Ellen G. Landau

  • “Cruciformed”

    Inspired by a series of articles written by Joseph Masheck for Artforum on the high incidence of iconicity and cruciformality in abstract art of the late ’70s, this show, entitled “Cruciformed: Images of the Cross Since 1980,” followed these trends into the post-Modern ’80s. Curator David S. Rubin included numerous works that elaborate the formalist esthetic (the transcendental implications of which Masheck investigated), proving by judicious selection that even seemingly neutral or contentless crosses by contemporary artists such as Keith Milow, Jackie Winsor, and Harvey Quaytman have moral,