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Articles from Vol. 50, No. 7, March

Alighiero Boetti: MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA, MADRID
IN 1968, to promote his solo exhibition at Milan's Galleria de Nieubourg, Alighiero Boetti plastered a curious poster on walls across the city. It showed two men, one standing and facing the viewer and the other with his legs locked around the first...
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Anatomy of Murder
ETIOLATING LIGHT turns Chile into a nation of wraiths in Post Mortem, Pablo Larrain's baleful allegory set at the time of the US-backed coup that deposed Salvador Allende in 1973. "Nothing can escape the wheel of history," Dr. Castillo, chief coroner...
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Andrea Winkler: GERHARDSEN GERNER
The architecture of Gerhardsen Gerner is unusual: It is situated in a barrel vault under a commuter-rail bridge. The front window affords a view of the Spree, which flows past at nearly floor level, and visually opens rhe room and immerses it in shimmering...
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Atelier Van Lieshout: GIO MARCONI
"New Tribal Labyrinth" was the latest chapter in Atelier Van Fieshoufs ongoing saga about a world destined to regress to small social groups dominated by a primordial struggle for survival. And yet at first glance, the sixteen new works shown in Milan--both...
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Barbara Kasten: GALLERY LUISOTTI
The history of abstract photography begins with the inception of the medium itself. The first recorded photograph, taken in 1825 by Frenchman Nicephore Niepce (he called photography "sun-writing"), depicts a view outside his window. But exposing an...
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Boris Charmatz: Talks about "Moments: A History of Performance in 10 Acts"
BORIS CHARMATZ THE IDEA OF A MUSEUM OF DANCE was given to me by my longtime collaborator Angele Le Grand some years ago, but it took me a while to think it through. I am sure that the doorway into dance is sometimes too narrow, predetermined by...
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Bruce Hainley on the Early Performance Work of Sturtevant
CUE RAINER. Elaine--Have gone to Calif. Don't despair. Keep working. You know the dance. In 2 days I shall send you complete details of the continuity plus program info. Sometimes one has to run away from everything. Yvonne. Cue thinking about...
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Carla Filipe: GALERIA GRAQA BRANDAO
There is an old expression in Portuguese, "bordas de alguidar," refering to what's left over on the sides of a cooking howl, which the rich don't bother eating but the poor can't afford to turn down. It's a little like the English expression "the bottom...
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Charline Von Heyl: INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
In the run-up to what promises to be a marathon year for Charline von Heyl (a major survey of her work is currently on view at the Tate Liverpool), a recent exhibition of a decade's worth of her paintings and works on paper at the Philadelphia ICA...
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Diango Hernandez: NICOLAS KRUPP CONTEMPORARY ART
Diango Hernandez has in the past noted, both slyly and acutely, his own "tropical sensitivities." Certainly they could be discerned in the Dusscldorf-bascd Cuban artist's quietly exhilarating exhibition in Basel, though not in the conventional or cliched...
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Dirk Braeckman: M - MUSEUM LEUVEN/ZENO X GALLERY
Recently a Swedish curator told me that he learned a lot about Belgium by looking at Dirk Braeckman's work. If this is the case, there must be something rotten in the state of Belgium. His dark, gloomy photographs provoke an uncanny feeling. It is...
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Donald Baechler: FISHER LANDAU CENTER FOR ART
Like Buster Keaton, Donald Bacchler nimbly treads an elegant path between the banana peel of the obvious and that of the obscure; one slip and his work falls into comedic bathos. But, by the merest breadth, Baechler is always saved despite an often...
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Donald Judd: SPRUTH MAGERS LONDON
Although works on paper were included in Donald Judd's midcareer surveys at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1968 and the Pasadena Art Museum in 1971, the artist's drawings for various Wall Units, Floor Boxes, Stacks, and Progressions have remained...
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Doug Ischar: GOLDEN GALLERY
Doug Ischar's presentation of work at Golden Gallery might have appeared, to a visitor first walking in, a modest affair. Indeed, the gal-lerv itself is no more than a slim slice of storefront in SoHo. Yet the seven works assembled in "Sleepless" all...
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Edwin Dickinson: BABCOCK GALLERIES
When art historian Lloyd Goodrich observed in 1965 that Edwin Dickinson "does not fit into any neat classification," he could have been comparing the paintings Frances Foley, 1927, and Frances Blazer, 1 937--both of which were on view at the artist's...
