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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

An Early Spring: The Review Panel Season Debut, Friday 13th

"Nora Griffin", 2014, oil on canvas, 98"x108", in  Heidi Howard: Portrait and a Dream, at Nancy Margolis Gallery
“Nora Griffin”, 2014, oil on canvas, 98″x108″, in Heidi Howard: Portrait and a Dream, at Nancy Margolis Gallery

This Friday marks the inauguration of the 10th Spring season of The Review Panel. We’re very proud to have Vincent Katz, Martha Schwendener, and Christopher Stackhouse joining artcritical’s David Cohen at the National Academy Museum Friday 13th. They’ll be discussing Mamma Andersson at David Zwirner, Merlin James at Sikkema Jenkins, Heidi Howard at Nancy Margolis, and Titus Kaphar at Jack Shainman. If you haven’t seen these shows yet, we encourage you to: they’re great fodder for critical discourse, of which there will be plenty at the Review Panel, and we would love to have you participate in the debate.

artcritical has already had a strong discursive start to the year, of course. Setting the pace, our latest in the “Roundtable” series, a discussion on “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World,” which is on view at MoMA through April 5th. Moderated by contributing editor Nora Griffin, the discussion featured painters and writers Carrie Moyer, Becky Brown,Dennis Kardon, Raphael Rubinstein and Jason Stopa. Small world: that Heidi Howard portrait is of Nora!

An insightful, sharp interview by Jeanne Wilkinson with artcritical contributor and painter Peter Malone was published earlier this week. Malone identifies as a conservative painter for his work’s fidelity to naturalism, but in doing so also affirms his edginess and novelty in an art world that can seem sometimes to be brimming with empty gestures at radicality. Aimée Brown Price, meanwhile, reviews an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Kenny Rivero set within an installation that recalls the young artist’s boyhood home in Washington Heights, edginess included.

Two book reviews, by Paul Maziar and Lee Ann Norman, reexamine work by two much-talked-about but little understood artists: Richard Tuttle and Dorothy Iannone, respectively. Early work by writer and artist Susan Bee, unseen for 30 years, was reviewed by poet and critic Margaret Graham.

Sadly, we have also had to pay respects to the passing of treasured members of New York’s art community: Jack Shainman Gallery’s Claude Simard (back in the summer) and more recently, painters Jane Wilson and Jake Berthot, and Metropolitan Museum curator Walter Liedtke. They will be missed.

But the work goes on and we’re very happy that you’re coming along for the ride. And that there’s plenty to talk about on the way.

Titus Kaphar, Holy Absence, 2013. Oil on canvas, gilded frame, 38 x 44.5 inches. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery
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