PRINT December 2006

David Rimanelli

1 Matthew Barney (Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gladstone Gallery, New York) With Drawing Restraint 9, which made its New York debut at MoMA last March, the artist tendered yet another astonishing film, proving he wasn’t about to relax after the Cremaster-cycle shebang; the Gladstone exhibition was his best “object-art” show in New York in years. But even in the absence of such stellar accomplishments, I would crown Barney with yet another diadem simply because I am sick to death of listening to know-nothing creeps trash him, their “critiques” rank with the fetor of invidium and sour grapes. Matthew Barney did something incredible in art since 1990. What have you ever done?

2 Mike Kelley (Gagosian Gallery, New York) “Day Is Done” engorged (I use the word advisedly) Gagosian’s vast Chelsea space. The exhibition was hectoring and bullying and so much fun: a three-Advil show, but proffering

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