John Yau

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Solid and Perilous

by John Yau on September 25, 2016

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Gary Petersen’s skewed geometric paintings call forth analogies to music and architecture, a realm of vertical intervals and diagonal supports spliced into a precarious balance.

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Light Shining through Sharp Edges

by John Yau on September 25, 2016

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The Austrian painter Tillman Kaiser does something unexpected and frankly welcome. Rather than accept that painting is used up or on life support, Kaiser opens up the discourse through the use of egg tempera (a medium dating back to Egyptian mummy portraits) on photograms (a 20th-century invention) mounted on wood.

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A Different History

by John Yau on September 18, 2016

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The title of the painting I had been looking at, “Adam and Eve and the Goats” (2016), surprised me. I had thought it was retelling of a classical myth, a subject that Kyle Staver has explored with verve and humor before.

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A Heap of Broken Bodies

by John Yau on September 18, 2016

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I want to start my review of Endymion: Recent Paintings by Clintel Steed at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects/SHFAP with a statement the artist made to Jennifer Samet in an interview that appeared on her blog, “Beer with a Painter.”

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A Forensic Poet for Our Time

by John Yau on September 11, 2016

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What do you do, if you are a poet who has never “ been comfortable with autobiographical material?” Monica Youn’s poems brim with answers to this question that a younger poet might do well to notice.

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A Singular Enterprise

by John Yau on September 11, 2016

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I have been doing my best to follow Marilyn Lerner ever since I reviewed her exhibition at John Good for Artforum (May 1989).

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The Good Life

by John Yau on September 4, 2016

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We want things to be simple, but we know they aren’t, probably never were, and chances are will get only more messy with time. What’s a young poet to do, but try and take some control?

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The Party We Are All Invited To

by John Yau on September 4, 2016

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Jessica Stockholder lives in a contingent domain, which means it is very much like the one where most of us live.

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Foreign Sounds or Sounds Foreign

by John Yau on August 28, 2016

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Brandon Som’s first book of poems, The Tribute Horse, won the 2012 Nightboat Poetry Prize.

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Is It a Trojan Horse?

by John Yau on August 28, 2016

Martin Puryear,

In 1989, after a protracted litigation, a jury of five voted four to one in favor of removing Richard Serra’s “Tilted Arc” (1981) from Federal Plaza in Manhattan, where it had stood for nearly a decade.

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