• Art Making
  • Pfaffability

    Judy Pfaff at Wheaton College Judy Pfaff is an artist’s artist. Perhaps I should be more specific and say she is my kind of artist’s artist. And “my kind of artist” is a much bigger category than me and my friends. Legions of us have followed her for years, and we keep being compelled, enthralled, […]

  • Art Making
  • Touchability

    Edmund de Waal, detail, Princeton Museum Continuing with themes inspired by Edmund de Waal in his latest book, The White Road… In a profile of de Waal that appeared in the New York Times, Sam Anderson describes de Waal as an evangelist of touch. “Thinking is through the hands as well as the head,” de […]

  • Current viewings
  • Dedee Shattuck Gallery

    The opening reception for the show at Dedee Shattuck Gallery is two weeks from today. I hope you will stop by if you are anywhere nearby—Fall River, New Bedford, the Cape, Providence, Newport—over Labor Day weekend. Details: DEBORAH BARLOW YIZHAK ELYASHIV AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 25 Reception: Saturday, September 3, 5 – 7pm DEDEE SHATTUCK […]

  • Art History/Theory
  • Making Mystery a Solid Object

    Writing about the Agnes Martin exhibit that began at the Tate, moved to Düsseldorf, now at LACMA and (finally!) coming east to the Guggenheim in October, Hilton Als touches on some of my favorite aspects of Martin’s work. From The Heroic Art of Agnes Martin, in the New York Review of Books: On solitude and art making: “We have been […]

  • Current viewings
  • In Water Opens

    In Water, an exhibit currently on view at the Beyond Benign Gallery in Wilmington Massachusetts Putting this show together, getting it installed and then celebrating with friends—pure pleasure. Thank you to so many who contributed to this effort: The great staff under Amy Cannon at Beyond Benign, Jerry Beck at the Revolving Museum, John Warner […]

  • Current viewings
  • In Water

    Remaya 2, mixed media on wood panel, 36 x 36″ A year ago I had a conversation with Jerry Beck, good friend and founder of the well known Revolving Museum (in Jerry’s nomenclature, a “nomadic nonprofit cultural organization”). We shared an interest in exploring the linkages between art and science, and we agreed that New […]

  • Art Making
  • Irwin at the Hirschhorn Museum

    Robert Irwin’s “Untitled” (1969), at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer for The New York Times, Robert Irwin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York) Robert Irwin holds a particular place in the California annals of contemporary art, and he holds a particular place for me personally. He figured larger than life […]