- Peter Schjeldahl describes Action/Abstraction at the Jewish Museum as more of a “perambulatory essay than an art exhibition”, adding that it includes great work. The result suggests Schjeldahl, “is the pleasant conceit of considering Rosenberg and Greenberg themselves as types of Abstract Expressionists, in discursive prose: Rosenberg lyrically impulsive, like de Kooning; and Greenberg as starkly decisive as Newman. Both aspired, Ã la Pollock, to perfect unconventional modes of argument that would knock any would-be antagonist cold.”
- Passages such as the one above certainly made me think about the exhibition in ways I hadn’t, though moments in the exhibition like the giant Helen Frankenthaler wash painting made after a trip to Nova Scotia paired with a beautiful Morris Lewis oddly contained within the surface will make you forget about the critics all together. Link
- Virginia Heffernan has a fantastic mixed review of the event Artists Using Youtube, at The Kitchen that focuses on the work of Sue de Beer, Matthew Higgs, and Matthew Ronay. The review doesn’t touch on this point, I can’t help but wonder why curator Rachel Greene didn’t include any net artists in this program. It makes about as much sense as putting together a show on artists who use house paint, and not including any painters.
- In events, Susan Inglett Gallery will host Readings: The Bruce High Quality Foundation & Other Ideas, tomorrow 6-8 pm. A 160 page book published in connection with their emerging career retrospective features texts by Colby Chamberlain, Charles Danby, Karl N. David, Karim El-Tanamli, Beatrice Gross, Tom Healy, Jordan Hruska, Denzel T. Jackson, Jana Leo, Niki Logis, Matthew Robert Lutz-Kinoy, Filip Noterdaeme, Margaux Poueymirou, Julia Weist, Nicholas Weist, and Z.L.
- The reading line up as follows:What’s in a Name? by Tom Healy
A Condensed Philosophy of the Use of the Mask in the Bachelors of Avignon by Nicholas Weist
On the Road by Karl N. David
Mission Statement: Long Version (A Day in the Life) by The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Pastures of the Underground by Z.L.
The Last Will & Testament of Bruce High Quality by Colby Chamberlain And a performance by The Maitakes