Nina Wolpow

Writer — Fiction. Criticism. Essay.

United States

Also Associate Editor @ SNAP Editions

SnapSHOT of the art world
Art In Every Way: Sophie Taeuber-Arp at MoMA

The Museum of Modern’s Art’s survey of Sophie Taueber-Arp, Living Abstraction, and the oeuvre it presents, is mesmerizing, so much so that I have been back to immerse myself in the world of Taeuber-Arp more than once.

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Labyrinth of Forms: Women and Abstraction, 1930-1950

Under the voluminous skirts of the effusively praised Jasper Johns retrospective on the fifth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, on the level usually reserved for educational programming, is a show of 30-or-so small works of art by women.

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Martha Diamond: 1980-1989

Martha Diamond, Red Cityscape, 1989. Oil on linen, 72 x 60 inches. Courtesy Magenta Plains. I have not been seeing much art in person lately. There is something to be said for the thrill of browsing galleries at "limited capacity"-walking back and forth along a stretch of Judd's works in plywood without encountering the obstacle of another body, for example-but I also find it unnerving to be so conspicuously alone with art.

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Mark Mulroney and Soyeon Shin

A visit to Mrs., run by the married couple Sara Maria Salamone and Tyler Lafreniere, is marked by deviation from the norm. The gallery is located on a non-descript block in Maspeth, Queens, which, despite its proximity to Ridgewood and East Williamsburg, is as untrendy as it sounds.

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Antoine Catala: alphabet

The French artist Antoine Catala has made breath and language the tether points of "alphabet," his latest show, on view now at 47 Canal. alphabet (2020) consists of 26 sculptural renderings (all made in 2020) of each letter in the Roman alphabet according to the internet font Noto Sans.

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Farah Al Qasimi: Back and Forth Disco

When I returned to the city in early May, Al Qasimi's energetic, saturated shots were not needles in the haystack of New York's hurly-burly, but rather stark ensigns, conspicuous reminders of the individually inconspicuous lives we are supposed to be fighting to maintain.

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Jordan Casteel: Within Reach

If the works contain a commentary on representation, it is not in the vein of Las Meninas (1656)-whose art historical significance is tied to Velazquez's willingness to destabilize the representational façade-or more contemporarily, of work like Kehinde Wiley's Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps (2005), but of a deeper, essential, and more documentary humanity.

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Hannah Levy: Pendulous Picnic

New York City Casey Kaplan January 23 - February 29, 2020 Chandeliers are statement makers. Historically, they tended to signify wealth or extravagance. Now, chandeliers-the big ornate ones at least-are more in line with the sort of trite, prefabricated domiciles we refer to as McMansions.

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Ann Greene Kelly: Eyelids Are Our Thinnest Skin

Past gallery exhibitions of Ann Greene Kelly's work have consisted mostly of sculpture. A large part of the New York-born, LA-based artist's three-dimensional practice involves readymades, which aligns it with that distinctly masculine, if not male tradition in which certain women artists have made a point of intervening.

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Torkwase Dyson: 1919: Blackwater

Torkwase Dyson, Plantationocene, 2019. Acrylic, graphite, brass, wood, ink on canvas, 98 inches diameter. Photo: Nicholas Knight. Courtesy Columbia GSAPP. On View Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery September 27, 2019 - December 14, 2019New York A new solo show of work by the New-York-based artist Torkwase Dyson grapples with the historically hostile relationship between the Black body and what is known in contemporary architectural theory as "the built environment."

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Julia Rommel: Candy Jail

Light purple, the sort of purple that is a touch too confectionary to be called lavender or lilac or violet, the chalk-ish pastel kind that is more often found in the manes of unicorns and the most delicate sunrises, is a color I don't often encounter as the centerpiece of serious art.

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BRIC Biennial: Volume III: The Impossible Possible

I like a lot of what I saw at the third BRIC Biennial, but I collect articles abandoned on Brooklyn curbs. Human teeth, intact ponytails, the remnants of birthday balloons, a torn copy of Sarah Waters's Tipping the Velvet-these are a few of the objects on view.

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Jaimie Warren: One Moment in Time

AMERICAN MEDIUM | NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 15, 2018 When I enter American Medium, the small artist-run gallery on a Chelsea block studded with blue-chip behemoths, Travis Fitzgerald, one of the three owners, is sitting behind the reception desk, alone.

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Rachelle Dang: Southern Oceans

A fragmented mural in which pale nymph-like figures gallivant under exotic-seeming trees; life-size copper shipping containers made to look oxidized by the elements; ceramic casts of breadfruit in various stages of ripeness and rot-these are the components of Southern Oceans (2018), a multifaceted and layered installation in Bedford Stuyvesant.

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This Is Not A Prop

This summer, West (whose estate Zwirner acquired this year) is the inspiration for This Is Not A Prop curated by two 26-year-olds who work at Zwirner: Alec Smyth and Cristina Vere Nicoll.