John Yau

Louis Draper,

In November 1955, four days after Robert Frank was arrested, questioned, and released in Arkansas under the suspicion of being a Communist spy, he took a photograph, ‘‘Trolley — New Orleans’’ (1955), that was included with eighty-two others in his justly famous book, The Americans, which – we should remember — was first published in France in 1958.

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GalleriesWeekend

A Many-Splendored Ode to the Dodo

by John Yau on January 31, 2016

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Absurdity and loneliness embrace each other in David Beck’s diminutive, meticulously detailed dioramas.

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As Robert Creeley once said: “You can’t derail a train by standing directly in front of it, or, not quite. But, a tiny piece of steel, properly placed. . .” The piece of steel in this case is the work of Allison Miller, an abstract painter who began showing her paintings in Los Angeles in 2006, a decade ago.

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Katherine Bradford Dives In

by John Yau on January 17, 2016

Katherine Bradford,

I certainly wasn’t the only person to be dazzled by Katherine Bradford’s breakthrough show, Desire for Transport, at Edward Thorp, nearly a decade ago.

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Progress is one of the key myths to the reception, assessment, assimilation, and display of modernist art.

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MuseumsWeekend

The Prince of New York City

by John Yau on January 3, 2016

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It is easy to forget just how really good a painter Alex Katz can be. This is because he makes everything look so easy and natural.

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Archibald J. Motley Jr.,

If the purpose of an exhibition is to open your eyes and send your mind spinning in all sorts of unexpected directions, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, currently on the eighth floor of the new, spacious Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street, should be slotted at the top of your must-do list.

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Master of the Lost, Neglected, and Overlooked

by John Yau on December 20, 2015

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A number of innovative artists of the first half of the 20th century discovered and worked with collage and the related practice of assemblage.

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For the Love of Paint

by John Yau on December 20, 2015

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Ambition has nothing to do with scale. The largest painting in Eleanor Ray: paintings at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects measures 10 x 8 inches.

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Ray Yoshida’s Foresight

by John Yau on December 13, 2015

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What do Roger Brown, Sarah Canright, Jordan Davies, Ed Flood, Art Green, Philip Hanson, Richard Hull, Jin Soo Kim, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Suellen Rocca, Barbara Rossi, William Schwedler, Rebecca Shore, Chris Ware, Karl Wirsum and Mary Lou Zelazny have in common?

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