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Stanley Whitney in the 1990s

by John Yau on July 5, 2015

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Years ago I saw a drawing in a modest exhibition at the Centre Pompidou that Picasso made on a sheet of stiff cardboard while he was on a picnic with his friends, Michel and Louise Leiris. Not one to waste space, Picasso divided the surface into a grid, and in each small square he made a quick contour drawing of his longtime friends.

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CHICAGO — A flat description of Miami-based artist Jillian Mayer’s work— such as you might find in wall texts or press releases — reads like it’s culled from the syllabus of an Interactive Arts & Media graduate class.

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BOSTON — Before 1968, when Philip Guston more or less began working on a new body of work that would define his late career, it could be said of him, as it was of Lord Dartmouth by the poet William Cowper: this was a man “who wears a coronet and prays.”

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John Ashbery,

I do know that I had no intention of writing about the two exhibitions currently at Tibor de Nagy, John Ashbery & Guy Maddin: Collages and Richard Baker: The Doctor is Out, when I went to the gallery.

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Alison Hall, “Brooklyn Nocturne XI, Smiling” (2015)

Alison Hall’s small, smart, monochromatic panels are clear, compact and not at all what they seem.

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Human figures seem to lurk in almost all of Françoise Grossen’s folded, knotted, and coiled rope sculptures.

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Two years ago, at a Cildo Meireles retrospective in Madrid, I sat on a wooden dock that overlooked a paper sea and a vast, blue plaster sky.

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In artist Sophia Narrett’s current solo show at Arts+Leisure, two women meet on the set of The Bachelor and swiftly fall in love — with each other.

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Rowdy Celebrations

by John Yau on June 21, 2015

Peter Reginato,

A few months ago, I saw a painting by Peter Reginato for the first time. It was on the streets of Manhattan.

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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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