Robert Harris, 75, a Black, Disabled Community Activist and Artist

Robert Harris, 75, said he was a misfit – Black, disabled and an artist.  He never let that stop him. Some people thought he was crazy to make a living as an artist, especially Black. He has a positive, ebullient personality that shines as he describes his work. A long-term resident of Cincinnati, he has […]

Niki de Saint Phalle’s Figures of Life

MoMA PS1’s “Structures for Life” is the first major US exhibition of the Nouveau Réaliste artist Niki de Saint Phalle. French-born and American-raised, Saint Phalle is something of an “outsider artist”—entirely self-taught, Saint Phalle is known for her unconventional, characteristically whimsical, and at times childish sculptures, public artworks, artefacts, and drawings. MoMA PS1’s sprawling, impressive […]

The Failed Promise of 2021

SOS ART 2021 EXHIBIT Curated by Saad Ghosn, the 19th annual SOS show with a cohesive theme of peace and justice showcases 94 works from student artists to professionals. With the year 2020 behind them the artists were obviously drawn to the subjects of racial oppression, isolation, fear and mortality. It is interesting to see […]

Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire: In Focus: LA Artists

Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles location celebrates their five-year anniversary with In Focus: LA Artists through August 22. The retrospective gathers notable artists from around Los Angeles to celebrate the city’s vibrant artistic community which has served a role in supporting the presence of the gallery. The exhibition will notably take part in Gallery Weekend […]

Dramatic Control Systems in Cindy Ji Hye Kim’s “Soliloquy for Two”

The title of Cindy Ji Hye Kim’s show at François Ghebaly, “Soliloquy for Two,” highlights her work’s dramatic overtones while alluding to the interpretive relationship between artist and viewer.  In the anterior gallery hang three small birch lanterns whose decorous appearance belies their sinister laser-cut patterns of ribcages, moths, and veins.  Diminutive cathedral windows painted […]

“Mayflies” by Andrew O’Hagan

Barely reviewed by those who select books for review, “Mayflies”, by “London Review of Books” writer/editor Andrew O’Hagan, is one of the year’s best novels.   Perhaps it’s being overlooked because it deals with friendships between white heterosexual men, although, as always, these men of working class origin tend to be ignored by the cognoscenti of […]

“Letters to Camondo” by Edmund de Waal

I first learned of Edmund de Waal, author and renowned ceramicist, when a friend gave me his book “The Hare with Amber Eyes” years ago. In that (nonfiction) book, we learned of de Waal’s astonishing family history.  He’d inherited a large number of rare Japanese netski (small ivory carvings) and was curious to learn where […]