Ara H. Merjian

“The Piers: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront”

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

June 2012

Re-creating the sensation of the piers along Manhattan’s West Side Highway––sites, during the 1970s and ’80s, of burgeoning artistic activity and a thriving gay subculture––provided curator Jonathan Weinberg with a daunting task.… READ ON

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Renaissance Man

Ara H. Merjian on Carmelo Bene

April 2012

WRITING ON THE ITALIAN THEATER IN 1968, Pier Paolo Pasolini invoked one name in particular as the benchmark of contemporary, avant-garde sensibility: that of Carmelo Bene. As playwright, actor, poet, costume designer, author, and, for a few… READ ON

FILM

Ron Gorchov

Cheim & Read

April 2012

Bowed like shields or saddles, Ron Gorchov’s canvases arrest the eye as much for the anomaly of their format as the forms they host. In every instance, the curved canvases house at their center a pair of long, rounded shapes, set off against… READ ON

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Benjamin Cottam

Klemens Gasser & Tania Grunert, Inc.

March 2012

Benjamin Cottam’s new paintings walk a fine, elegant line between optical pleasure and cerebral provocation. Composed on small, thin rectangular slices of aluminum, the gossamer whimsy of his “Blue Skies” series, 2011–12, evinces a … READ ON

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Garrett Pruter

Charles Bank Gallery

February 2012

Grounded in found photographs gleaned from various sources, Garrett Pruter’s recent body of work lends new visual life to images threatened with obsolescence. For June Gloom (all works 2011), Pruter has inflated a print to sprawling dimensions… READ ON

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Anna Bella Geiger

Museo de Arte Contemporānea de Niterói

February 2012

This tight little show—mounted in the tight little modernist gem of a building by Oscar Niemeyer—offers an illuminating cross-section of one of Brazil’s more incisive postwar artists. Born in Rio, Anna Bella Geiger studied in New York… READ ON

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Manfred Mohr

January 2012

Though he is one of the pioneers of digital art, Manfred Mohr has remained on the margins of its histories. This compact exhibition—a retrospective in nuce—goes some way in bringing him to the fore. Roughly forty years have passed since … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2012 [TOC]

Jordan Kantor

December 2011

The purring and ticking of a 16-mm projector in the first room of Jordan Kantor’s latest exhibition signaled a certain quaintness. That the film takes Monet’s haystack paintings—or rather, photographic reproductions of them—as its … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2011 [TOC]

Andreas Gursky

November 2011

Centering on the Chao Phraya River that cuts through Bangkok on its way to the Gulf of Thailand, Andreas Gursky’s latest series of large-scale photographs (all 2011) swell with a pelagic, even metaphysical sense of sublimity. That aqueous… READ ON

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Josephine Halvorson

November 2011

The objects and surfaces rendered by Josephine Halvorson’s brush are inanimate. But as suggested in this exhibition’s title, “What Looks Back,” they appear as something more than passive. Nearly all of the oil-on-linen paintings … READ ON

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