Amanda Millet-Sorsa is an artist and contributor to the Brooklyn Rail.
Koho Yamamoto with Amanda Millet-Sorsa
We discuss the life and work of Japanese American artist Koho Yamamoto through several conversations over sushi and tea in her apartment above Bar Pitti on 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village, in anticipation of her centennial birthday in April 2022. After seeing the artists first big show at the Noguchi Museum, Koho Yamamoto: Under a Dark Moon (May 2021), I started as her student to learn Japanese calligraphy. Though she is a dedicated teacher of traditional sumi-e subjects and has taught for over fifty years, her own work stems from the ideas and thoughts developed in Postwar Abstract Expressionism in New York, where she has lived since 1945 after being held in the internment camps in Utah during WWII.
Zeshan Ahmed and Yasi Alipour: to bleach, to foldBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Transmitter gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn has put together an exhibition of works by artists Yasi Alipour and Zeshan Ahmed curated by Martha Fleming-Ives and Kate Greenberg. Both artists works consist of photographic images created without using a camera: Alipour favors cyanotype and inkjet prints while Ahmed uses RBG pigmented C-prints on transparency sheets. Alipour folds paper as one might origami, carving out straight horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines that unfold geometric forms. Ahmed, on the other hand, erases printed sheets of pigment with bleach, blocking shapes using masking tape. Both artists challenge the flatness of photography and drawing, whether were engaging with Alipours reliefs of undulating paper or Ahmeds transparent sheets, hung off the wall in layered curtains that allow light to shine through.
Jorge Galindo: VerbenaBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Last summer 2021, Jorge Galindo had his first major exhibition in the United States, and this year he returns to New York with Verbena, his first solo exhibition of his newest works, at Vito Schnabel. Since then, his work has gained in momentum and has been shown at Nino Mier in Los Angeles, the Hall Art Foundation Schloss Derneburg Museum (Germany), and the Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (Portugal), where his collaborative work with Pedro Almodóvar was exhibited.
Cant Stop Wont Stop: Meditations on ResilienceBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
For 25 years the LeRoy Neiman Center has shown its dedication to printmaking by providing students and artists an environment to educate, learn, and work with master printers. To celebrate its long-standing collaborations with close to seventy artists, the Center invited affiliate artists to organize exhibitions highlighting work within its vast print collection. William Cordova is the first artist to organize such an exhibition.
Carol Saft: The Cynnie PaintingsBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Carol Saft’s painting asks us to slow down, to self-reflect, and cherish the ones we hold dear. For Saft, that meant turning her gaze to her partner, Cynnie, who takes center stage in these paintings, and thus gives us an intimate view into the domestic life of a mature lesbian couple, a subject that has not often been addressed in this tender and quotidian way in art history.
Bruno Dunley: CloudsBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Bruno Dunley has eleven large-scale oil paintings and eleven notebook-scale drawings on display at Nara Roesler in Chelsea, known for its roster of Brazilian artists. Much of Dunleys new work is the result of a deep investigation into color and finding raw materials within Brazils rich and vast natural resources to make handmade oil paint.
Ariane Lopez-Huici: Exuberant BodiesBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
In Lopez-Huici's work, the body is full of life, dignified like a sculpture and immortalized, both exuding poetry, calm, poise, strength, and force.
Andrea Marie Breiling: SwallowtailBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
We have the pleasure of experiencing new work by Andrea Marie Breiling at Almine Rechs uptown New York location in their two main galleries. There are four paintings in each room: the main gallery, back gallery, and connecting hallway.
Tamara Gonzales: Horrible BeautyBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Tamara Gonzales has spent her life living, experiencing, understanding, and connecting with the indigenous cultures of the Americas, spiritual and ritual practices from India and the Caribbean, and with Magick, as well as undergoing healing journeys facilitated through psychedelic plant medicines, without forgetting her early years professionally decorating cakes while being immersed in counterculture and the punk music circles of the 1970s in New York.
Jorge Galindo & Julian Schnabel: Flower PaintingsBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
For whom are the lush roses found in Jorge Galindo and Julian Schnabels recent works at the Vito Schnabel Gallery painted? In this two-person exhibition, their first together, they share this subject and express their mutual love for painting and roses, yet their interpretations are drastically different from one another.
A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American ArtBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Its heartwarming, and a real rarity, to see so many works by an artist in his hometownand in a whaling museum, which adds context to both Ryders life and the seascapes prevalent in his work.
