Alex Jovanovich

Maureen Gallace

MoMA PS1

June 2017

I would like to die inside of a Maureen Gallace painting. The New England of her intimately scaled canvases and panels—full of solitary beach shacks and desolate coastlines, summer homes, Christmas cottages, flowers, and trees—is irradiated… READ ON

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David Gordon

David Gordon on Live Archiveorgraphy, 2017, at the Kitchen

May 2017

David Gordon—longtime director, choreographer, actor, playwright, and cofounder of the Judson Dance Theater and the improvisational dance company Grand Union—is preparing to present Live Archiveography, 2017, a performative extension of … READ ON

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Vija Celmins

Matthew Marks Gallery | 522 West 22nd Street

March 2017

Vija Celmins is a ruthless poet. The artist’s images in this exhibition—rippling waters, blank slates, stones, stars—are as obdurate as they are yielding, as everything as they are nothing. Experiencing a fastidiously constructed painting, … READ ON

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Cary Leibowitz

Cary Leibowitz talks about his work, his retrospective, and Fran Drescher

March 2017

There’s a ceramic piece by Cary Leibowitz from 1993 that reads: FUCKED UP HOMO BAR-MITZVAH GAY BOY WORRIES TOO MUCH ABOUT WHAT HIS MOTHER WILL WEAR. “Museum Show,” which runs through June 25, 2017, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San … READ ON

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Band of Outsiders

The 25th Outsider Art Fair

January 2017 NEW YORK

DESPERATE TO LOCATE SOME SHRED OF LIGHT, grace, or decency at the beginning of our new Dark Age, I lumbered downtown to see the Outsider Art Fair the Saturday before last—as my blessed sisters were marching, raging—at the Metropolitan Pavilion… READ ON

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Joyce Pensato

Joyce Pensato talks about art, life, and Mickey Mouse

January 2017

Homer, Kenny, Donald, Mickey: Joyce Pensato’s painterly masticating of these American cartoon icons—distilled in black-and-white enamel—have been seducing audiences for decades. One of her earliest Mickey Mouse paintings will be featured in… READ ON

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“Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America”

American Folk Art Museum

December 2016

“Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.” The carving of character by light, as the early camera was thought to do, and as this advertising slogan for photographers of the 1800s suggests, was especially trenchant for those who wanted to… READ ON

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McDermott and McGough

Peter McGough talks about his new exhibition and temple to Oscar Wilde

September 2016

“I’ve seen the future, and I’m not going,” says David McDermott, Peter McGough’s creative partner and fellow time-traveler for over thirty years. McDermott and McGough’s queer reimaginings of the past—from eighteenth-century America to the … READ ON

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Lauretta Vinciarelli

TOTAH

August 2016

Light can be terribly cruel. Excessive amounts can damage eyes and burn skin. Think of José Saramago’s Blindness (1995), a story about a bright-white sightlessness that inexplicably afflicts an entire city, causing violence and horror. Or … READ ON

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“The Keeper”

New Museum

July 2016

Grandpa, kids, the rich, serial murderers: Everybody collects! Freud said it has something to do with toilet training—that losing one’s shit, quite literally, can be a traumatizing experience, and collecting is a way of cauterizing that … READ ON

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