NYFA Idir Art Exhibit: Hozier, Sinead Cullen, and more

by Mary Ann Odete Initially opening on October 9th, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) exhibit “idir” had its second installment on Friday January 16th. “Idir” is a project between NYFA and artists based in Ireland that create connections between cultures through art and performance. The exhibit’s opening had a majority of the…

Wang Jianwei hosts first solo show at Guggenheim

By Stephanie Cheng The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the first of three commissions by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative with “Wang Jiangwei: Time Temple.” The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative is a part of the Guggenheim Art Initiative, which explores the works of artists from…

Whitney Museum’s Jeff Koons retrospective is a worthwhile provocation

By Alex Greenberger “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” demands a lot from its audience — titillation, frustration, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, all in equal measure. But that’s what makes the Whitney Museum of American Art’s largest-ever retrospective devoted to a single artist so fascinating. It considers art star and impresario Jeff Koons as both a showman and a…

James Turrell’s Guggenheim exhibition finds transcendence

By Alex Greenberger Writing about James Turrell’s work is no easy task.  The famed Postminimalist and Light and Space artist’s work is often indescribably effective, effervescent, and transcendent, so I’m not going to make any attempt to describe what I felt when I saw “Aten Reign.” I know.  What’s the point of seeing the James…

Student Seeking Great Art: “Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective”

By Alex Greenberger This weekly column will explore some of New York City’s best art exhibits.      Like any form of history, art history is a selective discipline.  That really isn’t all that surprising, considering all the white males who have dominated the art world for so long.  And it’s true, there is no…

Student Seeking Great Art: “Affordable Art Fair”

By Alex Greenberger This weekly column will explore some of New York City’s best art exhibits.  The Affordable Art Fair may be the only place where a $10,000 item is considered affordable.  That may sound alarming, but if a Damien Hirst dot painting can sell for $4,000 at this fair, then the art really is…

Student Seeking Great Art: “NYC 1993”

By Alex Greenberger This weekly column will explore some of New York City’s best art exhibits.  There’s already been a lot written about the New Museum’s “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star.”  The opinions are markedly polarized, even more so than anything in recent memory — The L Magazine called it “hodgepodge,”…

Student Seeking Great Art: “Dan Flavin and Donald Judd”

By Alex Greenberger This weekly column will explore some of New York City’s best art exhibits.  Describing an exhibition as “simple” is almost never a good thing, but “simple” is probably the best word to describe the magnificent new show of Dan Flavin and Donald Judd at the David Zwirner Gallery.  And because Judd and…

The Armory Show overwhelms, confounds, and inspires in its centennial exhibition

By Devon Hersch and Alex Greenberger With such an expansive and important show, one review could not suffice.  Perhaps ten reviews would not have sufficed.  Nevertheless, two reviews, each with an entirely different opinion, are presented together in an attempt to cover this monumental Armory Show. Hersch: The internationally renowned Armory Show held its centennial…