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Articles from Vol. 49, No. 8, April

Alessandro Ceresoli
FRANCESCA MININI Alessandro Ceresoli's recent exhibition opened with a group of drawings that evoke the tradition of grotesque ceramics as much as that of grotesque drawing. These works, from 2009, combine images executed in black felt-tip pen and...
A Life in Words
AFTER LAST YEAR'S GLUT of bumptious, high-profile nonfiction films--some of which were revealed to be hoaxes (Casey Affleck's I'm Still Here), possible hoaxes (Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop), or artless, witless pseudohoaxes (Henry Joost and...
"... and Don't Forget the Flowers"
MORAVSKA GALERIE V BRNE Flowers are among the kitschiest subjects--along with kids and pets. It would seem impossible to address them in modern and contemporary art except in a repressed or ironic mode: Think of Mondrian paying the devil for his...
Anna Barham
GALERIE NORDENHAKE Using anagrams, Anna Barham has created a seemingly endless language network that riffs off the enigmatic words "Return to Leptis Magna"; the resulting phrases trail off into the nonsensical--"Repaint Lost Argument"--or just as...
A Revolution in Film: John Mackay on the Cinema of Dziga Vertov
BEST KNOWN AS THE MAKER of the endlessly astonishing documentary Man with a Movie Camera (1929)--and also as the eponym and inspiration for a group of radical Left Bank filmmakers in the late 1960s headed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin--Dziga...
A Rrose in Berlin: Hal Foster on Marcel Duchamp's Belle Haleine, 1921
FOR SEVENTY-TWO HOURS at the end of January, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin displayed Belle Haleine, said to be the only original "assisted ready-made" by Duchamp that survives. To produce this piece, the artist appropriated a greenish flacon of...
Ashes to Aashes
THE FIRST CALABRIAN animist-Neorealist process film inspired by Pythagoras's conception of metempsychosis, shot in long takes with no dialogue or music track, Michelangelo Frammartino's he quattro volte (Four Times) sounds daunting but is far from....
"Atlas"
MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA "Atlas: How to Carry the World on One's Back?" is a project conceived by Georges Didi-Huberman for the Reina Sofia (it will travel to the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Sammlung Falckenberg in Hamburg). The operation...
Brad Spence
SHOSHANA WAYNE GALLERY The title of Brad Spence's fourth solo show at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, "(figs.)," simultaneously bespeaks the open-endedness and closure of the fourteen immaculately airbrushed Photorealist paintings that were on view. When...
Captain Beefheart
(1941-2010) "GOD, PLEASE FUCK MY MIND FOR GOOD!" Captain Beefheart shouted at the end of Doc at the Radar Station, his second-to-last album. It was 1980, and it was a dare to whatever version of God might be present to receive it: his audience,...
Christian Von Borries
Berlin-based conductor and composer Christian von Borries is also a creator of site-specific projects. His work has I been commissioned by Documenta 12, Kunstfest Weimar, the Lucerne Festival, and the Volksbuhne Berlin; in 2002, he cofounded the record...
Circling the Square: Nasser Rabbat on Architecture and Revolution in Cairo
When millions of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo this winter, they were linked as much by communications technologies as by the sheer spaces that surrounded them. Indeed, if the revolutionary movements sweeping across the Middle East...
David Hammons
L & M ARTS In 2007, David Hammons made a show at L & M Arts on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Collaborating with his wife, Chic Hammons, he installed six fur coats on dressmaker's dummies; each fur looked fine from the front, but was grotesquely...
Declan Clarke
MOTHER'S TANKSTATION We'll Be This Way Until the End of the World, 2008, the eponymous work of Declan Clarke's recent show, is a 16-mm film (transferred to DVD) that features details of a monument dedicated to Daniel O'Connell, an Irish political...
Depth Perception
WHAT WOULD TRON LOOK LIKE in a carbon-dioxide-filled IMAX theater, with a digitized Jeff Bridges hovering above the steep vertebrae of seats buried in ancient snowfalls of calcified crystal? The question is never asked outright in Werner Herzog's foray...
Ellen Gallagher
GAGOSIAN GALLERY Greasy. The word less sits on the page than penetrates it, threatening slickness or seepage, and, more to the point, an unruly mess. That it reads as inescapably classed is apposite, too, as is the implication of unmanageable hair...
Eva Marisaldi
NICOLETTA RUSCONI Eva Marisaldi's recent exhibition was dominated by two new works, both 2010: a large sculpture, Post It, and Underlines, a video made in collaboration with Enrico Serotti, who also wrote the music, which lent the show its title....
Ezra Stoller
YOSSI MILO GALLERY Beginning in roughly 1939, modernist architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, and Richard Meier, among others, had photographer Ezra Stoller document their now-classic buildings--"classic" in...
