Jerry Allen

  • picks September 28, 2009

    Ian Wallace

    This selection of early work by Ian Wallace converges on the 1970s and serves as a primer on the artist’s forty-plus-year career. Comprising drawings, photographs, videos, and assorted printed matter, it offers evidence of Wallace’s contribution to the durational and narrative turns of Photoconceptualism through his considerable expansion and blending of Minimalist and Conceptual approaches. Several hand-colored black-and-white photographs foreshadow the artist’s later signature method of freely exchanging painting and photography. In particular, the large-scale L’ Après-Midi I, II, III, 1977–79,

  • picks August 17, 2009

    Silke Otto-Knapp

    Over the past several years, the London-based painter Silke Otto-Knapp has deepened her attention toward the theater and its proscenium, especially as it relates to the historical arc created by its principal players: modernist dancers, choreographers, and set designers. The twelve variously sized easel paintings on view in this exhibition depict elements in motion—alerting viewers to their own more subtle movements.

    The paintings take photography as a source and, when perceived from a distance, portray very subtle, luminous figures in poses that emerge from gradations of layered silver watercolor

  • picks July 10, 2009

    “Science Fiction 01”

    The exhibition “Science Fiction 01” presents a diverse gathering of works by eight artists that casts a light on contemporary art’s long-standing interest in the passage of time. Some of these pieces are finished, a few are about to be built, and others will exist sometime in the future. Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts Part II—Chapter 1, 1979, by the French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou, is a production that effectively functions as a recruitment video. In an attempt to be instructed in the disequilibrium of postmodernist self-multiplication, the artist appears on-screen as a narrator,