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Articles from Vol. 48, No. 8, April

6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art: GALLERY OF MODERN ART/QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY
Since 1993, the Queensland Art Gallery's Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art has been the most important art show regularly held in Australia. With this latest version, it has become the best. Installed in the Queensland Art Gallery and the...
Against a Sea of Troubles
MORE THAN FORTY YEARS after its premiere at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1967, Don Levy's Herostratus has been given a second chance at recognition, if not at the fame that is, ostensibly, its subject. The British Film Institute, which...
Alain Sechas: GALERIE CHANTAL CROUSEL
Had I walked into the wrong gallery? Or the right gallery, but in the wrong month? Or somehow misread the gallery guide? I'd been expecting to see an exhibition of Alain Sechas, but this did not look like the work of an artist who has been plausibly...
Amanda Ross-Ho: POMONA COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART
At the heart of Amanda Ross-Ho's recent installation at Pomona College Museum of Art, the Los Angeles-based artist's first solo museum exhibition, was a giant fiberglass candy dish in the form of a smiling, wide-eyed ghost--the kind of novelty home...
Angel Otero: KAVI GUPTA GALLERY
With the ebullience of youth--he's not yet thirty--Puerto Rican--born, Brooklyn-based Angel Otero fills old bottles with new wine, bringing innovative and dramatic formal strategies to bear on conventional formats and subjects. Although his compositions...
Anne Collier: ANTON KERN GALLERY
Anne Collier is an exceedingly patient artist, revisiting key themes again and again to refine the delicate balance between what she has termed her "forensic aesthetics" and her photographs' "psychological or emotive" content. This exhibition, her...
Armando Andrade Tudela: FRAC BOURGOGNE
The stereograph was first popularized in the mid-nineteenth century as a device for "parlor travel," a way to see the world's exotic sites in 3-D from the comfort of one's home. Figuratively speaking, however, stereoscopy--the juxtaposition of two...
"A Very, Very Long Cat": WALLSPACE
Samuel Morse's technology might be a relic, but the etymological basis of telegraphy still obtains (from the Greek, it literally means "writing from afar"). Indeed, if anything, one can--as "A Very, Very Long Cat" did--argue that, specific hardware...
Brian Jungen: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
In a gallery adjacent to Canadian artist Brian Jungen's survey "Strange Comfort" is a show called simply "Our Lives." In this exhibition, to quote the introductory text, "members of eight communities describe how they work to remain Native in an ever-changing...
Call to Order
Only a handful of modern thinkers have had so profound an impact on our understanding of the world as Claude Levi-Strauss, whose revelatory application of linguistic theory to the field of anthropology--in tracts such as The Elementary Structures of...
Cliffton Peacock: ALPHA GALLERY
While the influence of Philip Guston is evident in Cliffton Peacock's lushly painted portraits of phantasmal beings, the Charleston, South Carolina-based artist's former teacher is not his only role model. Peacock also aligns his work with, as he puts...
Concrete Poetry
IF YOU'VE EVER CROSSED A STREET, driven on a highway, or visited a public restroom, you've likely encountered those little stylized icons that guide us through public space, abstracted human figures that help to identify functions and direct our movements....
Das Institut
Founded in 2007 as an import/export agency by German-born, New York-based artists Kerstin Bratsch and Adele Roder, DAS INSTITUT is an ongoing collaboration that creates hybrid forms of artistic production and reproduction through painting, design,...
David Korty: MICHAEL KOHN GALLERY
An adroit stylist, David Korty continued to pursue the washed-out, streamlined neo-Fauvism that defined his last show at Michael Kohn Gallery. The results, all produced in the past year and based on photographs the artist takes himself, are lovely...
Detour Ahead
THESE DAYS, THE STOCK PHRASE "lives and works in Paris" appears on the resumes of numerous artists, curators, gallerists, and critics, and no longer seems a euphemism for "survives in Paris while waiting to work in Berlin or elsewhere." It has the...
Dexter Dalwood: TATE ST IVES
This midcareer survey of paintings and collages by Dexter Dalwood provides a full picture of his work since 1997 and confirms his reputation as one of the most interesting and engaging painters at work today. The display was curated by Martin Clark...
Dianna Molzan
Place: A drawing room. Time: Right about now. CYRIL: Ekphrastically, before taking up some of their core concerns (frame/picture, support/color, individuality/variety, expressiveness/reiteration--although they trouble any rote opposition suggested...
"Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal Issue #10": WHITE COLUMNS
Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore founded Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal in 2001. An offshoot of his label, Ecstatic Peace Records + Tapes, it was envisaged as a means of gathering downtown writers with affinities to art and music. Celebrating its...
Eva Hesse: CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE
Marcel Duchamp marked a historical rupture when he spoke of wanting to make works that are not "of art"; on the other hand, artists have always produced (or can I say "by-produced"?) art that does not quite amount to works. Painters used to call such...
