‘Stripping Domestic Makeup': Daniel Turner Arrives at Team Gallery

Turner in his studio. (Photo by Emily Assiran for the Observer)

At Miami Basel last December, it looked like something had gone awry in Team Gallery’s booth. A long stretch of its pristine white walls had been rubbed away and replaced by a billowing gray cloud. But it was an artwork, and Daniel Turner was responsible. “The actual piece was made by manually pressing steel wool into the wall for about 12 hours,” the 30-year-old explained by email last week. He prefers to work in isolation on those site-specific drawings, and so he made it at night. At the end of the fair, it was gone. Read More


All the Marbles: Sam Moyer on Her Show at Rachel Uffner Gallery

Moyer. (Photo by Emily Assiran for the Observer)

For her third show at Lower East Side gallery Rachel Uffner, the artist Sam Moyer told me, she made three shows. She was only half joking. She has stuck with her trademark technique of dying fabric outdoors, then streaking it with bleach and ironing it onto thick wood panels so that it resembles veined stone or cascading water, but in this new show, she has pushed that technique in fresh, thrilling directions. Read More


Fred Tomaselli Is Off Drugs

Fred Tomaselli, 'Mar. 4, 2014,' 2014. (Courtesy the artist/James Cohan Gallery)

On a winter day in the late 1990s, the artist Fred Tomaselli was gliding through the Florida Everglades with his friend, the art collector Mickey Cartin. “We were on one of these boats that makes more noise than 10 jackhammers outside of your building,” recalled Mr. Cartin. “This was one of the most uncomfortable hours of my life with all the noise, and the bugs and whatever, but Fred was just sitting there with this big grin on his face and his binoculars stuck in front of his eyes. I just remember thinking, ‘Boy, this is a guy who really sees humor and joy.’” Read More


‘I Don’t Want to Talk About Where the Rastas Came From': Richard Prince’s ‘Canal Zone’ Press Release Is Spot-On

(Courtesy Gagosian)

Early next month Gagosian will once again show Richard Prince’s “Canal Zone” paintings. The show marks a victory lap for the artist and the gallery, which have spent the years since the works’ 2008 debut defending them in a copyright lawsuit from photographer Patrick Cariou, whose ethnographic photography served as an element in some of these collage pieces. Read More


Their House: How the Still House Group Turned a Red Hook Studio Into an Art World Success Story

Still House Group's studio in Red Hook.

Walking down Van Brunt Street in Red Hook on a bright February afternoon, one is treated to the city’s finest view of the Statue of Liberty. The squeal of trucks unloading produce at the bustling Fairway Market (the neighborhood’s de facto town square) and the grunts of men hauling crates into warehouses make for a loud entrance. The bone-chill of New York Harbor is made all the more menacing by the eerily incandescent glow of Ikea. One feels far from Manhattan here. One feels far even from other parts of Brooklyn, which has made Red Hook an obvious settlement for artists. Read More