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Lynn Stern
PHOTO ABSTRACTIONS
by Donald Kuspit

May 10, 2012
The first photograph was abstract, however inadvertently. It was made by Joseph Niťpce in 1826 or 1827. Here is Douwe Draaisma’s description of it: “The exposure time was a full eight hours. In this way an ‘impossible’ image was created: the opposite walls have both caught the sunlight. The afternoon sun erased the morning shadows.”(1)

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Donald Kuspit Archives for 2011
Apr. 25, 2012
Carol Brown Goldberg
AT THE CENTER
by Donald Kuspit
Carol Brown Goldberg's hand at drawing is as deft, swift and masterful as the medium's masters -- Matisse, DŁrer and Rembrandt.
Apr. 25, 2012
Affinities and Enchantments:
CAROL BROWN GOLDBERG'S DRAWINGS
by Donald Kuspit
Carol Brown Goldberg's hand at drawing is as deft, swift and masterful as the medium's masters -- Matisse, DŁrer and Rembrandt.
Apr. 19, 2012
Kathy Ruttenberg
IN THE FEMALE UNCONSCIOUS
by Donald Kuspit
Kathy Ruttenberg's ceramic sculptures seem to have sprung directly from the artist's sensual, down-to-earth unconscious.
Apr. 14, 2012
Bipolar Paintings
PETER HOWSON, THE SCOTTISH BOSCH
by Donald Kuspit
Artist Peter Howson, whose new works are on view at Flowers Gallery in New York, renews the religiosity of painting.
Apr. 11, 2012
Fred Wilson
BLACK AND WHITE AND NOTHING IN BETWEEN
by Donald Kuspit
Apr. 11, 2012
Fred Wilson's "Venice Suite," responding to Pietro Longhi, is a study in contrasts between the popularizing and the avant-garde.
Apr. 3, 2012
William Bailey
CONSTRUCTED HALLUCINATIONS
by Donald Kuspit

William Bailey's paintings are abstract fantasies whose forms and colors are more important than their emotional and social meaning.
Mar. 5, 2012
Mel Ramos
AMERICAN DREAM GIRLS
by Donald Kuspit
Mel Ramos is an ironical dialectician, and a social moralist and critical realist despite himself.
Feb. 6, 2012
New Art Examiner
AMERICAN ART CRITICISM LIVES!
by Donald Kuspit

Every article in The Essential New Art Examiner, the new anthology of Chicago art criticism, is worth the serious read.
Jan. 31, 2012
Jean Dubuffet
QUIXOTIC QUICKSAND? JEAN DUBUFFET'S "GROUNDLESS" PAINTINGS
by Donald Kuspit

In his final years, the 80-year-old Jean Dubuffet continued his experiments with elevating street art to high art.
Jan. 3, 2011
Beverly Fishman
DECEPTIVE PLEASURES
by Donald Kuspit

The neuron spikes in Beverly Fishman’s new abstract paintings at Galerie Richard in New York.
Dec. 23, 2011
Jane Wilson
THE ECLIPSE OF LANDSCAPE
by Donald Kuspit

In Jane Wilson's landscape paintings, an apotheosis of the whole of nature, restored to its naked state in a modern urban world.
Dec. 13, 2011
Francis Picabia
GORGONS IN DISGUISE: PICABIA'S WOMEN
by Donald Kuspit

Alarmingly charming, Picabia's late words, now at Michael Werner gallery, registered the fall of aristocratic modernism and the rise of mass culture.
Nov. 23, 2011
ANDREAS GURSKY'S OCEANIC FEELING
by Donald Kuspit

Andreas Gursky's photographs of apocalyptic oceans and a harsh, unpopulated earth symbolize a technological society that has lost its "sense of bonding with the universe."
Nov. 18, 2011
Roberto Matta
THE GREATNESS OF MATTA
by Donald Kuspit

Cosmic magnificence and colorful munificence in enormous abstractions by Roberto Matta at Pace Gallery.
Nov. 15, 2011
Nan Goldin
TRADITION ENVY
by Donald Kuspit

Tradition and the contemporary in Nan Goldin's "Scopophilia" at Matthew Marks Gallery.
Oct. 18, 2011
Vincent Desiderio
PITILESS PATHOLOGY: VINCENT DESIDERIO'S PAINTINGS
by Donald Kuspit

In his new show at Marlborough Chelsea, painter Vincent Desiderio considers the indecent human story.
Oct. 7, 2011
Willem de Kooning
BEAUTY AND THE BEASTLY ARTIST: WILLEM DE KOONING'S DESTRUCTIVENESS
by Donald Kuspit

