Posts tagged New York
A Review of Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection, New York

Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection sings beautifully. If you look closely enough you can feel the presence of both melody and counterpoint. In this exhibition, Edmund de Waal, a ceramist known for his porcelain vessels ˗ and the clean, minimalist structures in which he has arranged his pieces since 2005 ˗ engages in dialogue with the permanent holdings of The Frick Collection, addressing the weight of history, of art, of porcelain, and ever attentive to the cadences of life.

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A Review of Jonathan Chapline: Material Memory at The Hole, New York

Material Memory, Jonathan Chapline’s first solo exhibition at The Hole in New York, is a neon noir pastiche of Impressionist and Modernist compositions. Among his array of influences, Chapline looks to the abbreviated still lifes and bathers of Paul Cézanne and the paper cut outs of Henri Matisse’s Blue Nude series...

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An Interview with Grear Patterson at his Studio in the Bronx, New York

American artist Grear Patterson is based in the Bronx, New York. We first met at his solo exhibition True Romance at Marlborough Contemporary, where he attracted a broad spectrum of creatives and collectors from Mayfair to Hackney. Grear’s mixed-media works are known for their recurring motifs and exploring pop-culture. Despite being featured in publications like GQ and Vogue, there is no further evidence of Grear having a social media presence or even a website. 

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A Review of Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency at MoMa, New York

Defined as the voice of a generation, the American photographer Nan Goldin is known for capturing the most intimate experiences of her friends and lovers across Boston and downtown New York. At the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a slideshow of her iconic collection of images The Ballad of Sexual Dependency compiles nearly 700 photographs. Much of it is shot with only available light between 1979 and 1986 amidst the hard-drug subculture of the Bowery neighbourhood.

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A Review of the Kader Attia exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, New York

According to the dictionary an oxymoron is a figure of speech in which seemingly contradictory terms are syntactically conjoined, like the words “alternative” and “facts,” often to ridiculous effect. The French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, has explored similarly strange juxtapositions in his latest multimedia exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, a gallery on the Lower East Side. In a video installation titled Reason’s Oxymorons,

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A Review of Dan Walsh at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

“Philip Guston makes an Agnes Martin,” is a phrase that Dan Walsh has often used in interviews to describe his work.  Initially this is a rather weird analogy, thinking of an aesthetic marriage of a politicized figurative painter (following on Guston’s reformation from Abstract-Expressionism) and a transcendent abstract painter, whose work is often confused with Minimalism.  You really have to scratch your head about “Guston x Martin,” borrowing the botanical “x” to symbolize the intergradient of two species. 

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A Review of Yun Hyong-keun at David Zwirner, New York

In a brief word piece titled, “The Eccentricities of an Artist,” published in 1977, Yun Hyong-keun described his life as one without any clear distinction between living and playing. When it occurs to me, I secure my canvas and paint.  At other times, I just sit absentmindedly. . . . Painting is thus enjoyable work.  But when paintings do not work out, it feels like death. . . . In any case, just as I continue to eat and live, I continue to paint. 

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A Review of Marilyn Minter: Dirty/Pretty at The Brooklyn Museum in New York

Metallic lips and outstretched tongues poised to lick. Acrylic nails, mouths crammed full of pearl necklaces and makeup-clad eyes – these are the images that come to mind when I think of Marilyn Minter, who I first discovered while absent-mindedly stalking Miley Cyrus’ Instagram. A blurred portrait showed Miley in all her usual glory - Hollywood white teeth, tongue out, licking a foggy window dripping in condensation.

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A Review of Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers at PS1, Long Island City, New York

The smell of meat stock permeated all three floors of PS1. It was an unintended olfactory punch from the Kunsthalle’s in-house restaurant, M. Wells Dinette. Yet, the cloying, unctuous odor created an additional atmospheric in Mark Leckey's sensory assault. PS1 smelled like a fatty broth or stew in an English working man's café, which seemed sort of appropriate given Leckey’s self-described working class background. 

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A Review of Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at The Met Breuer, New York

Cultural America in the 1950s and 1960s was unrepentantly white.  Before I attended university in upstate New York, my exposure to Black Americans was primarily through a handful of television and movie personalities, athletes, and musicians like, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Sidney Poitier, Ernie Banks, and Harry Belafonte.  At college on the cusp of the 1970s there were only six Blacks in my freshman class of 800.  The campus was mostly white.

