Some favorite solo shows from 2008, in no particular order-
Megan Pflug at V&A
RH Quaytman at Miguel Abreu
RH Quaytman at Orchard
Michael Zahn at Eleven Rivington
Agathe Snow at James Fuentes
Gregory Coates at Opalka Gallery
Sol Lewitt at MASS MoCA
Mary Heilmann at New Museum
Joe Bradley at Canada
plus... my show at John Davis Gallery, of course.
I'm thinking of "favorite shows"... some of these installations seemed like exciting works of art themselves... this list is not about "BEST" anything.... meaning, I don't necessarily prefer individual Bradley/Quaytman/Zahn works over individual Barnaby Whitfield, Steve DiBenedetto, or Marlene Dumas works.
More favorite works seen this year, mostly in group situations -
Al Loving, in Albany, at the New York State Museum
Steven Parrino, at the Armory show
Joanne Greenbaum, at the Armory
Lucas Samaras, at the Armory
Linda Benglis, at Andrea Rosen
Wendy White, at Leo Koenig
Kai Vierstra, in his studio (better photos coming soon)
James Wines, at Empire State Plaza
Larry Zox, at Stephen Haller
Okay, actually this could go on and on... just scroll through the blog to see A LOT of great work.
Fanatastic Four 2007
more 2007 favorites
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
RH Quaytman, at Miguel Abreu - tight smart intense rigorous eye/mind awesome show... her show at Orchard earlier this year equally excellent... i think i might make a small list of the best shows i saw this year.
diamond dusted.... detail... karesansui... tsukimi.
click and enlarge it...
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Labels: abstract painting, artists, Female, installation, LES, painting, RH Quaytman
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
missed carol rama at maccarone, unfortunately... but i will be sure to catch erik van lieshout when it opens in a couple weeks. liked his mass moca show.
FUNNY! because michele maccarone has forbidden her artists to show at mass moca... i guess she can take them after though. maccarone approval is fickle.
PUNKEST SHIT IN TOWN!
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Labels: announcement, Maccarone
Monday, December 22, 2008
Without Walls, at Museum 52
Matthew Lusk - like
Without Walls, at Museum 52 - more than fifty artists on two floors; the artists were instructed only that the walls were not to be used, and given approximate dimensions. The dimensions and layout sort of remind me of Keith Tyson's Large Field Array (which reminded me of Martin Kippenberger's The Happy End of Franz Kafka's Amerika)... and also the first version of the nearby New Museum's Unmonumental, with the bare walls.
Nathan Carter - little David Smith dreamcatcher thing....
So much personality in the work in this show....
David Altmejd - a Gremlin thing.
David Altmejd - looks so fluffy and light on the floor.... you need to study it close to see it's made up of casts of open mouths and ears... creepy magic.
i see a howling wolf shadow
can you see it?
Ryan Johnson - his Guild & Greyshkul show looked good.
Anya Keilar - liked her work at Daniel Reich last year... I guess she is not with him anymore, she's got a show coming up at Museum 52.
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Labels: Anya Kielar, group shows, LES, Matthew Lusk, Museum 52, sculpture
Friday, December 19, 2008
Maureen Cavanaugh, Stay With Me, at 31Grand.... closed December 14th.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Elizabeth is screening a video, Green Chair, behind a structure supported by her green studio chairs and wrapped in solarized prints of every frame in the video. The video and the structure display the same information, in different mediums, at different warp speeds.
I met Elizabeth (in the scarf) at Fred Gutzeit's Lee Lozano salon at Pocket Utopia. That's Barbara Lubliner seated next to Elizabeth.
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Labels: artists, Female, installation, sculpture, video
Monday, December 15, 2008
show at g.r. n'namdi
Howardena Pindell - from 1982... seperate sections are stitched together... you can see the stitching up close.
I'm forgetting the details, but I think this was made at a time when she was attempting to reclaim memories lost after being involved in an accident... the "clearings" have something to do with recording memories.
It's a check painting.... she painted all her old cancelled checks and took a hole punch to them. 1982.
Howardena Pindell was in High Times, Hard Times.... check out my label of "artists who were in High Times, Hard Times" that I've seen good work by since. MANY.
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Labels: abstract painting, artists who were in High Times Hard Times, chelsea, Ed Clark, G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, painting
Friday, December 12, 2008
Genetiese Heimwee (Genetic Longing), 1984
Marlene Dumas, Measuring Your Own Grave, at Museum of Modern Art. See my flickr set for more photos.
detail of Pregnant Image, 1988-90.
Losing (Her Meaning), 1988
The Binding Factor, 1990, ink and crayon on paper
Girl with Head, 1992
Give the People What They Want, 1992
The Secret, 1994 and The Cover-Up, 1994
The Blindfolded Man, 2007
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Labels: artists, Female, Marlene Dumas, MoMA, painting
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
In 1971, Lee Lozano gave Fred Gutzeit one of her blank notebooks inscribed "Love to Fred from Lee Lozano"... thirty years through space and time later Fred used that still-blank notebook to plot out this wormhole of an exhibition inspired by Lozano's wave paintings and his own interests in the cosmological.
Pocket Utopia Salon to discuss the legend, myth, and work of Lee Lozano... lots of information provided by Fred G., Loren Munk, Kevin Regan, Austin Thomas, Ingrid Dinter.
Barbara Lubliner and Elizabeth Riley. Elizabeth (wearing the scarf) is included in a group show - MISC Video and Performance - opening Wednesday at NY Studio Gallery, 7-10pm.
Eileen Weitzman - look at her sculpture.
Fred Gutzeit's installation at Pocket Utopia will be up for one more week...
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Labels: abstract painting, artists, artists who were in High Times Hard Times, brooklyn, Bushwick, installation, Male, mural, painting, Pocket Utopia
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