Tag Archives: Melissa Stern

An Army of Female Power Figures Stands Against Injustice

in Hyperallergic 17, 2016 Vanessa German’s show packs a punch, and is especially powerful in the context of the national politics of the past year. Vanessa German, “The Boxer” (left) and “No Water Cleaner” (right) (all photos by the author … Continue reading

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Grayson Perry’s Subversive and Psychosexual World

in Hyperallergic on April 28, 2016 Grayson Perry, “Sex and Drugs and Earthenware” (1995) (detail), glazed ceramic, 54 x 24.5 cm (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) SYDNEY — The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia has mounted the … Continue reading

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The Vast Possibilities of Tiny Collage and Assemblage

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

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From Jell-O Shots to Money Scams, an Artist’s Account of Suing Her Gallery

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

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The Psychological Depth of Jim Shaw’s Pop Culture Dreamscapes

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

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Viola Frey: Painterly Surfaces on Canvases of Clay

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

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El Anatsui Goes To School

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

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At Martín Ramírez Opening, A Defense of Immigrant’s Rights and Outsider Art

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

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Reading a Drawing Without Labels

published Nov. 12,2014  in Hyperallergic Dan Miller “Untitled (blue ‘ON’ and yellow with graphite)” (2011), acrylic and graphite on paper (all images courtesy Ricco Maresca Gallery) Dan Miller has created some of the most glorious work that I’ve seen in … Continue reading

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Drawing the Face of the War Machine

October 17, 2014 in Hyperallergic  Xanti Schawinsky, “The Aviator (Faces of War)” (1942), mixed media, watercolor and black pen on paper, 28 7/8 x 21 inches (73.4 X 53.4 cm) (all works courtesy of and copyright the Xanti Schawinsky Estate, … Continue reading

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