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On the fingers of one hand: Sundaram Tagore says, “The idea is to use art as a vehicle to bring people together.”

West 21st Street, post Sandy (Photo: Lindsay Howard, courtesy Hyperallergic)

First, a personal note about this week’s dreadful events. Three days after I most recently returned west from New York City, the entire north east of the US was torn up by “superstorm” Sandy. For anyone like myself who regards New York City as […]

See this now: “Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” at Seattle Art Museum

An exhibition of women’s art? In 2012? Isn’t that just the slightest bit … well, anachronistic? Perhaps not: as I write this a Republican presidential ticket that intends to reverse women’s rights to the pre-feminist dark ages is vying neck-and-neck with President Obama, so perhaps the simple statement, “Hey, there are great women […]

See this now (before the show closes!) – Rodney Graham’s “Green Cinematograph” in “Canadian Humourist” at Vancouver Art Gallery

Rodney Graham, or perhaps not

Rodney Graham’s fabulous show Canadian Humourist is obviously something of a sideshow for many visitors to Vancouver Art Gallery (where it’s showing through September 30). The star attraction there just now is Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters – The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. In fact, to promote that show […]

Waiting for the Kiev Biennale

“Everything happens in due place and due time. No phenomenon or event ever occurs earlier or later than it might, but only when it is ready” – Nataliia Zabolotna, Commissioner of the Kiev Biennale in her foreword to the exhibition catalogue.

Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev

Everyone involved in large-scale art events occasionally suffers the classic […]

Best and Worst at the Armory Show Contemporary

Jesper Just "Some Draughty Window" (2007) (Video Still)

Galleries may come and galleries may go, but The Armory Show goes on forever, it would seem. And for most of those thousands of visitors who will stand on line outside on Twelfth Avenue this weekend, “The Armory Show” means the Contemporary pier. This – far […]

Best and Worst at the ADAA Art Show

Joseph Cornell, "Aviary with Parrot and Drawers" (1949)

This is a really good ADAA Art Show, the best I can recall for some time. The Art Dealers Association of America is after all a professional organization, and after the last few years’ vying with the Armory Show for top-dog status, it’s as though they’ve […]

Best and Worst at The Armory Show Modern

James Castle, "Photo Album' (undated)(Courtesy Fleisher/Ollman Gallery)

First, let’s just say that something rather wonderful has happened on Pier 92. In its brief lifespan the “Modern” section of The Armory Show has gone from uncertain beginnings through enthusiastic acceptance. Now though, with the almost total relaxation of distinctions between “Modern” and “Contemporary”, and […]

See this now: Alfred Leslie’s “The Second Two-Panel Horizontal” (1958) in “Abstract Expressionist New York” at MoMA

Alfred Leslie, “The Second Two-Panel Horizontal” (1958)

First, here’s a bit of advice for anyone out there who thinks that yet another abstract expressionist show, especially one drawn exclusively from MoMA’s permanent collection, really can’t be very interesting.

You’re wrong.

“Abstract Expressionist New York” is not only one of the most enjoyable shows you’re […]

See this now: “BEYOND Color” at Bruce Silverstein

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Mare Cosindas, "Andy Warhol NYC" (1966)

At Bruce Silverstein’s gallery on West 24th Street currently there is a show that any public museum could take pride in: “BEYOND Color: Color in American Photography 1950-1970)” is a quite riveting exposition of an era which is now difficult to imagine: A time when the majority […]

Go see this now: Paul McCarthy’s “Shit Pie (White Snow)” (2009) at Hauser & Wirth

Paul McCarthy, "Shit Pie (White Snow)" (2009)

If there’s a less polite exhibit than Paul McCarthy’s White Snow in New York presently, I certainly haven’t seen it.

Pretty much throughout his entire artistic career – certainly since I first saw him perform in England in 1983 – Mr McCarthy has trained his artistic focus […]