Pat Steir: Blue River and Rainbow WaterfallsBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
With Blue River and Rainbow Waterfalls, Pat Steir has transformed Hauser & Wirths immense ground floor gallery in Chelsea into an arena for transcendence. We are lifted away by the gravitational pull of her monumental canvases, each awash with mesmerizing color and the movement of paint. Steir has been developing her mature work since the early 1990s, and her paintings today continue to command respectand even awefrom their viewers. In her current exhibition, there are three bodies of work in which we are confronted with the sublime, each drawing us into its expansive space.
Koho Yamamoto: Under a Dark MoonBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
At the age of 99, master calligrapher and sumi-e artist Koho Yamamoto is having her first museum show at the Noguchi Museum. Curated by Dakin Hart, 10 paintings are exhibited in an intimate gallery and reflect a humble selection from her life-long practice.
Naudline Pierre: Enter the RealmBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
The James Cohan Gallery has organized Naudline Pierres first solo exhibition in New York at its two spaces on Walker Street, featuring a selection of oil paintings on linen, painted triptych panels and three-dimensional structures adorned and supported with wrought-iron details, a room-sized iron gate, and small- to large-scale mixed-media works on paper. This exhibition affirms the presence of a promising artist whose nascent aesthetic language is becoming recognizable, with its vivid colors and mythological subjects featuring nude Black women and fantastical winged and feathered angels from religious iconography. Pierres spiritual upbringing with her father as a Haitian minister can be felt in the visionary and biblical subjects that weave in and out of her work.
Rosy Keyser & Joseph Montgomery: Wrecked AngleBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
In their two-person show at Ceysson & Bénétière, the abstractions of Rosy Keyser and Joseph Montgomery take us through an eclectic journey of Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Arte Povera, assemblage, and Minimalism into their own personal synthesis of painting and sculpture as frictional yet unified objects.
Willie Birch: Chronicling Our Lives: 1987–2021By Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Willie Birch has exhibited his work in New York for the first time since 2000 at the Fort Gansevoort Gallery located in the Meatpacking District. Originally from New Orleans, Birch is no stranger to New York City. Aside from Broken Dreams (Tattered White Picket Fence) (2020–21), the exhibition centers on Birch’s New York period (1983–1997).
Tomas Vu: The Man Who Fell to Earth 76|22By Amanda Millet-Sorsa
The Boiler in Williamsburg, Brooklyn opened during the pandemic in 2020 as an extension of the ELM Foundations programming, and invites contemporary artists to create installations and exhibitions in its space, previously run by Pierogi Gallery from 20092015. The current show, The Man Who Fell to Earth 76|22, by artist Tomas Vu, is his first solo show in New York since 2008. The raw industrial space exudes an extraterrestrial feeling, perfect for a show whose title recalls David Bowies central role in the eponymous 1976 movie.
Bill Jensen: Stillness/FlowingBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Bill Jensens new body of work, largely made in the last three years, is displayed in all four rooms of Cheim & Read gallery in Chelsea. These paintings embody both the wisdom and maturity of a sage, while maintaining the energy and vulnerability of new life.
Stanley Whitney: TwentyTwentyBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Stanley Whitneys recent exhibit of new paintings presents his lifelong exploration of an endless oasis of color.
McArthur Binion: Modern:
By Amanda Millet-Sorsa
The paintings in the exhibition bring together Binions agility with color, a study that he has deepened for 40 years, as well as minimalism and geometric abstraction.
Myeongsoo Kim and Cy Morgan: Classical MechanicsBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Below Grand is a gallery in the Lower East Side with a twist. This space is a closet-sized gallery nested into the storefront of Fortune Line Trading Corporation, a Chinese owned restaurant supply store. We are charmed by the concept, which is quintessentially New York in its spirit and scarcity of space, but also by the pairing of six works by artists Myeongsoo Kim and Cy Morgan and curated by Wangui Maina and Mo Kong.
Joan Mitchell FoundationBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
In order to understand the motivations and mission behind the Joan Mitchell Foundation, it is helpful to first understand that artist Joan Mitchell (19251992) placed art above all else, both at the center of her own life and through supporting her artist peersthick in the battle and euphoria of the studiowho surrounded her during her lifetime. Mitchell was a pioneer artist in Post-War New York, earning an esteemed reputation among her Abstract-Expressionist cohort while also creating a dialogue with the French Impressionists of the previous century.
Artist as Thinker: The Camargo FoundationBy Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Conceived by American artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (19051972), the Camargo Foundation is a residency for artists, scholars, and thinkers in Cassis, France. Hill became enamored by French culture during numerous visits to Europe with his family.