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An Interview with the Digitally-Inspired Artist Austin Lee in Queens, New York

Austin Lee is an American artist known for his playful, airbrushed acrylics. Introduced by mutual friends from London, we met at his studio in Long Island City, Queens near to MoMa PS1 and the Noguchi Museum. Combining technology and art, Austin describes himself as “a computer nerd as well as an artist,” and the proof was in his digital preparatory sketches. Austin thinks of his somewhat hallucinogenic artwork as sharing an isolated moment, keeping it alive and making it timeless.

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A Review of Kyle Thurman: A Lonely Butcher at Off Vendome, New York

“Work“ is the activity and “discipline” is the pervasive ethic in a diverse selection of seductive drawings, paintings, and sculpture that make up Kyle Thurman's current exhibition at Off Vendome. The works seem deliberately unrelated, reflecting a deeply conceptual – strongly Germanic – approach to art making, rare among the many one-medium, one-look artists. There is a unifying story here, nonetheless. 

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A Review of Henry Hudson: Sun City Tanning at Sotheby's S2 Gallery, New York

When asked about the title of his exhibition at Sotheby's New York headquarters, Hudson responded, "Sun city tanning is actually the tanning salon next to my studio in east London.  When I Instagram, it always comes up as my location feed.   But I thought it worked well for the title of the show in regard to ayahuasca being the drug of the "kale" age, and how churches and public buildings in urban cities..

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An Interview with the American Photographer Chase Hall in the East Village, Manhattan

Raised in California, the multifaceted photographer and painter Chase Hall now lives in the East Village, New York. Before moving to Manhattan to be surrounded by fellow artists, he worked in LA as an assistant on fashion shoots and did some commercial photography. Known for his work’s optimism and carefree aesthetic, Chase is all about the process, and believes we ought to see more of the effort behind even the most spontaneous works of art. 

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An Interview with Turkish-born Artist Hayal Pozanti in her Studio in Queens, New York

Hayal Pozanti is a Turkish artist based in Queens, New York. Upon our first meeting, I arrived at what looked like an abandoned warehouse and climbed the stairs to find corridors of individual artist studios. Reflecting her personal aesthetic, Hayal’s work space was clean and white, but also punctuated by bold splashes of colour. As we looked out across Manhattan, she talked about her roots in Istanbul, and how it compares to New York.

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A Review of Zoe Leonard's solo exhibition 'In the Wake' at Hauser & Wirth, New York

As a phrase, "In the Wake" means in the aftermath.  Zoe Leonard’s exhibition is not just one thing, not one idea, not one emotion.  It consists of single and sets of silver gelatin prints and sculptural installations.  (Only the vibrant dye-transfer prints seen in "Analogue," which was last hung in 2015 at The Museum of Modern Art, are "absent" from this presentation.)  While Leonard’s work is often called elegiac and nostalgic, "reflective" and “heartfelt” are more appropriate.

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A Review of the Georgia O'Keeffe Retrospective at Tate Modern, London

Georgia O’Keeffe’s retrospective at Tate Modern coincides with the much-anticipated Switch House extension, but has independently attracted thousands of summer visitors. It is perhaps because the great American modernist gave a voice to those influential female artists overlooked during the twentieth century. Curated by Tanya Barson, the exhibition brings together six decades of O’Keeffe’s work.

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An Interview with British Painter and Curator Shaun McDowell in his Studio in Redhill, Surrey.

Shaun is a multifaceted painter and curator who first found his feet exhibiting in a squat in Peckham, South London. An expert colourist and mark maker, he works by his own sense of spontaneity and intuition. Shaun doesn’t work with stories or ideas, but instead enters his studio and lets the painting direct itself. I was first exposed to his work in the Critic’s Choice pages of the Financial Times a few years back, so was thrilled when his gallerist and collaborator Hannah Barry introduced us.

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The Dia:Beacon Gallery, New York

Richard Serra once said, “I consider space to be a material.” In the case of Dia:Beacon, the primarily Minimalist art collection né box factory, his words ring true. The expansive space located in the upstate New York township of Beacon does not overwhelm the artworks but instead enhances the viewer’s experience of being both with the works and within them. The broad hallways, high ceilings and labyrinthine layout allow visitors to quietly navigate their own route. 

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A Review of the Frieze New York Art Fair on Randall's Island, New York City.

Over the past couple of years, Frieze New York has gained a reputation for being one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs with 202 galleries and 3 curated sections. Although Frieze has been running in Regent's Park, London since 2003, the New York version was only launched by Frieze Magazine in 2014. It's a testimony to the prestige upheld by the fair that New Yorkers..

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