Author Archives: Raphael Rubinstein

Gasiorowski

As far as I know there has never been a solo exhibition in the United States devoted to Gérard Gasiorowski (1930-1986). In fact, his work may not even have been in a single group exhibition. (If any Silo readers have … Continue reading

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Reinecke

I discovered the work of Chris Reinecke by chance earlier this year during a random stroll on the last day of a visit to Düsseldorf. I’d already seen the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, which owns Max Beckmann’s The Night, surely one of the … Continue reading

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Edwards

There are times when, as a viewer, you become intensely aware of the richness of contexts, references, influences and meanings circulating around, through and out of an artist’s work. As you look at the work, countless connections and revelations come … Continue reading

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Mueller

                Many are the darts thrown at abstract painting just now. Dismissive epithets pile up in front of canvases. Good paintings, bad paintings and indifferent paintings are equally held to blame for the … Continue reading

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Matisse Etc. (part 2)

(Amy Feldman, Stanley Whitney, Bernard Piffaretti, Laura Owens, Michael Krebber, Matt Connors, Rebecca Morris, Patricia Treib, Lori Ellison, Franklin Evans) How is it that someone who dreamed of “an art of balance, of purity, of serenity, devoid of troubling and … Continue reading

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Matisse Etc. (part 1)

Influence is only interesting when it results in something unexpected, when it jumps languages, generations, mediums, styles, when it is not immediately recognizable as such. I’m thinking about influence because I’m thinking about Matisse, whose influence pervades the last 100 … Continue reading

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Bishop

The painter James Bishop is the unnamed subject of “Interlude III” in my article “Provisional Painting 2: To Rest Lightly on the Earth” (Art in America, February, 2012). At the time I felt there was little chance of his work … Continue reading

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Eustache

  We’re in Paris in the early 1970s, among 20-somethings who, in the long hangover of May ‘68, frequent the cafes and bars of the Left Bank planning films that rarely get made, talking about books that don’t get written. … Continue reading

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Beckmann

      Chamber Music (after Max Beckmann’s The Argonauts)   1. like the Argo   You’ve lived like the Argo, always answering to the same name.   While others fell in love with arson and going back to the … Continue reading

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Cavellini

  Outside of Italy, the work of Guglielmo Achille Cavellini (1914-1990) has long been a well-kept secret—it’s missing from major museum surveys of Italian postwar art, never featured in big auctions or flashy collections and rarely if ever referred to … Continue reading

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