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January 29, 2016 in Hyperallergic Gallery text in ‘Txt: art, language, media’ at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) In October 2015 the first children’s museum in Harlem opened its … Continue reading
In Hyperallergic January 15, 2016 Mary Bauermeister, “Lens Box Pencil Theater” (1969), mixed-media assemblage, 6 x 6 x 4 1/2 inches (all images courtesy Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, unless otherwise noted) You might want to bring your reading glasses … Continue reading
posted in Hyperallergic December 7, 2015 “Self-Portrait” (1978), oil on canvas, 78 x 58 inches (Private Collection, © The Estate of Francis Bacon, all rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2015 photography by Robert McKeever, courtesy Gagosian Gallery) … Continue reading
In Hyperallergic October 7, 2015 The triple order of lime, pineapple, and cherry Jell-O should have been a tip-off. I met my art dealer at 11:30pm on a sultry spring night at a diner on the corner of 23rd and … Continue reading
September 17, 2015 In Hyperallergic Jim Shaw, “The Burning Bush” (2013) (detail), acrylic on muslin backdrop with two acrylic, muslin and plywood cut-outs (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There’s a big, funny, emotional, and … Continue reading
September 2, 2015 in Hyperallergic Three uptown cultural institutions in New York City this summer have had significant exhibitions devoted to the history of art and social activism. Taken together, they paint an arresting portrait of the role of artists … Continue reading
in Hyperallergic June 17, 2015 Installation view of Viola Frey, “Falling Man In Suit” (1991), ceramic, 74 x 89 x 73 inches (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) Viola Frey, a powerful woman and rule-busting artist, has not been … Continue reading
Published in Hyperallergic on May 26, 2015 Ayisha Abraham, ‘I Saw a God Dance’ (2011), video, sound, 19 min, 28 sec (courtesy the artist, all images courtesy the Jewish Museum) Tucked away in a corner of the permanent collection of … Continue reading
published in Hyperallergic May 21, 2015 El Anatsui’s “Womb ot Time”(2014) at The School ( all images copyright El Anatsui and courtesy of the artist and Jack Shaiman Gallery, unless otherwise noted KINDERHOOK, NY — The School, Jack Shainman’s splendid … Continue reading
March 27, 2015 in Hyperallergic Martín Ramírez,”Untitled (Tunnel with Cars and Buses)” (1954), reproduced as one of five new ‘Forever’ Stamps by the United States Postal Service (© 2015 USPS) (click to enlarge) Blue-chip outsider artist Martín Ramírez was memorialized … Continue reading