Tuesday, February 24, 2009

AC Shortlist: February Exhibitions

GALLERY RECOMMENDATIONS
written by Nikki Schiro in New York
  1. Katerina Lanfranco investigates the conceptual space where the unknowns of deep sea and outer-space meet. She offers us a tangible, ordered glimpse into that space/her world, using Larger-than-life paper cutouts, three dimensional sculptures of glass and fabric, as well as oil painting "vignettes." Katerina Lanfranco website.
  2. Jan Frank appropriates and incessantly utilizes Phillip Guston's portrayal of Richard Nixon, a pair of horn-rimmed glasses, for the bulk of the work in this exhibition. The large paintings each render their own spiritual harmony and order while maintaining a quirky edge--perhaps generated from Frank's own relationship with "Nixon." The wall of the smaller works is one of my favorites. It includes Frank's "nudes" and as well as a selection of smaller "Kissinger" works painted, often, with brilliant, saturated color on top of "body work" ad spreads from the Village Voice. Reference website.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Exhibition Preview: REGIFT

written by james stevens in new york

Tomorrow night at the Swiss Institute, an opening reception of a group show curated by John Miller that will examine the nexus among autonomous art and gift exchange. The object for the subject from a subject, an exchange which often denotes altruistic intentions and maintains precious familial boundaries but invariably a social function that is inherently problematic with various subversive elements stemming from the self, the Other, or commercial forces. 

A few of the artists contributing work for the show are: BARBARA BLOOM, SOPHIE CALLE, TRISHA DONNELLY, SAM DURANT, MARIA EICHHORN, SYLVIE FLEURY, FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES, DAN GRAHAM, RENÉE GREEN, MIKE KELLEY


Opening Reception: Tuesday, Feb 17 2009, 6–8 PM



SWISS INSTITUTE / CONTEMPORARY ART 

495 BROADWAY / 3RD  FLOOR 

NEW YORK  / NY 10012 

TEL (212) 925-2035 

WWW.SWISSINSTITUTE.NET

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sam Gibbons at Claire Oliver Gallery New York

Sam Gibbons at Claire Oliver Gallery New York
513 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001 / Tel: 212.929.5949

Reviewed by Don Porcella in New York City



Totem
Acrylic on Carved Wood Panel
35 x 35 x 2 inches

I went to the opening of Sam Gibbons at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York last night. The paintings are rich in color and expertly painted. They are loose and tight all at once and they show wonderful creativity and passion for this particular style of painting. I have seen Sam since he started this way of painting and I am really impressed with this show.

Sam Gibbons creativity with the image is the aspect of these paintings that impressed me the most. I love the way the shapes represent and make abstract so that the final image is very complicated and intriguing.


http://www.claireoliver.com/current.html

Strung up on Dead Tree
Acrylic on Carved Wood Panel
60 x 48 x 2 inches

These paintings are masterpieces because of the depth, painting ability, creativity and color they possess. Chaos and Order are battling each other in these paintings and it is the viewer who deciphers the winner in each. All these paintings are winners and I also love the monochromatic paintings and the silver reflecting paint - both nice surprises. Go see this show, it is worth your time.




XL (detail)
Acrylic on Carved Wood Panel
62 x 48 x 2 inches

Sam Gibbons at Claire Oliver Gallery New York
513 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001 / Tel: 212.929.5949