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Openings: Thomas Campbell – “Ampersand” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Last Thursday saw the opening of Thomas Campbell’s first solo exhibition with the Joshua Liner Gallery, entitled Ampersand. The show’s title is apt given Campbell’s wide range of practice:  paintings & drawings & prints & quilts & gourds & bronzes… In addition, all of the works explode with colors & patterns & textures & characters & words. And although displaying such a diverse grouping of mediums and works together could have easily felt fragmented or visually overwhelming, Campbell is able to unite them all by […]
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Openings: Ai Yamaguchi – “Shinchishirin” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

As it had been 12 years since Ai Yamaguchi’s last solo exhibition in New York City, the level of expectation and excitement for her return was understandably high. Even so, Shinchishirin at the Joshua Liner Gallery, which opened May 8th, far exceeds those high expectations, and is arguably one of the artist’s finest bodies of work to date. The imagery in the show is instantly recognizable as Yamaguchi, with her characteristic Edo-era courtesans depicted in a style which is at once based in traditional Japanese […]
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Frieze Week ’14: Frieze Art Fair (Part 1)

Now in its third year, Frieze New York is no longer merely the new-kid-on-the-block fair trying to challenge the dominance of The Armory Show (covered 1 & 2) but instead has settled in and solidified it’s place in NYC’s art calendar. As in the past two iterations, Frieze NY 2014, which opened late last week, brought together some of the world’s top galleries, who in turn brought artworks from many of the world’s most acclaimed artists. And although there were plenty of jaw-dropping works to be […]
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Recap: Sol Lewitt @ Paula Cooper Gallery

Back in the fall, Paula Cooper Gallery transformed their main Chelsea space with a Sol Lewitt piece entitled Wall Drawing #564: Complex forms with color ink washes superimposed. Lewitt is generally considered one of the most important figures in conceptual art and is known for creating detailed instructions for art works, which then could be made and remade by trained craftsmen. In that vein, Wall Drawing #564—with its multicolored, multifaceted forms covering nearly 2,500 square feet of wall space—is a presentation of a work first […]
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Basel Week Miami ’13: Pulse

One of the long-time satellite fairs we always check out during Art Basel Week in Miami is Pulse. As in previous years, the fair was held at The Ice Palace, just south of Wynwood, and consisted of a wide range of domestic and international galleries, including New Image Art, Martha Otero, Yancey Richardson and Mixed Greens. Visitors were greeted outside by installations by Tim Biskup (seen directly below and Brandon Vickerd, and when inside, they were treated to a dizzying array of intriguing contemporary works by young as […]
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Basel Week Miami ’13: Miami Project

The Miami Project successfully launched its second rendition during Basel week with a well-curated selection of U.S. galleries, including such notable names as Yossi Milo, Joshua Liner, Mark Moore, Richard Heller and David B. Smith. Located in the Wynwood Arts District, the young art fair focused on primary representation of emerging and mid-career artists, which was a nice counterpoint to its much larger neighbor, Art Miami. Overall, Miami Project was well-attended, and both galleries and collectors seemed very enthusiastic about the showing. Below is a […]
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Previews: David Ellis – “Hudson River Alley” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

David Ellis returns to the Joshua Liner Gallery for a solo show entitled Hudson River Alley—a name that seems to be a play on New York’s Hudson River Valley, near Woodstock, where Ellis recently relocated from Brooklyn. We stopped by the gallery for a quick peak and saw a varied collection of new works in many of the mediums Ellis is know for, such as glossy acrylic paintings, kinetic sculptures and tobacco-stained works on paper, with imagery capturing elements of the bucolic environment where he […]
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Showing: Nate Lowman & Leo Fitzpatrick – “Art Relax” @ Karma (Amagansett)

Karma’s Hamptons location in Amagansett, NY, currently has an exhibition by artists and friends Leo Fitzpatrick and Nate Lowman. The show, entitled Art Relax, features a wide range of collaborative mixed-medium works—mostly collage on paper, but also painting, sculpture and installation. Together, Fitzpatrick and Lowman transformed the inside of the quaint beach cottage into a dizzying and playful environment reminiscent of a humorous Tumblr site brought to life. Art Relax closes July 1.
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Openings: Sam Moyer / Mika Tajima and Graham Collins @ Halsey McKay

Over the weekend, we drove out to East Hampton to check out the two current shows at Halsey McKay. On the gallery’s ground floor is a two-person exhibition by Sam Moyer and Mika Tajima (seen above) entitled Midori Mambo Black Russian. Moyer contributed several framed black and white painted glass and dyed canvas works resembling abstracted seascapes, which were nicely juxtaposed with Tajima’s colorful and glossy paintings (technically “reverse spray enameled thermoformed acrylic objects”). Upstairs, the gallery presented a solo show by Graham Collins, entitled V8. […]
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Showing: Letha Wilson – Landmarks and Monuments @ Art in General

NYC nonprofit art space Art in General currently has an excellent exhibition by Letha Wilson, entitled Landmarks and Monuments. The show consists mostly of Wilson’s photo-based sculptures—many of which were created and installed specifically for the site. In the center of the gallery, a floor-to-ceiling photograph of a moonrise curves around one of the space’s support columns. On one side of the room, an image of a tree is pressed into the drywall with a two-by-four. And across, a Southwestern landscape is installed over a window, […]
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