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                Bowery Gallery:   Lynn Kotula  &  Tony Serio   March 29 - April 23, 2016 
Hartman
Hartman
LEFT TO RIGHT:
Lynn Kotula
Cake Plate with Striped
Squash and Bitter Gourd

Tony Serio
Spring, Distant Rain

April 22, 2016
We’re not there yet, but I see it coming: the day when the totality of life shines before us, simply and purely, as just the mother of all apps. And once we come to understand life as a miraculous platform, then eyesight ... (more)

                Alexandre Gallery:  Lois Dodd: Day and Night   Feb 25 - April 9, 2016 
Larsen
 
Apple Tree Through Barn
Window, September
2015
oil on Masoniter
16 1/8 x 17 7/8 inches

Published March 28, 2016 by Artcritical.com
What does it mean to paint representationally? For a Photorealist, it means a point-by-point recapitulation: the fixed, dispassionate vantage point of a camera. For a more tradition-minded painter ...(read full article)

                Trygve Lie Gallery:   Kamilla Talbot: My Scandinavia: Paintings & Works on Paper   Feb 4 - March 19, 2016 
Hartman
 
Austevoll Sunrise 2
2013
watercolor
13 x 17½ in

March 19, 2016
Trygve Lie Gallery may occupy a windowless basement, but it’s spacious and elegantly lit – and at the moment it boasts an especially vivid impression of broad sunlight, thanks to the nearly 30 seascapes ... (more)

                New-York Historical Society:  "Maestà Larsen": Gaddi'sTriptych Reunited   Dec 11 - March 20, 2016 
Larsen
 
Digital reconstruction
of Taddeo Gaddi’s triptych
ca. 1330-34
tempera, gesso, gold leaf & traces of silver
15½ x 5½ in, 13¾ x 10 in, 15½ x 5¾ in

Published March 10, 2016 by Hyperallergic.com
From the if-only-I’d-listened-to-mom archives:
"I have suffered, and still suffer, from an unendurable infirmity of the eyes, which has been occasioned by my own folly. For while, this year... (read full article)

                Gross McCleaf Gallery:   Ken Kewley: New Paintings   February 3 - 26, 2016 
Hartman
 
Bouquet II
acrylic on board
24 x 18 in

February 19, 2016
Painter Ken Kewley definitely has a style, and for some visitors to Gross McCleaf, his tapestries of intensely colored geometric shapes might recall the decorative energy of the P & D movement of the 70s... (more)

                James Cohan Gallery:  Mernet Larsen: Things People Do   January 22 - February 21, 2016 
Larsen
 
Reading in Bed
2015
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
60 x 38¼ in

Published February 11, 2016 by Hyperallergic.com
Mernet Larsen claims an unlikely pair of influences: 15th-century Italian painting and the austere abstractions of the Russian modernist El Lissitzky (1890–1941). But linger a while in front of her ... (read full article)

                John Davis Gallery:  Ying Li: Paintings   October 17 - November 8, 2015 
Ying Li
 
The Last Tree
2015
oil on canvas
20 x 16 in

Published November 2, 2015 by Hyperallergic.com
With their vintage timber beams and rough stuccoed walls, the exhibition spaces in John Davis Gallery’s carriage house could easily upstage any artwork within. This is especially the case with the ... (read full article)

                First Street Gallery:   Mari Lyons: Floating Palettes   October 6 - 30, 2015 
Lyons
 
Galloping Horse–Night Studio
2015
oil on canvas
70 x 82 in

Nov 18, 2015
If the eye is the aperture of the artist’s perceptions, the palette is the crucible for her expressions. It’s the physical locus – only a square foot or so in surface area – where pigments, combined in ratios of infinite ... (more)

                Tibor de Nagy Gallery:   Susan Walp   Sept 10 - Oct 17, 2015 
Voisine

 
Glass Vase with Etruscan
Kantharos and Drapery
2014
oil on gessoed paper
9½" x 11½"

Published October 5, 2015 by Artcritical.com
In her still life paintings, Susan Jane Walp exhibits a unique way of blending the delicate with the dynamic, and the empathetic with the strategic. The artist clearly has a predilection for square, nearly ... (read full article)

