Grant Johnson

Jon Pestoni

Cleveland Museum of Art

June 2016

Look at any one of Jon Pestoni’s funky abstract paintings by itself and you’re likely to miss the point. Luckily, this small survey offers thirty-one works that demonstrate the value of repeating oneself and the playful charge between … READ ON

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Roberto Burle Marx

The Jewish Museum

June 2016

At the entrance to this exhibition, one is seduced by a real garden of yellow bromeliads and pulsating, patterned walls, inspired by the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Burle Marx is known for his animated biomorphic designs,… READ ON

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Alice Könitz

June 2016

The black foamcore neck of Periscope, 2016, extended out of the skylight of an otherwise empty room, its mirrors visible thanks to a circular cutaway at the base of the tube, which rested atop a spindly pedestal with thin metal legs and two… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

Scott Anderson

CES Gallery

May 2016

Near the bottom of Scott Anderson’s Salsa Wash, 2016, what appear to be a yellow apple, a black tomato, and a plaid pear congregate atop translucent blue and flumes of opaque green. They are the most recognizable elements in a work that is… READ ON

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Rafaël Rozendaal

Steve Turner

January 2016

The product of two translations, Rafaël Rozendaal’s six tapestries materially fix the Internet’s fleeting forms into pulsing, vibrant abstractions. In 15 05 02 Gmail (all works 2015), for instance, the myriad cells and boxes of the … READ ON

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Giorgio Morandi and Robert Ryman

Kohn Gallery

October 2015

In what feels like an inevitable, predestined union, small, quiet works by Giorgio Morandi and Robert Ryman come together in a vast white room. And yet they are not swallowed. Careful studies, these works dramatize and depict the melodrama … READ ON

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“Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

December 2014

“Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting” tests the limits of abstraction’s abundance by assembling a luxurious stable of paintings, as well as videos and sculptures. Works by expected names such as Amy Sillman, Mark… READ ON

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Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Ballroom Marfa

October 2014

In Giant, 2014, the highlight of this show and an apt introduction to this duo’s recurring interests, two distinct settings and cinematic modes intertwine into one sublime vista. The first, a period piece of Merchant Ivory detail, watches… READ ON

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Corita Kent

MOCA Cleveland

August 2014

“Someday is Now” surveys the work of artist, teacher, and nun Corita Kent (1918–1986), emphasizing her both as prolific artist and inventive educator. Kent taught at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles from 1947 until ’68, and … READ ON

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“Comic Future”

Wexner Center for the Arts

July 2014

“Comic Future,” curated by Ballroom Marfa’s Fairfax Dorn, assembles drawings by Sigmar Polke and Walead Beshty, sculptures by Liz Craft, a video by Paul McCarthy, and paintings by Lari Pittman, among other works, to plumb the formal … READ ON

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