Wendy Letven on Simona Prives

Wendy Letven on Simona Prives

Simona Prives, Black Matter, 2018, Sumi ink, monotype and collage with xerox transfer and watercolor, 70 x 44 inches   Simona Prives creates images that describe shifting, changing imaginary worlds inhabited by human beings and all their detritus. From a distance, one...
Laurie Hogin on Grant Wood

Laurie Hogin on Grant Wood

Grant Wood, Young Corn, 1931, Oil on canvas, 24 x 29 7/8 inches Regionalism. The wide-open air that settles on the Midwestern agoras is heavy with the sticky oppressions of cultural stillness, corrupt power structures, and close, stifling folkways. Urbanism. The...
Eric Fischl on Max Beckmann’s Departure

Eric Fischl on Max Beckmann’s Departure

This essay was first published in the exhibition catalogue for Max Beckmann in Exile at the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo, New York on October 9, 1996.  Max Beckmann, Departure,1932, Oil on canvas, Side panels 7′ 3/4″ x 39 1/4″, center panel 7′...
Aaron Zulpo on Anthony Cudahy

Aaron Zulpo on Anthony Cudahy

Anthony Cudahy, Bruegel, 2018, Gouache on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches Rifling through someone else’s studio is complete fun. I always feel like a detective trying to find the impetus for an artist’s creativity. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Anthony Cudahy’s...
Brian Alfred on Jo Baer

Brian Alfred on Jo Baer

Jo Baer, H. Arcuata, 1971, Oil on canvas, 56 x 244 x 10cm, Daimler Kunst Sammlung, Stuttgart/Berlin I remember the first time I saw Jo Baer’s painting ‘H. Arcuata’. It wasn’t at a museum or gallery; it was the same kind of encounter I had with most art that hit me as...
Michael Torlen on John Torreano

Michael Torlen on John Torreano

When John Torreano began his talk about his exhibition, Dark Matters Without Time, on March 24, 2018 at Lesley Heller Gallery, he did so from behind a black curtain. Like a performer entering the stage, Torreano pushed the curtain aside and his head appeared. It...