                McKenzie Fine Art   Don Voisine   May 10 - June 14, 2015 
Voisine

 
Porter 2015
oil on wood panel
9" x 9"

Published June 9, 2015 by Hyperallergic.com
If painting were merely a style — just an evocative pose channeling the gestalt of a time and place — then Don Voisine’s spare, elegant abstractions might be the equivalent of Leonardo DiCaprio ... (read full article)

                Bowery Gallery:   Deborah Rosenthal: Geography   May 19 - June 15, 2015 
Rosenthal
 
Silent
2013
oil on linen
32 x 42 in

May 13, 2015
With her latest exhibition at Bowery, Deborah Rosenthal continues to tackle lyrical subjects with a limpid, dream-  like semi-abstraction reminiscent of Paul Klee or Robert Delaunay. Though thoroughly modernist ... (more)

                The Painting Center   Thomas Berding: Discard Parade   April 28 - May 23, 2015 
Hartman

 
Pie Chart Fanfare 2015
oil and Flashe on canvas
48 x 44 in

Published May 18, 2015 by Hyperallergic.com
In terms of freewheeling, soul-bearing angst, Abstract Expressionism might once seemed to have had the final word. Instead, Abstract Expressionism led to all manner of variations and reactions ... (read full article)

                Bowery Gallery:   Deborah Kahn: Paintings   April 21 - May 16, 2015 
Hartman
 
Floating
2015
oil on canvas
38 x 36 in

May 13, 2015
The titles of Deborah Kahn’s paintings (“Figure Group Orange,” “Circular Form with Figures”) are straightforward enough. So is her style; her abstracted figure compositions, with their somewhat austere  ... (more)

                Lori Bookstein Fine Art   John Dubrow: Transformations   March 26 - April 25, 2015 
Hartman

 
Leaning Trees, Early Morning 2013-15
40 x 54 in

Published April 26, 2015 by paintingperceptions.com
The painter John Dubrow has already made his mark on the New York art scene. But what is especially rewarding about his latest work, currently on view at Lori Bookstein, is the way it continues to explore ... (read full article)

                Fridman Gallery:   Summer Wheat: Walk-In Pantry   October 16 - December 20, 2014 
Hartman

 
Walk-In Pantry 2015
installation view

Published April 20, 2015 by Hyperallergic.com
At this very moment, Vermeer may be spinning like a lathe in his grave. Or, just maybe, he’s executing a slow, pleasurable shimmy. In either case, the proximate cause would be Walk-In Pantry ... (read full article)

                Gagosian Gallery:   In the Studio   February 17 - April 18, 2015 
Hartman
 
The Studio1927-28
oil on canvas
59 x 91 in

Published April 13, 2015 by Hyperallergic.com
Gagosian has done it again: produced another museum-quality show, this one devoted to images of artists’ studios, as recorded in photographs (on view at its uptown gallery) and in paintings ... (read full article)

                Book review: Double Rhythm: Writings About Painting / Essays by Jean Hélion
Hartman
 
Double Rhythm: Writings on Painting
Essays by Jean Hélion
 
Edited by Deborah Rosenthal
Arcade Publihjing, 2014

Published Jan 16, 2015 by Hyperallergic.com
Pick up a survey of modern art, start scanning the 1930s, and you may come across a paragraph or two on the French painter Jean Hélion (1904–1987). You’ll learn that this artist was a founding member ... (read full article)

                June Kelly Gallery:   Su-Li Hung: River, Tree, Buddha   December 12, 2014 - January 20, 2015 
Hartman
 
Dancing Cherry Tree,
Buddha, Pink River
2002-2014
oil on canvas,triptych
30 x 90 in

January 14, 2015
With her latest exhibition at June Kelly, Su-Li Hung continues to pursue an idiom of painterly representation that is often abstracted and always richly colorful. But the series of triptychs   .. (more)

                Elizabeth Harris Gallery:   Pat Passlof: Paintings from the 1950s   October 16 - December 20, 2014 
Hartman
 
