“Social Curiosities: Matthew Miller, Phillip Thomas, Annie Wildey,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY. Through Dec. 13, 2009. Paintings by the Academy’s 2008/2009 fellowship recipients. The New York Academy of Art stresses perceptual study and traditional methods, so expect some finely crafted paintings.
2009, oil on canvas, 48 x 90.”
“Brad Guarino: Man to Man,” Jorgenson Auditorium at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Through Dec. 11, 2009. My colleague Brad Guarino is interested in the ways in which our cultural constructs of masculinity operate to both enhance and thwart bonds between guys. In his images, there’s an implied sense of threat that emphasizes the absurd preconceptions and behaviors influencing male relationships.