John Michael Byrd on Kelli Scott Kelley

John Michael Byrd on Kelli Scott Kelley

Kelli Scott Kelley, Orphaned Twins, 2009, Acrylic, paper, canvas,  48 x 30 inches When I told my partner I was thinking about writing a piece on Kelli Kelley’s work, he said: “You know, she is probably the perfect example of the nurturing free thinker – a real...
Yvette Gellis on Katharina Grosse

Yvette Gellis on Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016. Acrylic paint on wallboard, wood veneer, and steel, 480 x 960 x 67 inches. University purchase, Art on Campus fund, Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center, 2016. Photo by Yvette Gellis. The soul of French painting in the 1860’s and 1870’s...
David Humphrey on William John Whittemore

David Humphrey on William John Whittemore

William John Whittemore, Charles C. Curran, 1888/1889, oil on canvas, 17 x 21 inches Painted representations of palettes make me very happy. Artists can besmirch their carefully rendered image with blobs of gooey color as if it were an actual palette. Paint becomes a...
Johanna Robinson on Maria Lassnig

Johanna Robinson on Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig, Woman Laocoon (Woman Laocoön), 1976. Oil on canvas, 193 x 127 cm While researching paintings of snakes for a recent body of work, I was reminded of Maria Lassnig’s painting entitled Woman Laocoön, 1976. For nearly seventy years, Lassnig, an Austrian...
Sam McKinniss on Aaron Zulpo

Sam McKinniss on Aaron Zulpo

Aaron Zulpo, No Swimming After Dark, 2018, Oil on polyester canvas stretched over board, 46 x 36 inches I wasn’t expecting to say this, but heterosexual coupling looks like it might be a lot of fun. At least that’s what I started to think after a recent visit to Aaron...
Brandi Twilley on Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Brandi Twilley on Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. 4am Friday, 2015, Oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 51 1/8 inches, Courtesy of the artist; Corv-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York I met Lynette Yiadom-Boakye briefly in 2015 in London the day before I saw her show at Serpentine Sackler...