Art Seen: National

CRANBROOK ART MUSEUM // DRAWING AS THINKING AND PROCESS

By Alexandra Kadlec Drawing is often perceived as the beginning of an expression, as well as the culmination of a concept, a message, and a story. It may also be the precursor to, the draft of, a finished product; we imagine the artist that first sketches the scene that will become the painting. In the[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // HANK WILLIS THOMAS

by Hiba Ali At its core, the work of Hank Willis Thomas asks his viewers to observe how mass media constructs the myth of race and identity. In his multi-venue exhibition, currently on view Cleveland, Ohio, is his entire early major series, the 82-part photographs within Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America, 1968–2008, on display[…]

LIFELIKE // PHOENIX ART MUSEUM

by Sarah Hamilton Deceptive and delicate, Lifelike keeps visitors on their toes. Currently on view at the Phoenix Art Museum, it is the kind of exhibition that, at first glance, might cause you to blow it off. “Andy Warhol’s brillo boxes? Again?” But much like the work it features, Lifelike deceives expectations.  The show features[…]

Angelina Gualdoni // Asya Geisberg Gallery

by Nadiah Fellah Angelina Gualdoni’s paintings are works that reward a close look. The fragmented scenes captured on her canvases are at once formally complex and materially simple, depicting images that verge on the figurative, while fading into abstraction in certain passages. Gualdoni says of her current work: “I [want] to make the physicality of[…]

Assorted Abstraction, In Three Parts

by Tara Plath The exhibition currently on view at Thierry Goldberg is repetitive, but not redundant. On view through February 2, it features two artists in three parts; each installation exists as a chapter of the untitled series of paintings by John Bianchi and Jeffrey Kessel. Facing out of the gallery and onto the street[…]

A PSYCHIC SLIDE THROUGH TIME // GRAND ARTS

by Sarah Hamilton An Interview with Lacey Wozny and Danny Orendorff on the Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition To those who know it, Kansas City has a vibrant visual arts community, shored up by institutions like the Kansas City Art Institute, Grand Arts, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. The current exhibition of[…]

LIONEL MAUNZ // BUREAU

by Tara Plath In stark contrast to white walls and light patchwork floorboards, the sculptures of Lionel Maunz shade the space of Bureau in New York. The methodically placed cast iron and concrete sculptures stand and lay around the gallery, feeling neither cluttered nor sparse. For his third solo exhibition with the gallery, Lionel Maunz[…]

WORDWEARY // BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL

by Dana Bassett I found out about Tao Rey’s Instagram account the same way I find out about most cool art stuff – Domingo Castillo told me. This bit of Miami art news was initially striking because at the time (and probably still), Domingo didn’t even have a smartphone capable of viewing Instagram. Compounding my surprise[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // MATT LIPPS

by Andrew Zizik and Blaise Danio At first glance, Matt Lipps is a photographer. Though, if you take a closer look into his exhibit Library at Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles, you’ll see he is as much a prop stylist and set designer. His technique involves a multi-dimensional process, from collaging and posing, to lighting and[…]

ISA GENZKEN: RETROSPECTIVE // MoMA

by Nadiah Fellah  Seen side-by-side, one would hardly guess that the colorfully accessorized mannequin sculptures and the architectural models made with mathematical precision were created by the same artist. Yet, both are prominent parts of Isa Genzken: Retrospective currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Representing distinct periods in the[…]

JULIANNE SWARTZ // SMoCA

by Sarah Hamilton Viewing artwork in a gallery or museum is a two-part pleasure. The first part is the pleasure you take from viewing the artwork – seeing it up close, perhaps walking around and leaning in to it. The second part is watching others in the gallery move around the same works and seeing[…]

CLARA BRÖRMANN // NICELLE BEAUCHENE GALLERY

by Tara Plath The paintings of Berlin-based artist Clara Brörmann, currently hanging on the walls of Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, reveal an innate sense of clarity, though a direct understanding of each work’s process may be lost in the layers. The exhibition, entitled Der Tag davor, includes nine recent paintings that appear to address the artist’s autonomy[…]

