On View

Robert Longo at Metro Pictures and Petzel

Installation view of 'Robert Longo: Gang of Cosmos' at Metro Pictures. (Courtesy Metro Pictures)

For his latest exhibition at Metro Pictures, “Gang of Cosmos,” Robert Longo has taken appropriation art to a kind of logical conclusion. Using his favored medium of black charcoal on paper, he has filled the gallery with a series of hyper-detailed recreations, some of them to scale, of Abstract-Expressionist masterpieces by the likes of Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock. Read More

On View

Wade Guyton at Petzel

Installation view. (Courtesy Petzel)

Wade Guyton’s first solo show at Petzel in seven years, which consists of five enormous, untitled ink-jet prints on linen, as well as one solemn replica in walnut veneer of the Carnegie Museum’s coat check counter, looks great. Mr. Guyton takes a 60-foot bolt of raw linen, folds it in half lengthwise and then runs it through an Epson 11880 using a wider version of the same digital black rectangle he had used for his 2007 show. The solid black continues for only a few feet; the remaining white linen is cut off to measure, so that the resulting painting, unfolded and hung horizontally with its shadowy, chalk-line crease at about eye level, will fill a particular gallery wall from edge to edge. The printer’s skips and struggles produce the organic imperfections that would once have needed a human hand: thin, white gaps in the black sections bring to mind fine men’s suiting, while smoky, not-quite-vertical streaks of residue in the white are like cracks in an ivory domino. Read More

human resources

Joyce Pensato Joins Lisson

'London Donald' (2010) by Pensato. (Courtesy the artist and Lisson)

Joyce Pensato, the Brooklyn-based painter of huge, exuberant, joyfully brash black-and-white depictions of cartoon characters like Donald Duck, the Simpsons and Batman, has signed on to show with Lisson, which has galleries in London and Milan and an office on the Lower East Side. Her first show with the gallery in London will run March Read More


Daniel Buren Shows His Stripes: The Celebrated Artist’s Two-Gallery Show Is On, After a Sandy Delay

Daniel Buren, 'Photo-souvenir: Optical Fiber White and Blue Half Circle Situated Work,' 2012. (Courtesy the artist and Bortolami Gallery)

Last fall, right after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York, observant Manhattanites may have noticed that odd posters had appeared along some of their city’s streets. Pieces of striped paper, with the stripes precisely spaced, had been posted to walls and billboards around downtown without any explanation. There was no brand name—no text of any kind. Just stripes. One with bright aquamarine and white stripes popped up about a block from this writer’s apartment, on Avenue A near East 14th Street. About a week later, they were gone.

Earlier this week, the striped posters began popping up again. They are the work of 74-year-old French artist Daniel Buren—he calls them affichages sauvages (savage postings)—and he’s been installing them around various cities for nearly five decades. The stripes are always the same size, exactly 8.7 centimeters across. The posters in November were timed to coincide with a two-gallery show at Bortolami and Petzel in Chelsea, which was scuttled by Sandy. Two months later, that show is finally coming to fruition. Read More