Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tony Bechara: Grand Canyon, Lehman College Gallery, Bronx, NY, october 7-December 15, 2008

For the websie of Tony Bechara, click here.
For the website of Lehman College Gallery, click here.

Tadesky/Four Optic Visionaries, New York Times Review, October 10, 2008

319 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Through Oct. 19

D. Wigmore Fine Art
730 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

Through Nov. 15

The eye-opening mini-retrospective at Sideshow is Tadasky’s first New York solo since 1969. What makes that stretch between shows especially remarkable is that he started out with such a bang. In 1964, three years after Tadasky came to the United States from Japan, the Museum of Modern Art purchased two of his circular Op Art paintings, and he was included in MoMA’s famous 1965 exhibition of perceptual abstraction “The Responsive Eye” with Frank Stella, Larry Poons, Bridget Riley and others.

Tadasky, who was born in 1935 and whose full name is Tadasuke Kuwayama, has not lacked for attention lately as Op Art has been resurrected by contemporary-art curators as an object of serious interest. He was included in “Extreme Abstraction” at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in 2005 and “Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s” at the Columbus Museum of Art in 2007.

Tadasky’s paintings from the 1960s look terrific. There are eight at Sideshow, and D. Wigmore’s group show has nine more, along with works from the ’60s by three other artists who were in “The Responsive Eye”: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Sue Fuller and Mon Levinson.

Using Japanese brushes and a simple rotating device, Tadasky created targetlike compositions of concentric rings on square canvases. Varying colors and the width of the rings, he produced uncanny, fluctuating effects of light, color and three-dimensionality. The paintings are hypnotic, and they have a Pop Art-like graphic punch.

Tadasky has continued to produce circular compositions in recent years, but he has veered away from Op Art. Paintings from 2008 at Sideshow are spacy and mystical, but they don’t compete with his captivating works from the ’60s. KEN JOHNSON

Sam Messenger; Straigtedge, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY, September 23-November 1, 2008

For Davidson Contemporary, click here.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Four Optic Visionaries, D. Wigmore Gallery, New York, NY, through November 15, 2008

Sue Fuller, Mon Levinson, Tadesky, and Richard Anuskiewicz

For Joanne Matera's excellent and comprehensive report of this show, click here.

For D. Wigmore lick here.

Mon Levinson, White Moving Planes with Shadows, 1965-1968
21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches, Plexiglas and mixed media constructio

Richard Anuskiewicz, Rosafication, 1970
60 x 60 inches, acrylic on canvas

Tadesky, D-154A [Black and White], 1966
68 x 68 inches, acrylic on canva

Sue Fuller, String Composition #55, 1953
22 1/8 x 22 1/8 inches, Polypropylene thread construction

Friday, October 3, 2008