• 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 […]

    • Helmut Federle, Ferner K, 2013.
Vegetable oil, acrylic on canvas 19 5/8 x 15 3/4 in. Image courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery New York.

      Helmut Federle’s Ferner Paintings at Peter Blum Gallery

      Friday, 29 November 2013 09:00

      The Ferner-paintings, which Helmut Federle painted in 2012 and 2013, are restrained and quiet, and yet they radiate a determining power. They evade one’s view and, because of this, create an optical vortex. All of the paintings are the same size, only 50 cm high, and show only one form: a circle. The blurred borderline […]

    • Johnny Tragedy avoids injury from potentially harmful mishaps while at the same time concealing his second identity by wearing a piece of his new work.

      Born Tragedy: Mark Sengbusch talks to Stanish and Tragedy

      Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:00

      Superman is different than most Super Heroes. His disguise is Clark Kent. He was born Superman. Where Bruce Wayne’s disguise is Batman. Alter egos occur in Pop Culture too. Take Prince, David Bowie, Hanna Montana/Miley Cyrus or Kool Keith. Japanese printmakers would change their names mid-career to create a fresh buzz. Authors too. Isaac Asimov […]

    • Raqib Shaw, Arrival of the Ram King - PARADISE LOST II, 2011-2013. Oil, acrylic, enamel, glitter and rhinestones on Birch wood 9 x 9 in. Two panels, overall installed.

      Raqib Shaw’s Idiosyncratic Paradise

      Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:00

      Indian artist Raqib Shaw’s monumental exhibition Paradise Lost at Pace Gallery, New York, of large meticulously painted fabulations rendered like an overlay of inlaid mosaic tiles is exhilarating beyond belief.  The viewer is drawn at once to its spellbinding craftsmanship and exuberance, and the everlasting lure of decadence. But in fact Shaw delivers quite the […]

    • Tatiana Berg, Mallory, 2013. Acrylic on Yupo paper. 52 x 40 in. Image courtesy of Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden, New York.

      The Jewel Box Review at Hansel & Gretel Picture Garden

      Monday, 25 November 2013 09:00

      In the contemporary art world, one of the most challenging undertakings is to curate a group show. Featuring the recent works of six artists of diverse backgrounds, the current exhibition at Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden asks bold questions. Is the centuries-old quarrel between painting and sculpture still relevant and how can an artist complicate […]

    • Paola Pivi, Ok, you are better than me, so what? Installation view, 2013. Image courtesy of Galerie Perrotin.

      Fall Art Romp: Carbone and Stevens Roll Through the City

      Friday, 22 November 2013 09:00

      Like sugar induced hyper-active children, David and I went to the only place where grownups ring doorbells to see art: The Upper East Side. Were we tricked? Yes. Were we treated, yeah, that too. Our first stop was Michael Werner Gallery where their new and stunning second floor space houses a Peter Saul exhibition. This […]

    • Mat Chivers, Mappa Universalis B, 2010. Image courtesy of Tryon St. Gallery.

      Meridian Exhibition at New Tryon St. Gallery

      Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:35

      The new Meridian exhibition at the recently launched Tryon St Gallery, (just a stone’s throw from London’s Saatchi gallery), explores the universal human fascination with finding our place in the world and recording it through maps and mapping. Attesting a human need to determine and record one’s position in the world, maps—and intangible concepts such as meridians—are instrumental in […]

    • Sonia Boyce, Move, image still, 2013. Single channel video and sound. Photo Credit: Kristof Vrancken.

      Contour 6: Leasure, Discipline, and Punishment

      Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:00

      Mechelen is a small city in Belgium, poised exactly half way between Brussels and Antwerp. Though it has a higher percentage of listed buildings than the better-known tourist magnet Bruges, for a long time, the city has been a hidden gem. Over the last couple of years, however, Mechelen has managed to put itself on […]

    • Salvador Dalí, Vénus de Milo aux Tiroirs (Venus de Milo with Drawers), 1936/1964, painted bronze and mink pompoms, height: 97.5 cm, Private Collection, © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2013.

      Objects of Desire: The Lost Art of Challenging Art

      Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:00

      As a repository of Dadaist ideas, the brilliant show at Blain/Di Donna, Dada and Surrealist Objects, represents what constitutes artistic re-interpretation. It brings back into focus the bankruptcy of contemporary artistic initiatives as nothing more than  shameless re-invention.  The “objects” in this elegantly-mounted show represent imaginative artifacts created between 1920 and 1969 (save for the […]

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