Jonald Dudd @ The Parlour

by Stephen Eakin

August 1st, 2016

The braintrust of Jonald Dudd–Lydia Cambron, Ben Garthus, and Chris Held–are on their second year, and third exhibition with this project. The title is a clear twisting up of the famous minimalist sculptor Donald Judd’s name, and echoes the kind of pot-stirring that this group implements in their curating practice. All three are a mixture of designer and artist, with varied interests and training in both areas. The shows they’ve had...

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Pass/Fail @ Ortega y Gasset Projects

by Meredith Hoffheins

May 13th, 2016

I associate the term Pass/Fail with school classes that don’t always have to be taken seriously to result in success. They’re usually less stressful and may involve some clowning. The artists in Pass/Fail, curated by Will Hutnick, have applied this stance towards representation in different ways. Their light hearted approach...

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Hankerings

@ Morgan Lehman and Mulherin

by Scott Robinson

May 11th, 2016

A vast swath of visual ground was broken a century ago, leading to an explosive growth of new forms in art. Many young artists are looking back to Cubism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, and various related movements. They're building on these pioneering visual achievements and  creating a fresh diversity of expression...

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by Scott Robinson

April 15th, 2016

I imagine waking up on a mundane morning. My schedule is free and nothing is urgent. Before I’m fully awake, dreams fizzle or fragmented memories bubble up. Psychological residue greets me at my return to consciousness. Likewise, The Serpent and Moon

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Land After Time @ E.TAY Gallery

by Scott Robinson

March 30st, 2016

Walking into Land After Time at E. Tay gallery, you might expect a show with a somewhat apocalyptic tone. That’s not exactly what you get. It feels more like visiting an alien civilization’s vacation planet during the off season. There’s no indication...

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Young Frankensteins @ Lesley Heller

by Scott Robinson

March 30st, 2016

An intuitive computer program just beat the Korean Go grandmaster. Customer service robots are being developed to replace living workers. One such robot even made the news recently for cheerfully agreeing to “destroy humans”. Considering how more and more people will soon have something in common with John Henry, it feels appropriate to encounter a painting like Ivanco Talevski’s Taking It, where a Borg-like black cube is forcing apart two disjointed rows of teeth...

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The Other Side @ Monya Rowe

by Laura Denzer

March 1, 2016

Established in 1565 under Spanish rule, St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental United States. From 1763 until the end of the Civil War, St. Augustine passed through the hands of the British, the Spanish, the United States, and the Confederacy. Traces of these complex historical identities...

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Drawing For Sculpture

@ TSA New York

by Heather Elizabeth Garland

February 11, 2016

Drawing for Sculpture at TSA New York is a packed show. The curator, Courtney Puckett, has invited 41 artists to bring elements of their studio practice into the gallery. All except two (Louise Bourgeois and Judith Scott) are living and currently producing work...

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Eternety Observed:

On Kawara Silence

by Benjamin DuVall

May 10th, 2014

When writing about the oeuvre of On Kawara, one is immediately wary of words, or rather, there is a distinct feeling that more words need not be added to a body of work already made up of letters and numbers. I am reminded of an interview with musician Dan Bejar (of the bands Destroyer and the New Pornographers)...

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The Forever Now @ MoMA

by Elizabeth Sultzer

February 5, 2015

If you follow the escalators to the top floor of the MoMA, you’ll find both a historic recapitulation of Henri Matisse and his collage work, The Cut Outs, as well as an intriguing, albeit overwhelming, contemporary painting survey. The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World is the brainchild of curator Laura Hoptman...

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Endless Care @ Small Editions

by Meredith Hoffheins

January 10th, 2015

Small Editions is primarily a center for creating and promoting artist books. However, the cozy workspace –with its painted white brick walls and pressed tin ceiling– is also a space for artists to exhibit work. Endless Care, curated by artist Sheryl Oppenheim...

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Katherine Bradford: Shelf Paintings

@ Arts+Leisure

by Heather Elizabeth Garland

December 1st, 2014

I woke up early the Sunday before Thanksgiving to make my virgin voyage to Arts+Leisure, the project space for Chelsea’s Frieght+Volume, located in East Harlem. Seeing the work of Katherine Bradford is always a pleasure...

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Aaron Spangler: Luddite

@ Highpoint Editions

by Eric Sutphin

November 22, 2014

Aaron Spangler is best known as a sculptor, though he has been making frottage drawings for years. These rubbings, which the Minnesota-based artist creates by moving graphite over paper laid over a carved woodblock became the impetus for the series of...

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For her first exhibition at BOSI Gallery, the Israeli-born, NYC based curator Naomi Lev has brought together three artists in whose work she sees an engagement with the rituals of everyday life. Featuring sculptures and videos by Aimée Burg and Tamar Ettun alongside the photographs and photo-collages Mónika Sziládi, “In, Side – Throughout” is an exploration of contemporary human/object relationships...

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Portraits in Convex Mirrors

@ Bannerette

by Scott Robinson

October 12, 2014

“Portraits in Convex Mirrors”, curated by artist Em Rooney, is the first show at the brand new Bannerette gallery, run by artists Stuart Lorimer and Emily Davidson. The title may suggest introspection with...

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Tomma Abts @ David Zwirner

by Meredith Hoffheins

September 29, 2014

I watch as spectators patiently observe bisecting planes, textures, gradients, and false shadows. They are willing to spend time with each piece in Tomma Abts at David Zwirner—and in a society where the average viewing time per work is down to seconds ...

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by Amelia Rina

September 20, 2014

Walead Beshty documents traces. Whether they are the cracks and bumps collected as an object travels through space, or the indelible lines rendered on film by x-ray exposure, he examines the interactions between humans and objects. In his investigations of these phenomena...

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Sites of Reason @ MoMA

by Elizabeth Sultzer

September 5, 2014

The title of the Museum of Modern Art’s recent exhibition Sites of Reason is an intended misquotation of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914), “The sight of a reason, the same sight slighter, the sight of a simpler negative answer, the same sore sounder, the intention to wishing, the same splendor, the same furniture.” A masterpiece of...

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Anthropocene @ CANADA

by Eric Sutphin

August 5, 2014

Around 2000, the term “Anthropocene” emerged in anthropological circles to describe our present epoch: an age characterized by a swelling global population. Homo sapien, under this new rubric, is a geological force as well as a species. The Anthropocene human is also the first to coin its own age and forecast its demise......

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Criminal's Cinema @ Honey Ramka

by Stephen Eakin

August 5, 2014

Criminal's Cinema—an exhibition curated by John O'Connor that is currently on view at Honey Ramka—deftly illustrates art's relationship to visual perception. Its title is a take on the phrase "prisoner's cinema," a phenomenon that occurs during extreme periods of isolation in which individuals see light patterns and ghostly imagery. The five artists’ respective visions.......

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