Final week for "Joe Zucker: Armada"

Thank you everyone who has made it out to see "Joe Zucker: Armada." This is the last week to see this 40-year survey of Joe's drawings and the first to focus on his images of the sea, which I've organized at the National Arts Club. Here is more information and my essay for the show. I am immensely grateful to the critic John Yau for coming by the gallery last week for a fascinating conversation with Joe and me, available here. "Joe Zucker: Armada," an Artforum "must see," remains on public view through Friday, May 27.

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Critic's Pick: Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship"

James writes: 

My critic's pick this week at The New Criterion-Love & Friendship, directed by Whit Stillman

While The New Criterion does not generally cover cinema—our pages are better dedicated to less popular arts—we have long employed the Stillman Exception: i.e. we will gladly set aside space for anything having to do with the filmmaker Whit Stillman. The writer and director of the films Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), The Last Days of Disco(1998), Damsels in Distress (2011), and the serial The Cosmopolitans(2014), Stillman is our generation’s greatest auteur of the comedy of manners. So it should come as little surprise that Whit has now applied his wit to adapting the greatest novelist of manners, Jane Austen. Drawing on Austen’s little-known 1795 epistolary manuscript “Lady Susan,” which exists as the only surviving draft of any of her novels at the Morgan Library, Stillman’s new film Love & Friendshipbrings Austen’s strapped widow to the silver screen. Portrayed by Stillman veteran Kate Beckinsale in what is being hailed as a role of a lifetime, Lady Susan is the most likable of foxes to roam a Georgian garden, conspiring with her American friend (played by Chloë Sevigny, always at risk of getting sent back to Hartford, Connecticut) to bring her story to a happy resolution. A longtime Janeite, Stillman has called Austen his most agreeable collaborator and has also just published his own epistolary fan fiction with Little, Brown, Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated, as told by Lady Susan’s nephew, Martin Rufus Martin-Colonna de Cesari-Rocca. The film is now in limited release at New York’s Paris Theater and Angelika Film Center and will soon open nationwide.


Cathy Nan Quinlan's Pencil Review of "Joe Zucker: Armada"

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Cathy Nan Quinlan, Pirate Ship Hidden by Atoll (detail) Flying Fish '78, after Joe Zucker, 2016. On view at Talking Pictures blog.


James writes:

If you are like me, you are have already subscribed to the email feed of Talking Pictures, the new art blog of the artist Cathy Nan Quinlan. I wouldn't want to miss a single post of  Quinlan's "blog about art and other things." Talking Pictures might be considered a further extension of Quinlan's communal artistic practice, which goes back more than a decade to the ’temporary Museum of Painting (and Drawing), a space she ran out of her former loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I wrote about it here. 

A favorite series of Talking Pictures is Quinlan's "pencil review"—sketches she makes of art shows in New York. 

Her latest Pencil Review is of "Joe Zucker: Armada," the exhibition I have organized at the National Arts Club. Be sure to take a look.