1 month ago | Art Reviews
The New Museum's exhibition of Albert Oehlen's muddy paintings of ectoplasmic chaos is obscure, plodding, and irritating, yet it can be difficult to identify the exact sources of this artist's premeditated vexations. One clue lies in the German's ...
2 months ago | Visual Arts
When does a hanging of just four paintings constitute a powerful exhibition? When those pictures happen to be allegorical canvases of overripe flowers by history's most Instagrammed, photographed, and postcarded painter. If there ever was an artis...
3 months ago | Visual Arts
If all art is political, directly or indirectly, then our time is uniquely filled with breezy stuff that effortlessly plumps for the status quo. Still, there are artists who buck the funfair trends. Among these is an intergenerational group of tal...
3 months ago
"Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist," said George Carlin. Words to live by when looking at much contemporary art, the phrase is especially useful when considering two concurrent exhibitions at the Met that feature Polish a...
4 months ago
By simultaneously mining and questioning our past, we do not arrive at a comprehensive survey or tidy summation, but rather at a critical new beginning..." Thus does the Whitney Museum of American Art introduce the institution's inaugural outing a...
5 months ago
"From the moment that life cannot be one continual orgasm, real happiness is impossible and pleasant surprise is promoted to the front rank of the emotions." I invoke the impenetrable poet John Ashbery to highlight the genuine power actual surpris...