Archive for the ‘exhibitions’ Category

Someone at The Exposure Project picked up on a dangling comment I made over on the Hey, Hot Shot! blog last week: The author went on: I want to know what you think. Where does the tenuous line between compassion and indifference in photographic portraiture meet? What makes one artist’s portrayal necessarily more sensitive than […]


modern magic

27Nov08

(Ed. note: I made a minor change to this post since initially publishing late last night [note to self: don’t do that] because I think it’s important to distinguish that magic realism is a Latin American literary tradition, not one that is specific to Mexico, and probably less notable when considering Mexican literary traditions in […]


Go.  Go see Hiroshi Sugimoto at Gagosian in Chelsea. Ligurian Sea, Saviore, 1993 N. Pacific Ocean, Stinson Beach, 1994 Lake Superior, Eagle River, 2003 For reasons that shall remain unnamed from this point forward, my family stopped going to church when I was 7 or 8. Still we’re all pretty spiritual people and have found […]


I am totally blown away by Michael Lundgren‘s Transfigurations. They are made up of all the things that keep me awake at night. As if I didn’t miss the West enough already, they are like coming home.  And they are like falling into a place that I will never know, or once I do know, […]


One of the things I’ve been looking most forward to seeing this fall in NY is the Giorgio Morandi retrospective show at The Met. It was a happy surprise to come across a Vija Celmins quote in Peter Schjeldahl’s New Yorker review of the show, “Tables for One.” Celmins’ (an all-time personal favorite artist) and […]


It’s no coincidence that a series of events over the course of this week has prompted me to consider what it means to be an American today, within the country, as well as in the world at large. As these events unfolded, Paul Fusco’s photographs from Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train, illustrated my thoughts. The […]


Sitting in a gallery space with my own work has proved to be a far more engaging experience than I had imagined. Two interesting references include: The work of Bing Wright, below, and Fly Disaster II, 1997, silver print, 29 1/4 x 37 inches and this quote from Willem deKooning: “I’m in my element when […]