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Perpetual Tension

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
February 21, 2018

In artist Deborah Rosenthal’s gouaches and oil paintings, opposing ideas collide: figuration merges with abstraction, formalist rigor blends with an offhand style, and personal imagery bumps up against universal themes. Ms. Rosenthal’s paintings also…

Reinventing, Downtown

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
June 24, 2017

Abstract Expressionists Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline urged a pair of friends to start an art gallery. Tibor de Nagy and John Bernard Myers followed their advice and, in 1950, on East 53rd Street, they opened the Tibor de Nagy…

Cubist Art, Fresh Angles

By CAROL DIAMOND, Special to the Sun
April 28, 2017

Two gallery shows of contemporary art in Manhattan bring geometry and tactility together with vibrant results. New York–based artist Celia Gerard is exhibiting her signature large-scale mixed media drawings alongside relief sculptures in ceramic and…

Raiding the Fridge for Inspiration

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
January 25, 2017

Philadelphia-based artist Aubrey Levinthal (b. 1986) raids her fridge for inspiration. She repurposes her leftovers, turning Tupperware containers packed with fruit salad and spaghetti into inventive still lifes. Milk jugs and the condiments in the…

Underworlds

By CAROL DIAMOND, Special to the Sun
December 13, 2016

Artist Thaddeus Radell’s current exhibit at Bowery Gallery presents recent oils by a painter at the top of his game. Though Mr. Radell’s commitment to furthering the tradition of figure painting dates back to his student days (he studied with New York…

Mind’s Eye

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
October 11, 2016

Visitors to artist Gregory Amenoff’s current exhibit might mistake the paintings on view as the work of a nature lover. The artist is displaying small, medium and large-size landscape-based abstractions teeming with organic shapes that suggest trees…

Art of War

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
August 26, 2016

For museumgoers already familiar with the Rococo masterpieces of Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), a special exhibition at the Frick will illuminate a little-known aspect of his oeuvre. Filling a single gallery of the Frick’s lower level, Watteau’s…

Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
May 16, 2016

In Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, the largest special exhibition ever mounted at the Frick Collection, towering portraits look very much at home on the museum’s velvet-covered walls. Van Dyck’s elegantly colored canvases in elaborately carved…

April Flowers

By Special to the Sun
April 4, 2016

“April Flowers,” a group exhibition organized by New York Sun Arts contributor Xico Greenwald, opens today at the Queens College Art Center. The exhibit presents floral-themed artworks by 22 artists. “From the vegetal patterns of Islamic tile design…

Portrait of a First Lady

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
March 15, 2016

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is paying tribute to First Lady Nancy Reagan, who died March 6th at the age of 94. A painting on paper of Mrs. Reagan in a cherry-red dress by portraitist Aaron Shikler has been installed in the museum’s…

Janes’ Domain

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
January 13, 2016

New York School painters Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson lived parallel lives. Born in 1924, they died at 90, just a few weeks apart, a year ago. They came of age in an art world dominated by Abstract Expressionism, but opted to work…

Grand Tourists

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
December 14, 2015

Painters Zach Harris and Eleanor Ray supplemented their art school educations with modern-day Grand Tours of Europe, expeditions to view Renaissance masterworks in the churches and museums of Italy and France. The affects of their encounters with the…

The Scenery of Napoli

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
November 2, 2015

Occupying a townhouse on Park Avenue, the Italian Cultural Institute has filled its rooms with 19th century “Neapolitan School” paintings. Artworks from regions across Southern Italy (the Mezzogiorno) range in style and subject but inoffensive…

By Giorgio, They've Got It

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
October 25, 2015

Nicknamed “Il Monaco” (The Monk), painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi (1890 -1964) is known for having lived a simple existence devoted to art. A lifelong bachelor, Morandi rarely strayed far from his hometown of Bologna, where he shared an…

What Caillebotte Is All About

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
September 21, 2015

Even the curators of the Gustave Caillebotte retrospective, currently on view at the National Gallery in Washington D.C., concede that Caillebotte “never achieved the kind of mastery of painting that Degas, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Cézanne did.”…

Worth the Wait

By SETH LIPSKY, Special to the Sun
September 1, 2015

A rare exhibition of the works on paper by Ben Solowey is going up October 3 at the studio-cum-museum that bears his name, a cable from its director, David Leopold, informs us. His wire comes with the subject line “Worth the Wait,” and I have no doubt…

Bischoff, Right On

By SIMON CARR, Special to the Sun
July 15, 2015

Artists Elmer Bischoff, David Park and Richard Diebenkorn helped form the Bay Area Figurative Movement in the early 1950s. Their paintings, often characterized as realism rendered with Abstract Expressionist–style brushwork, were equally influenced by…

Body and Soul

By SIMON CARR, Special to the Sun
June 30, 2015

An exhibition of life-size figures by sculptor Bruce Gagnier, now in its final days, presents standing male and female nudes that seem to hover between gestures. The artist forgoes Classical contrapposto stances and serpentine lines in favor of…

The Whole Story

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
June 18, 2015

Jacob Lawrence was only 23-years-old when he created the “Migration Series” in 1941, a group of 60 paintings relaying the story of the Great Migration, the mass exodus of African-Americans from the rural South to the industrialized Northeast and…

Flaming June Is Here

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
June 9, 2015

Sir Frederic Leighton’s cantaloupe-colored canvas, “Flaming June,” c. 1895, on loan to the Frick from Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte de Ponce, is turning up the heat in New York this summer. The dreamy Victorian-era painting of a sleeping beauty in a…

Under the Umbrian Sun

By SIMON CARR, Special to the Sun
April 14, 2015

Langdon Quin’s paintings of the Italian countryside are simultaneously traditional and innovative. Made during the artist's yearly visits to Italy, the recent works now on exhibit at The Painting Center’s Project Room display the time-honored values…

Idealism in Albany

By SIMON CARR, Special to the Sun
March 19, 2015

Eugene Speicher, named “America’s greatest living painter” by Esquire, was riding high in 1936. Museums bought up his canvases and celebrities commissioned portraits. But Speicher’s reputation collapsed after World War II, as realism fell out of…

In Full Bloom

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
March 9, 2015

At 88, Lois Dodd may be making her best paintings yet. A marvelous exhibition of over thirty recent oils at Alexandre Gallery presents unfussy landscapes and bare interiors – seemingly simple constructions that express a nuanced, poetic sensibility…

Zuccone and Company

By BRUCE M. GAGNIER, Special to the Sun
February 24, 2015

Donatello’s masterwork, known as the “Zuccone” or Pumpkin Head—a larger than life sculpture of a prophet—reigns supreme at a new exhibition of Renaissance sculpture. The centerpiece of Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from…

Faith and Fantasy

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
February 16, 2015

The dramatic paintings of Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522) once ignited the imagination of Florence. In Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, Vasari said his work had “both draughtsmanship and grace,” adding, “it is certain that…

