Art Review

Bête Noire

Susan Bee: Doomed to Win/Paintings from the 1980s
A.I.R Gallery
Through April 27, 2014

Most paintings, the instant you see them, they become familiar and then it's too late.- William Gaddis, The Recognitions Read more »

Body of Evidence

Maria Lassnig
MoMA PS1
Through May 25, 2014

"Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not."  Protagoras, quoted in Plato's Theaetetus 

"Both the motor and sensory homunculi usually appear as a small man superimposed over the top of the precentral or postcentral gyrus, for motor and sensory, respectively. The homunculus is oriented with feet medial and shoulders lateral on top of both the precentral and the postcentral gyrus (for both motor and sensory). The man's head is depicted upside down in relation to the rest of the body such that the forehead is closest to the shoulders. The lips, hands, feet and sex organs have more sensory neurons than other parts of the body, so the homunculus has correspondingly large lips, hands, feet, and genitals. The motor homunculus is very similar to the sensory homunculus, but differs in several ways. Specifically, the motor homunculus has a portion for the tongue most lateral while the sensory homunculus has an area for genitalia most medial and an area for visceral organs most lateral. Well known in the field of neurology, this is also commonly called 'the little man inside the brain.' This scientific model is known as the cortical homunculus." Cambridge University Dictionary of Medical Diagnostics (Dr. Philip Kennedy, Editor, 2013 edition) Read more »

I Never Promised You Two Rose Gardens

Rose Marcus
KnowMoreGames
14 February - 19 March 2014
Rose Marcus
Eli Ping/ Frances Perkins
6 March - 13 April 2014

Rose Marcus’s recent overlapping exhibitions of color photographs speak to the city’s telling and accumulated uncertainties as well as its pleasures. The first series of medium-sized photographs at KnowMoreGames, with their reflective perspectives, its glints and glimmers and facets, has as its subject the porous city and the shifting relationships between interior and exterior spaces, between public and private. Marcus points to the ambiguous hallucinatory city, the city of glass, reflective of a variety of texts. Read more »

Fade to Grey

Jasper Johns: Regrets
Museum of Modern Art
Through September 1, 2014

The image is dead. The icon is dead. The painting is dead. - Patricia Cronin

Keep everything on the surface, even with the knowledge that the surface fades and can't be held together forever -- take advantage before the expiration date appears in the nearing distance. - Bret Easton Ellis, Imperial Bedrooms Read more »

The Seventh Seal

Whitney Biennial 2014
Whitney Museum of American Art
Through May 25, 2014

"I think of the media as a cannibalistic river… that absorbs everything." Gretchen Bender

"The image is dead. The icon is dead. The painting is dead." Patricia Cronin

"I am a deeply superficial person." Andy Warhol Read more »

Precarious Space: Angela Dufresne

Angela Dufresne was born in Connecticut and grew up in Kansas. She studied painting and video at the Kansas City Art Institute and painting at Tyler School of Art. She did residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2002–2004 and 2003–2004 and at Yaddo this year. She taught painting, and culture at large, in various places: Sarah Lawrence, Princeton University, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Dufresne curated several show and video screenings nationally, including Portraiture for the Silicon Enlightenment: (Fuckheads); Negative Joy, a video screening at 443 PAS, New York; and Available, a show about still life at Monya Rowe Gallery. She has exhibited her work in various group shows in museums: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Rose Museum, Mills College Art Museum, Richmond University Museum of Art, and MoMA PS1. She has also had various solo shows nationally and internationally: a project at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2006 and spontaneous shows at CRG Gallery and Monya Rowe Gallery in New York City in 2009 and 2012. Read more »

The Details Are In The Story

Jinju Lee
February 6 - 27th, 2014

Korean native Jinju Lee paints existential narratives of making do and coming-to-terms in arduously solitary indoor and outdoor conditions. Lee’s stories have allegorical implications as the situations and environment she depicts with so much precision and clarity seem to have as to do with the mental as well as the territorial landscape in which the subject (or is it victim?) finds herself. Read more »

The Recognitions

Michel Majerus
Matthew Marks Gallery, NY
 
"I create, you copy nature." Pablo Picasso, in conversation with Balthus
 
"In the [19]90s painting didn’t repel criticism; it absorbed it… fake painting created fake criticism." Dr. Hope Ardizzone, The Death of the Death Motif in Post-Millennial Painting
 
"Even the paintings looked dead…" Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
 
"The audience has a taste for shit. The critics have a taste for shit." James Franco, Actors Anonymous

The Little Flower of 97 Orchard Street: The Tenement Museum

There is a nondescript, brick building at 97 Orchard Street. Without signs telling you what it is, you would most certainly walk by without giving it any notice, yet it possesses something so unique to New York and indicative of the city's individual essence that it could be argued that it represents the soil from which so much that is New York has sprouted. This is The Tenement Museum. Read more »

Raindogs

Allison Schulnik: Eager
ZieherSmith Gallery, NYC
Through February 22, 2014
 
And it's a battered old suitcase


Holidays in the Sun... or on Mars!

Elizabeth: This year has dumped a load of food, fine art, and complete confusion all at once; Hanukkah converged with Thanksgiving for the first time in years sending us all to the trough –- now the Miami Fairs and Santa are on the way. As an art shipper, I'm on a cheap holiday in other people's misery, as the Sex Pistols put it. At the VIP opening of Art Basel, Kate Gilmore caved to Miami sexist traditions and low-balled her performance piece by having the women and men, who smashed ruby colored metal cubes with sledgehammers, perform bare-chested! Really, girl? Read more »

Walk On

Julian Schnabel: The Walk Home
The Brant Foundation Art Study Center
Opened November 11, 2013

“Must we learn again the simple, forthright experience of actually seeing a painting?” William Gaddis Read more »

Swimming Lessons

Robert C. Morgan: The Swimming Lessons, 1981 (Translating Duchamp's Green Box), and Related Works
Rooster Gallery, NYC

Saturday Night Special

Michael Williams: Paintings
The CANADA Gallery, NYC
Through December 8, 2013

INT. BELLYLAFFS COMEDY CLUB - EVENING

HOUSE BAND [Jay-Z/Kanye West]: I ball so hard muthafuckas wanna find me, first niggas gotta find me / Tha shit cray / Tha shit cray / Tha shit cray / Ain’t it, Jay?

MUSIC FADES.

SIDEKICK [Tracy Morgan]: Give it up for Jay-Z and Kanye West, Ladies and Gentlemen… and now, you have probably seen his recent special It Ain't Gonna Suck Itself [Applause]…Bellylaffs is pleased to present one white boy who really does ball hard…

HOST [James Franco] - enters stage right]: Thank you Tracy! Thank you! [Applause] Thank you! It’s true, I really do ball hard. Very hard. Mostly by myself… [Laughter/Applause]… Thank you…

HOST: So this guy, who has never been sick a day in his life, calls his boss. He says, "I can’t come in today, I’m sick." The boss says, "No problem, take the day off. I’m just curious, though, how sick are you?" The guy says, "I just fucked my sister!" Read more »

Primitive Culture

Lester Johnson: Dark Paintings
Stephen Harvey Fine Art Projects
Through November 17, 2013
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