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Christopher Wool at The Guggenheim

With all due respect, I cant see what the big deal with Christopher Wool is. I had the chance to catch his retrospective at the Guggenheim this past week and was utterly unimpressed. Text paintings that shared the same stencil font as Richard Princes joke paintings, and gestural prints totally devoid of anything to bite into. I guess the process of converting gesture into print and back again is a hinge point for Wool, but it doesn’t seem to be very effective visually.

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That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy some of Wools work. It’s just that the exhibition as a whole was muddy

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one of the bright spots of the show were Wool’s photos from the early 90s.

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Final critical review of Mike Kelly’s retrospective at PS1

Mike Kelly was an artist who never resonated much with me and I had very limited exposure to his practice. I think the only work of his I was really familiar with were the stuffed animal balls and a few other odds pieces. I did back flips after leaving Kelly’s retrospective. I couldn’t imagine how much I was missing out by not exploring his work earlier.

It’s tough to unpack my experience at PS1 as it was all at once hilarious, sublime, and deeply troubling. I’m a sucker for a good tragedy and with Kelly’s suicide looming in recent memory, I found myself projecting a funerary tint on the whole show. Floor after floor I was smacked in the face with Kelly’s psyche and in the same breath the psyche of one mans slice of the American experience. What I found most fascinating was his ability to seamlessly merge humor and childhood with violence, sex, and the gaping depths of sadness and death.  I found the show to be very well curated as it managed to give each body of work room to live. It allowed me to consider the enormous breadth of Mike Kelly’s work as well as experience each period isolated and uninterrupted.

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The balls-Swastika was a big hit for me.

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I felt like I could have spent months revisiting this exhibition. If I lived in New York I probably would. It had to have been one of, if not the best show I’ve ever seen.

Reinhard Mucha at Luring Augustine

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Marc Denis at Hasted Kraeutler

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Chris Cosnowski at Lyons Wier

Chris Cosnowski  at Lyons Wier

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Lucas Knipscher at Andrea Rosen

Lucas Knipscher at Andrea Rosen

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Matt Connors, John Henderson, Lucas Knipscher @ Andrea Rosen

Matt Connors, John Henderson, Lucas Knipscher @ Andrea Rosen

Matt Connors

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Chemi Rosado Seijo at Roberto Paradise

Chemi Rosado Seijo at Roberto Paradise

Chemi Rosado Seijo presented rectangles of weathered multilayer exterior paint. Seijo scrapped these off the walls of El Cerro, a community in Naranjito, Puerto Rico. The Artist worked with residents to paint their houses to match the hillside of the area. Over time multiple coats were applied as old layers weathered.

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Bubu Negron at Roberto Paradise

Bubu Negron at Roberto Paradise

Bubu Negron at Roberto Paradise in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Monika Baer at The Art Institute of Chicago

Highlight from Monika Baer’s show now up at AIC