Married to the Model

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
January 27, 2015

Upon word of Paul Cézanne’s death, painter Émile Bernard said “he takes his secrets to the grave.” Nabis artist Maurice Denis mused, “I have never heard an admirer of Cézanne give me clear and precise reasons for his admiration.” It may be easier to…

Get Real

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
January 26, 2015

Though he came of age in an art world dominated by Pop and then Neo-expressionism, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) followed in his father’s footsteps, creating an extraordinary body of Realist artwork. With highly detailed canvases inducing the viewer to look…

Wax Poetic

By SIMON CARR, Special to the Sun
January 8, 2015

The Center for Italian Modern Art, operating a new space in SoHo, has mounted a must-see exhibition of works by Medardo Rosso (1858-1928). This small yet invaluable exhibit illuminates the creative process of a sculptor who has been among the most…

Standing Tall in Wuppertal

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
December 20, 2014

Camille Pissarro- Father of Impressionism, on view at the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal, Germany, presents a number of pieces from Camille Pissarro’s (1830-1903) oeuvre that are not well known to the public. The comprehensive retrospective…

Pop Sincerity

By SIMON CARR, Special to the Sun
December 16, 2014

Mac Conner: A New York Life, in its final weeks at the Museum of the City of New York, is an exhibition not to miss. Illustrations by McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (b. 1913), a figure the museum calls “one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men,’ ” vividly evoke…

Untamed Rousseau

By SIMON CARR, Special to the Sun
December 6, 2014

In the 19th century, America's vast tracts of unspoiled landscape inspired artists like Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) to create spectacular paintings of a virgin land for an enthusiastic public. Meanwhile, across…

Color and Line

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
November 26, 2014

Dana Gordon’s artwork, on view at Andre Zarre Gallery, raises the age-old controversy of color versus line-quality in painting. The argument dates back to the Renaissance when painters in Florence considered design preeminent while Venetians…

Major Sargent

By SIMON CARR, Special to the Sun
November 17, 2014

For those to whom the experience of a great painting is essential nourishment, the new exhibition at The Frick Collection, Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery, is a feast. Just ten artworks, this exhibit includes a panel by Sandro…

Get Your Zurbarán In Hartford

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
November 9, 2014

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) painted things as well as anybody. One of the great artists of Spain’s Golden Age, he gave baskets, fruits, cups and plates rock-solid form. Cloth was his specialty. When Zurbarán’s “Still Life with Lemons, Oranges…

El Greco, 400 Years Later

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
November 5, 2014

Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614), called El Greco, was born on the Greek island of Crete. He moved to Venice in his late twenties, where he was influenced by the paintings of Titian and Tintoretto. In Rome he saw the work of Michelangelo. It was…

Points Made

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
October 27, 2014

Pointillism is given a comprehensive survey in the exhibition Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music, now on view at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Led by painter Georges Seurat (1859-1891), Pointillist…

Uptown, Downtown

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
October 9, 2014

Two concurrent exhibitions, one uptown, one downtown, show off diametrically opposed approaches to art making. On the Upper East Side, an elegantly installed group show exhibits small works of great delicacy, carefully crafted pieces, some no larger…

American Son

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
October 3, 2014

In the early decades of the last century America was a young nation, restless, bold, and eager to capitalize on all that providence had bestowed upon her. And, like the train and the automobile, modern industry was the engine and wheels that would…

Not Just Paper

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
September 23, 2014

Exhibitions of works on paper can disappoint, often presenting thin line drawings or fragile watercolors. Not so with “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart,” a recently opened exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The works in…

Artist of All the Ages

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
August 21, 2014

One hundred years ago, Theresa Bernstein's name was as well-known in artistic circles as Robert Henri and John Sloan, Ash Can School artists with whom she frequently exhibited. She was friends with Edward Hopper and Stuart Davis. Yet, inexplicably…

Glackens in the Hamptons

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
August 13, 2014

William Glackens (1870-1938), a founding member of the Ashcan School, was at the vanguard of American art and later an effective proponent of French Modernism, responsible for bringing impressionist and postimpressionist masterworks to American…

Romantic Landscapes

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
July 17, 2014

The Morgan Library and Museum has teamed up with London’s Courtauld Institute of Art to present A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany. The first in a series of collaborative projects between the two museums, this…

Energy Without Grandiosity

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
May 11, 2014

When Clement Greenberg wrote in 1947 that it is in “New York Bohemia … below 34th Street, that the fate of American art is being decided,” the influential art critic and Abstract Expressionism advocate may have spoken too soon. One year earlier…

Wyeth's Windows

By ANN SAUL, Special to the Sun
May 1, 2014

Windows are an invitation to look, and Wyeth’s windows are enticing. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. exploits this very human impulse to look through a window in the exhibition, “Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In,” which opens on…

Sky's the Limit

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
April 24, 2014

Though it seems obvious today, it was only after the mid-1700s that artists began painting directly from nature in the plain light of day -- a radical evolution at the time. Working outside the studio, painters were challenged to quickly capture the…

Back to the Futurism

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
April 22, 2014

Just two blocks up from the Neue Galerie's exploration of Nazi era "Degenerate Art," a Guggenheim exhibit on Futurism takes a different look at the tangled question of art and fascism. Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, billed…

'The Space Between Things'

By PATRICK WEBB, Special to the Sun
April 11, 2014

George Braque (1882-1963) is an important figure in 20th century art in part for his exploration of central philosophical concepts like being and presence in his painting. Late in life Braque said that he was interested in painting “the space between…

Gauguin the Primitive

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
April 6, 2014

"Gauguin: Metamorphosis," presenting nearly 160 works reassessing the unusual career of Paul Gauguin, is, surprisingly, the Museum of Modern Art's first major exhibition to focus solely on the self-taught and influential 19th-century painter…

Birds of a Feather

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
March 31, 2014

Orson Welles once remarked that Chaucer's England was a world where the sky was a little bluer and the hay a little sweeter. The same can be said of John Audubon's America. In "Audubon's Aviary: Parts Unknown," the second of a three-part series, The…

The Last Laugh

By JOHN V. BENNETT, Special to the Sun
March 29, 2014

Attendance is up 50% in recent weeks at the Neue Galerie, the museum reports, and the draw is "Degenerate Art," a recreation of an exhibit by the same name put up by the Nazi regime in 1937. The crowds waiting to get in Friday stretched around the…

Serious Schooling

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
March 28, 2014

A 1963 opinion piece in Art News titled “What’s Wrong with U.S. Art Schools?” by painter Mercedes Matter (1913-2001) bemoaned the state of art education at that time and advocated for an atelier program that would “strip away everything but its basic…

Unpolished Expression

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
March 18, 2014

An exhibition of artworks by William Henry Johnson (1901-1970) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery tells the story of a gifted painter’s search for authenticity – and the tale of an artistic legacy rescued from obscurity. Johnson’s…

