Tag Archives: Melissa Stern

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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Disco-era Bushwick

May 30, 2014 Published in Hyperallergic Meryl Meisler, “The Village People Stepping Out” (The Grand Ballroom, Manhattan, June 1978), and detail of “Three Amigos” (Bushwick, Brooklyn, 1983) (all images courtesy the artist) In the late 1970s and early 80s, Meryl … Continue reading

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Dina Park…..

The first day in Israel was a total blur. Arrival, customs, bags, pick up at airport, go to see new apt, go to the art center, my wonderful friends mark and Yael showed up to whisk me away to lunch … Continue reading

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Hitting History Hard

by MELISSA  Feb 18, 2014 • Frohawk Two Feathers brings revolution to art and politics Frohawk Two Feathers is re-writing American history.  In his current exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery, “Heartbreaking and Shit, But That’s the Globe. The Battle of … Continue reading

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