The title Entropvisions is in homage to my mother, the poet and art critic, Harriet Zinnes. In 1990 New Directions published a collection of her poems titled Entropisms, a word she made-up combining entropy - the tendency toward disorder - and tropism - the growth towards or away from a stimulus. Similarly, my short reviews combine entropy and tropism by suggesting growth towards a vision of art from the chaos of the art world.

Faith Ringgold at The New Museum

The Faith Ringgold exhibition at The New Museum (through June 5) is certainly worth a visit. I'd never thought about Ringgold's work as a whole, and so was pleased at how this show explores her artistic development. I began to divide her work into four categories: strong designs of positive/negative shapes, including her early overtly political and very graphic images; doll-like sculpture of tremendous emotional power; quilts or tapestries which for me created the clearest message when she relied on her strong graphic skills, rather than the overly busy collection of figures and objects; and then her touching illustrated children's books. I hadn't known about her many quilts that reference influential white painters like Matisse and Picasso. Apparently Ringgold was trying to show that black artists are equally important, but I felt the way she replaced white nude models with black ones actually was condescending. I recommend viewing the show from the lower to upper floors so as to see the chronological development of Ringgold's art.