Patriarchs of the Pentateuch

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
March 8, 2014

Once in 835 years qualifies as a rare event, and for the first time since their creation in 1178 six very fine and incredibly beautiful stained glass windows are on display outside of England's Canterbury Cathedral. With "Radiant Light: Stained Glass…

Retro Prints

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
March 3, 2014

An exhibition of woodcuts at the Morgan Library and Museum makes a fine argument for a coarse print technique. Displaying books and pages of prints drawn almost entirely from the Morgan’s collection, Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book…

Game of Immortals

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
February 3, 2014

To decompress from the Super Bowl, why not hasten over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? An exhibit up until February 10 has its own lineup of immortals. "Gridiron Greats," a small show of football cards, offers visitors an overview of the game’s…

Poignant Figures

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
January 22, 2014

Swiss artist Hans Josephsohn’s (1920-2012) debut solo-exhibition in New York came late in his life. It was an arresting show of five large-scale bronze figures at Peter Blum Gallery in 2006 by the then-85-year-old. Now a posthumous exhibition at…

A Puzzling Enigma

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
January 22, 2014

A carefully focused exhibit of four devotional works by Piero della Francesca, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents works never seen together before while highlighting the 15th-century painter's mastery of mathematical perspective…

Da Vinci's Hand

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
January 9, 2014

2013 is over. But “The Year of Italian Culture,” a public relations effort by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has not yet run its course. The program brought a number of artistic treasures to the United States in 2013, including “Boxer at…

Last call for 'Mr. Time'

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
December 12, 2013

An exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery of art by Boris Chaliapin, Time Magazine’s most prolific cover artist, is now in its final weeks. Chaliapin (1904-1979), a Russian-born illustrator, was nicknamed ‘Mr. Time,’ a fitting…

Danish Surprise

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
November 9, 2013

The metamorphoses that swept European painting in the 19th century were dramatic, often abrupt, and stylistically further apart than their dates would suggest. In "Danish Painting from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough," on display at…

Stone from Delphi, Water from Rome

From the poems of Seamus Heaney to the paintings of Wendy Artin

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH, Special to the Sun
November 1, 2013

Opening tonight at Gurari Collections in Boston, "Stone from Delphi" features a series of astonishing watercolors by Wendy Artin, produced for and inspired by a collection of poems by Seamus Heaney. Artin, who currently serves as the Artistic Advisor…

Venetian Urgency and Grace

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
September 29, 2013

Venice catches our attention with a strange, opulent theatricality, like brightly colored banners fluttering in the afternoon sun. In Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings, which opened on Friday, The Morgan Library…

A Definite Swagger

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
September 26, 2013

In the period between the American Civil War and the outbreak of World War I the United States became a rich and powerful nation. "Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America," opening Friday at The New-York Historical Society, examines the…

Artist's Calling

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
September 6, 2013

Though Theo Stavropoulos was an accomplished painter and draftsman, his professional reputation faded during his lifetime. After the New York City gallery that represented him closed in 1980, Stavropoulos spent his last decades making artworks in…

Seeking ‘American-ness’

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
August 26, 2013

In the first half of the 20th century art movements that originated in Europe were adopted by a number of American artists to tell distinctly American stories. American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe, now on view at The Museum of Modern Art, drawn almost…

Wings of Pissarro

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
August 16, 2013

Camille Pissarro (1839-1903) was central to the development of Impressionism, mounting the First Impressionist Exhibition with his friend Monet. At the vanguard of cutting-edge trends in painting, he took young Cezanne and Gauguin under his wing and…

Evans and Brandt Revisited

By LISA TANNENBAUM, Special to the Sun
August 5, 2013

Bill Brandt and Walker Evans were both early 20th century photographers and were contemporaries active in the 1930s. Though they worked on different continents, they often took on similar subject matter, with Walker Evans capturing pictures of…

Marsh’s ‘Honest Vulgarity’

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
June 21, 2013

During the Great Depression, the dancers at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom, down-and-out men on the Bowery, burlesque shows and Coney Island crowds provided social realist painter Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) with subject matter for multiple-figure…

Braque on a Grand Scale

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
June 7, 2013

Braque or Picasso? Duncan Phillips, founder of the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., chose Georges Braque, saying “time may rank the mellowed craftsmanship and enchanting artistries of the reserved Frenchman higher than the restless virtuosities…

Inside the Artist's Studio

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
May 23, 2013

John Lees left New York City more than twenty years ago for the seclusion of an upstate attic studio where the painter found the physical and psychic space to make personal artworks from excavated memories. For Maria Calandra, a young Brooklyn-based…

Japan’s Most Beautiful Women

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
May 15, 2013

Where are the most beautiful women in all of Japan hanging out these days? It turns out to be Dartmouth College, where the Hood Museum of Art has mounted a magnificent show called "The Women of Shin Hanga." Shin Hanga, which means new print, is the…

Method of the Masters

By XICO GREENWALD, Special to the Sun
February 25, 2013

Two exhibits on view now in New York offer an up-close look at artistic method, examining how paintings develop from initial inspiration to final image. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Matisse: In Search of True Painting, through March 17, has been…

The Monarch of Painting Appears

Piero della Francesca at the Frick Collection

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 19, 2013

The Frick Collection recently opened an exhibition of seven paintings by Piero della Francesca, painter, geometer, and prime mover of the Italian Renaissance. This is the first Piero show ever to appear in the United States, and is cause for…

Alone Together

Karen Dow at Giampietro Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 8, 2013

Karen Dow's exhibition of geometric abstractions opened last week at Giampietro Gallery in New Haven. According to the gallery, "She sets parameters, beginning with a basic grid, and then goes along for the ride, making intuitive edits - which…

Surety and Uncertainty

Kyle Staver at John Davis Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 5, 2013

John Davis Gallery opened an exhibition last week featuring the work of Kyle Staver, whose paintings have turned to the old stories. “Lately I have been painting dragons, distressed maidens, and bulls with bad intentions," says the artist. "Titian…

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
January 22, 2013

Last week the International Center of Photography opened a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Roman Vishniac. "Vishniac created the most widely recognized and reproduced photographic record of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World…

Lois Dodd at Alexandre Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
January 15, 2013

Your reporter always welcomes a Lois Dodd exhibition, the latest which appears at Alexandre Gallery. Two summers ago I wrote this about her exhibition in Rockland, Maine: "Over the decades, her subject has varied from still lifes to burning houses to…

Improvisational Geometry

Mario Naves at Elizabeth Harris Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
January 11, 2013

Elizabeth Harris Gallery has opened an exhibition of paintings by New York City-based artist and writer Mario Naves. "After pursuing collage for twenty years, Naves has shifted to painting directly on canvas and panel with acrylics and oils," says the…

Pictures from Pieces

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
November 30, 2012

Hollis Taggart Galleries is presenting an exhibition on the important role of collage in Abstract Expressionism, featuring works by Mary Abbott, Conrad Marca-Relli, Robert Natkin, Robert Motherwell, and others of note. "Collage was the quintessential…