Sutbury 2 1957
oil on linen
28 x 34 in

Published Dec 17, 2014 by Hyperallergic.com
You could say that art history is the documentation of periodic fatigue.  Fatigued by academic art, the nineteenth-century public warmed to Impressionism. Tired of sunny Impressionism  ... (read full article)

                Alexandre Gallery:   John Walker: Recent Paintings   October 2 - November 15, 2014 
Hartman
 
The Sea No. 2 2014
oil on canvas
72 x 60 in

Published Oct 31, 2014 by Artcritical.com
Few painters have expanded the original impulses of Abstract-Expressionism in more directions than John Walker. During the course of his half-century of painting, he has incorporated into his canvases ... (more)

                The Painting Center:   David Fratkin: Apparitions on a Greyhound Bus    Sept 30 - Oct 25, 2014   
                The Painting Center:   Jo Ann Rothschild: An Important Day   Sept 30 - Oct 25, 2014   
Greyhound Bus: Hypnagogia1  2014
acrylic
55 x 45 in
5-11-2013
After Mack
2013
oil on linen
26 x 30 in

Published Oct 21, 2014 by Hyperallergic.com
Bedraggled tutus? Rogue angel wings? Dried tofu twists? Though unidentifiable, the forms in David Fratkin’s five works at The Painting Center glide about his images with considerable self-possession. ... (read full article)

                John Davis Gallery:   Bruce Gagnier: Painting   July 17 - Aug 10, 2014 
Hartman
 
Touching the Neck 2010-2014
acrylic on linen
72 x 36 in

Published Aug 4, 2014 by Hyperallergic.com
Bruce Gagnier’s life-size figure sculptures have been popping up everywhere this past year: at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, the National Academy Museum, the American Academy of Arts and Letters ... (read full article)

                John Davis Gallery:   Jane Culp: Suspect Terrain   July 17 - Aug 10, 2014 
Hartman
 
The Red Hill: Dormant Volcano
above Ridgecrest, CA
2013
oil on board
24 x 28 in

July 31, 2014
Jane Culp’s landscapes possess something all too rare these days: a gutsy, go-for-broke attack, coupled with a feeling for the subtleties of traditional composition. For some thirty years, Culp has brought an... (more)

                Lori Bookstein Fine Art:   Leland Bell: Morning Series   July 7 - Aug 1, 2014 
Hartman
 
Untitled (Morning Series X) ca. 1980s
acrylic on photo
9¾ x 8 in

July 25, 2014
Leland Bell (1922-1991) was in many ways an artist outside of his own time. Moving to New York in the early 1940s, he became acquainted with a number of the future Abstract Expressionists – he argued about ... (more)

                Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institute:  The Paintings & Writings of Charles E. Burchfield   June 22 - Aug 19, 2014 
Hartman
 
Solitude1918, 1944-63
watercolor and charcoal on paper
42 x 60 in

Published July 9, 2014 by The Chautauquan Daily
Charles Burchfield (1893–1967) would count among the most intriguing and difficult-to-categorize of American artists. In his early years in Ohio, he produced works truly radical for their time: fantastical ...(read full article)

                Museum of Modern Art:   Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010   April 19 - Aug 3, 2014
Hartman
 
Modern Art (Moderne Kunst)” 1968
acrylic and lacquer on canvas
59 x 49¼ in

Published July 2, 2014 by Hyperallergic.com
The Museum of Modern Art’s current offerings include, just possibly, the world’s most brilliant student of a certain kind of art. The student would be the German postmodernist Sigmar Polke... (read full article)

                Bowery Gallery:   Janet Gorzegno   May 20 - June 14, 2014 
Hartman
 
Messenger gouache on paper
10 x 10 in

May 23, 2014
The small, gem-like gouaches that Janet Gorzegno has produced over the years seem to follow two different tracks: the depictions of human heads, which are notable for both their fineness of modeling and ... (more)

                The Gallery of the College of Staten Island:   Ying Li: Foreign Terrain   April 9 - May 14, 2014
Hartman
 
