Author Archives: Deven Golden

Wirsum 1984

I’ve been thinking a lot about Karl Wirsum lately. As luck would have it, a selection of his work titled Mr. Whatzit: Selections from the 1980s is currently showing at Derek Eller Gallery through October 8, 2017. What follows is … Continue reading

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Death and the Critic

For me, the difficulty writing about visual art starts with my struggle to describe the open-ended and visceral experience of looking within the far narrower limitations of language. Prose writers complain about the information and nuance lost when their work … Continue reading

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The Whitney Biennial: This, That, and the Other Thing

The 2017 Whitney Biennial The seventy-eighth installment, March 17 through June 11, 2017 People have expressed problems with the this year’s 78th Biennial, as one can assume they have since the very first one in 1932. It is, once again, … Continue reading

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The Chimera Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction Museum of Modern Art, New York November 20, 2016 – March 19, 2017 Problem Child Francis Picabia’s art continues to confound. To simply read the reviews … Continue reading

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Unquiet Americans

From Pop to Punk: Peter Saul February 25th – April 25th, 2015 Venus Over Manhattan 980 Madison Avenue, FL 3 New York, New York 10075 Peter Saul, who will be 81 this year, has been happily making trouble for over … Continue reading

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Brave the cold!

January in New York,  but with the temperature below twenty degrees, it feels more like Chicago. Fortunately, there are any number of exhibitions opening this month that are worth seeing. With that in mind, I wanted to do a quick … Continue reading

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Sundays in the Arbor with Gladys

Gladys Nilsson October 23 – December 6th, 2014 Garth Greenen Gallery 529 West 20th Street – 10th floor New York, NY 10011 How happy I was to walk into Garth Greenan Gallery this past Saturday and find that the exhibition … Continue reading

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Modern Love

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs Museum of Modern Art October 12, 2014–February 8, 2015 Perhaps you are wondering if this show of late Matisse cut outs is worth it? Rather than writing a lengthy explanation of why, YES!, it most certainly … Continue reading

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The Alchemist

JEFF KOONS: A RETROSPECTIVE Whitney Museum of American Art June 27 – October 19th, 2014 Rem Koolhaas: “But is there a Machiavellian part of you?” Jeff Koons: “Some of it is there. I guess it is harder to recognize that, … Continue reading

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Dead Enders

“Italian Futurism, 1909 – 1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Guggenheim Museum, February 21 – September 1, 2014 “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” at the Neue Galerie, March 13 – September 1, 2014 Will … Continue reading

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