Paul Kasmin

This show was one I walked into and had a strong negative reaction. I couldn’t help but wonder, are these being made for Lady Gaga? They’re gaudy. The colors are so over done that it’s hard to get past. However once you do, there’s actually something to them. As much as I didn’t want to have any respect for them after my visceral reaction, I couldn’t help but see real skill. There’s competence in both the way the artist puts down the paint and in his compositional skills.

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Winston Wachter

Tracy Rocca’s second solo show is another pleasant surprise. These works evoke out of focus landscape photography. They have a simplistic quality that can at times be a weakness as well as a strength. It’s when you read the titles that you wonder if you’re being duped and that there’s not much more to them regarding the artists intention than you see in front of you. She’s also more adept at the smaller canvases. If she could scale up without loosing the power in those small canvases that would be something to behold. Definitely worth a visit.

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Harris Lieberman

This was a stand out show of the first Thursday of the season. Julian Hoeber’s paintings hit it out of the park. They have an uncanny feeling of being op-art but they don’t fit neatly into that box. They’re smart and fresh as well as refreshing. There was a big box and a line of people to get into it. Sorry but on a sticky Summer evening, I’ll pass waiting in line for a chance at a sweatier claustrophobic space. Maybe when there’s no line and it cools off…

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Lyons Wier Gallery

I believe this is the third solo show for Fahamu Pecou, and these painting are by far his most successful. I cannot tell if he’s a lazy painter or if there is an intention to the sometimes sloppiness that pervades his canvases. This new work does show more skill than he’s given us before. They make it seem that he might be holding back with purpose. As always the crowd was dense and unlike many galleries people seem to linger at this gallery.

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