Abiding Pulse

Cleve Gray at Loretta Howard Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
November 16, 2012

Loretta Howard Gallery, continuing at the forefront of exhibitions of abstractionists who deserve to be known better, is currently showing paintings by Cleve Gray from the mid-1970s. "These works highlight the artist’s lifelong study of Japanese and…

A Time for Patience

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
November 2, 2012

As Chelsea art galleries reel from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, it may be time to trek to the Upper East Side, where the Frick Collection has just unveiled a striking Van Gogh portrait on loan from California. "Portrait of a Peasant…

The British Museum Hurls Its Discus Thrower to Portland

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
October 16, 2012

"The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece," which opened at the Portland Art Museum earlier this month, showcases 130 objects from the holdings of the British Museum that depict the human figure. "Over two thousand years, the Greeks experimented with…

James Jarvaise Rediscovered

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
September 21, 2012

This week an exhibition catalog crossed the desk of your reporter of the work of a painter unknown to him, one James Jarvaise. In the acknowledgments, Louis Stern of the eponymous gallery in Los Angeles notes the profound influence of Museum of Modern…

Behind the Sun

Paintings by Carolanna Parlato at Elizabeth Harris Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
September 15, 2012

Elizabeth Harris Gallery is showing a striking array of new works by Brooklyn painter Carolanna Parlato. "Ms. Parlato's paintings are instinctive and process-based," says the gallery. "Although predominantly abstract, they concern themselves with…

In the Street, Following Fashion

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
September 7, 2012

Your reporter must confess to a guilty pleasure: he checks in with regularity at The Sartorialist to revel in the comely figures and exquisite tailoring. The Sartorialist is photographer Scott Schuman, and his exhibition opens this evening with a book…

A Charming Stop on "The Road to Van Eyck"

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
August 21, 2012

During the night your reporter learned that one of his favorite European museums, the Boijmans in Rotterdam, expects to receive an anonymous Netherlandish panel from an Italian private collection to grace its major fall exhibition, "The Road to Van…

Twice the Matisse

"Doubles and Variations" at the National Gallery of Denmark

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
August 3, 2012

"Matisse's bold deformation of the human figure, his coarse lines, his liberation of color, and his highly insistent accentuation of the painterly marked a clear break with the expectations of art prevalent at the time," says the National Gallery of…

Painting in the Largest Possible Terms

Doris Staffel at the Woodmere Art Museum

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
July 27, 2012

"For many decades, Doris Staffel, a former student of both Philip Guston and Hans Hofmann, and a former colleague of Franz Kline, has been one of Philadelphia's preeminent abstract painters and colorists," says the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia…

Wolf Kahn's New York

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
July 17, 2012

One usually associates the name of Wolf Kahn with New England landscapes, but his economically painterly treatment suits the urban fabric as ably. Ameringer McEnery Yohe has put together a show of his New York images to prove it. "The City as…

Color and Style

Leah Durner at Loretta Howard Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
July 12, 2012

Leah Durner's exhibition opening this evening at Loretta Howard Gallery promises to display a panoply of influences in a modernist parlor. "Drawing her color from many sources, including fashion, surfer and skateboard art, and mass design, Durner uses…

SoCal Sunshine Brightens the City of Roses

California Impressionism at the Portland Art Museum

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
July 6, 2012

In Oregon, it's the season for roses, which thrive under its reliably drizzly skies. "California Impressionism: Selections from The Irvine Museum" opened recently at the Portland Art Museum, interjecting some contrapuntal color from Orange County…

At Ease in the Welcoming Wilderness

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 26, 2012

"Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia," which opened last week at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, aims to compare masterpieces by the three painters in the context of the Arcadian theme as handled by a wide range of artists. "The dream of…

Last Chance to See Mt. Fuji

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 15, 2012

An exhibition of the complete portfolio of Hokusai's seminal Mt. Fuji prints ends this Sunday at the Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. According to the museum, "The most acclaimed print series by Japan’s most famous artist, Thirty-six Views of Mount…

Over the (Color) Wall

"Breaking the Color Barrier in Major League Baseball" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 12, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is commemorating the 1945 admission of black players into the major leagues through an exhibition of rare baseball cards. "In October 1945 Wesley Branch Rickey (1881–1965), general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, signed…

Diamonds Are Forever

The National Portrait Gallery, London Celebrates 60 Years of Elizabeth's Rule

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 8, 2012

Coinciding with her Diamond Jubilee, the National Portrait Gallery, London is showcasing images of Elizabeth II. "From Beaton and Leibovitz to Annigoni and Warhol, The Queen: Art and Image is the most wide-ranging exhibition of images in different…

Dreams of Nature

Surveying the Symbolist Landscape at the Van Gogh Museum

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 5, 2012

"Dreams of Nature” surveys the symbolist movement as expressed in landscape painting across Europe from Mallorca to western Russia, and is likely the first exhibition ever to do so. The exhibition, organized by Richard Thomson and Rodolphe Rapetti…

Seeing Red in Edinburgh

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 1, 2012

"Red Chalk: Raphael to Ramsay" is nearing the end of its run at the Scottish National Gallery, where exquisite drawings in the medium by Peter Paul Rubens, Salvator Rosa, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and Francois Boucher are on rare display. "The earliest…

Quoth the Sculpture, 'Woof'

Anne Arnold at Alexandre Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 22, 2012

Anne Arnold, a sculptor associated with the historic Tanager Gallery collective that included Alex Katz and Lois Dodd, is receiving her first solo exhibition in 24 years at Alexandre Gallery. "In a period when Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop…

The Apotheosis of the Ben-Day Dot

Roy Lichtenstein at the Art Institute of Chicago

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 18, 2012

This week saw the opening of what the Art Institute of Chicago bills as the largest exhibition ever mounted of the works of Roy Lichtenstein. "Bringing together never-before-seen drawings, paintings, and sculpture, this exhibition presents the deepest…

Energies Illustrated

Barbara Takenaga at Gregory Lind Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 15, 2012

Your reporter has admired the paintings of Barbara Takenaga since seeing them for the first time at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA in 2007. The artist, who divides her time between New York City and Williamstown, MA, works up fields of dots into…

My Own Private Umbria

William Bailey Forges Ahead

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 11, 2012

Time is running out for you to see the current exhibition of William Bailey's work at Betty Cuningham Gallery, which shows the artist exploring new possibilities in his elegant figuration. "In the current exhibition," says the gallery, "are two open…

An Unexpectedly Sharp Bladen

Ronald Bladen at Loretta Howard Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 4, 2012

An exhibition of paintings by Ronald Bladen opened April 19 at Loretta Howard Gallery with a curious backstory. "A cache of some thirty-five canvases and panels was discovered behind a wall in his studio that Bladen built in 1978 to seal them from…

