"This uplifting show by the African-American artist, who died in 2012, at the age of ninety-six, traces the evolution of her streamlined forms and her focus on women as subjects over seven decades. Think of this superb, small selection as an amuse-bouche for the major museum retrospective that, as the art world belatedly catches up to overlooked brilliant women, is all but inevitable."
HYPERALLERGIC: Revisiting Elizabeth Catlett’s Legacy in 12 Powerful Sculptures
"The formidable sculptor Elizabeth Catlett is having her first solo exhibition in New York City since her debut at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1971. The show, at Burning in Water, is aptly titled Wake Up in Glory.
Catlett, who died at the age of 96 in 2012, had an impressive and successful six-decade career. But while her work has been exhibited at major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, her art is only beginning to receive the deeper attention it deserves."
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"The sculptures here are wholly indicative of Catlett’s breadth, ranging from the powerfully figurative, such as Political Prisoner, 1971, a bronze of a woman standing with her hands tied behind her, leaning back as if to scream, to the mesmerizingly abstract Magic Mask, 1970–80, a smooth, oblong, anthropomorphic piece with five large circles carved through the wood."
"What will Catlett’s legacy e s an artist? 'Elizabeth Catlett’s art,' art historian Melanie Anne Herzog wrote, 'cries out in protest, proclaims solidarity, celebrates survival.' Though she wielded a bold indictment of injustice, Catlett portrayed her subjects (almost always African American women) as heros rather than victims. For Catlett, there was no distinction between her convictions and her artwork."
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"Pioneering African-American feminist artist Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012) gets her first solo show in New York since her 1971 outing at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The exhibition will feature both prints and sculptures from the politically minded artist, who was influenced by everything from the Harlem Renaissance and Pre-Columbian and African art to European Modernism and American Regionalism."
"'Borinquen Gallo: Like a Jungle Orchid for a Lovestruck Bee' at Burning in Water
Bronx-based Puerto Rican-Italian artist Borinquen Gallo painstakingly weaves red and yellow caution tape, construction tarps, garbage bags, and other unconventional materials into richly textured sculptures and installations. It’s a process that can take weeks or even months."
"Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.
Today’s show: “Borinquen Gallo: Like a Jungle Orchid for a Lovestruck Bee” is on view at Burning in Water in New York through Saturday, November 18. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo presentation in New York."
"Rotting, wounded, smiling--watermelons in Valerie Hegarty's latest exhibition of paintings and sculptures--are depicted as sentient objects: carnal, threatening. Several wedges of the fruit, done in ceramics, rest on a plinth, their pink flesh resembling gums and growing teeth, tongues, ribs, stalagmites, barnacles."
"I am always interested in talking about transformation," Hegarty said one recent afternoon in her studio in midtown Manhattan, surrounded by a sinister set of anthropomorphic fruits-- tooth-filled watermelons rinds, spinal carrot carcasses and some Arcimboldo-style faces. The pieces are a morbid answer to kitschy centerpieces of yesteryear, now robbed of their evergreen freshness."
"[Art Basel Miami] features works by several artists working in the same vein...that is, making figurative ceramic work that plays with scale and tone, or that uses the handcrafted medium to imbue typically inanimate objects with inner life. [A] shining example of this approach are the playful food sculptures by Valerie Hegarty that are on view in Miami gallery Locust Projects' booth."
"Valerie Hegarty frequently addresses topics from American history, borrowing imagery from quintessentially American genres...but then re-imagines the subjects from her own singular perspective. [Her] watercolors suggest a fevered, hallucinatory vision of America through the prism of its artistic visual traditions...The works are simultaneously macabre, funny and provocative."
"[Hegarty's] work is topical, as it is informed by the 'current turbulent state of our country while also excavating from America's past.' What we're seeing here couldn't be described as decay, as such, but her work seems to have a theme of the gooey-ness of information, of shared knowledge. We live in a post-fact society and consensus validation is gospel. That, of course, leads to strange distortions of the truth--things that resemble fact, but are wholly alien to reality."
"Both works [by Jesse Krimes] are stunning: Purgatory--especially as displayed, on a long shelf with the cards against a black wall--because necessity made it so original, and heaven-and-earth Apokaluptein because its as good as Rauschenberg's similar works and, perhaps, more heartfelt and lyrical."
The New Yorker: "Jesse Krimes"
"A tapestry on prison-issued bedsheets--a weird, oneiric landscape festooned with faeries, fields, and images transferred from prison copies of the New York Times and Artforum. Pictures of Rihanna and Taylor Swift, not to mention an ad for a Christie's Sale, assume a mournful character as absurdist totems of freedom while enduring Draconian punishment."
"The exhibition's centerpiece is a work...that Mr. Krimes made while at a federal prison in Fairton, NJ. He created a 39 panel mural on white prison bed sheets...The artist took photos from newspapers and magazines and transferred them onto the sheets using hair-gel to lift the image and a plastic spoon to rub the image onto the sheet. He then drew and painted his own figures onto the works. The panels move from heave to hell and feature a riot of images whose subjects range from Hurricane Sandy to Taylor Swift, from Jean Michel-Basquiat to Chanel."
"The centerpiece of the exhibition is a sculpture by artist Valerie Hegarty, Return to the Catskills. An amalgamation of canvas, paint and moss, the piece is nature-art hybridity depicting a moss-covered tree (and a small woodpecker) devouring a painting. Malin says that the piece 'directly attacks the idea of the landscape that exists outside the ravages of time and the impact of society.'"