New Orleans Post-Katrina: Eating Up a Storm

                  New Orleans has been turned upside down. New art, new food, new people. Disasters are opportunities, if you live to tell the tale. Homeowners become homeless; art critics become ace reporters; neighborhoods disappear and new ones are invented. Real estate opportunities abound. New Orleans post-Katrina, at least on the high ground in the well-worn tourist parts, is like a dreamscape you have visited many times but never in real … [Read more...]

The Murakami Tsunami

I am entertaining myself with a list of critics and artists who will hate "¬©Murakami," a retrospective of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962), at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) to July 13, 2008.                   Takashi Murakami, DOB's March, 1995 ¬© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved   Or, if they have passed on, would have hated it. The list is composed largely of those who … [Read more...]

Dan Flavin: Time Travel

The most thoughtful, thought-provoking and provocative gallery show this season has to be "Dan Flavin: The 1964 Green Gallery Exhibition" at Zwirner & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, to May 3, 2008.                     Installation view (detail) at Zwirner & Wirth. Flavin Redux I remember the original well. I even wrote about it for the now long defunct Art International, coming out of Berne, Switzerland. If a gallery can appropriate a … [Read more...]