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March 20, 2013, 8:30am

Letter Press: Al Held Alphabet Paintings at Cheim & Read

Some of the most massive — and massively satisfying visually, despite of and due to their reverberating minimalism — paintings exhibited in the West Chelsea gallery run right now hang in Cheim & Read, in Al Held's seven-part suite of classic Alphabet Paintings. These are a treat: they exemplify Held's 'golden age' geometric abstraction as much as Rene Magritte's The Treachery of Images is tied to Surrealism and Damien Hirst's shark the excessive '90s. But seriously, Held's early hard-edge compositions, spanning 1961-67 and dipping into his deftness with black and white, leave big impressions. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: New York, Review

March 18, 2013, 8:30am

Vera Iliatova: Days of Never at Monya Rowe

On view though April 13th, at Monya Rowe’s second-floor gallery in Chelsea, are eight exquisite paintings by the Russian-born artist Vera Iliatova (NAP #86). The artist’s paintings are best described as wooded landscapes, but the buildings and bridges of cities can often be seen through tree’s branches, giving the impression that figures have wandered just beyond an urban environment. Introductory text written by the Ohio painter George Rush best captures this notion. He writes: “Strange things start to happen this far out. They are beyond the limits of the city now, the women...Gone are the signifiers of stability.”

Listed under: New York, Review

March 13, 2013, 8:30am

Jay DeFeo’s Retrospective at the Whitney Museum

On view at the Whitney Museum in New York are works by the late San Francisco artist Jay DeFeo. The show premiered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the fall, but its installation at the Whitney is slightly larger, bringing together over 150 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and drawings by the artist. The sprawling show unites many rarely seen works by DeFeo, who was little-known beyond the Bay Area art scene from the 50s until her death in 1989. However, her lack of a national reputation was not for lack of skill or production, as the retrospective demonstrates. Throughout her life DeFeo worked prolifically in a range of mediums, building a transformative artistic practice that was both visionary and inspiring.

Listed under: New York, Review

March 12, 2013, 8:30am

Highlights from the 2013 VOLTA Show

I hope you liked the pics I posted yesterday from the Armory Show. Today I'm sharing photos from The Volta Show. It's hard to choose which images to post, but I chose the following to give you a feel for the fair (in case you couldn't make it) and to feature the stand-out booths and works. The venue was great...A bit cramped at times, especially on the first floor, but the building was beautiful and the location was awesome. Already looking forward to next year! - Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art World, New York

March 05, 2013, 8:30am

Pattern Recognition: Jered Sprecher at Jeff Bailey Gallery

Compositional kaleidoscopes could be a useful shorthand for describing Jered Sprecher's oeuvre. As demonstrated in the cheekily titled I Always Lie, Sprecher's third solo exhibition at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York, he is equally gifted in color combinations and media application, in a range of scales and often within the same painting. That's not to say the visual effect is erratic, but who needs stabilizing agents when the abstract noise is this awesome?! — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

 

Listed under: New York, Review

March 04, 2013, 8:30am

Keep on Shining: Suzan Frecon at David Zwirner Gallery

Compositionally simple and deeply emotional. Deliberate execution and intuitive adaptation. For 40 years, Suzan Frecon has married these opposing forces in a transcendent, shimmering abstract style unmistakably her own. Throughout paper, her second solo exhibition at David Zwirner in New York, Frecon delves into the interplay between media and the surfaces receiving it.  — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: New York, Review

March 01, 2013, 8:30am

The Joy of Painting: Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan

Marks to canvas, or even more concretely: gestures to a surface. Rarely is the act of painting — the rote, even mechanical notion of applying media from point A to B — so vividly celebrated as in Fragments 1968 – 2012, Giorgio Griffa's career-spanning survey at Casey Kaplan in West Chelsea. That this four-decade mark-making exploration is Griffa's first stateside solo exhibition since 1973 makes it even more auspicious. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: New York, Review

February 28, 2013, 8:30am

Past Featured NAP Artists at VOLTA NY

Next week we're headed back to NYC for VOLTA and The Armory Show. Both fairs are open to the public starting on Thursday, March 7th, and open through Sunday, March 10th. I'm anxious to see how the new venue for VOLTA NY works out, although the raw space looks amazing (pictured below). I'll be taking plenty of photos so check back here on the 11th. I'll do my best to put you in the heart of the action in case you can't make it. - Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher

Listed under: Art Fairs, New York

February 27, 2013, 8:30am

Shinique Smith Discusses Her New Show at James Cohan Gallery

On display at the James Cohan Gallery in New York are over twenty large-scale paintings and sculptures by Shinique Smith. The show, Bold as Love, combines the artist’s disparate inspirations drawn from calligraphy, literature, music, dance, fashion, and spiritual elements, which are literally and symbolically “tied together” in her sculptural pieces. - Nadiah Fellah, NYC Contributor

Listed under: New York, Q&A, Review

January 21, 2013, 8:30am

Francis Alÿs: REEL/ UNREEL

On view at David Zwirner Gallery in New York is a body of work by Francis Alÿs, originally produced for Documenta 13. For this summer’s iteration of the contemporary art fair, Alÿs showed a group of small paintings in a former bakery in Kassel, Germany, and a film entitled REEL/UNREEL in one of the fair’s satellite venues in Kabul, Afghanistan, which was produced in collaboration with Ajmal Maiwandi and Julien Devaux. The installation at David Zwirner reunites these works in the same place for the first time since their debut last June. - Nadiah Fellah, NYC Contributor

Listed under: New York, Review

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