Weekend


Spearheaded by John Yau, Thomas Micchelli, and Albert Mobilio

Post image for Running Numbers: The Conceptual Minimalism of Monika Wulfers

Public perception of the history of minimalist and conceptual art is dominated by male artists working out of New York City: Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Dan Flavin, and so on. A recent 2014 show of neon “drawings” by the German-American artist Monika Wulfers at the Elmhurst Art Museum suggests that this paradigm is not the last word on the genealogy of minimalism.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Ed Paschke’s Portraits of Brooding and Tortured Souls

Ed Paschke (1939-2004), who is considered a Chicago Imagist, is one of the important painters to emerge from America’s heartland in the late 1960s that New York has never fully embraced. One reason for this resistance is his lifelong interest in misfits and the creepy flipside of celebrity, which implicitly critiqued Andy Warhol’s love affair with pop idols and glamour.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Beer with a Painter: Graham Nickson

Graham Nickson and I met in his offices at the New York Studio School, where he has been Dean since 1988. There was a pointed severity to our meeting-place, which offered no distractions from the task at hand.

Continue Reading →
Post image for The Function of Forms: Matthew Palladino’s Object Lessons

Matthew Palladino’s gallerist calls his new works paintings, but one wonders whether that label is given partly for simplicity’s sake: They are paintings but also sculptural reliefs. They are illusionistic but also real.

Continue Reading →
Post image for A Slice of Pie, a Painting of the Sea

First there was a solo show by a painter’s painter, and then a slice of sour cherry pie from a food-based conceptual artist. That they were encountered on the same day was by accident and not by design, which is the way art happens much of the time.

Continue Reading →

ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on July 6, 2014

Post image for Required Reading

This week, letting art orgs die, Marina has a headache, criticism of Gehry’s plans in Philly, LGBTQ issues at Manifesta 10, NYC’s shadow transit system, copyrighting scents, and more.

Continue Reading →

ReactorWeekend

Weekend Words: Copy

by Weekend Editors on July 6, 2014

Post image for Weekend Words: Copy

Has forging Pollocks become the latest in copycat crimes? This week Claire Voon brought to Hyperallergic readers the story of New York painter John Re, who was charged with selling nearly two million dollars’ worth of fake Jackson Pollocks since 2005.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Letter from Antwerp II: Rubens, More Diamonds, and Dogs

ANTWERP — The Jewish Diaspora and the diamond trade are not synonymous. Their stories don’t merely intertwine either. Together they have given rise to two cultural and literary archetypes, the Wandering Jew and the Court Jew.

Continue Reading →
Post image for China’s Buried Past and Submerged Future: Patty Chang and David Kelley’s ‘Flotsam Jetsam’

In the opening moments of the film, Flotsam Jetsam (2007) by Patty Chang and David Kelley, currently playing at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, a bridge-like structure is seen in the distance, partially traversing what seems to be a wide river.

Continue Reading →
Post image for “Reckless sympathy, scorn”: Paul Violi’s Last Poems

Paul Violi’s poetry has rarely been taken as seriously as it should be. Probably that’s because he never took the spirit of seriousness as seriously as many people do, especially when it comes to poetry. His erudition never wears an academic gown.

Continue Reading →