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Esther Stocker and Jan Serych: HUNT KASTNER ARTWORKS
The point of departure of the exhibition "Lies and Layers: Esther Stoeker and Jan Serych" was an attempt to question the human predisposition to interpret perceived reality through an existing body of knowledge. The rational component of the human...
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Farrah Karapetian: LEAD APRON
Early on in the protests that prompted President Hosni.Mubarak's resignation and the end of a nearly six-decade-long secular dictatorship in Egypt, an illustrated tactical brochure was leaked online and translated into English for Western traders....
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Fernando Bryce: CENTRO FUNDACION TELEFONICA/MUSEO DE ARTE DE LIMA
Fernando Bryce's Vision de la pintura occidental (Vision of Western Painting), 2002, consists of thirty-nine offset reproductions of canonical Western paintings hung salon style, surrounded by two additional walls of primed copies of ninety-six ink...
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First Position
Left: Sturtevant, Pac-Man (working title), 2012, still from a video animation, 1 minute 15 seconds. Above: Sturtevant. Blow Job, 2006, still) from a three-channel color video. 1 minute 30 seconds. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Left: Sturtevant. Duchamp...
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Flavio Favelli: CARDI BLACK BOX
Entering the gallery, one came across a series of three-dimensional collages, assemblages of found furniture, dismantled and reassembled lamps, old majolica, glassware, and memorabilia of the recent past, including gadgets and posrers. Flavio Favelli...
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Frieze Art Fair
Participating Galleries 303 Gallery, New York Miguel Abreu, New York Air de Paris, Paris The Approach, London art: concept, Paris Alfonso Artiaco, Naples Loura Bartlett, London Guido W, Baufach, Betlin Boers Li, Beijing Matianne...
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Greg Parma Smith: BALICE HERTLING & LEWIS
It's not often that practitioners of academic figure painting are identified as a subculture, but when Greg Parma Smith used the term in relation to such artists in his exhibition "Life Drawings, Poseurs, and 'thirteen oil paintings on canvas,'" the...
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Gunther Forg: GREENE NAFTALI
A fixture of the storied Cologne scene of the 1980s, Gunther hirg is still recognized in this country for what he produced during chat formative decade: Blinky Palermo-inspired paintings on lead, whose puckered surfaces register raw materiality, even...
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Jess: TIBOR DE NAGY
The painter and eollagist Jess (I 923-20Q4) had a poet in his life, of course. On New Year's Day, 195 I, he exchanged vows with Robert Duncan, sage of the San Francisco Renaissance, and they lived together for nearly four decades. But the poet rhat...
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Jillian Conrad: DEVIN BORDEN GALLERY
Had Stan Brakhage been a sculptor rather than a filmmaker, he might have made works like Jillian Conrad's recent projection pieces on view this winter at Devin Borden Gallery. For Brakhage, film was essentially made up of the shadows cast by film stock...
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Joao Penalva: GALERIE THOMAS SCHULTE
"The back of magic" is what writer Diana Evans calls that area of the theater behind the stage where, as she says, the black hat and the rabbit are stored. In the visual arts, it's much the same. To peer behind the scenes of a presentation, addressing...
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Jon Shelton: KRUPIC KERSTING GALERIE
Jon Shelton is an American but he has been part of the scenery in Cologne for years. One can usually find him at a garage space around the corner from the Hotel Chelsea (named after the famous Chelsea Hotel in New-York). Patiently, he lets visitors...
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Jon Thompson: ANTHONY REYNOLDS GALLERY
Apart from being a noted educator, curator, and writer, Jon Thompson has also been an amateur Gouldologist: His latest paintings, like those in his previous exhibition at Anthony Reynolds Gallery in 2009, take their inspiration from the great Canadian...
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June Leaf: EDWARD THORP GALLERY
It's usual, and not without good reason, to praise a contemporary artist's work, or even that of a historical figure, for its currency--for the way it seems to put its viewer in touch with the now. But while 1 mean to praise the "Recent Works" June...
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Katharina Grosse: MASS MOCA
Was this a very big show or a very small one? Normally a painter might exhibit ten or a dozen works giving a sense of what she's been up to recently, or, offered a big survey at a public space, perhaps forty or even a hundred canvases demonstrating...
