John Yau

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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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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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I want to focus on Jasper Johns’s three recent monotypes based on a Vietnam-era photograph of an emotionally shattered soldier, which are included in Jasper Johns: Monotypes at Matthew Marks.

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Perhaps we have all been reading his work too narrowly since his first show at Leo Castelli, more than a half-century ago.

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In his third and best exhibition, Matt Bollinger: Independence, MO, at Zürcher Gallery, the artist continues to remember and invent aspects of his youth, family and friends, while growing up in and around Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City.

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If, as Amy Sillman has said, “The elephant in the room is sex,” Judy Ledgerwood’s paintings ask the viewer: What exactly do you think you are looking at?

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Piercing Clarity: Gail Mazur’s Poetry

by John Yau on May 8, 2016

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Aptly titled, Forbidden City is Gail Mazur’s seventh book of poetry. Before getting the book — which she sent me — I knew that Gail had written the poems in the years after her husband, Michael Mazur (1935–2009), had died of congestive heart failure.

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The Fly in the Ointment: Lee Krasner

by John Yau on May 8, 2016

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One view of Lee Krasner’s career is that there is no dramatic rupture marking the emergence of something new — at least not like the widely celebrated ones that occurred in the work of her husband, Jackson Pollock, or with Willem de Kooning, or, later, Philip Guston.

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David Reed’s Panorama

by John Yau on May 1, 2016

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The last time David Reed showed paintings in New York was in 2007, nearly a decade ago.

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Lui Shtini’s Enigmatic Paintings

by John Yau on May 1, 2016

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I imagine that Lui Shtini has a growing group of admirers – many of them painters – just as Myron Stout, Christina Ramberg, Barbara Rossi, and Thomas Nozkowski did before him.

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