Julia Friedman

Tom of Finland

David Kordansky Gallery

February 2015

In 1956, Finnish draftsman Touko Laaksonen (1920–1991) submitted a drawing of two strapping lumberjacks to a popular American beefcake magazine, Physique Pictorial. The drawing was accepted as a cover, attributed to Tom of Finland—an Anglicized… READ ON


Iva Gueorguieva


September 2013

Iva Gueorguieva’s current exhibition is replete with symbolism. The year referenced in the title of her acrylic and oil stick collage Seated Woman: 1974, 2013, points to the ultimate origin of the piece: The Los Angeles–based artist was born… READ ON



The Box

January 2013

The title of this eleven-artist exhibition sounds like an understatement given the variety of media on view. For instance, the only traditional painting element retained by Carolee Schneemann’s three-dimensional Ice Box, 1963, is its landscape… READ ON


Tsibi Geva

Ashdod Museum of Art

August 2012

Those who know Tsibi Geva’s paintings, sculptures, and installations from the past three decades are familiar with these works’ unique poetic sensibility and their astute political commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For instance,… READ ON


Lawrence Weiner

Regen Projects II

June 2012

In a perfect loop of beginnings and endings, this exhibition by Lawrence Weiner marks the closing of the West Hollywood branch of Regen Projects, a space that opened in late 1989 (as the Stuart Regen Gallery) with a show by Weiner. By then,… READ ON


“economy of means: toward humility in contemporary sculpture”

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

March 2012

For this show, curator Cassandra Coblentz has organized thirty-two sculptures by nineteen artists around five interrelated concepts: seriality (sic), circulation, chance, balance, and narrative implications. The works range from Minimalist … READ ON


“Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha”

Blum & Poe

March 2012

This gallery’s long-standing association with contemporary Japanese art has just been taken to a higher level with the space’s timely and ambitious historical survey curated by Mika Yoshitake. The ten artists presented here were born in the… READ ON


Juan Downey

November 2011

Juan Downey’s first US museum retrospective offers a sampling of work he produced between 1968 and 1991. This venue is the second stop for the survey (it originated last May at the List Visual Arts Center and will travel to the Bronx Museum… READ ON


Dmitri Prigov

October 2011

Those familiar with the poetry of Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov (1940–2007) might be surprised to learn that he was actually educated as a visual artist, and in 1975 was accepted into the prestigious, conformist, and nepotistic Union of Soviet… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2011 [TOC]

Jean Paul Gaultier

September 2011

Curiously enough, Jean Paul Gaultier’s opulent retrospective is notable not just for the stunning clothes, which he has produced since his first 1976 ready-to-wear collection, nor even for the authenticity of displays (among the objects on … READ ON