Review: Clare E. Rojas at Kavi Gupta
Review: Clare E. Rojas at Kavi Gupta

Over the past several years, San Francisco-based artist Clare E. Rojas has steadily expunged the visual elements her work was best known for: the cast of men, women and animals that populated her playful, folk-art-inspired narratives are gone. What remains are geometric abstractions distilled from the design-oriented stages upon which her fables once occurred. Dominated […]

Review: Josiah McElheny/Corbett vs. Dempsey
Review: Josiah McElheny/Corbett vs. Dempsey

Aided by a fake ID, I was baptized into the church of hard-bop sometime in the mid-nineties in one of Cleveland’s many hidden jazz spots; a cramped subterranean chamber where sound and smoke, perfume and sweat mixed freely in the dimly lit haze. The music was immediate: thundering drums coupled with blowing horns that rang-out […]

Review: Milton Resnick/Mana Contemporary
Review: Milton Resnick/Mana Contemporary

Long overshadowed by high-profile Ab-Ex darlings like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Resnick, despite having created some of his generation’s most ambitious works, never really “broke through.” Coming to the height of his powers after the successive conceptual coups of the 1960s, further pushed the mercurial artist to the margins of the mainstream artworld. […]

EXPO Dispatch: Figures that Stand Thier Ground
EXPO Dispatch: Figures that Stand Thier Ground

Because Expo 2013 was brimming with overpriced abstract condo décor, second-rate Robert Motherwell collages and lukewarm photography, this year I set myself the task of seeking out the best examples of “representational” painting that I could find. Although still lives, portraits and landscapes (even those highly abstracted) don’t really fit the typical art fair mold, […]

EXPO Dispatch: Sarah Charlesworth at AIC
EXPO Dispatch: Sarah Charlesworth at AIC

Charlesworth’s “Stills” are profound and challenging in ways that conceptual art is often supposed to be, but usually isn’t. Drama and tension pervade these images. Blown-up to a bodily scale that’s pushy and assertive, the pictures are surrounded by an aura of disquiet. As the panel indicated, seen in the context of September 11, 2001, […]

Review: New Image Painting/Shane Campbell Gallery
Review: New Image Painting/Shane Campbell Gallery

Accusing contemporary abstraction of offering “a site for infinitely shallow projection on the part of the viewer” is a serious, and—in my opinion—pertinent charge given the critical attention heaped upon it over the past few years. But it’s playing with fire: anemic art is anemic art whether it’s “representational” or “abstract.” Read More