Katherine Bradford at Edward Thorp

I live in a seaside tourist town (this weekend is the “Cabin Fever Festival”) so I’m surrounded by impressionistic paintings of boats, water, beach, drawbridge and so forth. In the group show of gallery artists on view at Edward Thorp, Katherine Bradford’s paintings prove that ships and the sea are not necessarily the trite, shopworn … read more… “Katherine Bradford at Edward Thorp”

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Joan Banach: GeoAb with a shot of vulgarity please

When Tom Micchelli stopped by Small A Projects, he was puzzled by Joan Banach’s dark, virtually monochromatic hard-edged abstractions that looked like they belonged in MoMA, circa 1959. Until he recognized her delight in the vulgar. “Not that her work is crass—on the contrary, it is the last word in sleekness and serenity—but something closer … read more… “Joan Banach: GeoAb with a shot of vulgarity please”

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Phelan: “Its like fuss fuss fuss fuss fuss and then swish”

On the occasion of her recent exhibit “Ellen Phelan Still Life” at Texas Gallery, which was on view from December 11, 2008 to January 24, 2009, Rail Publisher Phong Bui paid a visit to Ellen Phelan’s Upper East Side home to talk about her life and work. Here’s an excerpt of their conversation. Phelan: First … read more… “Phelan: “Its like fuss fuss fuss fuss fuss and then swish””

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Pocket Utopia Salon report: Moving beyond ObamArt

After suffering through eight years of dangerously misguided Bush administration policies, we all heaved a sigh of relief when Barack Obama was sworn in as the forty-fourth president of the United States. That Bush’s presidency dragged the nation into peril and disrepute certainly made the American people eager for a new administration. But it was … read more… “Pocket Utopia Salon report: Moving beyond ObamArt”


Ryman rejects his tidy inheritance

Cordy Ryman’s new abstract paintings, sculptures and installations at DCKT continue his playful exploration of paint, color, two-by-fours and wooden constructions. According to the gallery’s press release, Ryman is “manipulating and reconstituting an inherited visual language, and defining himself in relation to it.” Well, I doubt Cordy thinks that much about his inheritance (Merrill Wagner … read more… “Ryman rejects his tidy inheritance”


Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood

The December/January issue of The Brooklyn Rail is online, so go check out my article about contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood. I mean, come on, isn’t the entire messy process of creation, birth, and childrearing the ultimate unexplored content for conceptually-rooted art practice? “Ever since the Abstract Expressionists held forth at the Cedar Tavern in … read more… “Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood”

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Talking with Terry Winters

On the occasion of Terry Winters’s show at Matthew Marks, Phong Bui, publisher of The Brooklyn Rail, and consulting editors David Levi Strauss and Peter Lamborn Wilson (who are both writing essays on Winters’s work for a forthcoming book from the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin) met with Winters to talk about his … read more… “Talking with Terry Winters”

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Eyal Danieli: Helicopters, bombers and camouflage

Israeli-born, New York-based Eyal Danieli paints metaphors for aggression that explore the contradictory emotions of being both victim and victimizer. His show at Elizabeth Harris came down on the 8th, but I wanted to mention it nonetheless. In The Brooklyn Rail Tom Micchelli reports that the paintings’ “irresistible graphic sensuality pulls us in while their … read more… “Eyal Danieli: Helicopters, bombers and camouflage”

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Heading to Oneonta

I’m taking a road trip upstate to Oneonta this week to help the Art Department at SUNY do an academic program review. University of Connecticut’s printmaking professor Laurie Sloan will be joining me, and we’re both looking forward to seeing old friend Rhea Nowak and meeting the rest of the hardworking (omg–a 4 /4 teaching … read more… “Heading to Oneonta”

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The art world’s downmarket retreat

Last year, my first article published in The Brooklyn Rail examined how an impending art market “correction” might affect artists. “In a fairly typical scenario, the gallery an artist has worked diligently to cultivate, having been powered by the bull art market, doesn’t make the rent when it turns bearish. The artist is left without … read more… “The art world’s downmarket retreat”