Critic Roundup: ‘Aesthetics of Decline,’ Loving Lidén, Remaking Goldstein Sculptures

Below, a few picks from recent writing.

Christian Viveros-Fauné takes a look at three artists interested in an “aesthetics of decline—a gathering movement that features artists and other creators shedding the mode of bling for blight”: Joyce Pensato (whose show my colleague Will Heinrich reviewed last week), Marianne Vitalle (profiled here by Michael H. Miller) and Rashid Johnson (also profiled by Mr. Miller). [VV]

Roberta Smith is not so sanguine about Mr. Johnson’s current show at Hauser & Wirth: “Success may be spoiling or at least temporarily derailing the art of Rashid Johnson. As the trajectory of his career has risen and accelerated, his work has become slicker and emptier, losing its rough edges and layered meanings. The efforts that dominate his third solo gallery show in New York suggest an artist spread thin…” [NYT]

Though everyone loves Klara Lidén’s Christmas tree-filled show at Reena Spaulings, including Jerry Saltz, Andrea K. Scott and Linda Yablonsky. [NYMag, New Yorker, Artnet]

Brian Droitcour is posting gallery reviews on Yelp: “I was really not expecting to see a snake in that video! A cool surprise like that is what brings a gallery experience out of four star territory and into the five star zone.” [Yelp]

Christopher Knight has a fascinating piece that asks whether Pomona College should be recreating destroyed Jack Goldstein sculptures. [LAT]

From the archives: About 20 years ago, John Canaday, onetime chief art critic of The New York Times, visited Oslo, Norway, and found a great deal to like. (“An Art Critic Reviews Oslo,” the article is headlined.) Though it’s mostly a look at the city’s museums, we get some travel flair as well: “They could add good eating to the list of Oslo’s virtues, headed by wonderfully fresh fish.” [NYT]