Bob Nickas

Garage Magazine

Peter Halley is the Elvis of Abstraction

'80s titan Peter Halley's current exhibition at Greene Naftali comes with some surprising bells and whistles, but is it anything genuinely new, or a misjudged attempt at an Elvis-style comeback?
Bob Nickas
10.5.17
Stuff

A Picasso Painting Could Get Auctioned Off for $140 Million in May

Does someone who buys a painting for $140 million simply take out their checkbook and ask for a pen? Do they swipe their American Express Centurion? Do armored cars from Brinks pull up in front of Christie's, laden with gold bars?
Bob Nickas
4.15.15
Stuff

Incest: the Other Valentine's Day Massacre

Curator Bob Nickas presents a special look at incest through the ages.
Bob Nickas
2.23.15
Stuff

Komplaint Dept. - Oswald and Dallas… Let Them See What They Have Done

The legend of Lee Harvey Oswald still looms large in Dallas.
Bob Nickas
6.12.14
Stuff

Komplaint Dept. George W. Bush: Even the President of the United States Must Sometimes Have to Paint Naked

At least Bush is honest about his abilities, which is more than can be said for the "respectable" artists we're meant to take seriously.
Bob Nickas
5.8.14
Stuff

Komplaint Dept. - Self-Help: The Enemy Within

After almost single-handedly defining the pissed indifference of No Wave in late-70s New York with Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Lydia Lunch is now a self-help guru in Ojai, California.
Bob Nickas
3.25.14
Stuff

Komp-LaintDept.Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan, Part II

Bob Nickas explores the depressing, bloody, and erotic legacy of our 40th president.
Bob Nickas
12.19.13
Stuff

Komplaint Dept. - A Mindless Leap of Faith

God makes people do the dumbest things.
Bob Nickas
8.15.13
Stuff

Komplaint Dept. - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's Anna Wintour

"Pink is punk" reveals that the New York fashion industry and its sometime institutional handmaiden, the Costume Institute at the Met, its curators and the tacit captain of both ships, Anna Wintour, wouldn't know what punk is or was if it bit them on...
Bob Nickas
8.1.13
Film

Komplaint Dept. - Nic Refn and Ryan Gosling Driven… to Distraction

This is one messed-up movie. There's no other way to say it, really. As fans of director Nicolas Refn and his alter ego Ryan Gosling have surely heard by now, their follow-up to Drive was pretty badly received at the Cannes Film Festival last...
Bob Nickas
6.12.13
Stuff

Komp-LaintDept.Why. I Hate. Graffiti

Have you noticed how lame graffiti in New York has become in 2013? Especially the one-liners you see more and more of, with their pseudo philosophy and visual impairment. Where exactly is the art? And what's the message? Graffiti can be, or at least...
Bob Nickas
3.21.13
Stuff

Komplaint Dept. - It's After the End of the World

Most people wouldn't expect to find Sun Ra and Billy Pilgrim in the same room, but Bob Nickas got the two of them together to talk about the end of the world and why some people are upset the apocalypse hasn't come.
Bob Nickas
2.7.13
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