Thomas Micchelli

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There is a small exhibition in memory of Charles Garabedian (1923 – 2016) currently at Sidecar, the adjoining annex space of Betty Cuningham Gallery on the Lower East Side.

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Post image for Adam Simon’s Deadeye Realism

As is often the case with Simon’s work, the logo paintings require a period of conceptual catch-up before they can be seen as what they are, rather than as what they seem.

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Post image for Inclusive, Eclectic, Dazzling: The Paintings of Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann

Mann begins each work with splashes of ink and water across the surface of the paper, prompting a series of painterly moves that invariably lead to extreme, layered, engulfing complexity.

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Post image for Lessons in Gigantism: Richard Serra Makes It Work

And then there’s Richard Serra, whose double-gallery blowout at Gagosian is Exhibit A for material-intensity-meets-overwhelming-scale. There’s nothing else like it.

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Post image for Never Mind the Bollocks, It’s the Met’s Breuer Now

I realize that I’m coming late to the party with Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, one of the three debut exhibitions of the Met Breuer, and I have little to add to the conversation about the fundamental problem with the show.

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Post image for Flesh and Bones: Philip Guston’s “Thingness”

The idea of an abrupt transition between the abstract work and the late figuration has become so ingrained in the narrative of Guston’s career that a view suggesting a more gradual evolution might meet with resistance.

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Post image for Theater, Science, Music: The Expansive Art of Fausto Melotti

There are numerous points of beguilement throughout the show, beginning in the very first room off the street.

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Smeary Smeary Edgar Degas

by Thomas Micchelli on April 16, 2016

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The first picture that caught me up short was “Factory Smoke” (1877–79), hanging alone on a freestanding wall in the middle of the gallery.

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Post image for Fearless Symmetries: Judith Braun’s Carbon-Based Art Forms

The unclassifiable drawings of Judith Braun are now on view in two concurrent, very different solo exhibitions.

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Post image for What Isn’t There: Audra Wolowiec’s Sounds, Scents, and Erasures

If the exquisitely mercurial art of Audra Wolowiec can be reduced to a single factor, it would be breath.

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