Fabrice Samyn
SIES + HOKE The objects we identify as art are supposed to be eternal, or at least timeless and present. After all, how could something that isn't even there be defined as art? This is the question posed by young Belgian artist Fabrice Samyn in...
Folk Instruments
AS ONE APPROACHES the Sergei Paradjanov Museum, a modest stone building in Yerevan, Armenia, it is difficult to anticipate the size of its collection of Paradjanov's work. More than six hundred collages, assemblages, photographs, drawings, original...
George Condo
NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK David Rimanelli YOU WANT TO DIE. Me too. It's something we share from the old days, a time sunk in the manic-depressive dependence that prefigures memory. George Condo paints his leering faces and tangled lines over the body...
Glen Fogel
PARTICIPANT INC. The two painted reproductions of love letters that introduce Glen Fogel's first solo show announce an exhibitionary poise and epistolary-tack. Enlarged to six times their size (one is a diptych), the messages are both addressed...
Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison
RONALD FELDMAN FINE ARTS For figures from John Muir to Ansel Adams and beyond, the Sierra Nevada has long been a locus classicus of the American wilderness sublime. Traditionally represented as a sacred zone of untouched nature standing outside...
Henrik Olesen
MALMO KONSTHALL Henrik Olesen's art is unmarvelous. Unlike the spectacular work of fellow Nordic artists Olafur Eliasson and Elmgreen & Dragset, his is gritty and grounded. There's no appealing finish--either to his works (collages, posters,...
Hurvin Anderson
MICHAEL WERNER GALLERY The thirteen paintings and one diptych, most intimately sized but some of epic dimensions, in Hurvin Anderson's first New York solo gallery exhibition can be classified as landscapes: They picture the lush, equatorial scenery...
James Lee Byars
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART A Lilliputian show in the Carnegie Museum of Art's already miniature Forum Gallery, "Ordinary Madness" plucked James Lee Byars (who died in 1997 at the age of sixty-five) out of the general history of Fluxus and reframed his...
Jan Timme
LIKE MANY CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, Jan Timme is committed to engaging the history of the discursive formations and practices that have shaped advanced art since the early twentieth century--but he does so on his own terms, without succumbing to nostalgia,...
Jeppe Hein
303 GALLERY Jeppe Hein's second show at 303 Gallery--his last show here was "Please ..." in 2008--started before visitors even entered the space. Piercing the broad storefront's frosted glass window was Upside Down, 2011, a telescope-like arrangement...
Jill Giegerich
CARDWELL JIMMERSON CONTEMPORARY ART Several recurring visual tropes circulate through the schematic and disjunctive dreamscape of Jill Giegerich's recent paintings, repeating and recombining in various guises like a shuffled and reshuffled deck....
Joe Scanlan
WALLSPACE The day that I visited Joe Scanlan's "Three Works" at Wall space--the artist's first solo show at a New York gallery in a decade--he was there, bag of food in hand, clearly digging in for an afternoon's work. It wasn't a performance (though...
John Henderson
GOLDEN GALLERY "The Frugal Genius," John Henderson's first solo exhibition, offered four small paintings (the longest of which was twenty by sixteen inches), three cast-aluminum reliefs made to resemble paintings, one screen, and one framed photograph....
Julian Hoeber
BLUM & POE If the gray-scale chart were given a sculptural physicality, it might well take the form of the nearly twenty-foot-long seating unit that sliced down the center of Blum & Poe's upstairs gallery, forming Endless Chair, 2010--11,...
Katarzyna Kozyra
ZACHETA NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART Comprising many of Katarzyna Kozyra's major works in various mediums, this exhibition offered a unique opportunity for a close look at the artist's oeuvre, while inviting its critical reassessment in the context of...
Katrina Daschner
KROBATH For Katrina Daschner, it's always showtime. The artist, born in 1973 in Hamburg, recently received the Otto Mauer Prize, the most important award for contemporary art that Austria has to offer, given by the Archdiocese of Vienna in memory...
Katy Grannan
FRAENKEL GALLERY With "Boulevard," her latest exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery, Katy Grannan continues her subtle subversion of the idioms and codes of portraiture, a titillating project that has invariably drawn her to the marginal and marginalized,...
Kostis Velonis
ALPHA DELTA GALLERY "Marx in Arcadia" may seem a somewhat oxymoronic title for an exhibition. Is Kostis Velonis positing a revolutionary pastoralism? Well, why not? Who but Marx foresaw a future society beyond the division of labor, where I may...
