Peter Plagens

“Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting”

May 2009

Dan Christensen graduated in 1964 from the Kansas City Art Institute and began, well, painting about painting. And he was canny enough to narrow down his subject matter to composition, color, and—mais oui!—the way paint behaves on canvas.… READ ON

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Jim Lutes

January 2009

Fittingly described as “protean,” Lutes’s oeuvre will be represented in this midcareer survey, which spans twenty-five years, by only twenty-six paintings.… READ ON

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“Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957–1968”

September 2008

If you think the decade following the late 1950s in New York was the warp-speediest trip to the future, think again.… READ ON

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the MacArthur fellows

US News

April 2008

My wife plays a little game whenever I telephone from the office and ask if there have been any calls. “Just the MACARTHUR FOUNDATION,” she deadpans. “I told them you weren’t here, so they moved on down the alphabet to Sylvia Plimack Mangold.”… READ ON

IN PRINT September 1998

Anish Kapoor

April 2008

When people at an art party, circa 1995, asked if there were anyone working in England you did like (after you had remarked that the whole Young British Art scene reminded you of extras from a Larry Clark movie), you could still answer “Anish… READ ON

IN PRINT September 1998

Transformations: The Art of Joan Brown

April 2008

A case of too much too soon—and not enough until too late—is one way of looking at the career of the late Bay Area painter Joan Brown. In her early twenties, she made the cover of this magazine with a figurative AbEx-y picture that looked … READ ON

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Jo Baer

April 2008

If there’s a more thankless occupation than Minimalist painter, we’d like to know about it. Of course, if you hedge the reductivism with some “incomplete” lower edges to your canvases, then mutate back into a curvilinear romantic, you can … READ ON

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Peter Plagens

April 2008

1. “RECOGNIZING VAN EYCK” (Philadelphia Museum of Art) A painter friend of mine in Chicago who deejays on the side once explained to me the reason he had so many more old rock ’n’ roll records than new ones. “I like the best of the new,” he… READ ON

IN PRINT December 1998

the Whitney Biennale

US News

April 2008

REVIEWING THE WHITNEY BIENNIAL of American Art has gotten to be something like playing a round of golf just to get rid of pent-up aggression. Let’s see, which club will we whack the vulnerable little ball with this year? If the play is from… READ ON

IN PRINT May 1999

the MoMA/ P.S. 1 merger

US News

April 2008

“HEY, THAT’S NICE,” quickly followed by “Uh-oh.” So goes the near-unanimous reaction of the art world to the probable merger of the august, hyper-institutional Museum of Modern Art and the capaciously funky P.S. I Contemporary Arts Center. … READ ON

IN PRINT May 1999