Ana Finel Honigman

  • View of “Coming Attractions: The John Waters Collection,” 2022–23. Cary Leibowitz, Gore Vidal! Paul Lynde!, 2017; Kathe Burkhart, Slit: from the Liz Taylor Series (Ash Wednesday), 1992; Tom Sachs, What, 1995.
    picks February 23, 2023

    “Coming Attractions: The John Waters Collection”

    John Waters—filmmaker, writer, artist, and the world’s most beloved pervert—is cherished for his singular ability to blend abjection, gumption, glee, and filth into almost anything he does. While his personal creations revel in messiness, his private art collection, the majority of which he gifted to the Baltimore Museum of Art, is getting the star treatment in a show here, curated by Catherine Opie and Jack Pierson. The exhibition, a celebration of paraphilias, pathos, and beauty, highlights roughly ninety pieces from Waters’s bequest. Included are several works tinged by an air of backroom

  • Cindy Sherman, Untitled #576, 2016, dye sublimation metal print, 49 x 43".
    picks February 06, 2017

    Cindy Sherman

    In her sixteenth solo exhibition with the gallery, Cindy Sherman presents twenty large-scale self-portraits that evoke cinematic portrayals of women tortured by aging while demonstrating how women once wore their age with elegance, confidence, and chutzpah.

    The artist is known for spotlighting the limited options available to women via her personification of female stereotypes. Her work is poignant because it seems simultaneously intimate and generalized in its exploration of how identity can cause profound anxiety. Aging and society’s scorn for older women has become the artist’s principal topic

  • Ricardo Brey, Birdland, 2001, showcase, saxophone, ostrich eggs, coats, rubber tube, buttons, parts, license plates, metal objects, tie, pencils, desk, dishes, 63 x 55 x 55".
    picks January 31, 2017

    Ricardo Brey

    Ricardo Brey’s current mixed-media exhibition consists of photographs, text, and various pieces of badly aged man-made detritus, such as old-fashioned metal buttons, broken crockery, threadbare work gloves, and rotting wool coats. The Cuban artist assembles these forlorn pieces of ordinary life around photographs of trees printed on weathered fabric. Almost all of Brey’s utilitarian objects are now useless. But the trees, which fell victim to deforestation in Cuba, retain their nobility and grace—they’ve aged beautifully. Brey’s complex series of works presents the simple message that we’re

  • David Nicholson, Ariel, 2015, pencil and charcoal on paper, 24 x 18".
    picks December 07, 2015

    Otto Dix and David Nicholson

    The drawings and prints by Otto Dix and David Nicholson displayed in this exhibition were produced almost a century apart. But in many ways, the worlds they portray have more similarities than differences. Paired together here are their depictions of the horrors of war and portraits of sex workers—streetwalkers from Dix and porn stars or fetish entertainers from Nicholson—though in arrestingly different styles. The coarse, cynical works on paper that Dix made in Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s have a close kinship with today’s street artists and gestural painters, whereas Nicholson’s drawings—all

  • Alona Rodeh, Rachid (Safe & Sound), 2015, HD single channel video projection on reflective fabric, color, sound, 3 minutes, 2 seconds.
    picks September 28, 2015

    Alona Rodeh

    For her solo show “Safe and Sound (Evolutions),” Alona Rodeh explores the irony that assaultive artificial light and reflective clothing are assets both in club culture and in a more municipal context, such as the uniforms and equipment of police, firefighters, and construction workers. In her large-scale MDF sculptures, photographs, video and sound installation, a catalogue, and a limited-edition reflective drawstring bag, all displayed here, she probes how light and the engineered fabric can represent both personal expressions of rebellion and institutionalized methods of maintaining order.

