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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

Ecotistical

Warning: Reading this article causes the death of innocent trees

Art Features Mapping a Green Future presents issues that are universal—such as carbon emissions, pollution and depletion of resources—but it does a good job of examining them in a way that feels specific to the ...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 John Photos

Old Skool

Polish posters show American designers what’s wysoko

Art Features How is it some people, operating under much more oppressive regimes than, say, an ad agency, can transcend mediocrity to design something original and beautiful?The Polish Poster: Paradox, Metaphor and Symbolis...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 John Photos

This Land Is Your Land

This land is our land to destroy and to photograph

Art Features There are two kinds of landscapes to photograph: the ones we’ve messed up by living all over them, and the ones we’re destroying in absentia. Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 John Photos

Come Again?

SITE’s new show turns it up to 11

Art Features Of all art media, video is probably the most difficult with which to engage viewers. This seems preposterous when one considers the amount of time we spend in front of screens, but maybe that’s the proble...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 John Photos

Georgian Devotion

The O’Keeffe Museum passes on the chance to show some ankle

Art Features The photographs in New Mexico and New York: Photographs of Georgia O’Keeffe at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum are hardly transcendent. Except for a few formal portraits and some on-location shots that ...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 John Photos

Represent, Y’all

UN highlights famous artists before the fact

Art Features UN's premise is audacious and funny, but curator David Solomon’s approach to unrepresented artists also is a missed opportunity. It is a gesture steeped in benevolence, but the subtext of inferiority (or ...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 John Photos

Hit the Road

In macro or micro, the Wild West never fails to fascinate

Art Features It is on the vast voids of the American West and the aesthetics and implications of distance and long-haul shipping that artists Shelby Shadwell and David Jones have set their sights.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 John Photos

In Good Company

David Kapp borrows from, but doesn’t replace, painters before him

Art Features David Kapp may hope to be called the new Diebenkorn, but that would imply that Diebenkorn had been replaced, and the long memory of art history doesn’t always work that way.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 John Photos
 
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