The paradoxical combination of freedom and entrapment animates Goodman’s composition in her latest body of work.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Brenda Goodman’s Fearless Self-Portraits
While I have seen Goodman’s self-portraits numerous times, the unlikely combination of raw pathos and tenderness always stops me in my tracks.
A Young Master of Painted Flesh
As invested as Louis Fratino is in his gay subject matter, what heightens the work is his formal mastery of the figure in space.
Brenda Goodman Moves into New Territory
Between 1994 and 2011, Goodman painted a series of self-portraits that constitute one of the most powerful and disturbing achievements of portraiture in modern art.
Disturbing Portraits of Girls Who Murdered Their Mothers Resist Moral Takeaways
Marlene McCarty’s Murder Girls series does not give us the satisfaction of a neatly wrapped moral or a happy ending, nor does the artist attempt to rationalize the girls’ actions or to vilify them.
Deana Lawson’s Iconoclastic Portraits
Lawson confronts viewers with multifaceted visions of black identity, as embodied by strangers and neighbors alike, with whom she has established an intense rapport.
Strong Solo Booths, Leo Lookalikes, and Plenty of Trends at Frieze New York
From an increasingly diversified roster of galleries to a surprising slew of rock art, the mega-fair is impressively eclectic this year.
Three Photographers and What They Show Us About Everyday Life: Deana Lawson, Judy Linn, Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Other than their use of a camera, these photographers appear to have little in common, which I think is a good thing.
Best of 2016: Our Top 20 NYC Art Shows
This list barely scratches the surface of the city’s artistic offerings this year, from overdue retrospectives to surprising sides of artists we know well.
A Memorial Exhibition for Tony Feher, Who Found Art in the Unexpected
Five artist friends have curated a memorial exhibition of works by Tony Feher, who died in June at age 60, highlighting two unfinished bodies of work he was developing at the time of his death.
Paintings We Need
In an era that celebrates celebrity, vulgar loudmouths, puerile provocateurs, selfie-addicts, and excessive materialists, Merlin James prefers subtlety over din, less rather than more.
What Does It Mean to Be a Grown-Up Painter?
Isn’t it time we begin putting things in perspective?