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"Kiki Smith: A Gathering 1980-2005" at the Whitney Museum, with two untitled sculptures, one from 1989-90 (foreground) and the other from 1990
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THE CARNIVAL STOPS
FOR A GRAY DAY

by Charlie Finch



If, like me, you feel that the record prices for minor work by marginal talents like Christopher Wool or the orgiastic anticipation of gross partying at Art Basel Miami Beach seriously detract from the spiritual experience of viewing art, there are two shows you ought to see: Kiki Smith's retrospective on the last stop of a national tour at the Whitney and Agnes Martin's paintings from the 1980s at the DIA Beacon.

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