Helen Pashgian: Presences

SITE Santa FE – January 2022 In 2021, Helen Pashgian made some luminous sculptures that fill a room with a specifically colored light. In order to keep you in the room, she has set the room lights on a dimmer that goes from its brightest to very low lighting in a five minute cycle. These…

Oscar Muñoz – Retrospective

Oscar Muñoz at Phoenix Art Museum 2021

Like many retrospectives, chronology dictates the flow of the work and we start with intense figure drawings in black and white. Learning to draw in school is learning illusion and acquiring an ability make marks on a page look like full round life-like forms. These drawings show the Muñoz can do just that. What else do we see that fools us? Step along through this show and we will find out

Lightening Field

Sunset at the Lightening Field

September 20, 2021 Left at the Lightning Field in the afternoon, we knew someone would pick us up at 11 a.m. the next day. We’d just been driven on dirt roads for nearly an hour from the town of Quemado –  rural western New Mexico. The Lightening Field is a land art piece conceived by…

San Francisco Post Covid

Nam June Paik

Hello and it’s good to be back where the art is unsafe and the interior art spaces are optimistically healthy and cautiously open. The San Fransisco MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) was closed for remodeling for a while, then closed for Covid, but had been on our list of best museums for art of the…

Portland Museum of Art

new building at Portland Art Museum

January 8, 2020 We flew into Portland and made out way to the Portland Museum of Art to see several things: one was a show of work by Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976) addressing the visual systems that perpetuate inequality and bias – with new and old images comparing the 50s and today as…

Monet: Truth in Nature

— October 21, 2019 until February 2, 2020 — Denver Art Museum I live in my own world of poetry and art. And what better friend for me to have in this world than the Denver Art Museum, just a 20-minute walk through beautiful Denver weather — one day 80℉ and the next day 14℉…

Agnes Pelton : Desert Transcendentalist

— OCTOBER 5, 2019 – JANUARY 5, 2020, at the New Mexico Museum of Art — We start our conversation, me and Agnes Pelton, with a joke: Room Decoration in Purple and Gray from 1917. If Pelton was with Duchamp at the 1917 show put on by the Society of Independent American Artists she might…

Opera – Magic & Work

Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera — Site Santa Fe: March 16 to January 5, 2020 Why does [INTELLECTUAL ELITE] go together? Usually a put-down, does a pollster expect when survey respondents say a politician is an ‘intellectual elite’ they are confident in the thinking power of that politician? Or their success as they would…

Hinge Pictures

Hinge Pictures, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans

March 14 to June 16, 2019 : Contemporary Art Center New Orleans A complicated show of women artists who take off on the ideas written in the Green Box – part of Marcel Duchamp’s work called “the large glass,’” or officially, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, or so I thought. The subtitle,…