Posts from September, 2009

Distinguished Service Order, Contd.


The benefit gala season is upon the art world, making it the turn of distinguished artists, patrons, and scholars to bask in a little glory. The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art is presenting their medal to Richard Artschwager, Douglas S. Cramer and Jack Lenor Larsen while art critic and curator Klaus Kertess receives the Lawrence A….


Mr. Warren’s Profession


In the back room at the Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea, a Norman Foster glass and steel table struggles to keep up with the streamlined efficiency and grace of its occupant: a svelte, always impeccably attired gentleman who demurely works away with elegance and diligence. This is Ron Warren.  First time visitors sometimes wonder if,…


Yan Pei-Ming: Landscape of Childhood at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing


By his critical reference to the illusions of the rhetoric of the Olympics, vastly expensive events which diverted funding from the fundamental needs of the population, he makes a powerful political statement, all the more potent because it is extremely elliptical.


Jon Isherwood at John Davis Gallery


This was an artcritical PIC in September 2009.


Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet at the Berkeley Art Museum


By design, the show is a revealing jumble, expressing something of what it has come to mean to respond to a place (or site, region, niche), and something of what it can no longer mean.


The Painter Sam Francis, a film by Jeffrey Perkins


‘The Painter Sam Francis’ 85 minutes Shot on 16mm, Super 8, Hi-8, DV ©2008 Body and Soul Productions Showing at Anthology Film Archives, New York, through September 17 The film biography “The Painter Sam Francis” might be better called “What Happened to Sam Francis?” It reinforces all the standard cliché’s of the outsized artist’s life….