Best Gallery Show — Solo - 2012
It was an off-the-wall choice on the part of Singer Gallery curator Simon Zalkind to mount an important show dedicated to an artist who quit doing work years ago. But Myron Melnick: Taking Shape: Works with Paper turned out to be a fabulous exhibit. Zalkind sampled both wall sculptures and monotypes by Melnick that showed off his two very different gifts: a sense for form in the sculptures, and an expertise in color in the prints. In addition, Melnick's elegant abstracts refer to a range of earlier art, everything from tribal pieces to works by the modern masters. The Singer, part of the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Jewish Community Center, has had a much-reduced schedule of late, with only a few shows a year, but with exhibits like this one, Zalkind is holding up his end as best as he can.
Readers' Choice: Clyfford Still at Clyfford Still Museum