John Yau

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In his third and best exhibition, Matt Bollinger: Independence, MO, at Zürcher Gallery, the artist continues to remember and invent aspects of his youth, family and friends, while growing up in and around Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City.

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Post image for Sexual Abstraction: Judy Ledgerwood’s Recent Paintings

If, as Amy Sillman has said, “The elephant in the room is sex,” Judy Ledgerwood’s paintings ask the viewer: What exactly do you think you are looking at?

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BooksWeekend

Piercing Clarity: Gail Mazur’s Poetry

by John Yau on May 8, 2016

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Aptly titled, Forbidden City is Gail Mazur’s seventh book of poetry. Before getting the book — which she sent me — I knew that Gail had written the poems in the years after her husband, Michael Mazur (1935–2009), had died of congestive heart failure.

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GalleriesWeekend

The Fly in the Ointment: Lee Krasner

by John Yau on May 8, 2016

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One view of Lee Krasner’s career is that there is no dramatic rupture marking the emergence of something new — at least not like the widely celebrated ones that occurred in the work of her husband, Jackson Pollock, or with Willem de Kooning, or, later, Philip Guston.

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David Reed’s Panorama

by John Yau on May 1, 2016

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The last time David Reed showed paintings in New York was in 2007, nearly a decade ago.

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Lui Shtini’s Enigmatic Paintings

by John Yau on May 1, 2016

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I imagine that Lui Shtini has a growing group of admirers – many of them painters – just as Myron Stout, Christina Ramberg, Barbara Rossi, and Thomas Nozkowski did before him.

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Post image for An Ivory Tower Artist: Joe Bradley’s Recent Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings

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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