Tag: Laurie Fendrich

Museum Exhibitions

By Laurie Fendrich / Critics have been lavish in their praise of the Brown, queer-themed figurative paintings by the Pakistani-born Brooklyn artist Salman Toor, currently on view in the Whitney Museums first-floor lobby gallery (free of charge to the public). And rightly so. Toors pictures touch the heart, and his […]

Film & Television

Art and TV: Professor T, an extraordinary burst of mind

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / Boy did the otherwise on-the-mark Guardian television critic Lucy Mangan get it wrong. In her 2017 review of the Flemish detective series Professor T, she dismissed the show as �thin gruel� with �morsels pilfered from the greats� (by which she meant such television shows as House, Sherlock, Morse, and Monk). Moreover, she said, its humor is �lost in translation.� What? Did she watch the same show I did? Doth the woman not laugh and weep? Doth the woman not recognize tragicomedy? In short, how did she miss that Professor T is the best television series since The Singing Detective, the riveting 1987 miniseries starring Michael Gambon?

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Finding Esphyr Slobdokina

Contributed by Peter Plagens / When the annual The Armory Show art fair�which takes place on the piers on the Hudson River in New York�rolled around in 2008, the recession was in full swing. Dealers were scared, and bargains (on an art-collector scale of things, of course) were there for […]

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What good is abstract painting now?

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / Without any bombs exploding or even a single shot fired, the world we knew before COVID has gone �poof.� Sure, buildings are intact; trees, grass and flowers still grow; the sky is blue; people walk on streets and drive cars. What�s disappeared, for who knows […]

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Will Agnes Pelton Ever Get Her Due?

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / Pause for a moment to pity the painter Agnes Pelton (1881-1961). While she was alive, she was mostly overlooked; after her death, she was still mostly overlooked. This spring was to have been Pelton�s big moment, for she was finally to move into the spotlight […]

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Catalogue essay: Abstract Art Does Not Stop an Hour

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / The works in “Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age” are, for whatever their reliance on what we call �technology,� first and foremost abstract art. To allow ourselves to be distracted by any �Wow!� factor that might lurk in some of them because they employ […]

Solo Shows

Moira Dryer: Satisfyingly complete

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / Moira Dryer (b. 1957; d. 1992) was among the first painters in the 1980s and �90s to reject minimalism and conceptualism and open things up for painting after what had seemed, to many critics and theorists, to be its endgame. These artists reintroduced references to […]