The Golden Hour

New Paintings by David Ligare

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 1, 2012

"It has been said that the Roman poet Virgil invented the evening because he used it to such lasting effect in his pastoral poems," says David Ligare on the occasion of his first solo exhibition at Hirschl & Adler Modern. "This threshold between day…

Being Odd, Getting Even

Odd Nerdrum at Forum Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 6, 2012

Joseph Beuys never saw this coming. “To be a teacher is my greatest work of art,” he said in 1969. “The rest is the waste product, a demonstration. If you want to express yourself you must present something tangible. But after a while this has only…

Castle Valley Hues

Adele Alsop at David Hall Fine Art

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 3, 2012

The usual program at David Hall Fine Art in Wellesley, Massachusetts is abstraction, but the proprietor makes an exception for an able landscape painter whose exhibition opened over the weekend. Adele Alsop was a student of Neil Welliver, Alex Katz…

The Reappearing Nude

A de Lempicka at Sotheby's, and a New Novel About the Artist

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 30, 2012

This week Sotheby’s announced that it will auction a recently rediscovered painting by Tamara de Lempicka, an artist who worked up a mild form of Cubism into a major Art Deco shtick. That’s not to say that her paintings aren’t effective in their way…

On Never Meeting the Master

Hilton Kramer, 1928-2012

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 27, 2012

Hilton Kramer and I never met, but I contribute regularly to the magazine he co-founded, The New Criterion, and I was saddened to learn that he died this morning. Every issue proclaims on its cover, “The New Criterion: A monthly review edited by…

A Revel in Rome, Relived in Rotterdam

Maarten van Heemskerck at the Museum Boijmans

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 16, 2012

Maarten van Heemskerck is no longer considered a major painter, but his exhibition at the Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam displays the mechanisms by which an assuredly major painter, Michelangelo, made his presence felt across Europe. Van Heemskerck…

Elegant Cages of Stone

Elizabeth Turk at Hirschl & Adler Modern

By Franklin Einspruch
March 6, 2012

The technical marvels that are the works of Elizabeth Turk are on display at Hirschl & Adler Modern through the end of the month. "Elizabeth pushes beyond her own physical boundaries to explore the inherent beauty of marble’s intrinsic shape to create…

Renoir and the Force of Delicacy

A Triumphant Exhibition at the Frick Collection

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 1, 2012

Pierre-Auguste Renoir's nine-canvas exhibition at the Frick Collection is a redemption. Never have I seen a gathering of Renoirs present itself with such force. This is significant, because force wasn't Renoir's strong suit. Of all the painters of the…

Around the Chapel of Light

New Bronzes by Sir Anthony Caro Appear Uptown

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 28, 2012

A series of ten bronzes by the great sculptor Anthony Caro goes on display this Thursday at Mitchell-Inness & Nash Uptown. "This series of ten works, made in 2011, relates to the artist’s recent landmark project for the Chapel of Light in the Eglise…

Rubens at the Ringling

A Rain of Gold Falls on Sarasota

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 21, 2012

A partnership between the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp has resulted in a newly opened exhibition of Peter Paul Rubens. "The exhibition features more than 100 magnificent paintings by and prints…

The Resonance of Objects

Tom Gregg at George Billis LA

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 16, 2012

Tomorrow evening in Los Angeles, an exhibition of new paintings by Tom Gregg will open at George Billis Gallery's West Coast location. "This most recent body of work is inspired by Tom Gregg's fascination with objects and the powerful resonance that…

Sleepless in Polynesia

Seattle Hosts Gauguin

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 14, 2012

An exhibition of Paul Gauguin organized by Art Center Basel has opened at its one stop in the United States, the Seattle Art Museum. "Highlighting the complex relationship between Gauguin's work and the art and culture of Polynesia," according to the…

Things Left

Erin Raedeke at First Street Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 11, 2012

Figurative painter Erin Raedeke is having her first solo exhibition in New York City this month, and the works on display are impressive. "Erin Raedeke explores complex relationships by observing the detritus of everyday life," according to First…

Renoir, Full-On at the Frick

"Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting"

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 8, 2012

An exhibition opened yesterday at The Frick Collection that studies Pierre-Auguste Renoir's uses of the full-length portrait format - all nine of them. "This is the first comprehensive study of the artist's engagement with the full-length format,"…

Johann Zoffany RA: Society Observed

The Yale Center for British Art Re-Examines a British Master

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
February 3, 2012

The Yale Center for British Art has set out to rehabilitate the reputation of Johann Zoffany, a German expatriate who became a member of the Royal Academy by appointment of King George III. One might argue that he isn’t better-known for fair reasons…

Immersion in Painting

Bill Scott at Hollis Taggart Galleries

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
January 31, 2012

Bill Scott’s paintings have an atmosphere of ease, but consideration and reconsideration of beautiful form churn within them. Two or Three Nudes in a Landscape (2010) summarizes Scott’s endeavor, its delightful title alluding to an image that somehow…

The Enchanted Landscape

Claude Lorrain in Frankfurt

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
January 27, 2012

Start making your travel arrangements. One week from today will see the opening of a monographic exhibition of Claude Lorrain at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. “'Claude Lorrain: The Enchanted Landscape' presents about one hundred and thirty works…

Fifty Vellums

Tad Wiley at George Lawson Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
January 25, 2012

"The vellum support has been a perfect choice," explains Tad Wiley regarding his current exhibition, "in that its smooth surface allows the paint to sit right up on top. However the surface is not without 'tooth', which traps the more thinned out…

Tactility as Mysticism

Robert Sagerman at Margaret Thatcher Projects

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
January 13, 2012

According to Margaret Thatcher Projects, “From the beginning of his attraction to abstract painting, an interest in its sensed metaphysical content guided and influenced Robert Sagerman,” who holds a PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York…

Joan Mitchell Becomes the Sunflower

By Last Chance to see "Last Paintings"
January 4, 2012

"Joan Mitchell: The Last Paintings" closes today at Cheim and Read. The exhibition focuses on paintings she made from 1985 until her death in 1992. "Though Mitchell abstracted nature, gleaning only its essence, her advocacy for the natural world as a…

The Indefatigable Abstractionist

Pat Passlof at Elizabeth Harris

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
December 20, 2011

A serious segment of the art world looked forward to the exhibition at Elizabeth Harris Gallery of paintings by Pat Passlof that opened November 19. The New York Times had just profiled her in October, detailing her efforts to maintain herself and her…

An Old Expressionist

George McNeil at Ameringer McEnery Yohe

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
December 13, 2011

"George McNeil (1908-1995) had a career that spanned the entire postwar American art era," according to Ameringer McEnery Yohe, which is exhibiting a selection of the artist's work dating from 1957 to 1969. "McNeil attended Pratt Institute and the Art…

