Artists

A Solitary Mann

“How do you make paint make reality when it’s just crazy weird marks?” That’s the question Jeremy Mann poses to the viewer at the beginning of A Solitary Mann (2015), filmmaker Loic Zimmerman’s moody and atmospheric documentary on the globally renowned urban painter. “Crazy weird marks” are, at first...

Irving Penn: Personal Work

Death Embodied: Irving Penn’s Realism

What is striking about the photographs that Irving Penn feels “personal” about—as distinct from the “impersonal” fashion photographs that made him famous—is their stark realism. And the deadness—actual or implied—of the objects pictured. There’s nothing glamorous about the decaying...

Adventures in Photography: Gifts from Harvey S. Shipley Miller

“Adventures in Photography: Gifts from Harvey S. Shipley Miller,” a 2015  exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, testified to the particular allure of the artform, both for individual collectors and for encyclopedic museums. The origins of most arts are lost in the dim reaches of the past. We have evidence of masters as far...

Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School


“Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School,” which was on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York, from August 26 to December 13, 2015, was the first museum retrospective for McEntee (1828– 91). Eighty works illuminated the career of this lesser-known...

Philippe Charles Jacquet

Philippe Charles Jacquet (b. 1977) paints mysterious twilight landscapes, set in the estuaries and coasts of the Rance Valley in the Brittany region of France. At the same time, he explores the universal realm of the imagination, as was beautifully demonstrated in his exhibition at Axelle Galerie in New York City (September 24–October...

Anthony Panzera

Anthony Panzera’s solo exhibition, “Because I could not stop for Death,” shown at Hunter College in New York City (July 31–September 26, 2015), explored the memento mori or vanitas genre. The title was borrowed from Emily Dickinson’s famous poem, and the “MM” that Panzera (b. 1941) uses to...

Paul Schulenberg and Roger Watt

Paul Schulenburg’s new paintings, at George Billis Gallery in New York City, record and distill his observations of city life. While human figures appear, the stories this artist-flâneur tells us focus on the interplay between the solid geometry of architectural forms and the transient, evanescent effects of light. We may be intrigued...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

“Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum,” at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, presents the final achievement of an extraordinarily influential graphic artist and anti­quarian. Giovanni Battista Piranesi visited the archaeological site of Paestum, south of Naples, in...

Santiago Cal

When most of us want to relive memorable moments in our past, we look to snapshots. That two-dimensional depiction of a birthday party or graduation ceremony is what we identify with that moment in time. The sculptor Santiago Cal, however, instead takes out a block of basswood and cuts and trims away at...

Travis Louie

Travis Louie’s work in “Before They Became Heroes or Villains,” at William Baczek Fine Arts, in Northampton, Massachusetts, draws on memory, fantasy and mystery, to present a collection of portraits that simultaneously startles, amazes and puzzles. Like Alice in...

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