Howard Hurst

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Ken Price’s Luminous Bulges

by Howard Hurst on June 24, 2014

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What these forms do first and foremost is force us to look. They encourage us to question what the eye is given to believe at first glance, and to carefully consider every surface from a variety of angles.

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For those determined to see art in Bushwick off the beaten path, Outpost should be a staple. What’s so lovely about this space is that it seems centered around community and dialogue. The current exhibition, Hearts Gymnastics, curated by Yevgeniya Baras, is no exception.

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Galleries

Still Life Mayhem

by Howard Hurst on May 6, 2014

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These days you can’t walk out of the house without tripping over an abstract painting.

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Pat Steir cut her teeth in the 1970s and went on to become part of the fabric of the New York art world. From her quasi-conceptual paintings of that decade to the Waterfall paintings of the late ’80s, Steir has long been something of a ubiquitous presence — but, like many of her generation, she also hasn’t received the due she deserves.

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Katherine Bernhardt’s Junk-Food Moshpit

by Howard Hurst on February 27, 2014

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Bernhardt has always been impressive for her ability to combine the immediate, seductive properties of paint with the infectious humor of topical pop culture.

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For those of us who want to connect with an artistic community but resist openings with curmudgeonly fervor, there is hope: Greenpoint Gallery Night.

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Museums

Reconsidering the Big Picture

by Howard Hurst on February 12, 2014

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I walked into the exhibition space at the New York Academy of Art recently and was blown away. The current exhibition The Big Picture presents a surprising and considered look at an alternate kind of large-scale painting. Five figurative artists involved with the institution in some way present monumental canvases based at least partly on the human figure.

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Galleries

Staying in Love on the Lower East Side

by Howard Hurst on January 27, 2014

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Making boldface generalities is of course a recipe for disaster, but for many artists the long hours and repetitive demands of making something by hand is part of the parcel.

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Galleries

Peter Doig’s Restless City

by Howard Hurst on November 28, 2013

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I have always thought it unfair that Peter Doig is chiefly known for the headlines associated with the sale of his “White Canoe” painting by Charles Saatchi at auction in 2007 for £5.7 million ($9.31M). This made him Europe’s most expensive living painter and the acknowledgement was accompanied by all the market-related press and interest that such titles generate.

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Painting as Punchline

by Howard Hurst on November 19, 2013

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Scott Reeder is something of an enigma. His newest exhibition at Lisa Cooley Gallery, People Call Me Scott, is too. The work on view appears disjointed at first glance, which is relatively typical of the artist, who’s currently putting the finishing touches on his first feature-length film, Moon Dust, set to come out next year.

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