De Jong writes: "Painted with acrylic mixed with sand on medium to largish sized canvases, Gnoli’s paintings are an amalgam of Giorgio Morandi's quietist sensibility and Rene Magritte's standoffish matter-of-fact paint handling... Dry and matte, Gnoli's surfaces resembles the clay masonry of a Roman wall. Details of everyday, bourgeois' life stands in hieratic profile. Two buttons, a bit of curly hair, a couple sleeping underneath their bead covers, an elegantly ironed dress pant are composed with exquisite care."
The February Review Panel held at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York focused on painting. Faye Hirsch, Franklin Einspruch, Christina Kee, and David Cohen discuss recent exhibitions by four painters: Mary Corse, Ridley Howard, Glenn Goldberg, and Joyce Pensato.
Cohen notes that the panel "gathered four painters on this occasion [representing] a diversity of approach to painting both within abstraction and representation, and attitudes toward painting."
Jonathan Wilson reviews the exhibition Avigdor Arikha: Works from the Estate at Marlborough Gallery, New York, on view through April 21, 2012. The post also includes an extensive interview with Noga Arikha, the artist's daughter.
Wilson writes: "Its tempting to view Arikha’s work as that of a gorgeous throwback, as Michael Kimmelman parsed it a few years ago, the production of an artist who reminds us 'what craft means and how pleasurable it is to see.' But there’s something at once darker and more forceful going on in his work: The empty armchair and the black corner of a portfolio resist narrative, but the objects signify nonetheless. Here's the way in which I think they do: In Rilke’s ninth Duino elegy, the poet writes, 'Perhaps we are here in order to say: house, bridge, fountain, gate, pitcher, fruit tree, window … but to say them … more intensely than the Things themselves ever dreamed of existing.' There is precisely this heightened intensity in Arikha's baskets of fruit, pots of flowers, files and boxes, suitcases, and coats on pegs."
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