Daniel Larkin

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Earlier this week at the Union Theological Seminary, I sensed that someone in power must have a wicked sense of humor.

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Oscar Wilde was suspicious of men in suits. He once famously remarked that “with an evening coat and a white tie, even a stock broker can gain a reputation for being civilized.”

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In the realm of high-modern abstract painting, the color purple rarely gets the spotlight. So it’s exciting to watch Hans Hofmann play with purple and give it center stage in a pair of works on view right now at Ameringer McEnery Yohe.

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Theaters

Does White Privilege Make You Sweat?

by Daniel Larkin on November 14, 2013

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It’s difficult to create art about white privilege. Though one can easily enough declare that white privilege is bad, distilling all its paradoxes into a poignant artistic image is challenging. And when an artist succeeds, it commands attention.

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Moles have been underrated by art history. They don’t flaunt it like baroque peacocks, glow like medieval dragons, or bask in contradictions like post-modern minotaurs. But by burrowing tunnels, they blaze new paths and create alternate worlds under our feet.

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A packed house received Lucy Lippard for a wry lecture about her life as an arts writer at the New School on Wednesday, October 30. Staff from the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, which co-sponsored the event, stood leaning against the wall. Students sat on the floor.

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Post image for Abstraction Like Fire at Gowanus Open Studios

One trend that stood out at Gowanus Open Studios was that of abstract paintings with the formal sensibility of fire. It’s less about literal depictions of fire. It’s more about swaths of color that glow like raging bonfires, lines that flicker like the tips of flames, chromatic intensity worthy of an inferno, and compositions with a sense of movement where forms leap and dance like flames.

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Galleries

These Skies Are All Funked Up

by Daniel Larkin on October 14, 2013

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Last month’s Greenpoint Gallery Night revealed a trend among contemporary artists: they’re reveling in ways to make the sky look weird. (Isn’t all contemporary art about weird these days?) Seriously, there were no kitschy sunsets or pretty blue skies or brooding storms to be found. No, what feels right these days are skies that look charmingly chthonic, oleaginous and obstreperous, weirdly wonderful. Only such strange phrases do them justice.

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Not all shades of pink get equal attention. The glut of carnation pinks, the flood of hot pink, and the surges of magenta in street fashion, web design, and art — well, it adds up to a visual culture that leaves out other shades of pink. Cary Leibowitz’s new solo show (paintings and belt buckles) is exciting for many reasons. But what hits hard first is this rare hue of pink that covers every inch of the walls and coats the paintings’ backgrounds.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — A label like psychedelic sculpture, for what it’s worth, does justice to the gnarly stalactites and unorthodox mineral deposits of the Oregon Caves National Monument. Seriously, it’s like walking through a three dimensional Grateful Dead album cover.

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