Art In America

Reinventing Abstraction

Most people think of 1980s painting in terms of Neo-Expressionist figurative works or the hard-edge compositions of the Neo-Geo crowd. "Reinventing Abstraction: NewYork Painting in the 1980s" offers an alternative view. Curated by A.i.A. contributing...

Stephen Mueller

Stephen Mueller at Lennon, Weinberg, through Dec. 8This, the first posthumous solo exhibition for painter and A.i.A. contributor Stephen Mueller, who died last fall, focuses on his output from the last four years. During this fertile period, Mueller...

Michael Findlay on the Value of Looking

Seasoned art dealer Michael Findlay's book addresses head-on questions like, "Is art a good investment?" The Value of Art (due out in May from Prestel, $29.95 in hardcover) draws on Findlay's decades of experience as an art dealer, and contains many...

Pat Steir

There is a moving new intensity to the seven huge paintings, produced over the past three years, in Pat Steir's recent exhibition. Through years of working with what is essentially a simple idea—that of pouring layers of paint (either from a...

Ann Shostrom

The 17 works in Ann Shostrom’s exhibition, her first in NewYork in 18 years, are collectively called “Harvest.” They mightbe thought of as a harvest of internalized ideas operatingin painting for as many years or ...

Joe Zucker

For many years Joe Zucker has tested painting’s material boundaries using everything from cotton balls to rope. The how and what of his practice are always poetically and sometimes rather humorously intertwined. The how—a kind of predetermined...

Stephen Mueller

In his recent solo exhibition at Lennon, Weinberg, Stephen Mueller seemed intent on making sure that his viewers left the gallery in a state of optical bliss. Mueller, who has shown regularly since the early '70s, is known for paintings that...

Arlene Shechet

In her masterful show of idiosyncratic sculptures in clay, titled “The Sound of It,” Arlene Shechet turned an astute eye to the painterly effects of glaze chemistry as well as to her own past work. For the most part, Shechet operates outside the...

Suzan Frecon

Suzan Frecon is an old-fashioned painter, and it’s about time one showed up. Approaching the large abstract paintings in her recent show was similar to walking up to a big, resonant Veronese. No time here for disgruntled stunts or identity...

Bill Komoski

Bill Komoski’s recent work exemplifies one of several approaches being employed today to generate new abstract paintings. That approach is to superimpose or layer different variations of the grid and riff on the resulting—usually...

Bill Jensen

Steeped in Taoist and American Transcendentalist philosophies, and with a firm admiration for some of the more eccentric U.S. painters of the past (Albert Pinkham Ryder, Arthur Dove, Forest Bess), veteran abstractionist Bill Jensen explores the...

Charline von Heyl

German-born Charline von Heyl has a predilection for blunt, semiabstract painting. Her work is largely self-referential and has an autonomous air. It almost feels as though it doesn’t need the attention or approval of a viewer—and the first impulse...

Peter Nagy's Long Indian Summer

In 1992, dealer Peter Nagy moved to India, and in November 1997 he restarted Nature Morte in New Delhi. The gallery was located at a number of different spaces during its first five years there. In 1999, Nagy started working with New York-based Indian...

Chris Fennell

“In Little Place a Million” was the title of this first one-person show by Chris Fennell, who works at the more informed fringes of the do-it-yourself esthetic. Using mostly paper on paper in these mixed-medium collages, Fennell arranges tiny...

Andy Harper

British painter Andy Harper’s first one-person show in New York offered a lush antidote to English stunt art, and also to the recent spate of “bad” painting in the States. Using the most traditional of means—oil on linen—Harper makes paintings that...

Carroll Dunham

In the general scheme of Carroll Dunham’s work, this show could be said to represent his Nocturnes and Pastorals. In place of Dunham’s usual postulators, renegades, caballeros and assorted other big mouths, the subject of most of these new paintings...

David Hockney

Upon settling in 2005 in East Yorkshire, where he spent his youth, David Hockney left behind his famous Southern California subject matter. Instead, the urbane chronicler of sunny poolsides and West Coast leisure has been painting landscapes, that...

Gabriel Phipps

In his first solo show in New York, Gabriel Phipps mined the tradition of formalism—of Mondrian or even Paul Klee—with an eye to Guston’s funky paint handling and sense of humor. The surfaces of Phipps’s paintings, all oil on canvas (and at Howard...

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