Robert R. Shane
Robert R. Shane is Associate Curator at the University Art Museum, Albany, NY, and a frequent contributor to the Brooklyn Rail. He received his PhD in Art History & Criticism from Stony Brook University.
GLADYS NILSSON with Robert R. Shane
Star Trek and opera are among the many sources that have informed Gladys Nilssons hilariously irreverent paintings and collages since her time as a Hairy Who? (19661969) member. Erotic and grotesque characters engaged in humorous plots and subplots populate her densely packed, carnivalesque scenes in acrylic or watercolor.
TORKWASE DYSON with Robert R. Shane
Torkwase Dyson speaks with Robert R. Shane about her relationship to distance, environmental sustainability, and how Black American history influences her artwork.
Edra Soto with Robert R. Shane
Robert R. Shane speaks with Edra Soto about the artist's early love for painting, the evolution of her installation work, and the inspiration she finds caring for her mother in Puerto Rico.
Noel W. Anderson with Robert R. Shane
Robert R. Shane speaks with Noel W. Anderson about what happens when Blackness falls into abstraction.
Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940-2016By Robert R. Shane
Like a retablo in electric hues, a wall of 17 abstract paintings (1966-1977) by Leonard Contino arranged in three tiers, towers over the viewer and echoes in the reflection of the polished floor of the Dorsky Museum.
Odessa Straub: There’s my chair I put it thereBy Robert R. Shane
Throughout the exhibition the restorative and sexual relationships evoked in these works reveal a fragile yet perseverant Eros. Straubs artwork reconceives sexuality as an intimate mode of living that is receptive and responsive, tender and creative, and as vulnerable as it is giving.
Silke Otto-Knapp: In the waiting roomBy Robert R. Shane
Silke Otto-Knapps exhibition ecstatically blurs your inward perception of movement with your real locomotion through the gallery as your eyes and body move with the paintings.
Estefania Velez Rodriguez: Time’s Passage is probably an IllusionBy Robert R. Shane
We feel disorientation and ecstasy as we enter Estefania Velez Rodriguezs large-scale landscapes in Times Passage is probably an Illusion. Illuminated by fluorescent oil and spray paint, the pattern-rich paintings strip away the surface of the natural world to reveal the inner life of nature and of the artist.
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ABSTRACTS AND RETICULATIONS
Cameron Martin is known for his black-and-white landscape paintings informed by semiotics, but for the last three years the artist has been working on a new body of nonrepresentational paintings and drawings.
Rodrigo Valenzuela: New Works for a Post Worker’s WorldBy Robert R. Shane
Whether Valenzuelas imagery engages with present-day workers, utopic visions from a modernist past, or a futuristic sci-fi dystopia, capitalist structures of time come under critique throughout BRICs exhibition. His work defies the capitalist conceit of linear progress by showing us ongoing labor exploitation that reaches back to the beginning of the industrial era, and it revolts against the structures that systematically control the time of workers lives.
Alberto Alejandro Rodríguez: DestruktionBy Robert R. Shane
The exhibition title, a term used by Heidegger, made its way to Alejandro Rodríguez via the writings of Derrida, whose famed attention to the play of binary oppositions plays a role in the artwork: here, we find such an oscillation between absence and presence. Above all, Alejandro Rodríguezs project is invested in the imagination of ruin, exploring how images of destruction are constructed.
Mortality: A Survey of Contemporary Death ArtBy Robert R. Shane
This is a review of an exhibition that never took place. One year and a half million deaths since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the United States, Mortality has yet to be resurrected, though its themes could not be timelier.
Amy Bennett: Nuclear FamilyBy Robert R. Shane
Although not the central theme in the exhibition, the complexity of motherhood, often eclipsed in the history of art by idealized images of maternity, is one of Bennetts most important contributions in Nuclear Family, as she illustrates the changing roles mothers play within the nuclear family since the term entered popular parlance in the last century.
