Michael Wilson

August 03, 2021, 3:19pm

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Kimberly Brooks

Written by Michael Wilson

The sky fades from a deep red-brown down to a dusty pink above an indistinct horizon. Mountains slope down to a valley, their surfaces muted shades of orange and ochre marked by patches of more strident mustard yellow and wine red. Areas of dirty blue-green denote a river flowing between them—or perhaps this is nothing more than a mirage, a side effect of the crepuscular light. In the center of the scene, a broad, diagonal stroke in shades of vegetal green sweeps up and to the right before coming to an abrupt halt. Occupied by its own distinct scene, it suggests a portal into another landscape altogether—or perhaps the same site at a different point in time. The mysterious interruption pulls the rug from under the onlooker’s feet, disrupting the comfortable illusion of a single, unified subject and reminding us of the confusions and conflations that painting necessarily entails. We’re looking at something that is at once modest and expansive, materially real and an absolute illusion, figurative and abstract.


Kimberly Brooks, Red Canyon, 2021, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

Listed under: NAP News, Spotlight

June 21, 2018, 8:16pm

Spotlight: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

In the midst of record-breaking auction results and notable exhibitions, New American Paintings alum, Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Northeast issue #93), is heading into a year of continued focus.  Writer and critic Michael Wilson takes a look back into Akunuili Crosby's global personal history, philosophies of culture and connection, assembled imagery, and significant milestones on the artist’s rise to prominence. 

 

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Super Blue Omo, 2016, acrylic, transfers, colored pencil, collage on paper, 7 × 9 feet

image courtesy of the artist

 

May 06, 2014, 4:16pm

Hip to Be Square: The Work of David X. Levine

Since the late-1990s, New York-based artist David X. Levine has produced an extraordinary body of work that has continuously evolved. On the eve of his solo booth presentation at the 2014 NADA New York art fair, writer and critic Michael Wilson takes a look at the artist’s influences and – increasingly large-scaled - output over the past five years.


David X. Levine | Mary Brown, 2014, colored pencil and collage on paper, 50 x 52 inches.

Listed under: Noteworthy

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