What Meets the Eye

Wrestling, in the Dark, with Delacroix

January 8, 2019

  Delacroix does not “do it for me.” Btw, have you heard “Lord, Do It For Me,” with its increasingly fervent request? The James Cleveland version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daKpXBT6vyA However, he did it for Van Gogh and other [...]

Nathaniel Mary Quinn: Family Portraits

November 8, 2018

There is so much manipulated or copied photographic content in the galleries these days that I’ve begun to ignore it. I have even begun to wonder if artists are so happy in their studios sifting through the internet that Plato’s Allegory of the [...]

Jenny Saville’s “Ancestors” Dissected

July 11, 2018

The brilliant analysis that I had planned to offer has already been covered—and then some!—by a think tank organized by David Cohen: Jenny Saville ROUNDTABLE: Julie Heffernan, Brenda Zlamany, Dennis Kardon, Walter Robinson, Barry Schwabsky, and [...]

Mildred Thompson: Outer/Inner Space

May 26, 2018

The first thing that happened was that my gaze was arrested by the relatively overworked white circular spiraling shape with a trompe l’oeil shadow in the center right. Then I recognized it as an effort to get something exactly right—and [...]

Per Kirkeby and the Lenhard Effect

March 28, 2018

These paintings and Abstract Expressionism share a painterly vocabulary and have nothing else in common. It’s disconcerting even now, when gestural painting is often figurative, to see how precise Kirkeby’s work is. It is based on direct [...]