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Labor of Love
Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile Varying hi subjects as the eye doth roll To every varied object in his glance ... --William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost JEROME HILER belongs to that rare company of significant if almost...
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Larry Bell
MY FIRST MEETING WITH JOHN WAS IN 1962.1 was at the Ferus Gallery when Walter Hopps introduced John to a few artists who were hanging around the gallery. I was sitting behind the desk, and Walter introduced him to me; he came over, and when I put my...
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L'homme Machine: Dieter Roelstraete on the Art of Konrad Klapheck
KONRAD KLAPHECK was never one to range far afield--he was born in Dusseldorf in 1935 and lives there to this day. From 1954 to 1958, he studied at the city's famous art academy under Bruno Goller, a little-known Surrealist who also taught Konrad Fischer...
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Loretta Fahrenholz
1 PEDRO COSTA, NO QUARTO DA VANDA (IN VANDA'S ROOM, 2000) Against the ostentatious rawness of post-Dogme 95 neorcalist European cinema (characterized by consumer-grade camcorders tottering through perfectly lit sets), Costa's film mobilizes a completely...
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Mark Geffriaud: GB AGENCY
Mark Geffriaud triggered an explosion of references with the extremely long title of his exhibition, which, in its abbreviated version, reads, "All that is said is true, all the time, all the time ... on October 26th." Its opening lines were appropriated...
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Markus Schinwald: LENTOS KUNSTMUSEUM
It was only last year that Markus Schinwald transformed the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale into a labyrinth open to the feet and closed to the gaze, but the Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz recently also put on a compelling exhibition of this artist's...
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Matthew Brannon: CASEY KAPLAN
The flat, graphic style of Matthew Brannon's work derives from the visual innovations of Madison Avenue during its midcentury golden age. In this exhibition, that coolly nostalgic look surfaced in silkscreen and letterpress prints, as well as in paintings,...
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Matthew Picton: CHRISTOPHER HENRY GALLERY
A map, reductive by definition, is full of ghosts. Matthew Picton engages these specters with paper sculptures that add a third dimension to the map and in various ways give form to imaginary cartographies of history. Indeed, he renders his maps four-dimensional...
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No Place like Home
"BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS is a city in Northwest Arkansas, and county seat of Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 35,301 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area....
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On Kawara: DAVID ZWIRNER
This year, On Kawara will enter his eighth decade of being still alive. For more than half his life, he has been producing the rigidly formulaic " ibday" paintings, his most enduring body of work. The series remains key (and is the earliest) among...
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Pandora's Black Box: Michael Sanchez on Algorithms of Taste
IN 1969, Dan Graham completed Likesy a "Computer-Astrological Dating-Placement Service," which anticipated online dating services by using a computer algorithm to match potential partners on the basis of astrological signs, physical appearance, and...
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Pattern and Restoration
TEXTILES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN important to me, and for a very brief stint in 1.9641 even showed small Caucasian rugs in my gallery on Fifty-Sixth Street. I closed that space in 1966, realizing that I wasn't ready to show the old and the new together. By...
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Paul Noble: GAGOSIAN
WELCOME TO N0BSON, announce the capital letters in the fifteen-part drawing, dated 2010, that prefaced Paul Noble's first UK solo show since the Whitechapel Gallery's 2004 survey. But shouldn't that have been "welcome back"? Noble's instantly recognizable,...
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Perfect Fit
SOMETIMES SPIKY AND ANGULAR, sometimes almost molten in their suppleness, the junked-car sculptures of JOHN CHAMBERLAIN are among the most iconic artworks of the postwar period. Yet automobiles were not the only vehicles of Chamberlain's career long...
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Photo Op
IN ARTIE VIERKANTS EXHIBITION at China Art Objects in Los Angeles last October, he presented works from the series "Image Objects," 2010-, which consists of thick, wall-mounted Sintra PVC sheets imprinted with bright abstractions drawn in Photoshop....
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Ready for Release
Who would seriously contend that the collection of intersecting lines above the text is a pipe? --Michel Foucault, "this Is Not a Pipe" (1968) THIS IS NOTA FILM certainly is one--but, as Samuel Beckett, or Abbott and Costello, might say, "Watt...
