Thomas Micchelli

Post image for A Painter’s Progress: Monique Mouton’s Rough Edges

Deceptively casual and casually deceptive, Monique Mouton’s abstract paintings at Bridget Donahue on the Lower East Side are simple statements wrought from a density of decision-making, starting with the often irregular shape she chooses as a surface.

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Post image for Firestarter: Otto Piene’s Elemental Art

The victors and the vanquished approached the development of avant-garde art in the aftermath of World War II in markedly different ways.

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Post image for Paint as Language, Language as Paint: Paul D’Agostino’s Chromatic Alphabet

The fluency of concept and form in Paul D’Agostino’s new, bifurcated show at Life on Mars marks a further consolidation of his rigorous attention to language and the infinity of ways it can be parsed, subverted, and remade.

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Anri Sala,

The lingering trauma of repression and the heady, disconcerting repercussions of freedom are tendrils that wend their way throughout Sala’s refined, giddy, somber body of work.

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Fred Valentine,

It’s an unsentimental portrait, to say the least.

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Post image for Discourse, Dazzle, and Snap: Jonathan Lasker’s New Paintings

Jonathan Lasker’s approach to painting hasn’t changed materially in decades, and so why would his work, which struck me as an alienating (if not irritating) closed system when I first started looking at it in the 1990s, now feel so open, urgent, and fresh?

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Post image for Graffiti 2.0: Jeff Schwarz’s Ceramic Abstractions

To be clear, Jeff Schwarz doesn’t use paint on his ceramic paintings. The marks, swipes, smears and sprays across his surprisingly versatile surfaces are created entirely with glaze, slip and clay.

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Post image for History Repeating Itself: Tragedy, Farce, and Judith Bernstein

With her remarkable new exhibition at Mary Boone — her second at the gallery in eight months — Judith Bernstein resurrects the imagery of her Vietnam-era works in a savage takedown of contemporary American politics and its testosterone-fueled will to power.

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Post image for Not Necessarily Pleasant: The Paintings of Juanita McNeely

One of the more ferociously beautiful shows you’re likely to see this season is by a 79-year-old painter who was barely out of high school when she was given six months to live.

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Post image for Broken Utopia: Abstract Painting in Italy

Nobody believes in the simple narrative arc of Modern Art anymore; even so, Painting in Italy 1910s–1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art at Sperone Westwater is an instructive glimpse into the fullness and complexity lying beneath thumbnail histories of the avant-garde.

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