Post #1152 • April 3, 2008, 2:47 PM • 21 Comments
My overall impression notwithstanding, I saw some things to like if not love at the Armory. More specifically, as my fairgoing companion and I sauntered through, I occasionally muttered, "Wait, that's not obviously broken." It had come to that: things for which I couldn't think of immediate improvements stood out.
Grayson Perry and Varda Caivano at Victoria Miro. I have to admit to succumbing to the story of Perry, who has an alter-ego as a cartoonish six-year-old girl and defeated the loathesome Chapman brothers for the Turner Prize; he also is an amusing writer. I find his comics-covered ceramic vessels charming in a crude way, sort of an arch version of Henry Darger. Caivano can paint with great sensitivity in a style that recalls 1920s automatic surrealism.
Nicole Eisenman, believe it or not, looked pretty good at Susanne Vielmetter, which displayed a portrait of a kid in an Iron Maiden t-shirt that vaguely recalled Wayne Thiebaud and Alice Neel.
Jacob Hashimoto, who has become a regular standout at the fairs on account of his craftsmanship, at Rhona Hoffman.
Karsten Konrad at Arndt & Partner.
Carrie Moyer at Canada.
Noriko Furunishi at Murray Guy.
Liam Jones at Angles.
Bernard Frize at Patrick Painter.
Robert Crumb at David Zwirner.
Kees Goudzwaard at Zeno X.