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Restored to Power: Tony Pipolo on Abel Gance's Napoleon, 1927/2000
THOUGH NOT QUITE AS EPIC in proportion, the tortuous history of the production, exhibition, and preservation of Napoleon vu par Abel Gance (1927), the most ambitious project of the French silent cinema, mirrors the saga of its protagonist. Few films...
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Rey Akdogan
FOR AN UNREALIZED 1937 PROJECT, Fernand Leger proposed to bathe Paris in colored light. "I asked for 300,000 unemployed to clean and scrub the facades," the artist recounted in his 1946 essay "Modern Architecture and Color." The goal was to "create...
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Richard Pousette-Dart: LUHRING AUGUSTINE
Richard Pousctte-Dart was there right at the beginning. Though he is known for his paintings from the 1980S9 which glow with pointillist orbs and spiritual awakenings, this exhibition, organized by Christopher Wool, of paintings and sculptures made...
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Robert Bourdeau: EDWYNN HOUK GALLERY
Robert Bourdeau trained and worked as an architectural technologist before an influential encounter with Aperture magazine and its editor, Minor White. A ten-year friendship with that elder statesman of photography encouraged Bourdeau to pursue the...
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Sania Ivekovic: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Croatian artist Sanja Ivekovie's works, which range from private gestures documented on video to public interventions broadcast on television or erected in a city square, were never intended for museum display. Yet for "Sweet Violence," the artist's...
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Sherrie Levine: WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK
"MAYHEM." SHERRIE LEVINE'S EXHIBITION at the Whitney, was a remarkably cool endeavor. Perhaps the restrained elegance could be interpreted as a reaction to recent muscum-as-fun-house scenarios, filled with slides, massive mobiles, actors, and a gamut...
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Stephane Bordarier: GALERIE JEAN FOURNIER
In the nine untitled works presented here, all from 2010 and 2011, Stephane Bordarier pursues the exploration of painting--more specifically, of color--that he began in the early 1980s and has since steadily deepened. As in the past, he works on his...
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Taryn Simon: MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM
Taryn Simon's exhibition at the architecturally distinguished Milwaukee Art Museum offered up a generous and inquisitive photographic archive that spanned ten years and three distinct projects: "The Innocents," 2002, portraits of people wrongfully...
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"The Wedding (the Walker Evans Polaroid Project)": ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY
At her foundation's gallery space in Toronto and elsewhere, Ydessa Hcndeies has organized exhibitions that set artworks and orher objects, both evervdav and extraordinary', in arrangements that blur the line between the curator's discipline and the...
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Vincent Vulsma: STEDELIJK MUSEUM BUREAU AMSTERDAM
Vincent Vulsma's exhibition "A Sign of Autumn" looked like a design shop gone native. The walls of the bare, austere space were hung with tapestries in black-and-white patterns of unmistakably African origin. There were also four plain wooden sculptures...
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Vladimir Grig: AL GALLERY
Today, Russians approach the legacy of the USSR with a growing historical distance and a peculiar sense of introspection. They perceive it in a less conflicted manner than they once did, acknowledging the playfulness of its mass culture while, at the...
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Weegee: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES
Chatting with Peter Sellers on the set of Dr. Strangelove in 1963, Weegee (aka Arthur Eellig) recounts his summer: "It's been a strange one. ... I was sent by a magazine to photograph famous photographers. ... Of course, I included myself." Though...
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Willem De Kooning: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK
THE LAST TIME a major American museum attempted a retrospective of Willem de Kooning's work, it did not, by most accounts, go well. Critics were fatigued by the Whitney Museum of American Art's 1983 behemoth, which brought together more than 250 works...
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Yngve Holen: AUTOCENTER
Under fluorescent light, the mirror foil letters of the words SENSITIVE to detkrgent glimmered on a wall in a corner of Autocenter's one-room exhibition space. Although this banner was similar in appearance to John Knight's wall text autotypes, seen...
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Zefrey Throwell: KLEMENS GASSER & TANJA GRUNERT, INC
On August 1, less than a month and a half before last year's occupation of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, Zefrey Throwell staged the performance Ocularpation; Wall Street. At 7 am, fifty volunteers, dressed in the garb of a range of professions--from...
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