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Stanley Whitney in the 1990s

by John Yau on July 5, 2015

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Years ago I saw a drawing in a modest exhibition at the Centre Pompidou that Picasso made on a sheet of stiff cardboard while he was on a picnic with his friends, Michel and Louise Leiris. Not one to waste space, Picasso divided the surface into a grid, and in each small square he made a quick contour drawing of his longtime friends.

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John Ashbery,

I do know that I had no intention of writing about the two exhibitions currently at Tibor de Nagy, John Ashbery & Guy Maddin: Collages and Richard Baker: The Doctor is Out, when I went to the gallery.

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Rowdy Celebrations

by John Yau on June 21, 2015

Peter Reginato,

A few months ago, I saw a painting by Peter Reginato for the first time. It was on the streets of Manhattan.

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“Something strange is creeping across me.” The first line of John Ashbery’s poem, “Daffy Duck in Hollywood,” came to mind while I was scrutinizing the modestly scaled, seemingly benign works included in Bloomfield, Jessica Rohrer’s latest exhibition of paintings and works on paper at PPOW.

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Another Look at Robert Motherwell

by John Yau on June 7, 2015

Robert Motherwell,

Robert Motherwell didn’t believe that Pablo Picasso or Henri Matisse were figures to be overthrown.

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Natalie Frank,

Many fairy tales are about young girls and boys whose lives are controlled by the capricious impulses of evil stepmothers, vain queens and repressive fathers.

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Bruce Conner,

Bruce Conner (1933–2008) was a protean artist, who achieved something that is unlikely to be equaled anytime soon: he reinvented himself in every medium he took up, while remaining true to his perfectionist impulses.

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Tom Burckhardt’s Arrival

by John Yau on May 17, 2015

Tom Burckhardt,

Tom Burckhardt just keeps getting better and better.

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Installation view,

I don’t know Robert Grosvenor, and I have never heard him give a talk, but years ago he made a huge impression on me.

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Since the beginning of this century a number of poets of Asian descent have published books that have helped redefine the field of study known as Asian American poetry, while challenging the various received definitions of what constitutes avant-garde or innovative writing.

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