New York

Batiquitos, 1995.

Batiquitos, 1995.

New York

Manny Farber

New Museum
235 Bowery
September 14, 2003–January 4, 2004

Manny Farber, the best writer on film in America or anywhere else, once listed his critical precepts, some of which were: “playing around with words and grammar to get layers and continuation”; “film-centered rather than self-centered criticism”; “giving the audience some uplift.” Substitute a word here and there and he could have easily been discussing his glorious yet unheralded career as a painter. Organized by MCASD assistant curator Stephanie Hanor, “Manny Farber: About Face” spans forty years and seventy paintings on paper and wood, running the gamut from the luminous single-color paper shapes of the late ’60s through the relatively austere “American Candy” and film-related paintings of the ’70s, to the big, vibrant, spatially dizzying splayed object works of the present. Not to be missed.