An Art of Balance

"Matisse and the Model" Ends Tomorrow at Eykyn Maclean

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
December 9, 2011

Today and tomorrow will be your last chances to see "Matisse and the Model" at Eykyn Maclean. "As Matisse noted in 1939," says the gallery, "he relied on his models to help him find expression for his shifting creative vision, and he looked upon them…

Liquid on Stone

Wendy Artin's Parthenon Friezes

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
November 16, 2011

Wendy Artin's life-size watercolor interpretations of the Elgin Marbles are such extraordinary technical feats that my initial reaction to them, as a lesser practitioner of the medium, was gut-sinking envy. Typically, for this degree of realism, one…

A Lemon and an Orange Side by Side

Georges Braque at Acquavella Galleries

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
November 4, 2011

"Best known as the co-founder of Cubism with Pablo Picasso and as the inventor of the papier collé technique, Georges Braque’s legacy is better understood in the context of his lasting influence on artists for the past century," says William…

Fête Champêtre

Audrey Ushenko Throws a Party at Denise Bibro Fine Art

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
October 13, 2011

This evening there will be an opening reception at Denise Bibro Fine Art for an exhibition of new works by Audrey Ushenko, a widely exhibited member of the National Academy of Art in New York City. "As the title suggests, Ushenko’s uniquely rendered…

A Heart's Hot Shell

Aaron Holz at RARE Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
October 4, 2011

RARE Gallery is displaying the transluscent, evocative paintings of Aaron Holz through Thursday of this week in an exhibition entitled "A Heart's Hot Shell." According to the gallery, "The title of the exhibition is taken from Chapter 41 of Herman…

Paths of the Sun

Graham Nickson at Knoedler & Company

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
September 22, 2011

The current exhibition of Graham Nickson at Knoedler & Company brings together three bodies of the artist's work, according to the gallery. "The first, a group of early oils composed with frames hand-painted by the artist, most created in the environs…

An Art Fair for the Artists

Vaulting the Gatekeepers on Governors Island

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
September 17, 2011

The colossal success of Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002 caused a proliferation of art fairs over the years, and together they have permanently altered the way art is bought and sold. Many of these fairs struggle not to become duplicates of one another…

Lights in the Expanse of the Heavens

Maja Lisa Engelhardt at Elizabeth Harris Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
September 13, 2011

Danish artist Maja Lisa Engelhardt is showing her interpretive landscapes, all entitled The Fourth Day, in an exhibition that opened last Thursday at Elizabeth Harris Gallery. "In view of my painterly way of expressing myself, The Fourth Day is a rare…

A Decade-Long Day

Honoring Wounded Soldiers in a Bushwick Exhibition

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
September 8, 2011

"9/11 did not end on 9/11. For American soldiers, 9/11 has been a decade-long day," says James Panero, noted art critic, Managing Editor of The New Criterion, and curator of "The Joe Bonham Project," currently on display at Storefront. "As of this…

Interesting for No Good Reason

Lois Dodd in Maine

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
September 2, 2011

The name of Lois Dodd has come up a few times in recent conversations with artists I respect. I finally got to see some of her work in person at a solo exhibition at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. I was expecting the sort of painter’s-painter…

Paintings That Shouldn’t Work

Elisabeth Condon at Lesley Heller Workspace

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
August 4, 2011

Imagine if you could speak several languages, switching from one to another to suit your thoughts, inside of a single sentence. You might begin in English for the sake of clarity, then change to Chinese for an apt metaphor, then over to French for…

Jane Fine in MELT at the Tang

By ERIC GELBER, Special to the Sun
July 27, 2011

Jane Fine’s Battlefield IV, (2004) is one of several striking works currently on view in MELT, at Skidmore’s Tang Art Museum, in Saratoga Springs, New York (Bernard Cohen, Salvador Dali, Mary Frank, Rico Lebrun, Charles Long, Alexander Ross, Dieter…

Krazy as Muse

Walter Darby Bannard and the Comics of George Herriman

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
July 19, 2011

Conventional wisdom about Abstract Expressionism holds that it is concerned with pure essence of painting, excluding all content, referring only to its heroic self. As a practitioner, it’s a different story. One doesn’t worry about purity. One casts…

An Easel Among The Flesh Pots

Joan Marie Kelly depicts the real lives of women on the streets and brothels of Asia's cities

By DAVID COHEN.
July 14, 2011

Joan Marie Kelly, an American painter who lives and teaches in Singapore, opens a show of paintings Thursday night at New York’s Blue Mountain Gallery that defy expectations. She works strictly from the motif in a realist idiom, but she is drawn to…

Separating the Goats from the Sheep

Sculptural Installation in Fort Greene Park Inaugurates New Commissioning Prize for Emerging Artists

By David Cohen
June 24, 2011

Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park has a group of new sculptures at its north-east entrance plaza. The two goats and a deer, works by young Scottish artist Ruth McKerrell (born 1983), inaugurate a significant annual prize for New York, the Clare Weiss…

Driven to Abstraction

Contemporary Abstract Painting at Von Lintel

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 9, 2011

A reception opens at 6 PM this evening at Von Lintel Gallery for "a group show of eight contemporary abstract artists who represent a diverse range of entry points into abstraction," according to the gallery. The artists included are Andrea Belag…

Late Spring

Leon Kossoff at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 6, 2011

Leon Kossoff’s paintings at Mitchell-Innes & Nash show the octogenarian British painter continuing to work in portraiture and landscape, with a brush loaded with oils as if they were tar, favoring a palette based on a sooty, British gray. In that…

Caro's Authority

Anthony Caro on the Roof of the Met

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 3, 2011

A couple of weeks ago your author noted that appreciation of the painter Jules Olitski has largely been conducted as a proxy war against the critic Clement Greenberg. You may have witnessed related hostilities in late April, when Ken Johnson wrote…

Color and Consequence

Wolf Kahn at Ameringer McEnery Yohe

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
June 1, 2011

Wolf Kahn, the celebrated landscape painter, has an exhibition of new work opening tomorrow evening at Ameringer McEnery Yohe. "The new paintings gathered in this exhibition continue to address elemental questions of space, shape and color with rigor…

Compelled by Pictorial Truth

David Hornung at John Davis Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 27, 2011

Yesterday, four solo exhibitions began at John Davis Gallery in Hudson. Notable among them is a display of new work by David Hornung, who writes, "These recent pictures, all made with gouache on handmade paper, were completed in the winter and spring…

Maine as Muse

Art Inspired by Maine at Lohin Geduld Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 25, 2011

"The craggy coastline and pristine woodlands of Maine have drawn artists to the northeast corner of the country for centuries," says Lohin Geduld gallery, whose exhibition, "Maine as Muse," starts today and opens tomorrow evening, 5-7 PM. "A rich…

A Few Gestures Are All That Is Needed

Virva Hinnemo and George Negroponte at Kouros Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 23, 2011

"Two artists in the same house make for a lot of regression," writes George Negroponte, whose solo exhibition upstairs at Kouros Gallery accompanies that of his wife, Virva Hinnemo, downstairs. "To some it may look predictably poetic, like two fried…

