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Anton Kern Gallery: Matthew Monahan - 5 Nov 2010 to 23 Dec 2010

Current Exhibition


5 Nov 2010 to 23 Dec 2010

Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
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Matthew Monahan
Installation view, Anton Kern Gallery, 2010
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Matthew Monahan
Opening Reception: Friday November 5 from 6 — 8 pm
November 5 — December 23, 2010



THE NEW YORK TIMES
December 17, 2010

Art in Review
Matthew Monahan

By KAREN ROSENBERG


The sculptor Matthew Monahan has been moving backward through time. Now, in his fifth solo at Anton Kern, he’s in his own personal Bronze Age, a departure from the Dieter Rothesque, wax, foam and glass figures he exhibited a few years ago.

The change isn’t all about Mr. Monahan’s choice of material; it’s also driven by his art-historical wanderlust. The square-headed, columnar “(Sub)Mariner” nods to Olmec carved-stone sculpture (though it’s bronze with a white patina), while “Mask (Concentric Self),” essentially a set of giant ears linked by a cylinder, looks more West African.

More impressive than the range of references, though, is the bizarre and often competitive relationship between the figures and their pedestals. The elegantly attenuated “Lady Barb” rests on a hollow, patinated bronze base with side cutouts that reveal glimpses of a beautifully polished interior; it’s a neat twist on the medieval reliquary. And the one-armed warrior of “Young Nitrate” stands on a pile of bricks, his lower body imprisoned in aluminum stocks.

The skeletal figures in “Body Electric,” scratched into oil-coated boards with a fork, are more awkwardly primitivist. But Mr. Monahan can toggle among sculpture, drawing and printmaking without much trouble, as he has in past shows and does here in the back room.





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