March 21, 2009

Leon Kossoff, From the Early Years 1957-1967

This will be on my list of best shows from 2009.
Don't miss your opportunity to see this many early Kossoff's all in one place.
Kossoff sweeps mountains of heavy fleshy paint into being...this is what it's all about.

Leon Kossoff c.1957-1967
(from Mitchell Innes & Nash show)

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Leon Kossoff, From the Early Years 1957-1967
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
534 West 26th Street
February 17 - March 28, 2009

As a key figure in the School of London, Leon Kossoff (b. 1926) has been described as one of the greatest British artists of the past four decades. He grew up in the East End of London and has lived in the city all his life. His work focuses on London's changing urban landscape and the human figure. Loyal to a limited number of models, Kossoff’s portraits are mostly of
members of his own family or very close friends.

click here for an article (and a video interview with Kossoff) published in March 2007 during Kossoff's exhibition at the National Gallery in London.

March 18, 2009

seen.

Martin Kippenberger at MOMA.
This is THE show of shows.
Closes on May 11, 2009.

Lisa Yuskavage at Zwirner.
Wasn't expecting to dig this show, but totally did.
Closes March 28, 2009.

Was expecting to dig, and didn't.
This was the best (and smallest) Thomas Scheibitz painting at Tanya Bonakdar.
Closes April 18, 2009.

Simon Evans at James Cohan.
Smart obsessive work and well made.
Easy to like.
Closes April 4, 2009.