Leah Durner's Naked Color

Artist to Speak with Noted Critic David Cohen

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 20, 2011

Tomorrow, 571 Projects will host a conversation between critic David Cohen and artist Leah Durner, whose abstract paintings are the subject of "Naked Color" at the gallery. Cohen, who produces Artcritical, has written of Durner, "[she] is an action…

Abstraction and the City, New York and Beyond

Two Exhibitions of Conrad Marca-Relli

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 18, 2011

Simultaneous exhibitions of Conrad Marca-Relli are taking place at the moment at Knoedler & Company and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton. The Boston-born artist, who died in 2000 in Parma, Italy, is associated with both New…

Embracing Jules Olitski

Pivotal Paintings Appear at Ann Freedman's New Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 13, 2011

The inaugural exhibition of FreemdanArt begins today with a series of large-scale paintings by Jules Olitski that until recently have been kept out of view. In 2009, Ann Freedman, then still president and director at Knoedler Gallery, approached the…

Iva Gueorguieva's Kinetic Landscape

"A Stitch In Graft" at Ameringer McEnery Yohe

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 11, 2011

“Paintings can unfold endlessly, both spatially and temporally, without constraints," says Iva Gueorguieva, whose works are currently on display at Ameringer McEnery Yohe. "They don’t have to stop or ever resolve." According to the gallery…

Perception of Ecstacy

Norman Bluhm at Loretta Howard Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 9, 2011

"There is a supple gracefulness to Bluhm’s paintings that feels as choreographed and inevitable as Fred Astaire’s defiance of gravity," writes John Yau in the catalog for the exhibition of Norman Bluhm at Loretta Howard Gallery. "His hybrid forms…

Mad Love for Marie-Thérèse

Picasso's Muse at Gagosian Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 4, 2011

"In 1927, on a street in Paris, Picasso encountered the unassuming girl, just shy of eighteen years old, who would become his lover and one of modern art’s most famous muses," according to Gagosian Gallery, which has mounted an exhibition that focuses…

Paint as Flesh

Exhibition Pairs Soutine and Bacon

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
May 2, 2011

An exhibition starting today at Helly Nahmad Gallery shows Chaim Soutine and Francis Bacon alongside one another, demonstrating the influence that the former had on the latter. "There are distinct links between the two painters: direct painting and…

Out of the Reach of Premeditation

Jane Freilicher at Tibor de Nagy

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 25, 2011

Jane Freilicher commands unalloyed reverence from fellow painters. I learned from a gallery director at Tibor de Nagy, for instance, that Thomas Nozkowski, whose work featured in their recently concluded “Object/Image” show, expressed elation at being…

Sam Borenstein and the Colors of Montreal

Vibrant Paintings at the Yeshiva University Museum

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 22, 2011

“While Sam Borenstein is well-known in Montreal and across Canada, his artwork may come as a great revelation to many New Yorkers,” says Dr. Jacob Wisse, director of the Yeshiva University Museum. “In addition to its aesthetic merit, the exhibition…

A Visionary of the Near-at-Hand

Matthew Daub at ACA Galleries

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 19, 2011

While many contemporary artists consider the urban landscape, few are doing so with the craftsmanship and nuanced emotion of Matthew Daub. Joyce Carol Oates, in an introduction to the catalog of his current exhibition at ACA Galleries, writes, "His…

Meridians Ago

Jasmina Danowski at Spanierman Modern

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 15, 2011

Yesterday evening saw the opening of an exhibition of new abstract florals, or floral abstractions, by Jasmina Danowski at Spanierman Modern. According to the gallery, "Danowski's paintings carry reminiscences of nature and still life, but their force…

Climb the Black Mountain

Elisabeth Condon at Lesley Heller

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 12, 2011

"Exploded pours of paint determine the initial compositions in my paintings," according to Elisabeth Condon, whose exhibition at Lesley Heller Workspace opens this evening, 6-8 PM. "To their improvisational shapes and translucent colors I add images…

Everything at a Distance Turns into Poetry

Rooms with a View at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 11, 2011

"During the Romantic era, the open window appeared either as the sole subject or the main feature in many pictures of interiors that were filled with a poetic play of light and perceptible silence," according to a statement from the Metropolitan…

Reconfigured Images

Jack Pierson and Elliott Puckette at Danziger Projects

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 8, 2011

An exhibition currently on display at Danziger Projects shows work by two contrasting collagists, each with their own pictorial charms. "Based
 on
 the
 artists’
 interest
 in
 the
 practice
 of
…

70 Years of Abstract Painting at Jason McCoy Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 5, 2011

This evening, 6-8 PM, an opening reception will take place for a promising exhibition that covers a generous, ambitious span of abstract painting. It includes prototypical examples like Josef Albers and Jackson Pollock, the West Coast giant John…

Thinness and Thickness

Susanna Heller at John Davis Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
April 4, 2011

Susanna Heller, a New York City native and Brooklyn resident, is exhibiting a recent series of fraught, encrusted, largely small-scale paintings that smolder with intensity and troubled reflection. "A painting, like a walk, connects the physical…

An Excavation of Quiet Ambience

Jimbo Blachly's "Lanquidity" at Winkleman Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 25, 2011

Jimbo Blachly has returned to painting after a 30-year hiatus, working in a manner informed by his employment in a conservation studio that brings him into close contact with twentieth century paintings. "Intimate, fragmentary, allusive, Blachly’s…

Landed All With Sweet Flowers

Antonio Murado's Ophelia at Von Lintel

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 23, 2011

"[Antonio] Murado is an extraordinarily versatile painter with a voracious and omnivorous appetite for source material," according to Von Lintel Gallery, where his paintings inspired by Shakespeare's Ophelia go on display in an exhibition opening…

Color Moves

Sonia Delaunay at Cooper-Hewitt

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 21, 2011

Sonia Delaunay was an active force in bringing the discoveries of Cubism and abstraction into the applied arts. “By showing her work at Cooper-Hewitt, the constant interplay between art and design will be strong and clear and by virtue of Delaunay’s…

Stepping Up with Thornton Willis

"In the Grid" at Elizabeth Harris Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 18, 2011

A senior figure in American abstraction, Thornton Willis is nearing his 75th birthday and painting at a high a level as ever. Working forward from a 2009 exhibition which saw him using a post-and-lintel formation to build his pictures, he has moved on…

Getaways and Vacationlands

Christina Shurts at RARE Gallery

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 16, 2011

Christina Shurts, who is already widely exhibited in California, will make her New York debut tomorrow at RARE Gallery. " The imagery in Shurts' paintings is derived from memories, relics of her childhood, personal photographs, decor magazines, and…

The Subtle Light of Ellen Phelan

"Landscapes and Still Lifes: A Selection" at Gasser & Grunert

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 11, 2011

Ellen Phelan is showing a suite of oil paintings at Gasser & Grunert that one might be tempted to call neo-Tonalist. Her soft, enveloping renderings of the Adirondack forests "capture a remarkable range of darkness and soft light, emotional high notes…

A Brush With Asia

Helen Frankenthaler at Knoedler & Company

By FRANKLIN EINSPRUCH
March 6, 2011

There are mere days left to investigate an intriguing exhibition at Knoedler & Company of works by Helen Frankenthaler that were inspired by Asian art. "Always one to set the bar high for herself, the artist is calling attention to her frank desire to…

A Beauty By Beckmann Stands Out Amidst The Throng

On View At The Piers As Part Of The Armory Show

By DAVID COHEN, Publisher/Editor of artcritical.com
February 22, 2011

On view through Sunday. New York also hosts the ADAA's Art Show, Volta, Pulse, Scope, Red Dot, The Independent and more. The city is awash with art.

