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Out on a Limb

This retrospective is bigger than the sum of its amputated parts

Art Features The Susan Rothenberg retrospective, Moving in Place, meets the criterion for museum show titles: It is vague and paradoxical in a way that hints at profundity. But it does a pretty good job of locking in on an ...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 John Photos

Signs of the Apocalypse

Stop by the Back Street Bistro Artspace for some doomsday paintings and quiche

Art Features Intellectually, it is hard to disagree with some of the claims the  Nicolas Gadboist makes in his exhibition of apocalyptic Americana—namely, that we suck and we are making a lot of mistakes—bu...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 John Photos

Blanket Statements

The slow season makes for good conversation

Art Features 222 Shelby, the smallish house, converted to a three-room gallery, is handsome, right down to the rug that sits at the foot of the desk. But don’t be fooled by the cozy atmosphere—Tom Tavelli, the g...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 John Photos

Copycat

Watch out—Sharon Core will teach your old art new tricks

Art Features At first glance, I believed Sharon Core’s works to be slick oil paintings, specifically an homage to the 17th-century Flemish still life. There are ripened fruits and fanciful ceramics arranged carefully ...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 John Photos

Auld Lang Syne

How much can an art critic possibly learn in five months?

Art Features Since becoming SFR's art critic I’ve seen almost 150 shows, drank 4,000 plastic cups of chardonnay and written 20 reviews covering 23 different venues. In the fading sunlight of the calendar year, I began...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 John Photos

12 Grinches Griping

Christmas Comes to Canyon Road and Santa Fe Clay

Art Features Christmas is a weird time to go to art galleries. On the one hand, there are spaces that continue with regularly scheduled programs and risk seeming indifferent to Santa’s birthday. And then there are the...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 John Photos

The Tourist

 Andrew Lenaghan spent his summer vacation in a ditch

Art Features Usually I am suspicious of plein air painters. Setting up an easel to work in public feels like an activity of the attention-starved, like bringing a book to a party. Besides, the art it yields tends to be less...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Slippery Slopes

There’s not much to surmount here

Art Features Mountains and oceans are favorite subjects in the arts. As far as I can tell, this is solely because they are really, really big. Unless you are an astronaut, mountains and oceans are the largest things on whic...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 John Photos

The Wife Aquatic

Fay Ku isn’t dead, she just sleeps with the fishes

Art Features Double Entendre, Fay Ku’s exhibition at Eight Modern, is a crowd-pleaser. Or maybe just a crowd-teaser. Or maybe I’m a pervert. Whichever it is, I was left wanting more, both for the beauty of the a...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 John Photos

The Silent Types

Minimalism can say a lot, but sometimes it doesn’t say enough

Art Features Graphite on Paper, the two-person show at James Kelly Contemporary, delivers on its promise, though the ratio of paper-to-graphite is strikingly disproportionate. The artists, Susan York and Wes Mills, each emp...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 John Photos
 
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