Monday, January 27, 2014
Two worthwhile exhibitions that opened last week are Aaron Carter: Neopolitan Elbow at CSA Space (see above) and Brad Phillips: The Rope At the End of the Rope at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art.
Neopolitan Elbow is curated by Steffanie Ling, who, in her selection and placement of Carter's smaller works of plaster, ink and gouache, has managed to make CSA's small space seem big, available, generous to the artworks, not burdened by them.
Attention to selection and placement is something that has been lacking in the display of Phillips's work, particularly when it comes to his autobiographical drawings and paintings, which nobody, even the artist himself, seems to get right. This time, however, the tone is spot on, and Phillips's complex tendencies (diffidence, self-loathing, Symbolist retreat and violence) succeed in forming a government.