  • Donna Huanca, Bruised Faux Cils. Cosmetic Painting #8, 2015, eyeshadow, oil on wool, 73 x 55".
    picks July 15, 2015

    Donna Huanca and Przemek Pyszczek

    Donna Huanca and Przemek Pyszczek both use a saccharine palette to demonstrate the hollowness of individuals’ and institutions’ attempts at masking bleak social realities with superficial glamour and artificial cheer. Just as candy and engineered sweeteners can be unhealthy substitutes for real sustenance, Pyszczek’s metal sculptures and the overly sweet colors in Huanca’s paintings—some made from high-end cosmetics on stretched suit wool rather than paint on canvas—signify the lack of real opportunities for personal expression, community support, and healthy play in many peoples’ lives and

  • View of “Amir Fattal,” 2015. From left: Coverage, 2015; “Untitled,” 2015.
    picks June 03, 2015

    Amir Fattal

    Amir Fattal’s exhibition “Mesopotopography” deals with moments when art becomes the catalyst for or victim of cultural conflict. Through an animated video; a fabric tapestry; a series of untitled prints made from an industrial dust known as carborundum, raw pigment, and lacquer on aluminum; and 3-D prints utilizing the sand-colored carborundum, Fattal reflects on how the Arab news media has documented the decimation of sacred and historical monuments in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and North Africa during the last twenty years. To this Israeli artist with Iraqi origins who now lives in Berlin,

  • View of “Violet Dennison & Peppi Bottrop,” 2014.
    picks December 22, 2014

    Violet Dennison and Peppi Bottrop

    Clustered in the gallery’s elegant, domestic exhibition space, Violet Dennison’s cement and office equipment sculptures resemble a group of stir-crazy white-collar workers as imagined by Eugène Ionesco. Like Surrealists’ plays, Dennison’s works use absurdity to poke fun at debilitating social conventions. Daffy and manic, yet oddly elegant, her sculptures hint at darker psychological unrest. For each work, the artist augments the discarded office chairs with cylinder, square, and tombstone-shaped cement forms. She then wreaths these heavy, hard configurations with plastic plants, multicolored

  • Peter Wilde,  On the Carpet, 2014, oil on canvas, 78 x 59”.
    picks July 03, 2014

    Peter Wilde

    For “Following G,” painter Peter Wilde constructs a portrait of a young Berliner based on photographs from her Facebook profile. In the tradition of such pioneers of Photorealism as Robert Bechtle and Charles Bell, Wilde generates conceptual tension by meticulously, even lovingly, reproducing snapshots of fleeting moments and easily overlooked subject matter as large-scale oil paintings. Although G (and her surrounding creative clutter) is striking, the subjects of Wilde’s finely rendered scenes are often ambiguous actions in which no faces are directly defined. Rather than replicate persona-defining

  • Dorothy Iannone, Your Names Are Love Father God, 1970/71, collage, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 59”.
    picks April 08, 2014

    Dorothy Iannone

    Like her contemporaries Niki de Saint Phalle and Pauline Boty, Dorothy Iannone uses ecstatic color and patchwork forms to express female sexuality. But the multitude of paintings, drawings, books, sound installations, and wood sculptures made between 1959 and 2014 that fill much of the ground-floor exhibition space for her retrospective present a darker and more compelling psychological story. As is told in a series of drawings with text, Iannone met Dieter Roth in 1967 during a trip to Iceland. For the next seven years they had an intense and complicated affair, the remainder of which is imbedded

  • Sameer Reddy, Untitled (Lakshmi), 2010, archival digital print, 12 x 9 1/2".
    picks March 10, 2014

    Sameer Reddy

    With “Tabernacle: A Metamorphic Healing Module,” Sameer Reddy invites visitors to suspend their disbelief and try, just try, his playful form of personal healing. Exhibited in a gallery adjacent to the museum’s James Lee Byars retrospective, “I Cancel All My Works at Death,” Reddy’s show extends Byars’s spirtualism but eschews the morbidity and heft of his work, while combining central iconography from various faiths with fragments from pop songs and pop culture.

    The sculpture Light as a Feather, 2012, for example, shows a balance scale with a bottle of Smart Water on one side and holy water in

  • View of  “Composite Order,” 2014.
    picks February 26, 2014

    Neil Ayling

    For his first solo exhibition at this gallery, Neil Ayling presents two related bodies of work. The sculptures are not explicitly displayed as two distinctive projects, but they can be divided by subject matter—half the show is site-specific to this Mayfair gallery and the other half depicts a sixteenth-century Benedictine church. Ayling uses the same technique for both, in which he photographs architectural interiors, prints the images in black-and-white ink onto A4 paper, and transfers each onto geometric Jesmonite and plywood structures. The result is a nearly life-size reproduction of a