BALTHUS // CATS AND GIRLS

by Nadiah Fellah Contemporary audiences are often inured to even the most provocative of imagery, the presence of which has become ubiquitous in our visual culture. However, if a twenty-first century audience still gets squeamish in front of eroticized paintings of young girls, is our discomfort anachronistic, or does the work present a new set[…]

2013 CARNEGIE INTERNATIONAL

By Robin Dluzen It may contain a modest 35 artists, but that doesn’t mean that the 2013 Carnegie International doesn’t cover a lot of ground. Work is installed everywhere in the Pittsburgh museum: outdoors, amongst the permanent collections, in the white walled exhibition galleries and the unusual architectural corners and clearings of the building. Besides[…]

ART PRIZE 2013 // TOP WINNERS ANN LOVELESS & ANNI CROUTER

by Alexandra Kadlec Since 2009, autumn in Grand Rapids, Michigan has become synonymous with Art Prize, an international art competition that occurs over several weeks in September and October. During this time each year, an influx of artists and visitors from all over the world flock to the city’s downtown, where museums, restaurants, and other[…]

INTERVIEW WITH STEVE SACKS // BITFORMS

by Dominique Moulon  In 2001, Steven Sacks founded Bitforms gallery in New York, on 20th street in Chelsea. Since then, Sacks continues to explore new media territories, participating in some of the largest contemporary art events around the world. Dominique Moulon: Is the reemergence of kinetic and optical artworks on the art scene favorable to[…]

MARTE EKNÆS // PERPENDICULAR PICTURE

by James Collins Two recent exhibitions in Michigan, both featuring artist Marte Eknæs, a Norwegian-born artist now living in Berlin, caught my attention. Having opened a solo show at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery, which just closed this November, Eknæs also followed with a collaborative installation with Nicolau Vergueiro this past October at What Pipeline, an artist[…]

JOSHUA ABELOW // JAMES FUENTES

by Josh Reames Joshua Abelow recently closed his second solo show at James Fuentes in New York. The exhibition, entitled ABELOW ON DELANCEY, features a new series of paintings and drawings. As one can expect to see from Abelow, there is a lot to look at –paintings on canvas and burlap, as well as framed[…]

A ROLLING HOME // MIKE KELLEY’S HOMESTEAD VIDEOS

by Marianne Templeton Turning onto Michigan Avenue, Mobile Homestead blows a tire. The house—neat white clapboard with blue trim, the symbol of both the rise and fall of the American dream—has just been launched in the vacant block behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), where Mike Kelley had staked a claim for a[…]

SCOTT REEDER // LISA COOLEY

by Nadiah Fellah Humor and irreverence mark Chicago artist Scott Reeder’s new exhibition of paintings and sculptures at Lisa Cooley in New York. In People Call Me Scott, Reeder embodies an atmosphere similar to Club Nutz, a space/program co-run by the artist and his brother Tyson Reeder. Many of the text-based works in the show[…]

JOSH SMITH // LUHRING AUGUSTINE

by Josh Reames While in New York, I had the pleasure of seeing Josh Smith’s current exhibition at Luhring Augustine – self-titled and split between both the Chelsea and Bushwick locations. Though they are considered one single exhibition, the two shows are strikingly different. In Chelsea, Smith mounts a series of austere, brushy monochromes on[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARITST // KERRY JAMES MARSHALL

by Nadiah Fellah Two solo shows of contemporary painter Kerry James Marshall’s work from this fall could not be more different in imagery. For the artist’s first solo show in Washington, DC, a large selection of paintings and drawings from the early 1990s through the present are being exhibited at the National Gallery of Art.[…]

Get This! Gallery // The Blue Flame

by Courtney Hammond The Blue Flame, Ben Roosevelt’s conversion of the normally white walled Get This! Gallery into a dimly lit, wood paneled dive bar closes with a much-anticipated rock-art bash this upcoming Friday, May 11, 2012. This exhibit is an impressive visual interpretation of a dream had by the artist in where he recalls memories in amazing detail of[…]