The Ohio State University at Lima

Art critic and painter Peter Plagens to open show in Farmer Family Gallery at Ohio State Lima

August 27, 2018

Artist and art critic Peter Plagens will be at the Farmer Family Gallery at The Ohio State University at Lima to open his show “The Age of Innocence: Abstract Paintings by Peter Plagens” from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thur., Aug. 30, 2018, in Reed Hall.

Plagens will be joined at the opening by his wife, writer and painter Laurie Fendrich.

“This is a rare opportunity to not only view a terrific show, but to meet two top-notch painters and writers. It shouldn’t be missed,” said Ed Valentine, professor of fine arts at Ohio State and curator of the Farmer Family Gallery. “We are beyond fortunate to have this work on campus.”

Plagens is an American art critic, painter, and novelist. He was a senior writer and art critic for Newsweek from 1989-2003 and now writes about art for the Wall Street Journal and ArtForum magazine. As a novelist, Plagens is the author of Time for Robo and The Art Critic, which is serialized online at As a painter, he is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.

Ten pieces of Plagen’s work will be on display in the Farmer Family Gallery through Oct. 11, 2018. Eight of those are from Plagen’s recent show at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City. In a review of the Hoffman Gallery show, Roberta Smith of the New York Times said, “Mr. Plagens is now making the best paintings of his career. Like his writing, they are witty and knowing.”

Plagens was born in Dayton and lived and worked in California after graduating from the University of Southern California. He now lives in New York.

The gallery opening and the show are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Aug. 31-Oct. 11. The gallery is closed Sept. 3 for Labor Day.

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Editors’ note: If you would like to read the full review of Plagen’s show at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, it originally appeared in the Feb. 9, 2018, edition of the New York Times.