At CANADA New York City

Ozymandias

The famous sonnet Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, reflects on a monumental sculpture’s eventual ruin and collapse. Elisabeth Kley’s exhibition appropriated the title to likewise challenge time, while exploring such diverse concepts as individuality, transience and tradition. Read on …

At Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Somewhere After

Judy Pfaff’s art requires several kinds of understandings. First, let’s think back to primordial installations — cave drawings and dwellings, rituals in China and Southern Africa and Native American ghost dances in buffalo robes. Read on …

The Yard, Herald Square

At The Yard

Does Judy Rifka need to bother with the articulate justifications and cogent explanations that always accompany her latest creations? Not for this fully alive and eye-popping show Read on …

Best of Both Worlds

Beginning with depictions of Edo’s Floating World, Helga Kopperl has built a bridge of color and light across time and culture. She’s created a new space out of the old — Read on …

The Phatory

Pomp l’Oeil

A show of Suzan Batu’s easel-sized paintings creates a mood of worldly coquetry at Phatory. It looks like the artist may have started with a straight and narrow method, and then took it south — finding her true colors. Read on …

Translated by Hiroaki Sato
New York Review of Books/Poems 2014

Cat Town

“Soaked in tears.” How can you beat that? Sakutarō Hagiwara (1886 — 1943) wrote this line early in his career. His penchant for the piteous remained his trademark. This volume of verse, including the title prose-poem novella, reveals a genius at joining image with sentiment. His writing produces a profound frisson. Read on …

Penguin Poets

The Big Smoke

Although boxing holds no interest for me, I have always been intrigued by Jack Johnson, the first African American to be heavyweight champion. Adrian Matejka’s poetic paean to Johnson presents a portrait that beautifully captures the bravado, sexual energy and sophistication of an athlete whose 1915 victory sparked race riots. Read on …

Skira/Rizzoli

True to the title of one of his paintings, Land of Many Uses, Jules de Balincourt finds divergent scenes to convey a complex, sophisticated artistry. The 75 color plates in the book Jules de Balincourt show the artist commenting on class, circumstance and connection with refined aloofness. Read on …

Other Places
Jason McCoy Gallery

READ BETWEEN ICONS AND SCREENS

Whimsy, utility, sacrosanctity

Impulse and control stroll hand-in-hand in Glenn Goldberg’s gallery of icons. A dog stares back at you as you question it. A duck hangs in the air, as if between shots at an arcade. Read on …

Edward Thorp Gallery Chelsea, NYC

MAJESTY AT THE BRINK OF CHAOS

Evoking the brushwork of John Singer Sargent, and the spirit of late Philip Guston, Judith Simonian is the fever-dreamed salon painter of J.G. Ballard’s dystopic High Rise interiors. Simonian produces ambitious, head-spinning re-conceptions of tabletop still-life, interior, and landscape painting for the 21st century as Matisse did for the 20th century. Though she is no newcomer to the art community, the month May marked the first opportunity to see an entire solo show of 16 acrylic on canvas paintings ranging from a foot to 7 feet wide.
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