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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

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

Brave Faces

Frank Buffalo Hyde turns the commodified tables

Winter Guide Frank Buffalo Hyde illustrates the cross-contamination of his Native heritage with pop culture icons. A typical composition includes a depiction of a Native figure or artifact juxtaposed with a mass-produced ob...

Wednesday, November 18, 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
 
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