garde conformist, and that his gray is evocative of the “man in the gray flannel suit.” “Modernism was no longer a terra incognita of art when Johns entered its ranks, but an established phenomenon, if still a little risqué, at least in the United States. … read more… “On Jasper Johns at the Met”

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NYTimes Art in Review: Martin, Bradford, Poons

“Chris Martin,” (click through for good set of images) Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY. Through March 1. Roberta Smith: “It makes sense that Mr. Martin had his first solo show in 1988. Although he rightfully counts the painters Alfred Jensen and Forrest Bess among his inspirations, his style might be called ’80s mongrel; a … read more… “NYTimes Art in Review: Martin, Bradford, Poons”

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