Category Archives: Thinking About

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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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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Today is the end of the art fair week in New York, at least until part two arrives in May with Frieze and its satellite fairs.   If you moved through one cavernous space after another as I did, then no … Continue reading

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