Lisa Liebmann

Rene Ricard (1946–2014)

Lisa Liebmann on Rene Ricard (1946–2014)

April 2014

RENE: A light fantastic  A week before Rene died, my husband, our fifteen-year-old daughter, and I visited him at Bellevue Hospital. He was sporting a “Van Dyke” beard, as had generally been the case lately, and seemed pretty vigorous, though… READ ON


Love in the Ice Age

Christian Boltanski for Monumenta

January 2010 PARIS

THE ANNUAL MONUMENTA EXHIBITION at Paris’s Grand Palais is the opportunity, on today’s international scene, for singular artistic exercises of unfettered, state-funded grandiosity within walls. Given the proportions of the venue (Cathedral … READ ON


Opium for the Masses (Kouroi for the Few)

Lisa Liebmann and Brooks Adams on the Yves Saint Laurent/Pierre Bergé Sale

March 2009 PARIS

IT CANNOT HAVE BEEN A COINCIDENCE that the public viewing of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Collection was slated for the height of what in Roman Catholic Europe is widely celebrated as Carnival Week, and that the auction itself, … READ ON


Lisa Liebmann

April 2008

1. ALEX KATZ (P.S. 1, New York; Saatchi Gallery, London) It’s been a big, big year for the hep-Katz. A formidable retrospective of his landscapes at P.S. 1 this spring lent support to the notion that there are more than four seasons; and a … READ ON

IN PRINT December 1998


April 2008

Gary Hume has created a New Look for painting with the satin-gloved fist of a militant. “New Look” capitalized, because of its contagious fashionability: The devotional appeal of his nullified subjects, from the quizzical doors of the late … READ ON

IN PRINT May 1999


April 2008

I FIRST SAW WORK by the Belgian artist Thierry de Cordier in 1992 at Jan Hoet’s Documenta IX—the “Belgian Documenta,” if you will—and I experienced one of those critical all-systems-alert responses. The objects in question were sculptures: … READ ON

IN PRINT January 1999



April 2008

THIS BOOK IS A ONE- OR TWO-GULP READ, and there are in fact a couple of blow jobs in it, though its best sex scenes, including the opening sequence, are lesbian. It's about the New York art world of the '90s—about seizing opportunities by … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2001 [TOC]

Fairy Tale Ending

A ballet by Karen Kilimnik in London

April 2007 LONDON

On the evening of Wednesday, April 4, at the New Player's Theatre in balmy, spring-struck London—a former music hall next door to a walk-in teeth-whitening-and-body-waxing shop in a cheesy little mall on the Embankment called the Arches—I … READ ON


Anselm Kiefer

May 2005

Curated by Eric Mézil Although he settled firmly (and one hears grandly) in the south of France thirteen years ago, Anselm Kiefer is still underknown, as they used to say, in his adopted country. Now, the Collection Lambert, situated in … READ ON


Lisa Liebmann

December 2002

LISA LIEBMANN  1 “La Révolution surréaliste” (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris) Werner Spies’s grand summation, abloom in the midst of a too Surreal season, was nevertheless the visual dazzler of the year. A pull-out-all-the-stops case was made… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2002 [TOC]