Ascona Clouds2013
oil on linen
18 x 24 in

May 6, 2014
In painting, an assurance of technique is one thing, the actual depth of insight another. Happily, the two go together in the paintings of Ying Li, whose thick, turgid brushstrokes and heightened colors... (read more)

                Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects:   Eleanor Ray: Paintings   March 19 - April 20, 2014 
Hartman
 
San Marco2013
oil on panel
5½ x 7 in

Published April 16, 2014 by Hyperallergic.com
At the age of 27, painter Eleanor Ray has already made something of a critical splash. Last year, New Republic art critic Jed Perl wrote about her first solo show at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects ... (read full article)

                Alexandre Gallery:   Lois Dodd: Recent Paintings   January 23 - March 1 2014
Hartman
 
Barn and Bean Vines2013
oil on panel
15¾ x 18¼ in

First published Feb 8, 2014 by Artcritical.com
Something mysterious happens when a painter commits impressions of nature to canvas. Even though the act of painting involves reductions — simplifications of form, omissions of detail— expressiveness is... (more)

                Tibor de Nagy Gallery:   Louisa Matthiasdottir: Paintings and Works on Paper   Nov 30, 2013 - Jan 11, 2014
Hartman
 
Icelandic Landscape with Sheep,
Man and Red Roof
   
ca. 1983
oil on canvas
37 x 52 in

Published Jan 5, 2014 by Hyperallergic.com
Consider two reds: a pure cadmium red medium — all fiery denseness — alongside a burnt sienna, equal in tone but utterly different in character: subdued, stoic, retiring. They jostle and shift... (read full article)

                various Lower East Side streets:   Barbara (Reprise)   Oct 9, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014
Hartman
Spring Blue Rose   2010
oil on powder-coated steel
10 x 6 in

First published Dec 23, 2013 by Artcritical.com
Barbara is back on the streets of New York for her annual visit. She has been roaming the Lower East Side this frosty season, picking a new sidewalk each day.  Admission is free, and her legal... (more)

                The Frick Collection:   Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals   Oct 22, 2013 - Jan 19, 2014
Hartman
Johannes Vermeer  
Girl with a Pearl Earring   ca. 1665
oil on canvas
17½ x 15¼ in

First published on Dec 5, 2013 by CityArts.info
“Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals,” a jewel of an exhibition, represents the collaboration of two gems of institutions: the Frick and the Mauritshuis, both of which showcase small but world-class collections in stately... (more)

                The National Academy Museum:   See It Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters   Sept 26, 2013 - Jan 26, 2014
Hartman
Leland Bell 
Dusk   1977-78
acrylic/canvas
60 x 96 in
   Hartman
Paul Georges
Self-Portrait
with Model
in Studio
2013
oil/canvas
70 x 57½ in

Published on Nov 21, 2013 by Hyperallergic.com
We know how a handful of painters—Pollock, de Kooning, and company—wrested modernism from the Old World to create a new kind of art...Less well-known is the story of how another group of painters... (read full article)

                Tibor de Nagy Gallery:   Shirley Jaffe: Paintings from the 70s / Kyle Staver: Recent Paintings  Oct 17-Nov 23, 2013
Hartman
Shirley Jaffe  
Harlequin   1979
oil on canvas
84½ x 65 in
   Hartman
Kyle Staver
Groupers2013
oil on canvas
70 x 57½ in

November 13, 2013
Why is it that one of the least appetizing words in the English language illuminates some of our most transcendent experiences? Applied to the arts, the word “plastic” has of course nothing to do with ... (more)

                George Billis Gallery:   Elizabeth O'Reilly   October 22 - November 16, 2013
Hartman
Double Black House and Chimney2012
oil on panel
15¾ x 16 in.

November 8, 2013
Combining deft brushwork with evocative color, the work in Elizabeth O’Reilly’s ninth show at George Billis rewards in all the ways we’ve come to expect. Her 31 small landscapes, cityscapes and shore scenes ... (more)

                John Davis Gallery:   John Lees: Painting  /  Janice Nowinski: Recent Paintings   Oct 10 - Nov 3, 2013
Hartman
John Lees
Man Sitting
in Armchair
2013
oil on canvas   
13 x 12 in
   Hartman
Janice Nowinski
Paul2009
oil on linen
42 x 36 in

October 25, 2013
If you missed the John Lees exhibition at Betty Cuningham last spring, you can catch up with the artist’s work (and in fact view a number of the same pieces) at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, where ... (more)

                First Street Gallery:   Mari Lyons: Transformations in the Garden   Oct 1 - 26, 2013
Hartman
Dark Flowers Forming2013
oil on canvas
60 x 78 in.

