John Yau

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This slim volume of poetry might stir up the tears you have been keeping inside you, especially if, like me, you are old enough to remember the 1980s and the AIDS epidemic, the seemingly endless roll call of people you knew and didn’t know who died horribly.

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Ten years ago, in an interview that I did with Stephen Westfall, he said that he was interested in a skewed grid because it looked as if “the whole thing could tremble and be knocked over.”

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HyperallergicWeekend

Nicole Eisenman: An Exchange

by John Yau on June 19, 2016

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Editor’s Note: This letter to the editor was received this week and is presented here (without editing). It is followed by a response by the author, John Yau.

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GalleriesWeekend

Joanne Greenbaum’s Amazing Parties

by John Yau on June 19, 2016

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Joanne Greenbaum began making tiny sculptures out of Sculpey in 2003.

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BooksWeekend

Arthur Vogelsang Takes Us into Orbit

by John Yau on June 12, 2016

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Being a poet in America is like being a submarine: you might be seen when you pop up, and, as a rule, people don’t go looking for you.

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GalleriesWeekend

Restless and Rigid

by John Yau on June 12, 2016

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The work of Lee Mullican and others, including his friend Gordon Onslow Ford, shatters the myth that the only radical art being made in America in the 1940s and ’50s was by the Abstract Expressionists.

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MuseumsWeekend

A Truly Great Artist

by John Yau on June 5, 2016

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At once compassionate and angry, empathetic and satirical, tender and tough, Nicole Eisenman is a storyteller, portraitist, social chronicler, allegorist, fantasist, utopian dreamer and history painter, to name just a handful of her many artistic identities.

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GalleriesWeekend

Something New Under the Sun

by John Yau on June 5, 2016

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Richard Van Buren studied ceramics at Mexico City College. Later, he moved to San Francisco, where he studied at San Francisco State (1961–64).

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BooksWeekend

Nicolas Hundley’s Heretical Machinery

by John Yau on May 29, 2016

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Nicolas Hundley is a poet of pronouns. In many of his poems and prose poems, a pronoun ­– he, they, you, and we – is central to each line or sentence.

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GalleriesWeekend

Juan Uslé’s Brushstrokes

by John Yau on May 29, 2016

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In his current exhibition, Membrana Porosa, at Cheim and Read, the artist’s first in New York since 2011, Juan Uslé shows fourteen paintings in the gallery’s four distinct spaces.

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