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MATTHEW BARNEY's Heart of Darkness

I was once the client of a small ad agency that was acquired by a global conglomerate. I remembered this while witnessing Matthew Barney’s performance extravaganza, “KHU,” done in collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, in Detroit on October 2.

Raphael Rubinstein on Art's Past and the Future of Publishing

In his review of The Last Newspaper, Holland Cotter walked off with these lines: “But a genuinely ‘last newspaper’ is still nowhere in sight. And you read that here.” Yeah, I thought as I read it, here on

RENÉ DANIËLS: Painting on Unknown Languages

With loosely painted imagery like a rat on a skateboard and giant bubbles floating over a rough ocean, René Daniëls could at first glance be easily dismissed as Neo-Expressionist.

JOAN SNYDER: A Year in the Painting Life

As might be expected of any grande dame, Joan Snyder’s recent paintings are extravagant, dramatic, sexy, and somewhat at risk of becoming sentimental caricatures of themselves.

RYAN HUMPHREY: Look for the dream that keeps coming back

Immanuel Kant was no daredevil, yet he knew, long before Evel Knievel rode his first bike, exactly why the madcap stuntman would be such an attraction. Knievel created an experience of the sublime.

Art Books in Review

In Breaking Through: Richard Bellamy and the Green Gallery, 1960 – 1965, author Erik La Prade synthesizes a rich and sometimes superfluous account of Richard Bellamy during the years of the Green Gallery's operation.


The radicalism of the Italian Arte Povera movement is lost in the glare of high-finish concrete floors and glowing white walls.

BROOKLYN DISPATCHES: I Wish They All Could Be California…

With the harmonies of Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys pouring out of every car radio, as a kid growing up in the West during the ’60s, I didn’t have to be reminded that California was where it was happening.

"That Barnett Newman 'Onement' Painting Is, Like, So 1948"

“Against the consistent attack of Mondrian and Picasso,” Leider booms, Americans had only “an art of half-truths, lacking all conviction. The best artists began to yield rather than kick against the pricks.”

Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918–1936

Even without its notorious provenance, the painting that once hung over Hitler’s mantelpiece—“Die Vier Elemente: Feuer, Wasser und Erde, Luft (The Four Elements: Fire, Water and Earth, Air)” by Adolf Ziegler (1892 – 1959)—looks malignant and bankrupt.

AUDREY FLACK and the Revolution of Still Life Painting

Where is Photo-Realist painting today? Has it gone the way of other trends in marketing? Or has it simply been bypassed in the art historical chain of events? I would suggest that it has gone the way of both.

ROY LICHTENSTEIN The Black-and-White Drawings, 1961–1968

Abandoning the diminishing returns of the “touch” of Abstract Expressionism (and, to be sure, it had run its course in his work of the 1950s), Roy Lichtenstein set out to achieve something much harder in both senses of the word.

DIETER ROTH, BJÖRN ROTH Work Tables & Tischmatten

At the age of 15, Dieter Roth’s son Björn joined his father in his efforts to record a world of creation and wayward ideas in documents / diaries-cum-paintings. But, as Björn makes clear in this exhibit's accompanying catalogue, the elder artist couldn’t shake a feeling of shame while producing his works.


As the United States slid into financial disaster and unemployment unlike anything seen by most Americans in their lifetimes, photographic team James Tribble and Tracey Mancenido-Tribble retooled their skill set and became long-haul truckers.


Freud defined the id as “the personality component made up of unconscious psychic energy that works to satisfy basic urges, needs, and desires.” Using traditional wheel-thrown and hand-built methods for her most recent executions in clay, Shechet taps into the psychoanalyst’s collective unconscious of archetypal symbols.

Letter from Berlin

In late 1950s Brazil, amid cultural, social, and economic upheaval, changes were registered by new forms of literature, music, and visual art. In visual art, Neoconcretismo combined geometry with sensuality and expressiveness, absorbing examples of the Bauhaus and European modernism.

Nueva York (1613–1945)

For those willing to venture to the end of New York’s “museum mile,” El Museo del Barrio offers an education in local Hispanic cultural history with its groundbreaking exhibition, Nueva York: 1613 – 1945. To say this show is eye-opening would be an understatement.

NICOLAS CARONE: In Memoriam (1917 – 2010)

Poet David Rigsbee's The Red Tower: New and Selected Poems was just published this month by NewSouth Books, and his new collection, The Pilot House, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in December.

GORDON ONSLOW FORD Paintings and Works on Paper: 1939–1951

The first solo show of Gordon Onslow Ford (1912 – 2003) in New York since 1946, which brings together major works made between 1939 and ’51, is a landmark event that, among other things, further expands our understanding of what was happening in art during the 1940s.

JONAS MEKAS To New York With Love

The World Trade Center was big. Well? It was. Growing up, everyone said that the twin towers were the tallest buildings in the world—even taller than the Empire State Building, if not quite as nifty looking.


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NOV 2010

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