October 13, 2013
Mari Lyons’ current exhibition includes what may be her strongest work to date. Oil paintings dominate the nearly three dozen garden-inspired works in this installation, which also includes pastels and a watercolor ... (more)

                Metropolitan Museum:   Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations   Sept 25, 2013 - Jan 12, 2014
Hartman
The Salon I 1941-43
oil on canvas
44½ x 57¾ in.

October 9, 2013
One admires certain painters despite their compulsions. Consider Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, the remarkable 19th-century painter whose polished surfaces suggest a painter who—to paraphrase Rouault ... (more)

                Soho20 Chelsea:   Elizabeth Bisbing: More than Still Life; Mariángeles Soto-Díaz: Color Felt  Sept 3-28, 2013
Hartman
E. Bisbing
Knapweed2012
gouache, on
collaged paper
14 x 11 in
   Hartman
M. Soto-Diaz
Color Felt Translation 62013
mixed media
18 x 24 in

First published on Sept 24, 2013 by CityArts.info
These days we’re nothing if not connected. And so is our art; one of the most salient features of contemporary art is the drive for inclusiveness—for the dismantling of the last barriers between art object and viewer ... (more)

                New York Studio School Gallery:   Eve Aschheim and Ying Li: Recent Paintings  June - July 20, 2013
Hartman
Eve Aschheim
Bullet 2013
oil and graphite
on canvas on panel
14 x 18¼ in
   Hartman
Ying Li
Winter Lilies of
Hanover #1
2012
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in

First published on June 25, 2013 by Artcritical.com
Currently gracing the walls of the New York Studio School gallery are the paintings of two accomplished mid-career artists who both paint abstracted images inflected by elements of the real. Their philosophies of ... (more)

                Bowery Gallery:   Evelyn Twitchell: Recent Work   May 21 - June 15, 2013
Hartman
Thicket2013
oil on canvas
24 x 52 in

First published on June 12, 2013 by CityArts.info
Painting can be a sign, a concept, or documentation. In the postmodern age, it can be a comment about painting itself. Of course, it can even be a likeness – and this may be the most challenging of all because of the ... (more)

                Metroplitan Museum:   Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity    Feb 26 - May 27, 2013
Hartman
Claude Monet
Women in the Garden1866
oil on canvas
100½ x 80¾ in

July 3, 2013
Museum-goers seeking examples of exuberant style, and its influence on our own tastes, will find the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” an unadulterated delight. Exquisite garments ... (more)

                New Museum:   Llyn Foulkes    June 12 - Sept 1, 2013
Hartman
Who’s on Third? 1971–73
oil on canvas
48 × 39 in.

First published on Aug 20, 2013 by CityArts.info
Among the first works in Llyn Foulkes’ current retrospective at the New Museum is a video of the artist/musician singing and playing his “Machine,” a home-built contraption of car horns, cow bells ... (more)

                Bowery Gallery:   Christine Hartman: Recent Work    Feb 26 - March 23, 2013
Hartman
Still Life with Oak Leaves2013
oil on canvas
30 x 39 in.

March 22, 2013
One can think of all manner of ways that a painting can instantly catch the eye: quirky imagery, spell-binding technique, stylistical flamboyance, off-the-wall concepts, evocative mixtures of media, and so on.... (more)

                John Davis Gallery:   Kyle Staver: Paintings, Prints, Reliefs    Jan 31- Feb 24, 2013 
Matisse
Trapeze2012
oil on canvas
68 x 58 in.

