The Void is Not Empty – Jesse Chapman and David Scanavino
Marianne Boesky Gallery
Blended and reconstituted, abstracted and reopened,
Scanavino’s work retains some qualities of the original newspaper.
It has four corners and it’s a papery taupe,
but it’s paper without content, ink without image;
it’s handmade paper.
Specific to a publication and a date or a length of time,
they feel like a timely update on On Kawara’s date paintings
and the clippings that accompany them.
Long Eyes – Rachel Whiteread
To the right Whiteread does a kind of Banks Violette black resin Panel.
To the back Whiteread does Johns’ Ballantine cans.
To the back right, as she does, Nauman.
of surf, death, tropes & tableaux: The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment Gary Hill
3D glasses (especially cheap ones) don’t make things three dimensional,
nor do they make them look three dimensional;
they function more like lab goggles in this experiment.
Hill employs video better than anybody.
The use of color, flowers, and self in concert with the surf, death and tableaux of the title conjure an unlikely Ashley Bickerton.
Paintings, 1958-1968 – Kenneth Noland
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
There was a time when artists were soldiers and pilots before they were artists.
Seen through this war lens, Noland’s concentric circles are sights and the Red/Orange/Yellow chevron is a V for victory.
If these are now logos for consumer products,
here we let them remain symbols.
Paula Cooper Gallery
Some works (like the 1963 monochrome Marilyn Monroe) are quite sexy
while other works (like the 1990 polychrome Fuccimanooli) recall neighborhood park rehabilitation and beautification projects.
All as seen from Chamberlain’s hospitable oversized urethane foam couch.
The only thing missing was an example of “carved, twisted and tied” foam sculptures to bridge the gap.
Correspondence – Holt Quentel and Elaine Cameron-Weir
Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts
Correspondence is the right word.
Called ‘Conference Call,’ Carol Bove would have been a likely third.
Torso of a Young Woman speaks softly and “real clear like.”
Operation Harmony – Folkert de Jong
James Cohan Gallery
What are these about?
They are about something.
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
How exactly do these happen?
Starting now, sheet music is to be avoided.
Rope imagery is also to be avoided.