Who is de Kooning's woman? An essay on the occasion of "De Kooning: A Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art."
July 12, 2011
Lyonel Feininger
GATES OF LIGHT & THE HUMAN COMEDY
by Donald Kuspit

Lyonel Feininger’s double vision, in "Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World" at the Whitney Museum.
June 20, 2011
Sheila Hicks
WOVEN COLOR
by Donald Kuspit

A survey at the Philadelphia Museum of works by one of the great fiber artists, Sheila Hicks.
June 6, 2011
Marc Chagall
MEDIOCRE MODERNISM
by Donald Kuspit

At the Philadelphia Museum, "Marc Chagall and His Circle" raises questions of modernism, traditionalism and idealism in a harsh world.
May 9, 2011
Ben Grasso
DOOMSDAY PREACHER
by Donald Kuspit

The wonders of painter Ben Grasso's uninhabitable wooden houses at Thierry Goldberg Projects.
Apr. 27, 2011
Briceño & Lóránt
SAVE THE FOREST, SAVE THE PEOPLE
by Donald Kuspit

At the Gabarron Foundation in Manhattan, photographers Antonio Briceño and Attila Lorant work to save indigenous cultures.
Apr. 18, 2011
Raghu Rai
THE DRAMA OF INDIA
by Donald Kuspit

The luminous contrast of old and new in photographs by Raghu Rai at New York’s Aicon Gallery.
Mar. 30, 2011
James Grashow:
CARDBOARD BERNINI
by Donald Kuspit

James Grashow's "Corrugated Fountain," designed for obsolescence (like all art in the modern world?), at Allan Stone Gallery.
Mar. 29, 2011
Ceramics et al.:
CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE ARTS
by Donald Kuspit

The Zeitgeist haunts us, and makes the work of art haunting, and convincing.
Feb. 24, 2011
Pollock's Mural:
A CLEAR CHOICE?
by Donald Kuspit

Go ahead and sell Jackson Pollock's $150-million Mural and use the proceeds for a scholarship fund.
Feb. 9, 2011
SECRETS OF SUCCESS
by Donald Kuspit

Paradoxes and problems of the reproduction and commodification of art in the age of the capitalist spectacle.
Jan. 20, 2011
SADISTIC STUPIDITY: JOHN BALDESSARIíS PSEUDO-ART
by Donald Kuspit

Is erasing or effacing an image creative work?
Donald Kuspit Archives for 2010
Dec. 10, 2010
SOKARI DOUGLAS CAMP TOUGH AS STEEL
by Donald Kuspit

Sokari Douglas Campís African figural sculptures at Stux Gallery.
Nov. 24, 2010
MOOD OF MONEY
by Donald Kuspit

Ben Aronson’s Wall Street traders are stalked by death.
Nov. 22, 2010
The New Naturalism
by Donald Kuspit

Mia Brownell and Derrick Guild paintings of a demystified nature.
Nov. 3, 2010
THE PHALLIC WOMAN
by Donald Kuspit

Conflict and fragmentation in Louise Bourgeois’ depiction of the female body.
Oct. 20, 2010
WHATíS SO CLASSY ABOUT MODERN CLASSICISM
by Donald Kuspit

"Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy and Germany, 1918-1936" at the Guggenheim Museum.
Oct. 12, 2010
THIN-SLICING REALITY
by Donald Kuspit

Photography is the pre-eminent art of the age of the unconscious.
Oct. 7, 2010
A LITTLE MADNESS GOES A LONG CREATIVE WAY
by Donald Kuspit

A new look at Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s emotional crisis and the portrait busts that resulted.
Aug. 5, 2010
A NOTE ON LATE RENOIR
by Donald Kuspit

The emotional realism behind Impressionismís utopian naturalism.
July 9, 2010
PURVIS YOUNG: SOCIAL EXPRESSIONIST
by Donald Kuspit

Dramatically direct and emotionally honest, Youngís paintings are tears in the social fabric.
May 17, 2010
IN THE MIRROR OF THE PAST
by Donald Kuspit

Daniel Ludwig and the "great machine" of romantic literary painting.
Mar. 24, 2010
CRITICAL DIX
by Donald Kuspit

