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Fresh Geometry: Gary Stephan and Alina Tenser

by John Yau on March 27, 2016

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You know something is going on when you stare at work hanging on one wall and forget to look at what is on the gallery’s other three walls.

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Many writers – including, most recently, Peter Schjeldahl in the venerable magazine, The New Yorker – have characterized David Hammons as “elusive” and “difficult.” According to Schjeldahl: “The artist spoke with me, bracingly and delightfully, for a column in this magazine, in 2002. He wouldn’t do so again.”

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Sylvia Plimack Mangold Has the Floor

by John Yau on March 20, 2016

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Plimack Mangold’s floor and ruler paintings are smart, tough, assured, direct and, more than forty years after she did them, they remain challenging: works in which she literally and figuratively cleared a space for herself in ways that have yet to be fully recognized.

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Elisa D’Arrigo is best known for her wall works in which the merging of sewing and repetition is a central feature.

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So Much Depends…

by John Yau on March 13, 2016

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In 1952, Lois Dodd, along with four other artists, started the Tanager Gallery on East Fourth Street, near the Bowery, one of the first artist-run cooperative galleries in New York.

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Mark Greenwold’s Passion for Details

by John Yau on March 6, 2016

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In Mark Greenwold’s pencil drawing “Josie” (2015), at least three people and an oversized cat are gathered in a room under what looks like a skylight. A bespectacled man on the drawing’s right-hand side is wearing boxer shorts and a t-shirt, his erect penis poking through his shorts.

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More than Meets the Eye

by John Yau on February 28, 2016

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If you see lots of work by different artists, you are going to make your own connections.

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What Will You Do About Chris Killip’s Challenge?

by John Yau on February 21, 2016

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Chris Killip is a photographer who is deeply concerned with family and community.

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This is Barboza in a nutshell: headstrong and determined. He did move New York and go to the school he found in the telephone book, but not for long because it wasn’t serious enough.

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Very soon after my review of Louis Draper was published in Hyperallergic Weekend (February 7, 2016), I got an email from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and from the Museum of Modern Art.

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