Stealing Time, Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY

  Installation view of Nick Stillman, Cool White, 2007 September 6 — October 20, 2007  Curated by Christa Blatchford, Chad Nelson, and Pierre Obando, the exhibition features Harrell Fletcher, Josh Greene, Fritzia Irizar Rojo, Clifford Owens, John Pilson, Nick Stillman, and MS artist Michael Zahn.

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Listen Up: McKendree Key: S202 (South Wing) Divided into Cubic Yards, for Clifton Place, Time Out New York & WPS1

  McKendree Key, Pier 17: Space # 2085 Divided into Cubic Yards, 2006 Artist McKendree Key’s assistants, Allie Tsypin and Slaveya Starkov, discuss the process of constructing and the experience of inhabiting Key’s new second floor installation at P.S.1. Key’s exhibition was organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Nick Stillman and is on view from February 11 – April 16, 2007.

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Jaq Chartier: Sun Tests at Schroeder Romero, by Nick Stillman

From Jan van Eyck’s innovations with linseed oil to Robert Smithson’s landscape interventions to Matthew Barney’s fictional universe of mythical, genetically mutated weirdos, the concept of the artist/scientist is one with art-historical legs. That said, all art making could be considered a type of experimental science—a process of trial and error usually resulting in an end product with kinks effectively massaged. Not so with Jaq Chartier’s Sun Tests. Chartier works for Golden Artist Colors testing […]

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Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum, by Nick Stillman

Early critical returns on the Brooklyn Museum’s Open House: Working in Brooklyn have been middling to scathing, with most negative reviews questioning the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink curatorial strategy. Open House is gleefully and maybe willfully disorganized, reflecting the vast ethnic, social, economic, and artistic diversity of the borough. But (and I’m not the first to say it) by positioning the show as the ultimate exercise in inclusiveness, curators Charlotta Kotik and Tumelo Mosaka weatherproof it from critical […]

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McKendree Key, Half Spaces: 207 Franklin Street #1, by Nick Stillman

The initial intention of Minimalism, as outlined by a young Donald Judd in his early essays, was not only to take art off the walls, but also to completely alter the viewer’s perception of it. Minimalism began as a type of body art, in the sense that you’re forced into a physical experience that disrupts if not eclipses the aesthetic one. Then the aesthetic experience is further muddled (or undermined) by the Minimalist insistence on […]

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