Katie DeGroot: BoscageBy Robert R. Shane
Its not always a bad thing if you cant see the forest for the trees.
Theresa Bloise and George Boorujy: MessengerBy Robert R. Shane
Messenger does not in and of itself repair the environment, but as it poses the future as an unanswered questionleft blank in Boorujys voids and given one possible vision in Bloises landscapesit offers a space for rethinking and re-feeling our ethical relationship to our shared Earth.
Painting at NightBy Robert R. Shane
Historically the professional art world has depreciated motherhoodforcing artists to choose between careers and motherhood or hide their status as mothers lest their work be dismissed1but a new wave of exhibitions and online communities over the last five years or so has been challenging this.
Judith Braun: My PleasureBy Robert R. Shane
Reticulating patterns of black acrylic on unstretched, bare canvas become stages for scenes of angst, pathos, and tenderness in Judith Brauns exhibition My Pleasure.
Harold Mendez: The years nowBy Robert R. Shane
Harold Mendezs The years now memorializes centuries compressed into the singular space of the present.
Ashley Garrett: AegisBy Robert R. Shane
These abstract works do not recount a heros journey but bear witness to vibrant forces of nature through swirling forms, capricious brushstrokes, and passages of brilliant light. It is as if the forests in which Artemis hunted or the seas which wrecked Odysseuss ship are given agency in Garretts work and begin to tell their own tales of turmoil and splendor.
You Are Not Wonderful Just Because You Are a MotherBy Robert R. Shane
In the second annual Artist/Mother Podcast exhibition, juror and curator Qiana Mestrich takes up the problematic fact that a womans social value is often determined by whether or not she is a mother.
Kyoung eun Kang: TRACES: 28 Days in Elizabeth Murray's StudioBy Robert R. Shane
Each morning for 28 days, performance artist Kyoung eun Kang inhabited the late Elizabeth Murrays upstate New York studio. These sessions, recorded with a stationary camera, have been edited into a two-hour single-channel wall-sized video projection that makes Murrays studio seem like a continuation of the physical space of A.I.R.s darkened Gallery II.
Karen KilimnikBy Robert R. Shane
Karen Kilimniks self-titled exhibition assembles nearly 80 works (2001present) of painting, video, photography, collage, and readymade, borrowing imagery from pastoral landscapes, Tsarist Russia, classical and romantic ballet, pop culture, and Hollywood movies.
Kate McQuillen: Wave AmnesiaBy Robert R. Shane
The feeling of having a word on the tip of your tonguea state between knowing and not-knowing, remembering and forgettingtakes visual form in the paintings that make up Kate McQuillens exhibition Wave Amnesia.
Diana Copperwhite: The Clock Struck Between TimeBy Robert R. Shane
The question one asks while experiencing Diana Copperwhites new paintings is: When are they happening? As the exhibition title, The Clock Struck Between Time suggests, the artwork places us in an ambiguous temporal space, drifting from the present moment into a memory still struggling to take form.
Francesca DiMattio: StatuesBy Robert R. Shane
Francesca DiMattios monstrous 9-foot tall She-Wolf (2018), with a bulbous black head stretching out from grafted human and animal forms, including a porcelain human front leg and a life-sized hunting dog standing in for a rear leg, restores the wildness of this maternal wolf once immortalized in the famous Etruscan bronze (500 BCE) that the sculpture references.
Nick van WoertBy Robert R. Shane
In many of van Woerts works over the last decade or so, the artist has investigated the relation between our bodies and the waste we produce in our industrial, hyper-consumptive society.
By Robert R. Shane
The Scandal of Postmodern History Painting
Traditional history painting’s stories demonstrated the best in human endeavorsaccording to the bias of their Eurocentric patriarchal culture.
Francis M. Naumann’s Mentors: The Making of an Art HistorianBy Robert R. Shane
An art historians memoir looks at the role of academic and artistic mentors through the lens of Duchamps readymade, exploring the ways in which we chose to adopt the characteristics and ideas of our influencers.