John Yau

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Rosalyn Drexler’s Noir Paintings

by John Yau on March 15, 2015

Rosalyn Drexler,

I wonder if the reason Rosalyn Drexler isn’t better known is because she is so good at so many different things. We recognize such mastery in men, but rarely in women.

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Lois Dodd’s Paintings of the Ephemeral

by John Yau on March 8, 2015

Lois Dodd,

In recent weeks, I have written about what I have defined as a grown-up painter, as opposed to what I called “the latest manifestation of a male adolescent painter, a clichéd archetype that gained traction in the Neo-Expressionist ‘80s, with the rise of Julian Schnabel, and has not been thrown over because lots of people still find this sort of chest thumping entertaining.”

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I want to begin by stating this is not a review of a Model City, a book of poems that I recently read. The author is Donna Stonecipher, an American poet and translator who has lived in Berlin for some years.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Grown-Up Painter?

by John Yau on February 22, 2015

Merlin James,

Isn’t it time we begin putting things in perspective?

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Al Taylor: Not Yet in from the Cold

by John Yau on February 14, 2015

Al Taylor,

New York’s art world institutions still haven’t recognized how good an artist Al Taylor was. They overlooked his work while he was alive, and seem hellbent on continuing that willful blindness now that he is dead.

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Master of Many

by John Yau on February 8, 2015

Philip Taaffe,

There used to be a time when curators could slap a label on a group of artists, claiming the work to be central, progressive, and an important part of their narrative of art history.

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Ann Gale,

As I have written previously, there is a lot of very good painting going on these days. It is just that you are not likely to see much of it at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at least in recent memory.

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Despite the hue and cry about zombie formalism, there is a lot of very good painting going on these days.

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Martin Puryear,

Recently, and rather unexpectedly, the term “negative capability,” which was coined by the poet John Keats, came to mind. Was this an outlandish association to make while looking at Martin Puryear’s debut exhibition at Matthew Marks?

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Nicholas Moore, Touched by Poetic Genius

by John Yau on January 11, 2015

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Twenty-five years ago, Anthony Rudolf said it best in his “Preface” to the second edition of Nicholas Moore’s Spleen (1990): “The neglect of Nicholas Moore, a complex, many-sided, mysterious and disturbing poet is, well, a complex, many-sided, mysterious and disturbing phenomenon.”

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