You Will Meet A Tall, Handsome Stranger… On The Bowery

Newly attributed portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi goes on view at Sperone Westwater

By DAVID COHEN
January 8, 2011

Think Bowery and it is either the New Museum or the Bowery Mission that likely springs to mind. But right now it is also the place to view something whose rarity and finesse belies both associations: a newly discovered portrait by the most famous…

A Remarkable Posthumous Debut

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky at Galerie St. Etienne

By DAVID COHEN
December 27, 2010

The final, short gallery-going week of the year is also New York’s last chance to catch a remarkable posthumous debut. Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, an artist who spent a long lifetime operating under the radar, is the subject of a comprehensive…

Synchronicity at Columbia

A show of quirky abstraction closes Friday while a source of inspiration for some of its artists, Richard Tuttle, lectures tonight

By DAVID COHEN
October 28, 2010

Up at Columbia’s LeRoy Neiman Gallery MFA student Nora Griffin – well-known already downtown and before her enrollment as a writer on the Brooklyn Rail and an exhibiting artist – has organized and is taking part in a show of quirky, whimsical, often…

Street Smarts

New York debut of Rose Wylie, newly celebrated Brit

By DAVID COHEN
October 18, 2010

Most viewers of Rose Wylie’s show at Thomas Erben Gallery, titled “WHAT with WHAT”, would want to conclude that the rambunctious, street-smart brutalism on display there is the work of an inner city kid who has been introduced with reluctance to the…

Writhing Forms

Annabeth Rosen's ceramics in a late and startling debut at Chelsea's Meulensteen

By DAVID COHEN
October 13, 2010

Annabeth Rosen is not just holder of the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair at the University of California Davis in name but truly in spirit as well, extending the legacy of the legendary Arneson in a quest for fully sculptural expression through ceramic…

Beach Beauty

Connie Fox's latest show, titled Sammy's Beach, opens in the Hamptons this weekend

By DAVID COHEN
July 9, 2010

Connie Fox, for thirty years and counting a year-round veteran of the legendary East Hampton art community, has been the subject of over sixty shows across a distinguished career, but is still what you'd have to call a painter's painter. Her quirky…

Mug Shot

Simon Gaon's Small Portraits on show at AFP Galleries, New York

By DAVID COHEN
July 2, 2010

Simon Gaon is a straight-up expressionist. He conveys rich, strong feelings about his surroundings, insisting on directness both of application and observation. New York born and trained, his style and sensibility are nonetheless directly European…

Billboard Syncopations

James Hyde at Pierogi 2000 Boiler Room

By DAVID COHEN
June 22, 2010

The Stuart Davis Group are high jinks riffs on that jazzy pioneer's painterly syncopations.

A Letter From The Louvre: The Art Makes Up For A Lot

By BRENDAN BERNHARD
June 22, 2010

It was the Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset who in 1930 described in calm, lapidary prose the sheer press of modern life: “Towns are full of people, houses full of tenants, hotels full of guests, trains full of travelers, cafes full of customers…

Tunnel of Discovery

Christopher Cook's mysteries in liquid graphite up through Saturday at Mary Ryan Gallery

By DAVID COHEN
June 17, 2010

British artist Christopher Cook's third solo show with Mary Ryan Gallery is titled "Concrete Firmament". His motif of freeway tunnels and his medium of liquid graphite on aluminum are exquisitely matched. The images are slippery, elusive, almost sly…

Engineering Optimism

By DAVID COHEN
June 14, 2010

By the time Stalin coined the phrase “engineer of the soul” to describe the ideal Soviet artist his regime had already crushed the visionary Russian art movement to which the term would actually have been applicable: Constructivism. The suppressed impulse of Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International enjoyed an unlikely afterlife, however, in the career of a Shanghai-born, California-raised Italian-American abstractionist.

TWISTER

By DAVID COHEN
June 10, 2010

It is little surprise that the debut art exhibition of septuagenarian poet John Giorno should be “in your face.” An inveterate experimenter with new formats for poetry performance, Giorno pioneered what he called “Electronic Sensory Poetry Environments" in response to the work of Robert Rauschenberg, and then honed his performance technique from visits to rock venues in the company of William S. Burroughs.

Tunnel Vision

By DAVID COHEN
May 24, 2010

As the judiciously selected and stunningly installed exhibition at Tate Britain demonstrates, the 1930s were Henry Moore’s most fecund and innovative period of sculptural experimentation, confirming him as a leader of the modern movement in Britain. The outbreak of the Second World War, however, saw abrupt changes in output and outlook alike.

Wintour’s Eyes

By DAVID COHEN
May 16, 2010

According to Alex Katz, speaking publicly at London’s National Portrait Gallery on Friday with Nation art critic Barry Schwabsky and the Gallery’s director, Sandy Nairne, Americans size up someone immediately by their clothes and their haircut. (For Brits, by contrast, it is accent that determines class, and for the French, sentence structure.) He insists his portraits, like all his work, contains all the information in its surface, and that he has no interest in psychology.

Chaste Yet Ravishing

By DAVID COHEN
May 10, 2010

Some think of Tel Aviv in relation to Israel as being like New York in America, the deliciously decadent heart of an otherwise puritanical land. Philip Pearlstein’s lithograph of a model seated amidst weathervanes is the suitably chaste yet ravishing Gala Print for the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s big New York fundraiser taking place Thursday at the Metropolitan Club.

Start Your Engines

By DAVID COHEN
April 30, 2010

The streaming, fluttering cardinal red forms of Russell Roberts’ Talking Engines of Our Day #5, 2005, are at once redolent of flags and limbs. They are strident against a dense moiré of textured ground yet also vulnerable, both in their tapering irregularity and their propensity to allow the ambiguous space behind to peep through their thin, veiling strokes.

Family Reunion

By ROBERT EDWARD BULLOCK, Special to the Sun
April 25, 2014

For the first time in nearly 230 years, a family of six from Madrid is spending time together. In "Goya and the Altamira Family" the Metropolitan Museum of Art unites a set of portraits commissioned by the Count of Altamira, the director of what is…