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Last week I posted a lengthy, ambling, ultimately perhaps tiresomely discursive roundup of 2016 art highlights. As you’ll likely recall if you read the piece—or as you might observe if you read it here—I found it rather difficult, even nearly dishonest to dig into all the microcosmic good of NYC art shows and the like without first addressing various aspects of the macrocosmic bad that has characterized so much of what we’ve seen in...
A couple weeks ago I attended a talk at the New York Studio School. Titled “A Quiet Ask” (pictured below), it was an exchange between Brooklyn painter Glenn Goldberg and Elena Sisto, his longtime friend and a fellow artist. It was a discussion of Glenn’s work. It was a discussion of Glenn’s life. It was a discussion of how the latter informs the former, and the former the latter. And so it was that a very...
"Night Flight" at TSA NY. Image courtesy TSA NY. Artist-run galleries can take many forms and be administered in many ways, especially when they’re partnered or collaborative affairs of some sort, or when they’re organized and directed by groups calling themselves collectives. They can be inspired, energized, even career-advancing labors of love for a while, then maybe wane as career trajectories or lives in general go in different directions. Or they can start in a...

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