Otto Dix was first and foremost a critic of capitalism.
Feb. 26, 2010
SPEEDING BULLET
by Donald Kuspit
Beatrice Caracciolo drawings embrace the Existenstialistsí "dreadful freedom."
Feb. 18, 2010
THE MYTH OF MYSELF (AND MODERNISM)
by Donald Kuspit
Reevaluating the Italian Neo-Expressionist Sandro Chia at his retrospective in Rome.
Jan. 15, 2010
Through History to Authenticity: John Milleiís Paintings
by Donald Kuspit
Turning artistic territory into a terra incognita of abstraction and existential mystery.
Donald Kuspit Archives for 2009
Dec. 22, 2009
THE REAL IN PHOTOREALISM
by Donald Kuspit
When ruthless objectivity becomes disturbingly unreal.
Dec. 2, 2009
WAR MACHINE
by Donald Kuspit
The Bauhaus as a purveyor of anonymity and mechanization.
Nov. 20, 2009
SUPER POWER ART
by Donald Kuspi
Simon Schamaís The Power of Art.
Nov. 3, 2009
ABSTRACTION WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
by Donald Kuspit
Frank Stella, Martha Russo and "boundless abstraction."
Sept. 30, 2009
PATCHING IT OVER
by Donald Kuspit
The deconstructed picture in Conrad Marca-Relliís collages.
Sept. 22, 2009
Falling Apart And Holding Together: Kandinskyís Development
by Donald Kuspit
Kandinskyís development as seen in "Kandinsky" at the Guggenheim Museum.
Sept. 2, 2009
THE VARIETIES OF BODY
by Donald Kuspit
The National Academy Museumís "Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820-2009."
July 10, 2009
GODDESS OR GYNECOLOGY?
by Donald Kuspit
Robert Grahamís female nude.
May 21, 2009
THE ULTIMATE REALIST
by Donald Kuspit
Graham Nicksonís "Italian Skies" balance inner and outer beauty.
Apr. 28, 2009
THE ULTIMATE REALIST
by Donald Kuspit
Steven Assael and the four kinds of realism.
Apr. 8, 2009
Asia on My Mind
by Donald Kuspit
"The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989" at the Guggenheim Museum.
Mar. 27, 2009
Charley Toorop, Moral Realist
by Donald Kuspit
The human condition was an esthetic condition for the Dutch painter Charley Toorop.
Mar. 19, 2009
Berlin, Mon Amour
by Donald Kuspit
A visit to two collections of Surrealist art, Peter Eisenmanís Holocaust Memorial, and more, in Berlin.
Donald Kuspit Archives for 2008
Dec. 8, 2008
SPANISH ABSTRACTION
by Donald Kuspit
Elie Halioua’s abstract paintings reach for the "incommunicado core of the self."
Nov. 24, 2008
ZEN ABSTRACTION
by Donald Kuspit
In Philadelphia, new sculptures, and sets for Fidelio, by Jun Kaneko.
Oct. 30, 2008
FAME-FUCKING AND OTHER FRIVOLITIES
by Donald Kuspit
The temptations of Elizabeth Peyton’s idealized celebrities.
Sept. 11, 2008
THE TRIUMPH OF SHIT
by Donald Kuspit
Andres Serrano, Paul McCarthy and the avant-garde artist as an anal masturbator.
May 13, 2008
THE ADVANCE OF BEAUTY
by Donald Kuspit
Thomas Chimes and Lynda Benglis at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia.
Apr. 4, 2008
THE WATER OF LIFE
by Donald Kuspit
Fabrizio Plessiís islands of digital art.
Feb. 12, 2008
THE GRAYING OF MODERNISM
by Donald Kuspit
The whimper of "Jasper Johns: Gray" at the Metropolitan Museum.
Donald Kuspit Archives for 2007
Nov. 21, 2007
NOT A FAIRY TALE
by Donald Kuspit
Judy Foxís Snow White and the Seven Sins.
Sept. 17, 2007
THE MACHINE SELF AND THE SQUIGGLE GAME
by Donald Kuspit
Rebecca Hornís performance of her body ego.
Aug. 20, 2007
THE TROUBLE WITH YOUTH
by Donald Kuspit
The adolescent avant-garde versus the new Old Masters.
July 18, 2007
HYPING SERRA
by Donald Kuspit
Is Richard Serraís sculpture the Titanic of avant-garde abstraction?
June 26, 2007
THE TRUTH ABOUT GERMANY?
by Donald Kuspit
Neo-Rauchís dialectical fables.
May 5, 2007
THE AURA OF TIMELESSNESS
by Donald Kuspit
Desert images by Mel Pekarsky and Berber portrait photographs by Lazhar Mansouri.
Mar. 29, 2007
THE PAINTERLY FIGURE
by Donald Kuspit
Jörg Immendorff, Odd Nerdrum and Nora Speyer engage a truly human esthetic.
Mar. 6, 2007
ART VALUES OR MONEY VALUES?
by Donald Kuspit
An analysis of the art market boom.
Donald Kuspit Archives for 2006
Dec. 13, 2006
PROVOCATIVE REALISM
by Donald Kuspit
New Objectivist portraiture in "Glitter and Doom" at the Metropolitan Museum.
Nov. 22, 2006
EDWARD HOPPER: CUBIST IN DISGUISE?
by Donald Kuspit
Geometry is eternal, people are transient.
Nov. 10, 2006
DOT DELIRIUM
by Donald Kuspit
Jennifer Bartlettís early plate works.
Oct. 26, 2006
BOTEROíS HUMANISM
by Donald Kuspit
Fernando Boteroís paintings of Abu Ghraib.
Oct. 13, 2006
LUCAS THE LOVABLE
by Donald Kuspit
Avant-garde narcissism in new works by Lucas Samaras.
Oct. 5, 2006
SACRED SADNESS
by Donald Kuspit
Sean Scullyís Romantic geometry.
Aug. 25, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY
OF 20TH-CENTURY ART

