• Julia Parkinson, In Conversation, 2012. Installation view. Image courtesy of ICA London.

      ICA London: The Bloomberg New Contemporaries

      Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:00

      The Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA, London, is the oldest of the graduate survey exhibitions having been originally founded in 1949, and is considered an authoritative view of emerging talent, with a wealth of established artists having participated; from Hockney to Kapoor. The ICA is showcasing 46 artists in the exhibition for the fourth […]

    • John Burtle, Strawberry Wrapper (You are the Sweetest), 2013, Acrylic paint on wood stretcher, 14 x 15 x 2.25 in. Image courtesy of Michael Benevento Gallery.

      Unpacking John Burtle’s Support Constructs

      Monday, 16 December 2013 09:00

      A strawberry candy-wrapper, recreated extra-large in the bold, commercial colors of the original throw-away, hangs just inside the entry; it is a cheerful welcome to this exhibition, and the shift in scale startles me—the painting is about the size of my head, and this makes me think of the urgency of a child’s valentine offering: […]

    • Shirazeh Houshiary, Vertigo, 2013. Pencil, pigments and white aquacryl on canvas and aluminum 47.24 x 47.24 in. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Photo credit Dave Morgan.

      The Eye Fell in Love with the Ear by Shirazeh Houshiary

      Friday, 13 December 2013 09:00

      Iranian born London based Shirazeh Houshiary’s sixth solo exhibition The eye fell in love with the ear at the Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York, is very aptly titled. Infused by her deep metaphysical concerns, her ethereal abstractions speak volumes to anyone who listens. The largest most breathtaking work Echo, 2013, evokes an expansive body of […]

    • Gillian Iles, A Combination of Nerve and Wit, 2013. 5 panels mixed media, 102 x 118 in. and sculptures of variable sizes. Image courtesy of the artist.

      Gillian Iles: You Can Only Get There From Here

      Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:02

      The title itself is a little bit strange. Where is here and where is there? Why does anyone want to get from here to there? Stepping into Red Head Gallery we come face to face with a combination of nerve and wit, a painting of a large dark tunnel that seems ready to swallow us. […]

    • Eileen Quinlan, Sister, 2013. Gelatin silver print. Image courtesy of Miguel Abreu Gallery.

      Eileen Quinlan’s Curtains at Miguel Abreu

      Monday, 9 December 2013 09:01

      The appropriately titled Curtains, Eileen Quinlan’s spare exhibition at Miguel Abreu, unsettles in ways few shows dare. The 24 black-and-white prints, all gelatin silver, communicate a spirit that is both cryptic and choleric. They dampen, these images, as in deaden. They silence. One feels in their presence as if having stepped into the afterings of […]

    • Dave Schubert, Dash Snow in the Bathtub, 2013. Enlarged C-print. Image courtesy of Rox Gallery.

      Beware the Membrum Virile: Ascension Exhibition at Rox Gallery

      Friday, 6 December 2013 09:00

      The press release for Ascension describes an exhibition where “fragmentation abounds in multitudinous ‘selves’, highlighting large-scale interactions between national and, arguably, mystical realms.” My impression, however, in moving through the two-level group show was that the artists in the gallery’s meandering lower level were engaged in a more interesting and urgent discussion about a virulent […]

    • Image courtesy of Lang/Baumann and Gestalten Press.

      More is More by Lang/Baumann

      Thursday, 5 December 2013 09:00

      Whether you see them as architects, sculptors, painters, or installation artists, one thing is clear: Lang/Baumann are here to bend your mind. Their large-scale installations consistently challenge the boundaries between the surreal and the commonplace, and their book, More is More, is a vivid portrayal of their best work. More is More is a photo […]

    • Detail of a work by Henry Darger. Image courtesy of the author.

      Beyond the Wall: Outsider Art Goes Inside

      Wednesday, 4 December 2013 09:00

      This past October, famed UK street artist Banksy spent a month in New York City, leaving behind 31 provocative works in public spaces scattered throughout the city’s five boroughs. Each new piece threw the press and public deeper into the kind of frenzy usually reserved for pop culture events like a new Harry Potter book […]

    • Evie Falci, Clotho, 2013. 
Rhinestones on denim 
66x 60 inches.

      The Necessary Magician: Irena Jurek Talks Work With Artist Evie Falci

      Tuesday, 3 December 2013 09:00

      Irena Jurek: When I look at your work I think about how it’s in dialogue with ancient ideas and the origins of abstraction. Kandinsky is often accredited with having invented abstraction, but it’s existed for so much longer than that. Evie Falci: If you look at Paleolithic art, it’s filled with spirals and dot work, […]

    • Michael Zanksy, Flatland 5, 2013. Blowtorch on paper, 52 x 72 in. Image courtesy of the artist.

      Burning Man: The work of Michael Zanksy

      Monday, 2 December 2013 09:00

      Who needs Banksy when you have Zansky as a natural resource?  His fire drawings now on view at Stefen Stux are a remarkable mix of skill and innovation. These large scale line drawings have the look of faded sepia sketches of Da Vinci or badly faded enlarged photocopies of twentieth century cave paintings. Upon closer […]

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