February 18, 2013
Today, when a painter revisits the work of the masters, it’s liable to be with a wink and a nod. This is the postmodernist era, after all, and many artists today are less interested in revitalizing traditional ... (more)

                Elizabeth Harris Gallery:   Mario Naves: Recent Paintings    Jan 4 - Feb 2, 2013 
Matisse
A Pigeon in Catalonia2011
acrylic and oil on canvas on wood
24 x 18 in.

First published on Jan 26, 2013 by Artcritical.com
The abstract collages in Mario Naves’ previous shows at Elizabeth Harris spoke eloquently of a particular approach to image-making, one involving a mixture of the tactical and the serendipitous. Constructed of painted ... (more)

                Lori Bookstein Fine Art:   Paul Resika: 8+8 Eight Recent Works    Jan 10 - Feb 9, 2013   
                Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects:   Paul Resika: 8+8 Eight Paintings from 8 Decades   Jan 6 - Feb 10, 2013   
Dancing 2011-12
oil on canvas   
76 x 76 in.
Provincetown
Pier (Blue)
1988
oil on canvas
41 x 61¾ in.

January 23, 2013
At 84 years old, Paul Resika reigns as the doyen of a particular school of modernist painting, one that presents luminous elements of the world in equally sumptuous colors and brushwork. Shaped in part by ... (more)

                Metropolitan Museum of Art:    Matisse: In Search of True Painting    Dec 4, 2012- March 17, 2013 
Matisse
Interior with a Violin
(Room at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage)
1918
oil on canvas
45 5/8 x 35 in.

First published on Dec 26, 2012 by Artcritical.com
At age 20, recuperating in a hospital bed, Henri Matisse was presented with a paint box by his mother. It was Matisse’s first stab at painting, and it changed his life—and also the course of art. Picasso may ... (more)

                Tibor de Nagy Gallery:   Trevor Winkfield, Recent Paintings    Nov 29 - Jan 12, 2012   
Winkfield
Aftermath 2010
acrylic on canvas
31 x 39 in.

January 7, 2013
Imagine the kinetic jazziness of Stuart Davis, blended with the dry, meticulous wit of René Magritte, and you might come up with something like the paintings of Trevor Winkfield. The artist’s sixteen paintings... (more)

                Salena Gallery:   Simon Carr, Thaddeus Radell, Mark LaRiviere    Nov 5- Dec 14, 2012
Kotula

December 10, 2012
In the early 80s, Simon Carr, Mark LaRiviere and Thaddeus Radell all attended graduate school at the Parsons School of Design, in those years a Mecca for artists interested in rigorous, painterly ... (more)

                Betty Cuningham Gallery:   Rackstraw Downes    Oct 11- Dec 22, 2012
Under an Off-Ramp
from the George
Washington Bridge
2011
oil on canvas
26 x 56 in.

December 10, 2012
Art is artifice, and the paintings of Rackstraw Downes are no exception. But they do present a unique form of artifice. Neither Photorealist nor traditional, his landscapes and cityscapes occupy a realm ... (more)

                Tibor de Nagy Gallery:   Susan Walp: Recent Paintings    Oct 17- Nov 24, 2012
Crabapples in a Bowl
with Scrunchie
2011
oil on linen
8 1/4 x 8 1/8 in.

November 20, 2012
Over the years, Susan Walp has finely honed her signature motif: a small, square still life, centered by a luminously rendered vessel or fruit that, icon-like, entices the viewer into its depths. Her renderings are ... (more)

                Bowery Gallery:   Lynn Kotula and Tony Serio    Oct 30 - Nov 24, 2012
Kotula   Serio

November 22, 2012
In the modern age, Realism comes in every flavor from Magic Realism to Photorealism. Perhaps the most popular notion of realism of all, globally, is a kind of svelte Impressionism affording a poetic interpretation ... (more)

                Whitney Museum:   Yayoi Kusama    July 12 - Sept 30, 2012
Hartman
Accumulation Sewn and stuffed fabric, wood chair frame, paints
35½ × 38½ × 35 in.

First published Aug 1, 2012 by CityArts.com
What kind of Pop artist “does battle at the border of life and death”? Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), who so described her art-making in 1961, suggests a Japanese Andy Warhol in terms of sheer energy, protean... (more)