Michael Klein

July 29, 2014, 9:22am

Mel Bochner: Strong Language at the Jewish Museum

Mel Bochner has always been a Conceptual artist. Today his focus is on paintings but his ideas and subject matter remains the same: the use and limits of language. Over the many years of his career Bochner has used language on paper, on the wall, on the floor wherever you could go with a pencil a piece of chalk or a pen. Words for Bochner have the same weight, texture, power as color or form. Actions, feelings and thoughts are transcribed to the viewer in terms of words. - Michael Klein, Contributor


Mel Bochner | Blah, Blah, Blah, 2014, oil on velvet. Courtesy Peter Freeman, Inc. Artwork © Mel Bochner.
  Photo: Bradford Robotham

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July 28, 2014, 11:37am

Frank Stella at Leslie Feely Gallery

I stumbled into this beautiful exhibition at Leslie Feely Gallery almost by accident. A mini survey of works by Frank Stella was on view in two elegant rooms. The works were made between 1971 and 1987. Historic yes, distinguished yes and a visual delight to encounter.

To begin we find on entrance wall this Malevich quote: “….only he is alive who rejects his convictions of yesterday.” Later I found the same quote printed in a 1978 Stella catalogue from the Fort Worth Art Museum. This statement is a guide to what Stella has been about since the beginning of his long and extremely productive career. - Michael Klein, Contributor


Frank Stella | Bogoria I, 1971 ( left ), Mixed Media Relief, 90 x 100 inches. Courtesy Leslie Feely Gallery

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December 03, 2012, 8:30am

Cy Twombly: The Last Paintings

Cy Twombly
The Last Paintings
Gagosian Gallery, November 1 – December 22, 2012

Explaining Twombly’s work is a little like trying to explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. There is a stated formula and an equation that we are all readily familiar with but unless you  can decode the terms of the equation you are lost. Similarly we decode Twombly’s brush because it is his tool. For Twombly his equation was that paint was like language: it described the world rather than simply made pictures of it. - Michael Klein, New York Contributor

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November 15, 2012, 8:30am

Wayne Thiebaud at Acquavella Galleries

Wayne Thiebaud
Acquavella Galleries Oct 23 - Nov 30, 2012

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June 18, 2012, 8:25am

Other Voices: Squeak Carnwath

Squeak Carnwath mixes familiar and recognizable images-think New Image painting- within a smart, sharp fields of patterns built of numbers and colors then overlaid with words. Carnwath's fields look conceptual; they are methodical in structure like an algebraic formula on a  blackboard but then suffused with thoughts that stand out-a translation of her internal dialogue out loud onto the canvas for all to see.  Like Mel Bochner's recent language paintings and prints, or Joseph Kosuth's room size neon sculpture, Carnwath has been using words for many decades.

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May 25, 2012, 9:01am

Other Voices: Robert Baribeau

In the countryside north of NYC Robert Baribeau has been feverishly at work on a thirty-year exploration of the impact of landscape and place on abstraction. He is the measure of what he purveys and so his canvases and paintings on paper are simple declarations or essays on the way in which all aspects of nature can be construed through color, form and texture.  While for some painters nature is translated in terms of representation or naturalism, Baribeau measures landscape through the dynamics of color and texture.

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