by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 10, Part 2: The Decadence of Advanced Art and the Return of Tradition and Beauty: The New as Tower of Conceptual Babel: The Tenth Decade.
Aug. 21, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY
OF 20TH-CENTURY ART

by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 10, Part 1: The decadence of advanced art and the return of tradition and beauty.
Aug. 16, 2006
GIRODETíS SENSATIONALISM
by Donald Kuspit
Charismatic rebel or kitsch romantic? Populism, eroticism and revolution in Davidís greatest student.
Aug. 9, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY
OF 20TH-CENTURY ART

by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 9: The search for authenticity and the rebellion against Conceptual pseudo-art.
July 28, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 8: Postmodernity from Polke and Judy Chicago to German Neo-Expressionism.
July 21, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 7, Parts 4 & 5: The tragic beauty of Robert Smithson, Joseph Beuys and Eva Hesse.
July 14, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 7, Parts 1, 2 & 3: Minimal and Pop art and the atrophy of the avant-garde.
July 7, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 6: The dialectic of myth and abstraction in Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Art Informel.
June 27, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 5: From Abstract Expressionism to Expressionistic Symbolism, via Pollock, Gorky, de Kooning
June 16, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 4, Part 4: Picasso, Braque, Léger, Matisse, de Chirico, Stanley Spencer and more.
June 1, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 4, Parts 2 & 3: Max Beckmann, Hannah HŲch, John Heartfield and fantastic realism.
May 17, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 4, Part 1: Classicism and conflict in Klee, Pollock and Picasso.
May 10, 2006
FRESH AS TOMORROW: ALEX KATZ IN THE Ď60S
by Donald Kuspit
Alex Katzís Ď60s paintings offer a new kind of social realism.
May 5, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 3, Part 3: from the peintres maudits and the Vienna Secession to the Bauhaus.
Apr. 25, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 3, Part 2: from the Exquisite Corpse to Giacometti.
Apr. 14, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 3, Part 1: automatism in Ernst, Breton and Surrealism.
Apr. 5, 2006
SELF-PORTRAITS AND OLD MASTERS
by Donald Kuspit
Painter F. Scott Hess conveys the universal in the contingent.
Mar. 24, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 2, Part 4: Picabia, collage, Futurism, Orphism, Malevich and more.
Mar. 17, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 2, Part 3: Marcel Duchampís invention of the readymade.
Mar. 14, 2006
Unstable Nudity
by Donald Kuspit
Robert Grahamís new nudes have a nonconformist primordiality.
Mar. 6, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 2, part 2: spiritualism and nihilism: the second decade.
Feb. 17, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 2: Spiritualism And Nihilism: The Second Decade
Feb. 3, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 1, Part 4: New Forms For Old Feelings: The First Decade
Jan. 26, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 1, part 3: New Forms For Old Feelings: The First Decade.
Jan. 10, 2006
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
Chapter 1, part 1 & 2: New Forms For Old Feelings: The First Decade.
Donald Kuspit Archives for 2005
Dec. 27, 2005
A CRITICAL HISTORY OF 20TH-CENTURY ART
by Donald Kuspit
In the introduction to his new book, to be published in Artnet Magazine, the author examines the rise of the avant-garde.
Oct. 12, 2005
SHAMELESS AND UNASHAMED
by Donald Kuspit
Digital art is grounded in codes rather than images.
August 5, 2005
The Matrix of Sensations
by Donald Kuspit
Digital art is grounded in codes rather than images.
July 5, 2005
SOCIAL STRUCTURE
by Donald Kuspit
Cheryl Goldslegerís paintings and drawings resurrect the designs of utopian women architects.
June 8, 2005
Sustaining Abstract Painting
by Donald Kuspit
The many layers of Wlodzimierz Ksiazek.
April 13, 2005
The Contemporary and the Historical
Donald Kuspit
More at odds than ever before.
March 3, 2005
HOMAGE TO DAVID BIERK
by Donald Kuspit
An artist whose work is tragic, mournful and subliminally joyous.




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