What Meets the Eye

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 [...]

Finding Fairfield Porter at the Met

September 19, 2017

  The painter who looks for a subject, or doubts his role, has fallen behind in the race. —Fairfield Porter Because I was doubting my role and looking for a subject in the last days of summer—I visited the Met. And by subject I mean literal [...]