Category Archive: art

my current show is a bit eccentric…

As long as I can remember, I’ve been intrigued by the stone objects that are an integral part of traditional Japanese gardens. I find the best of them compelling in a purely sculptural… Continue reading

I’ll bet your relationship to art began with a crayon.

  Remember the smell?  The scratchy sound of the yellow and green cardboard flap folding back in a pixelated-spectrum-reveal?  Which do you choose first?  The joy of that short-lived, sharp-crayon-newness; the fuzziness of… Continue reading

Your first encounter with one of Patricia Piccinini’s sculptures is likely to be unnerving.

There’s the initial start at not being alone in a room when you thought you were, followed by confusion as to what exactly it is you’re seeing. Next you’re awestruck. Really, what is… Continue reading

frankenstein’s birthday party…

is a group show i’ve curated…   an homage to the novel and meditation on its continuing relevance. here’s my curatorial statement: 2018 is the bicentennial of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern… Continue reading

running back again

we’ll open a show of stefan kurten’s newest paintings tomorrow.     here’s my read on it: in stefan kürten’s aestheticized architectural images,there is nearly always a reflection:  in a pool, a plate glass window,… Continue reading

from sylvia plath…

    Mirror I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful-… Continue reading

i’ve curated a group show about mirrors…

The first mirror — likely a pool of still water — allowed humans to see themselves as others did.  Later came polished surfaces — copper, bronze, silver, pyrite, even stone — though the quality of… Continue reading

in “brancusi,”

liliana porter juxtaposes incongruous objects, heavy with references to art history, in a witty and formally simple — but masterfully complex — play on the existential conundrum: which came first, the chicken or… Continue reading

i’ve curated a show for the 20th anniversary of the gallery…

i’ll post images and texts of individual works, but first, my curatorial statement. What I’ve Learned So Far I believe that art must surprise and charm, be so beautiful, so mesmerizing, so technically… Continue reading

patricia piccinini’s 1st solo show on the west coast

patricia piccinini’s work is often not easy to look at, but it affects us profoundly.   it is grotesque, shocking and disturbing at the same time that it’s poetic, tender, compassionate and beautiful.  … Continue reading

john waters on cy twombly…

my art history teaching hero! http://www.sothebys.com/content/sothebys/en/news-video/videos/2016/04/legendary-filmmaker-john-waters-on-the-audacity-of-cy-twombly.html    

more tim hawkinson…

i finally finished the curatorial statement for our show…    here it is: People have always interpreted their environment by measuring themselves against it.  The oldest units of measure were based on the body:… Continue reading

dianne was talking with tim hawkinson

about the installation of his exhibition garden variety… dianne dec: The installation has gone through a number of changes since you’ve been here – what are you most surprised about? tim hawkinson: I… Continue reading

a cunning, punning election day message…

                from william t. wiley: don’t vote to forget!  cause this time it will make since…    

i’m opening a show of paintings by cornelius völker…

here’s my introduction to the work: In this survey of work made over the last fifteen years, Cornelius Völker’s oeuvre reveals a uniquely contemporary investigation of the history of representational painting, based primarily… Continue reading

a panel discussion about jay defeo’s exhibition

at hosfelt gallery, with julian cox and veronica roberts, moderated by todd hosfelt:   Todd Hosfelt: Thank you all for coming.  We are so lucky to have two really smart and insightful people… Continue reading

we’re installing an exhibition called JAY DEFEO / ALTER EGO

  here’s a bit about my curatorial vision for the show: When i began considering an exhibition of pairs of related works by Jay DeFeo – twins, if you will – I thought… Continue reading

jerry saltz’s insightful piece on museums

http://www.vulture.com/2015/04/jerry-saltz-on-new-whitney-museum.html (notice jay defeo’s the rose in the background)   the drawing and photo of the new renzo piano-designed building came from the whitney musuem’s website (http://whitney.org/).  the drawing is courtesy of renzo… Continue reading