Tim Keane

Post image for Graven Images and Desert Edens: The Art of Harry Sternberg

The political diction of the 1930s has made a comeback. Long-gone buzzwords like “socialism,” “fascism,” “the rich,” “worker rights,” “economic crisis” and “Wall Street bankers” have been bandied about these past few years, amplified by news cycles and social media memes.

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Post image for Silence Like a Sense: Jake Berthot’s Visual Poetics

Before Jake Berthot became a painter, he was ridiculed by high school peers for an unorthodox answer he once gave in class. Berthot’s teacher rescued him by saying that the response he’d given made its own kind of sense because the young man was a poet.

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Post image for Paint Is the Language of God: The Gospel According to Gustave Moreau

What’s Gustave Moreau doing hanging out with John Currin, Wade Guyton, and Damien Hirst?

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Post image for “Exactly as It Was”: Ellsworth Kelly’s Basic Training

When art world luminary, Ellsworth Kelly, died in December at the age of 92, his obituaries described him as an artist who rejected the very idea of art as self-expression.

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Francis Picabia in his studio (c.1912)

CHICAGO — “Paintings are made for dentists.” So goes one of the many acerbic lines in artist Francis Picabia’s freewheeling poems.

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I Is an Other: The Mail Art of Ray Johnson

by Tim Keane on August 22, 2015

Ray Johnson in his Suffolk Street apartment, 1967

Ray Johnson disappeared near Sag Harbor just over twenty years ago. But if we refer to the artist by the art, he’s still among us.

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Joan Miró in front of his painting,

How did postwar New York painting influence one of its foremost European progenitors? This question is posed as a partial rationale for Nahmad Contemporary’s current show Joan Miró: Oiseux Dans L’Espace.

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Ed Sanders

In early 1966, following a New Years’ gig by his folk-rock band, the Fugs, the poet Ed Sanders woke up to find that his Peace Eye Bookstore, then on East 10th Street, had been raided by the NYPD.

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Bill Berkson

“Why should I look at this [art] instead of out the window?” asks Bill Berkson in one of the prose poems from his stellar new collection, Expect Delays.

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Post image for Recurring Waves of Arrival: Elaine de Kooning’s Portraits, from Loft Dwellers to JFK

WASHINGTON, DC – “I was enslaved by portraits.” That’s how Elaine de Kooning puts it to filmmaker Betty Jane Thiebaud to describe what happened after her arduous and rewarding commission to paint President John F. Kennedy’s portrait for the Truman Library.

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