Ara H. Merjian

Mario Schifano

March 2011

“The work,” Walter Benjamin once said, “is the death mask of its conception.” Pinned between large walls of transparent glass, which are installed in a staggered, labyrinth-like hall, this exhibition of Mario Schifano’s working sketches, … READ ON

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“8 1/2”

January 2011

As neither a museum nor a private collection, the nonprofit Fondazione Nicola Trussardi has played a somewhat elusive role in the contemporary Italian art scene since 2003, deploying works in the public spaces of Milan. The foundation’s latest… READ ON

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Mark Bradford

January 2011

Embedded in a field of nacreous blue and silver, each of the twenty-six letters in Mark Bradford’s Untitled (A-Z), 2010, appears embossed or set into relief on its individual plate. Affixed to their white frames with clear plastic screws, … READ ON

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Lee Krasner

January 2011

Painted partly in her New York studio and partly in the barn at the Springs, this selection of Lee Krasner’s work veers from diffident, quasi-pictorial experiments (tellingly signed, in one instance, “L.K.”) to some assertive displays of real… READ ON

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Martin Soto Climent

January 2011

Martin Soto Climent’s objects are nominally ready-made: buckets and broom handles, a plastic tissue holder and women’s stockings, a wine bottle and gloves. Yet their presentation here has entailed some refashioning, by turns straightforward… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2011 [TOC]

Surreal Objects

January 2011

From the foundational penchant for objective chance to Breton’s inquiries into the “situation of the object,” the thing stood as Surrealism’s nexus of materiality and metaphysics, the empirical and the erotic.… READ ON

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Poetry in Motion

Ara H. Merjian on Jean Cocteau’s “Orpheus” trilogy

November 2010

IN THE AGE of CGI digital wizardry, the homespun effects of Jean Cocteau’s “Orpheus” trilogy appear quaint and sometimes clunky. But even (or especially) in their simplicity, numerous scenes remain seared on our collective cinematic … READ ON

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Melvin Edwards

November 2010

In early September, an op-ed feature in the New York Times described 9/11 as the moment that “saw the innocence of a nation crumble to the ground.” Melvin Edwards’s sculptures seem to rejoin the flawed irony of that account in mute form, to… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2010 [TOC]

Gerhard Richter

October 2010

“I would have guessed that these were made by twenty different people.” This snippet of conversation, overheard as I perused this tightly curated exhibition, took the words right out of my mouth. The range and variety of Gerhard Richter’s … READ ON

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Jocelyn Hobbie

October 2010

Jocelyn Hobbie’s oil on canvas paintings seem, on close scrutiny, to bear the matte flatness of tempera on panel, so thinly and evenly does she spread her paint. The imagery and style of her latest works echo entirely that practice, redolent… READ ON

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