Hartmut Böhm featured in Minimalism and After, Tradition and Tendencies of Minimalism from 1950 to the Present, New Acquisitions for the DaimlerChrysler Collection 2000-2006

Purchase on Amazon.com Conceived by Renate Wiehager of the DaimlerChrylser Collection, this new publication provides a much needed, more thorough overview of reductive art  practices — in both Europe and the United States — than previously published.  300 works by 150 artists, including MS artists Hartmut Böhm, Sylvan Lionni, Jan van der Ploeg, and Michael Zahn.  Buy this book.

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Tropicália: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York

Hélio Oiticica, detail of Tropicália (1967) Tropicália is an incredible exhibition — the first comprehensive survey of one of the most significant chapters in modern cultural history, a period beginning in the late 1960s when daring experiments in Brazilian art, music, film, architecture and theater converged. The exhibition features artists Lygia Clark, Antônio Dias, Nelson Leirner, Hélio Oiticica, and Lygia Pape, among many others.  Don’t miss it.

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George Ortman at Mitchell Algus Gallery, by Jim Long

In The Brooklyn Rail, New York artist Jim Long reviews George Ortman’s exhibition at Mitchell Algus Gallery, which included 14 pieces spanning 48 years. “If you weight a piece of string and submerge it in a glass of water saturated with dissolved sugar, over a period of hours you’ll see crystals, “rock candy,” start to form…”

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Michael Brennan: Knife Paintings

Installation view of Michael Brennan, Skeleton Star, Knife Painting #3 (left), Bishop, Knife Painting #2 (right)

December 2006

Brooklyn artist Michael Brennan's installation consists of five new paintings produced since relocating from the Bowery in Lower Manhattan to the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. The paintings reflect the change in his environment and a newfound feeling for structural form inspired by the industrial remnants — smokestack towers, derelict advertising signs, metal barges, the elevated subway platform and Brooklyn/Queens Expressway — of his new surroundings.

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Robert Yasuda at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, by Michael Brennan

  Robert Yasuda, Coco-Palm (2006) Robert Yasuda’s work stands well in a corner. His current exhibition includes three narrow corner paintings (“Half Full,” “Simple Truth,” and “Bonjour”) that work like studs or posts, rising vertically with a strenuous elegance, adding a sense of rigor to his otherwise atmospheric abstractions. Yasuda has favored the corner for some time, and his work, even in group shows, always seems to shine from that unlikely spot. Formally, they recall […]

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All’s Fair: In Miami for the Art, by Joanne Mattera

Sarah Morris at Hetzler Gallery (photo credit: Joanne Mattera) In her blog, artist Joanne Mattera reports on her trip to Art Basel Miami Beach, as well as six other satellite fairs (out of twelve), and gives an overview of abstract work of interest.  “Imagine Costco on steriods and filled with art…”

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Michael Brennan interviewed by Michael Zahn

    View of Gowanus Canal from MINUS SPACE project space Michael Zahn: I’m looking at your new Knife Paintings, and they’re quite unlike anything you’ve done previously.  The intersecting black diagonals are visually pretty swift.  The drawing has a striking, highly stylized movement to it, and this palette has a gruff quality that feels like a quick crack in the chops.  These two yellow and orange color planes are fairly terse and down to […]

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