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The Year in Art


Barnaby Furnas's Heart Fucker, 2006.  

6. Barnaby Furnas, at Marianne Boesky
He’s been hyped steadily in the glossies since emerging from Columbia’s art school in 2000, but this Saatchi-sanctioned painter silenced naysayers by pulling off a high-profile fall show in Marianne Boesky’s new gallery. The large-scale canvases featuring tidal waves of poured pigment didn’t quite justify their epic proportions, but they revealed confidence and a willingness to experiment. Even better were the smaller watercolors laced with burns, slash marks, and Celtic curses—formal innovation with a touch of voodoo.


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