Leon Ferrari
HAUNCH OF VENISON Despite the signal 2009 exhibition "Tangled Alphabets: Leon Ferrari and Mira Schendel," at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the work of the Argentine artist Leon Ferrari is, in all likelihood, unfamiliar to much of the North...
Lisa Tan
ARTHOUSE AT THE JONES CENTER "Two Birds, Eighty Mountains, and a Portrait of the Artist," a picturesque summation of the works in Lisa Tan's exhibition at Austin's recently renovated Arthouse, seemed a funny title for such a predominantly text-based...
Luc Delahaye
GALERIE NATHALIE OBADIA At Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, Luc Delahaye recently showed ten large-format color photographs and one small black-and-white print, the bulk of his production since 2006. In his previous exhibition in Paris, at La Maison...
Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda
GALERIE GISELA CAPITAIN The documentary films of Luke Fowler have rapidly achieved renown for their experimental style--a melange of archival footage, new interviews, and scenes of everyday surroundings joined together to form only the loosest semblance...
Mamma Andersson
ASPEN ART MUSEUM In 2004, the Swedish painter Mamma Andersson was included in a show at LA's Hammer Museum called "The Undiscovered Country," which explored a postmodern take on representation described by curator Russell Ferguson as a strategy...
Marcel Odenbach
ANTON KERN GALLERY/KIMMERICH After beginning apparently sunnily with two teenage boys horsing around in a field, Marcel Odenbach's Im Kreises drehen (Turning Circles), 2009, quite quickly changes mood. The rest of the sixteen-minute video is a study...
Marisa Albanese
MUSEO DI CAPODIMONTE Naples stands in the shadow of a time bomb, Mount Vesuvius, and the chaotic, colorful city itself is a memento mori. Marisa Albanese's double exhibition, "Spyholes" and "Grand Tour 2.0," was a meditation on the passing of time...
Mark Dean
BEACONSFIELD The phrase "Christian disco" might trigger cringe-making thoughts of buttoned-up adolescent parties monitored by censorious adults and lubricated with fizzy drinks and Cliff Richard hits; but that scenario couldn't be further from Mark...
Michael Huey
NEWMAN POPIASHVIU GALLERY Michael Huey's "China Cupboards," 2005-, is a series of medium-size photographs that portray shelves and cupboards stocked with china, glassware, serving dishes, trinkets, and other items whose purposes are not entirely...
Odani Motohiko
MORI ART MUSEUM Only in his late thirties, Odani Motohiko is already receiving star treatment, as confirmed once again by his exhibition at the Mori Art Museum, comprising some sixty works created since 1997. Having come of age in what he calls...
O. Winston Link
ROBERT MANN GALLERY O. Winston Link's magnificent photographs of steam-powered locomotives, taken half a century ago, appear now to prefigure artistic projects with which gallery-goers are likely more familiar. In one image, the speeding locomotive...
Phoebe Unwin
WILKINSON Something has been happening in the painting departments of London's art schools in recent years. The Royal College of Art, Slade School of Fine Art, Goldsmiths, and the Royal Academy of Arts have all turned out young painters who have...
R. Luke DuBois
BITFORMS GALLERY Curious about the geographic distribution in the United States of men and women who characterize themselves as, say, submissive, shy, bored, or lonely? If so, you'll likely be delighted by R. Luke DuBois's project "A More Perfect...
Robert Whitman: Talks about Passport, 2011
FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS, Robert Whitman has been making theater pieces that verge on alchemy. In these works, everyday objects take on uncanny properties, as in Two Holes of Water No. 3, 1966, where suburban station wagons wrapped in plastic become...
Samuel Beckett
CENTRO ANDALUZ DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO Samuel Beckett's prodigious literary work today seems like a monument to the mistrust of the word as a means of communication. This exhibition, titled "Beckett Films," was perfectly suited to the monastic atmosphere...
Stan VanDerBeek
MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER CAMBRIDGE, MA William Kaizen STAN VANDERBEEK remains best known for the experimental films he made during the 1950s and '60s, which placed him at the forefront of avant-garde cinema. This first retrospective exhibition...
Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler
TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY Like much of their quietly elegant, keenly intelligent video work, the two ambitious projects by the artist team of Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler recently on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery made significant demands...
To Be Determined
John Armleder's art never looks quite like itself. Drawing on what he calls a supermarket of forms, the artist, over the course of a forty-five-year career, has produced works that could pass for Suprematist paintings, Minimalist sculptures, high-design...
Yutaka Sone
MAISON HERMES 8F LE FORUM/ TOKYO OPERA CITY ART GALLERY Yutaka Sone's playful pursuit of the imaginary, the realm of fantasy, and physical affects provides a powerful alternative to the prevalent tendency of contemporary Japanese sculpture to simulate...
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