Writings by Edward M. Epstein

Ragnar Kjartansson, Guilt Trip, 2007. Video, 10 min, 24 sec.

Warmer Than You Think: Due North at Icebox Project Space


Exhibition paired artists from Iceland and Philadelphia


Installation view featuring (on the right) Nine Cosmic CD’s: For The Firespitter (Jayne Cortez), 2013, acrylic on canvas, 45h x 137.5w inches. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

Cosmic Put-on: Notes on Jack Whitten


Paintings of the 4th dimension


Matthew Barney, HYPERTROPHY (incline), 1991, light-reflective vinyl, graphite pencil, and petroleum jelly on paper in self-lubricating plastic frame,10 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York; gift of R. L. B. Tobin. Copyright Matthew Barney. Digital image courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.

Mythology, Mortality, Mailer, and Vaseline: Matthew Barney at the Morgan


An avant-garde ruckus in the library


Maria Petschnig, Petschsniggle, 2013. HD Video (color, sound), 7 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and One Stellar Rays

A Romp Through A Flesh-Colored Universe: Maria Petschnig’s Video Installations


On view through June 16 at On Stellar Rays


Jane Irish, Thousand Yard Stare Urn, 2012. Low fire whiteware, china paint, luster and underglaze, 15½ x 8 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Drawing Room Plunder: Jane Irish at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia


Sông H’u’ong: Withdrawing Room is on view through May 10


Ellen Lanyon, Hat, Pin & Scarf, 1999. Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 22 inches. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

“…That Women Tend To Make”: The Female Gaze at the Pennsylvania Academy


The show that Ken Johnson previewed with incendiary effect.


Installation shot of the exhibition under review, Ai Weiwei: Forge (2012) at Mary Boone Gallery

Storms before the Storm: Pre-Sandy, Chelsea Awash with Disaster


In an eerie augury of the hurricane, shows about earthquakes, tsunamis and capsized cruisers