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Willie Kohler studied painting at The Maryland Institute, College of Art and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has been exhibiting his work professionally since 1987. He has also taught painting and art history at various institutions including The University of Indiana, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and The American Academy of Art. He lives in New York and Chicago. His painting is represented By Linda Warren Projects in Chicago and Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC. His work can be viewed at

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Jack Davidson at THEODORE: Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 2:19 PM

He was my best friend, 2014, oil on canvas, 63.75 x 45"

Jack Davidson -- "love, mistake, promise, auto crack-up, color, petal" the current show at THEODORE: Art in Bushwick, is an exhibit of refreshingly warm and oddly humorous paintings that land on...

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"Of Things Soothsaid and Spoken": Paintings by Yevgeniya Baras

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 4:05 PM

Installation shot

"Of Things Soothsaid and Spoken", paintings by Yevgeniya Baras, is the current show at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. Baras makes paintings that disrupt expectations of format and stretch the bounds of what a painting is, by veering into sculptural relief,...

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Helen O'Leary at The Irish Art Center

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 10:25 AM


A Measure for Happiness/Armour White, 2013-2014, 17 x 20 x 4 inches
Oil and egg emulsion, wood

Helen O'Leary's show, up at the Irish Art Center on 51st St through Jan. 5th, is titled The Geometry of Dirt....

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Benjamin King at Longhouse Projects

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Benjamin King's paintings, now on view at Longhouse Projects resist easy categorization, slipping fluidly back and forth between material-based abstraction and Mother Earth inspired landscape. Matter and Mother are both derived from the same root word, mater, so perhaps the too prongs of his work are not as dichotomous as...

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In Between: Various Artists at Various Galleries on the Lower East Side

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:55 AM

We live in a time when artists, curators and galleries are no longer expected or required to hew rigidly to a particular dogma and artistic ideology, to represent a camp and to draw battle lines in the heroic march of artistic progress. Though orthodoxies exist, and while pluralism in art...

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Sangram Majumdar- 'Peel' at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 9:08 AM

The paintings of Sangram Majumdar, now on view simultaneously at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects and around the corner at Projector, are paradoxical by nature. A self-proclaimed perceptual painter, many of the paintings read, at least initially, more abstract than representational. The paintings are seductive sensual and luscious, evincing a...

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Katherine Bradford: Small Ships, at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 1:28 PM

The current show of Katherine Bradford, now up at Steven Harvey Projects, features paintings, sculptures and gouaches, all on the theme of ships: mostly ocean liners and very often of The Titanic. Bradford's handling of her chosen subject matter deflates the heroic and grand tragic associations this subject typically conjures,...

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John Lees at Betty Cuningham- Paint, Memory and Emotion

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 11:31 AM

There is a tension in John Lees' paintings, currently on view at Betty Cunningham Gallery, between what the artist reveals and what he hides. Qualities for which Lees is much revered, his densely encrusted elephant skin surfaces, the paintings labored on, for years and even decades, are for me barriers...

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Judith Simonian at Ed Thorp - Apocalyptic Comfort

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 10:07 PM

Judith Simonian's show of recent paintings at Ed Thorp Gallery give the impression of an artist who wants to have it all; abstraction and representation, painterly heat and cool remove, spiritual transcendence and messy materiality, coherent space and spatial disruption and forms alternating modeled and flat. Much of the liveliness...

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Anne Harris at Alexandre: Painting the Self

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 3:33 PM

The eleven paintings by Anne Harris at Alexandre Gallery are both seductively beautiful and disturbingly ugly. The beauty is in the lusciousness of the paint, the graceful drawing and the myriad ways that Harris uses paint-space to undermine the old-masterly illusionism of the pictures. The ugliness is in the ghoulish...

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Matt Bollinger at Zürcher Studio: The Road of Ashes

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 1:19 AM

Matt Bollinger is a painter-collagist, and his current show at Zürcher Studio, Bed on the Floor, presents three distinct facets and directions in his work. The first is a continuation of his earlier figurative-tableau image making and occupies the main part of the gallery; the second is a mixed media...

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Peter Williams at Foxy Production- Coyote Tales

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 12:35 PM

"There is a recurring theme....that tricksters might help someone see into the heart of things, and that they therefore have a touch of the prophet about them."
-Lewis Hyde, Trickster Makes This World

The paintings of Peter Williams, currently at Foxy Production, are, in no particular order, hallucinogenic, acerbic,...

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Cora Cohen - Divine Madness

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Cora Cohen's paintings, now on view at Guided By Invoices, invite the viewer to pause, to slow down and to step out of the demands of our time-bound reality. She does this with work that is the visual equivalent of a large-scale whisper or in musical terms, they are analogous...

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After the Storm: Jackie Gendel at Jeff Bailey Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Jackie Gendel's installation at Jeff Bailey Gallery, "Revenge of the Same," is a continuation of sorts from her exhibit at the gallery, which was closed due to damage from Sandy flooding. I had been both intrigued and provoked by the November incarnation, titled "Comedy of Manners," but each time I...

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Painting Lives! 'Mark, Wipe, Scrape, Shape' at Spaceshifter

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Just before Sandy landed in New York, two painters, Sangram Majumdar and Karla Wozniak, organized a weekend group show, "Mark, Wipe, Scrape, Shape," at Majumdar's studio, temporarily dubbed Spaceshifter. And, based on what I saw, just in case you weren't sure, I'm here to tell you that painting is alive...

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Elisa Lendvay: How the Eye Speaks

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 5:20 PM

Jasper Johns described art as taking an object, changing it, then changing it again. Robert Rauschenberg spoke of all his best materials being found on a walk around the block. Combining found objects, sculpted materials (plaster, papier-mâché, sculpey, wire), and paint, Elisa Lendvay, now exhibiting at Jason McCoy, seems to...

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Glenn Goldberg: Painter of the Divine Feminine

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 6:52 PM

Back in Chicago for the summer I attended the opening of a new show at Linda Warren Projects, which included a dozen works by the New York City-based painter Glenn Goldberg. While at the opening I sought to have a conversation with the artist. When I found him he was...

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Rodney Dickson Performs Nature

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 8:33 AM


I was happy to catch a very wild exhibit of new paintings by Rodney Dickson at Gasser Grunert Gallery, up through July 13, before I head to Chicago for the summer.

All the paintings are either 8 x 5' or double paneled 8 x...

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