The work of R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007) has received an exceptional amount of attention this past year, much of it in England and much of it favorable—a development that would surely have astonished the artist. Born to a Jewish family in Cleveland, Ohio, Kitaj spent much of his adult life in the U.K. In 1994, however, Kitaj’s long-tetchy relationship with British critics was brought to a rancorous close when his retrospective at the Tate was eviscerated in the British newspapers. This event, followed by the unexpected death of his wife a few weeks later, caused a terminally wounded and, by many accounts, utterly unhinged Kitaj to flee to Los Angeles, where he committed suicide in 2007. Read More
Kate McCrickard, Spaghetti (ghost) (2013), oil monotype, 23.5 x 27.5 inches. Unique image. Printed and published by David Krut Projects, Johannesburg / New York.
In her debut solo show at David Krut Projects, British artist Kate McCrickard showed recent paintings and prints incorporating images of young children. This is dangerous territory for a female artist, as McCrickard is well aware, but she has nonetheless surrendered to an infinitely rich source of material: “Before I had children I didn’t have a subject—I never dreamt of this as being a subject. But I wanted to get back to figuration and intaglio is made for the figure.” Read More
When the German artist Jürgen Partenheimer first arrived in South Africa in September 2011 for his two-month residency at the studios of the NIROX Foundation outside Johannesburg, he immediately began to reflect on the revelations offered by this new experience in a diary consisting of drawings as well as verses and notes in both German and English. “Whole days in the clouds,/ the landscape, the books,” he wrote in the diary, which has just been published by Snoeck Verlag of Cologne. Read More
"Odilon Redon: Prince du Rêve," the massive show at the Grand Palais, is at its heart a print exhibition. Despite the presence of some 170 paintings, pastels, and charcoal drawings, it is the one hundred or so prints here (most on loan from the Bibliothèque nationale) that dominate the proceedings. Read More