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Leslie Wayne: Burning down the house

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Now in her mid-60s, Leslie Wayne has had several impressive shows at Jack Shainman, but the work in her current exhibition, on view through March 30, exceeds its predecessors in conceptual confidence, mastery of materials, and even an impressive swelling of imagination.  She has scaled […]

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Judy Pfaff: Busting pictures to hell

Contributed by Jason Andrew / De Kooning once said, �Every so often a painter has to destroy painting.� Cezanne did it. Picasso did it. Then there was Pollock. As de Kooning put it, he �busted our idea of a picture to hell.� And after him came Judy Pfaff. Ever since […]

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Dennis Hollingsworth: Pushing paint and painting

Contributed by Riad Miah / Dennis Hollingsworth�s exhibition �Burgeoning,� the artist�s first solo show at Gallery Richard on the Lower East Side, comprises conventional paintings from as early as 2014 and newer ones that move decisively into three dimensions. Without adding solvents, Hollingsworth massages paint from the tube to a creamy […]

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Dana Schutz, jogging alongside the train wreck

Contributed by Zach Seeger / In her new work on view at Petzel through February 23, Dana Schutz finds herself wielding the brush of post recession rapture painting, a condition of exhaustive, Beckett-like inevitability where the steady drip of bad news informs our social media feeds. She imagines the world outside her studio, empathizing with […]

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Matt Bollinger’s fictional universe

Contributed by Sangram Majumdar / Matt Bollinger�s show, �Three Rooms,� on view at Z�rcher Gallery through March 2, comprises paintings, maquettes of interiors, and a hand-painted stop-motion animation that runs nearly twenty minutes. He works up the Hudson Valley and has a full-time teaching position in the painting program at SUNY Purchase, so […]

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Maya Brym: Exceedingly magnanimous

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Brooklyn artist Maya Brym�s vivid new paintings, on view at Frosch & Portmann through February 24, invigorate domestic life with a sense of lightness and clarity. Geometric shapes defined by stencils and masks are painted in bright colors with wide, transparent brushstrokes. The shapes conjure […]

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Beyond the legend: James Baldwin at David Zwirner

Contributed by Gabriel Fine /  It seems oddly fitting that the exhibition �God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin� begins not with Baldwin�s face but with his eye. Hilton Als, the writer and New Yorker critic who curated this masterful show at David Zwirner, is quick to remind […]

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Fiction (and curatorial statement): THEY’RE MADE OUT OF MEAT

The following short story, “They’re Made Out of Meat,” was written by sci-fi writer Terry Bisson and published in Omni Magazine in 1990. An archly bizarre tale in which two higher-order extraterrestrials marvel at the fact that humans are composed of flesh and blood, it is the inspiration for an exhibition curated by Jennifer Coates at Platform Project […]

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Artists’ spaces: The Painting Center

Contributed by Sharon Butler / I was on Facebook the other day and noticed Dana Gordon�s post about the history of The Painting Center. Back in the 1990s, when NYC galleries were centered in Soho, curators were more interested in video, installation, conceptual, and performance projects than they were in […]