Art: December 2006 Archives

I have to admit that Matt Greene's show at Deitch was not one of my favorite things I've seen lately. Roberta Smith, in the New York Times, seems to agree. Her review begins:

Matt Greene's résumé includes lots of the right names in terms of galleries, critics and museum shows, but the paintings in his New York gallery debut disappoint. They seem conservative, thin and calculated to appeal to young, straight, male hedge-fund managers with a yen for lap dances and a taste for magazine illustrations from the 1960s.


Jonathan Podwil, Meeting, 1983
oil on linen
36 × 42 inches

The blog on the Saatchi Gallery website has a preview of Jonathan Podwil's upcoming show at Plane Space. I'm told the writer found his show via the ArtCal listing.

I was watching the latest video episode of Cool Hunting, and enjoyed the images of Joe Ovelman's work at (I assume) Oliver Kamm/5BE at the NADA Fair. Here are a few stills.






Yes, there's ArtCal for making a list, but given the street layout of Williamsburg, we always use a map to plot out the most efficient course when we visit the galleries there. And we always use a copy of WAGMAG.

This indispensable resource is having a fund raiser tonight. It works the same as Momenta Art's benefit: buy a ticket, and when your number is called you get to choose a work from among those remaining. Tickets are $150. You can view the works today from 1-6PM if you need a preview to make your list.

Reception and Raffle of work Saturday Dec. 16th, 7-9
The Front Room is at 147 Roebling St.
(the corner of Roebling & Metropolitan, Brooklyn).

Works by:
Amanda Alic, Mike Asente, Sarah Barker, Cecelia Biagini, Kelly Bowman, Thomas Clark, Ethan Crenson, Greg Curry, Linda DiGusta, Hubert Dobler, Elise Engler, Benjamin Evans, Diego Fernandez, Peter Fox, Linda Ganjian, Erik Guzman, Jerelyn Hanrahan, Jody Hanson, Randall Harris, Sean Hemmerle, Amy Hill, Eric Hollander, Curt Hoppe, Mary Hrbacek, Richard Humann, Fran Kornfeld, Peter Krebs, Ben La Rocco, Eliot Lable, Jesse Lambert, Yulia Lanina, Pauline Lethen, Dominick Lombardi, Stephen Maine, Eliot Markell, Karen Marston, Mark McGloughlin, Loren Munk, Aron Namenwirth, Ivan Navarro, Alexandra Newmark, Russel Parish, Gelah Penn, Deborah Pohl, Carl Pope, Lisa Reddig, Ron Richter, Grace Roselli, Daniel Rosenbaum, Todd Rosenbaum, Emily Roz, Carol Salmanson, Secret Project Robot, James Sheehan, Judith Simonian, Patricia Smith, Carri Skoczek, Deborah Spiroff, Sto , Miho Suzuki, Jim Torok, Jeanne Tremel, Joanne Ungar, Rosa Valado, Kathleen Vance, Don Voisine, Nancy Wechter, Jessica Weiss, David Wells, Mary Westering, Mark Wiener, Mika Yokobori, Dan Zeller

Go here for images of some of the works.

We'll be there, so say "hi!"

Ryan and me on 24th Street, photo by James Wagner


A lot of artists I know are really into reality TV / competition shows. Ryan Humphrey is the first one I know personally who is actually on one: Bravo's Top Design.

More info on Ryan from:

[via Dennis]

James already wrote about one of these, but here are my favorite things I've seen lately in Chelsea.


David S. Allee, Garage Driving, 2006, Chromogenic Print, 50 × 60 inches

David S. Allee, Cross Lands at Morgan Lehman (already closed)

Disturbing but gorgeous large-format prints of American civilization's battle for space of cars and humans.


Installation view of 'When The Revolution Comes' at Kathleen Cullen

Installation view of When The Revolution Comes at Kathleen Cullen

This is a great show of primarily politically-oriented art curated by Michael St. John.



Josedgardo Granados, Commute 8

There are some beautiful works on paper by this artist in the project space at Kathleen Cullen.

[The installation view is by me. The rest are from the galleries' websites.]


Nancy Baker
Waiting For My Prince, 2006
Oil on Wood Panel
36 × 36 inches

Nancy Baker, who is represented by Winkleman / Plus Ultra Gallery, is the newest artist to sign up for my ArtCat hosting service. Click on her name or the image to see her new website.


John Smith
The Girl Chewing Gum, 1976
Black & White 16mm

The more I see of older art works, the more I worry that very few things are truly new. The latest incident? When I saw John Smith's Girl Chewing Gum (1976) in Artists Space's In the Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love. One watches a street scene and listens to a voice appearing to direct the action on the screen. It doesn't hurt that he sounds a bit like a Monty Python narrator.

I had never heard of this piece when I first saw Noah Klersfeld's work Pay Roll. Todd Gibson describes it here. Maybe it doesn't really matter, since I knew nothing of John Smith's work, and probably Todd and Mr. Klersfeld didn't either.

luxonline has a page describing the work and a short video excerpt.

Related: 2003 interview with John Smith in Millenium Film Journal.

[image above from luxonline]

Last week we visited Gasser & Grunert to see Ann Craven's show of moon paintings. Here are a few shots paired with a real moon photo taken on our block.

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