John Yau

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His work suggests that once Bradley conceives of his project, he is able to pass effortlessly through the style, like an adept actor able to play any role as long as it isn’t too serious and doesn’t require a lot of feeling.

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Steve DiBenedetto has not been sitting still. I cannot imagine that he ever does.

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The Wild Children of William Blake

by John Yau on April 17, 2016

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Raymond Foye – who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of various underground currents of poetry, music, and art – is the only person on the planet who could have conceived of this exhibition, Dark Star: Abstraction and Cosmos at Planthouse.

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Post image for Conversations Can Be a Way of Moving Forward: Melissa Meyer’s Category-Resistant Abstractions

Since 2001, Melissa Meyer has continued to reinvent herself without severing her connections to Abstract Expressionism or, more particularly, the brushstroke and drawing in paint.

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Angela Dufresne Has a Big Heart

by John Yau on April 10, 2016

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Dufresne’s drawings are humorous, whimsical, tender, odd, sarcastic, fantastic, sympathetic, and sweet. She celebrates the wacky and wonderful side of human behavior when overtaken by erotic passion, as well as reaches inexplicable places in our imagination.

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The Music Must Go On

by John Yau on April 10, 2016

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I don’t think it is hard to understand why Sandra Vásquez de la Horra’s pencil drawings depict dejected, often isolated figures from a domain that is simultaneously fairy tale, horror story, and dream.

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Erotic and Abstract

by John Yau on April 3, 2016

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I first became aware of Carole Seborovski’s work in the mid-1980s, when she was a geometric artist working on paper with a restrained palette.

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Why doesn’t the Whitney Museum of American Art inaugurate a series of exhibitions in honor of Herman Melville? It would certainly be fitting given the museum’s recent change of address.

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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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Post image for Why David Hammons Might Find It Necessary to Be Elusive and Difficult

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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