Sahar Safarian Baranlou at Pratt Studios Gallery


by Jonathan Goodman

Sahar Safarian Baranlou. Self-Portrait; Farewell. 2016. Video Still from 2-panel video. 25 minutes.

Sahar Safarian Baranlou is an Iranian-born student in Pratt University. I have worked with her on her written thesis, which is based on the show she had this March for a week, at a student gallery. For the exhibition, she submitted a two-panel video (space problems prevented her from setting up a third panel). … Continue reading »

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Studio Visit with Lizzy DeVita

Lizzy De Vita, "You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again" (2015). Courtesy of the artist.

by Mira Dayal

Lizzy De Vita, “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again” (2015). Courtesy of the artist.

From the concrete stairwell, we watch foam bubbles of saliva trickle out of the woman’s lips, imperceptibly trembling around the slick edge of a plastic mouthpiece. She is still. Thin plastic wires center her and constrain her movements. Look around and watch the two other women blink slowly, breathe heavily, as they are … Continue reading »

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Seung Lee at SIA New York


by Jonathan Goodman

Seung Lee. Tree of Soul. 2016. Mixed media. 52 x 41 inches. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Korean-American artist Seung Lee’s excellent new show of mixed-media paintings makes it clear that his development continues. While he is Asian, his work really reflects the influence of the New York School—he has lived and taught in the New York City area for decades. There are of course points of … Continue reading »

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Oliver Herring: The Art of the Party


by Jacob Kiernan

Oliver Herring. Areas for Action – Houston: Glitter Group. John head and face covered in Angeli’s hair, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX. 2015. Digital C-print, ink stamp. 43 x 66 inches. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

A party is a wonderland. It’s covered in glitter and adorned in gold. You’ll probably spill something. Hopefully, you’ll spill more than one thing. A good party has music that intoxicates and company … Continue reading »

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Hayoon Jay Lee: A Life in Art

6 Bursting Performance 2013

by Jonathan Goodman

Hayoon Jay Lee. Bursting! 2013. Performance in Long Island City.  Photo courtesy of the Artist.

Hayoon Jay Lee came to America from Korea in 1989. She was not trained in art in Korea, where she studied accounting. Settling in Maryland, Lee went to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), earning a BFA in 2007 and an MFA in 2009. While at MICA, she studied a broad … Continue reading »

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Izumi Kato at Galerie Perrotin


by Jonathan Goodman

Izumi Kato. Untitled 2015. Oil on canvas / Huile sur toile. 162 x 130.3 cm / 63 3/4 x 51 5/16 inches. Courtesy Galerie Perrotin.


Tokyo-based Izumi Kato is a trained painter—he received his degree from the Department of Oil Painting at Musashino University in 1992—yet his work feels a lot like outsider art. In the large, elegant space of Galerie Perrotin, located on the Upper … Continue reading »

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Matthew Kirk: How the Rest was Won


by Kristi Arnold

Louis B. James 143b Orchard Street New York, NY 10002 December 10th, 2015 – January 31st, 2016

Matthew Kirk. Season in the Wow, 2015; acrylic, gouache, chalk, spray paint, brass BBs, tape on sheet rock panels (2); 72 x 96″.  All Artworks © the artist/Louis B. James Gallery

Mark-making as expression, as visual poetry, as symbolism, as representing personal stories. Mark-making as language, as landscape, as history, … Continue reading »

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