What Meets the Eye

Rachel Phillips: Animated Emotion

September 28, 2019

These paintings remind me of my passion for cartoons as a child. The emotions are so pure. A character is sad; they slump, utterly dejected, or cry a single tear (or an ocean). When mad, a red cloud of steam appears above their head. If scared they [...]

Bel Fullana and the Rape of Isla Bonita

June 13, 2019

Does All inclusive look like a display of “playful sexual freedom” to you? This painting and the other two paintings in this essay are described that way in the gallery press release, which also employs forms of the words “ambiguity” and [...]

Jasper Johns Talks to Me

April 16, 2019

Often in the last year upon awakening, but with my eyes still closed, I see myself sobbing. The death of a friend, white supremacists, climate change, I don’t even know. But more about that in a minute. I’m not getting critics who see painting [...]

Adam Simon and Object Constancy

March 28, 2019

After dropping my wife at the A train, it was too early for Harry’s* and I passed McDonalds, thinking about Simon’s show, the ultra-recognizability of the golden arches and stopping off for a sausage biscuit and how wrong that would be—my age! [...]

Dana Schutz and a World of Anxiety

February 26, 2019

After conversations with other painters about this show, the consensus seemed to be admiration for Schutz’s work as a whole, for the energy and ambition and the mad rush of it—and not so much about individual paintings, what they are about, [...]