Dec 31, 2016

Manifesto

MANIFESTO is an installation by Julian Rosefeldt of 13 short films in simultaneous play in the darkened space of the Park Avenue Armory. More than one, but never all, of the screens are visible from a...
Oct 31, 2016

Simon Starling: At Twilight

SIMON STARLING: AT TWILIGHT documents a revival, by Starling, a visual artist, and the theater maker Graham Eatough, of W.B. Yeats’ At the Hawk’s Well, the 1916 Irish folk play that drew on Noh dr...
Feb 12, 2016

Annemarie Heinrich

They might, in an English novel, have been called “womanly,” the left perched elegantly on the grip of the cane, the right draped, like a napkin, across the opposite wrist. From there, the eye fol...
May 9, 2014

Reconstructing the Universe

In the lexicon of critical clichés, “bracing” is the one I would choose to describe the Guggenheim’s ITALIAN FUTURISM, 1909–1944: RECONSTRUCTING THE UNIVERSE. I was startled, as if awakened, ...
Dec 30, 2013

The Mystery of the Ordinary

The René Magritte exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art has stayed with me since I saw it last month, on the day after Thanksgiving. I suppose that, among the Surrealists, I have always thought first o...
Oct 28, 2013

Baden-Baden

The first of four pieces in BADEN-BADEN 1927, Gotham Chamber Opera‘s update and reassessment of the German spa-town festival held in that year, is Milhaud’s “Abduction (or Rape) of Europa.” It...
Sep 13, 2013

Hopper Drawing

There is much greatness in the visual art of the United States, but in the end I always settle on Hopper. I went away from Modern Life, the Whitney Museum of American Art‘s 2013 retrospective, t...
Jul 15, 2013

Harmony in Process

Among the visual artists producing work to the music of the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet at HARMONY IN PROCESS Saturday night at ShapeShifter Lab was Patti Maciesz, who sat center stage and m...
Jan 24, 2013

Picasso Black and White

The Guggenheim Museum was the perfect place for PICASSO BLACK AND WHITE. The creamy white spiral, and the muted grey light filtered through the great central skylight, seemed made for the display of t...
Sep 28, 2012

Habit

Think of those situations when you find yourself looking through windows at the private lives of other people. Walks through small towns or suburban neighborhoods at night or in the evenings, when the...