Franklin Melendez

Liam Everett

Altman Siegel

December 2012

There is something solemn, if not almost funerary, about Liam Everett’s solo debut at Altman Siegel, which might be appropriate given its subject matter. The show features a series of paintings on Masonite, wool, cotton, and organza that … READ ON

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Weegee

March 2012

Chatting with Peter Sellers on the set of Dr. Strangelove in 1963, Weegee (aka Arthur Fellig) recounts his summer: “It’s been a strange one. . . . I was sent by a magazine to photograph famous photographers. . . . Of course, I included … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2012 [TOC]

Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch

December 2011

Much ado has been made over the frenetic collaborations of Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin in the past year, largely due to their touring ADD bacchanal-slash-miniretrospective “Any Ever,” which debuted to much acclaim in Los Angeles at … READ ON

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Trevor Paglen, “Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage,” “Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870”

December 2011

Amid the year’s constant shuffle (art fairs; retrospectives; group, solo, and MFA shows), the exhibitions that stuck with me most provided a strange parallax to the present moment. This was certainly the poetry of Trevor Paglen’s … READ ON

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Florian Schmidt

November 2011

Florian Schmidt’s second solo exhibition at New Galerie, “Synchron,” literally builds on his first, utilizing leftover works from his previous show, as well as a range of ephemera including business cards and announcements, to produce… READ ON

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“Line and Space: American Drawing and Sculpture Since 1960”

September 2011

For all intents and purposes, “Line and Space: American Drawing and Sculpture Since 1960” revisits a familiar history, assembling an impressive array of Minimal and Conceptual works by artists including Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, James … READ ON

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Takeshi Murata

September 2011

Takeshi Murata’s recent show at Ratio 3 arrested the pixelated frenzy of the artist’s earlier breakthrough video work, trading in visual pyrotechnics for glossy listlessness in a series of nine vibrant, if seemingly banal, still lifes. … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2011 [TOC]

Heart of Stone

Stonescape

July 2011 CALISTOGA, CA

CALIFORNIA MAY NOT HAVE THE HAMPTONS, but Napa surely provides a more than adequate alternative with panoramic views and ample drink. Norman and Norah Stone’s annual midsummer soiree has been adding to the pastoral magic since 2007, luring… READ ON

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Pablo Guardiola

June 2011

Images of tree-lined beaches, oceanside resorts, and cityscapes limned by blue-water coastlines—these were some of the subjects of “Jet Travel,” Pablo Guardiola’s first solo exhibition at Romer Young Gallery. Rephotographing vintage … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2011 [TOC]

Katy Grannan

April 2011

With “Boulevard,” her latest exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery, Katy Grannan continues her subtle subversion of the idioms and codes of portraiture, a titillating project that has invariably drawn her to the marginal and marginalized, … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2011 [TOC]