Balthus. Coy, but no Cigar.

By esartia There are two days left to see “Balthus: Cats and Girls- Paintings and Provocations” ” at the Metropolitan Museum before it closes on. This is the first major exhibition of Baltusz Klossowski de Rola’s aka Balthus’, work in a US museum since 1984 and it has left much to be desired. The show focuses… Continue reading Balthus. Coy, but no Cigar.

ADRIAN PACI on the High Line

by Kat Widing Photo by Timothy Schenck Currently on view at the High Line, Adrian Paci’s thought-provoking The Encounter (2011), PilgrIMAGE (2005) and Turn On (2004) – are inspired by both Paci’s tumultuous biography and broader, more global topics of identity as shaped by politics and socio-economics. Paci’s works derive from his experience as an exile from Albania, and yet are suggestive… Continue reading ADRIAN PACI on the High Line

Gilbert and George Brighten the High Line Art Billboard with Vibrant Colors

by Kat Widing Photo by Laura Bjorstad The High Line Art Billboard is back in action, sporting Gilbert & George’s Waking (1984) next to the High Line at West 18th Street. With luminous colors and thick black outlined figures, the semi-mirrored composition of faces and bodies recalls the look of a stained glass window. Gilbert… Continue reading Gilbert and George Brighten the High Line Art Billboard with Vibrant Colors

Cassie Raihl: Appetites

Cassie Raihl at DODGEgallery By Candace Moeller Cassie Raihl: Appetites 11 July – 16 August 2013 DODGEgallery 15 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002 http://dodge-gallery.com DODGEgallery continues to serve up a mouthwatering selection of art with its current exhibition Appetites, the gallery’s first solo show with artist Cassie Raihl. Raihl is a sculptor and mixed… Continue reading Cassie Raihl: Appetites

Matthew Barney: The Enigma of a Performative Practice

Matthew Barney: The Enigma of a Performative Practice by a.c. surga The video and sculpture installations of Matthew Barney have provoked strong critical reaction, both positive and negative. While some call his works brilliantly inventive and compare them to the radical projects of Vito Acconci, others see them as garish displays of kitsch. Whether they… Continue reading Matthew Barney: The Enigma of a Performative Practice

Julie Mehretu: Liminal Squared

Julie Mehretu: Liminal Squared, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York by esartia First time I encountered Julie Mehretu’s work was in a fashion magazine. I’d like to say that it was the large spread of her equally large painting that intrigued me most, because the grandiose scale of painting (just look at Gagosian’s Anselm Kiefer) and… Continue reading Julie Mehretu: Liminal Squared