Gabriel Orozco: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK
THE MIDCAREER RETROSPECTIVE can be tricky business. A case in point was "Gabriel Orozco," at the Museum of Modern Art in New York this past winter, which joined a recent spate of surveys of artists who came to prominence in the 1990s--from Matthew...
Gelitin: GREENE NAFTALI GALLERY
"Blind Sculpture," Gelitin's first solo exhibition at Greene Naftali Gallery, began as a diurnal "happening": Over the course of eight days, the collective's four artists--along with two full-time helpers and between four and nine "friends," who functioned...
Gilberto Esparza and Marcela Armas: ARRONIZ ARTE CONTEMPORANEO
Gilberto Esparza and Marcela Armas are Mexican artists who operate both collaboratively and individually. They use sound as a basis for site-specific projects, urban interventions, videos, and documents. In doing so, they deal directly with technological...
Ginny Bishton: RICHARD TELLES FINE ART
In her first solo show at Richard Telles Fine Art, fifteen years ago, Ginny Bishton presented a band of twelve hundred small black-and-white contact photos, wrapping around the gallery, of herself in a kitchen mixing bread dough. Not unlike Martha...
Haegue Yang: WALKER ART CENTER, MINNEAPOLIS
THE WORLD CAN BARELY CONTAIN Haegue Yang. Since the mid-1990s, the Korean artist has navigated the streets of Seoul and the boulevards of Berlin with equal ease. Her installations, for which she is best known, follow suit. Although composed of such...
Hubert Scheibl: SAMMLUNG ESSL
Hubert Scheibl is exhibiting nice fat ducks and a crocodile just outside Vienna. It's a bit of a surprise to see such a menagerie being put on display by a long-standing practitioner of the gradually eroding artistic discipline known as abstract painting,...
Ian Kiaer: BLOOMBERG SPACE
The first gallery in Bloomberg Space, little more than a lobby, is a singularly unsuitable place for the display of art. With its shiny black floor and track lighting, it is coolly corporate in feel. Its irregular, small area is overwhelmed by a double-height...
Ida Applebroog: HAUSER & WIRTH
There were many reasons to wonder just how to approach the work presented in Ida Applebroog's recent exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. First was the practical question of how to get a complete picture of what was there, particularly when it came to...
Jacob Aue Sobol: YOSSI MILO GALLERY
Jacob Aue Sobol is a young Danish photographer who doesn't seem to photograph much in Denmark: in the tradition of the Magnum photo group--he is one of its younger members--he travels, particularly favoring places where the living is hard. Sobol first...
Jeffrey Vallance: TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY
Depending on your temperament, or maybe just your mood, it's possible to have wildly divergent experiences with Jeffrey Vallance's work. In certain lights, his thirty-year-plus project--here, in his debut at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, taking the form...
Jim Speers: STARKWHITE
Auckland's Karangahape Road (popularly "K Road") is the closest thing the city has to a gallery strip. But the street is also well known as Auckland's alternative shopping destination, a funky if decrepit alternative to the well-kept but generic city...
Joel Shapiro: PAULA COOPER GALLERY
A selection of nine early works by Joel Shapiro was installed in two smaller rooms of Paula Cooper's several brut Chelsea spaces, a presentation of work so dazzlingly beatific that one wished for its permanent presence as respite from the jangling...
Katie Holten: DUBLIN CITY GALLERY THE HUGH LANE
Katie Holten's exhibition is the sixth installment in "The Golden Bough," a suite of solo shows by different artists at the Hugh Lane that borrows its title from James George Frazer's 1890 study of mythology and religion. Curator Michael Dempsey's...
Kazuo Shiraga: McCAFFREY FINE ART
Though Kazuo Shiraga (1924-2008) has long been considered one of the most important members of Japan's Gutai group, this lucid exhibition was his first solo show in the United States. In consequence, many viewers may have been unaware, at least initially,...
Krista Buecking: SUSAN HOBBS GALLERY
HURT ME NOW GET IT OVER; TOMORROW WILL BE TOO LATE; THERE GOES my everything: Such is the sad language of classic ballads that Krista Buecking employs, with characteristic Conceptualist rigor, in the drawing series "Love Songs for a Future Generation"...
Liam Gillick: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO
NO ONE CAN DENY Liam Gillick's ambition. Here is an artist who wants to take it all on: global capitalism, corporate identity, product design, institutional critique, modernism and its aftermath, Minimalism and its aftermath, literary conventions,...
Marcelline Delbecq: GALERIE XIPPAS
Galerie Xippas's project space, La Chambre, is a room between floors, its proportions nearly those of a perfect cube. Separated from the main gallery by a rope divider and a flight of stairs, the space offers an intimate yet theatrical setting that...
Marta Minujin: Talks about Minucode, 1968
DURING HER FREQUENT TRIPS to New York In the I 960s, Argentinean artist Marta Minujin noticed that "cocktail parties were very important" to the denizens of America's cultural and economic capital. And so, in the third week of May 1968, for her project...
Martin Wong: P.P.O.W GALLERY
Martin Wong's paintings of New York's downtown dystopia have occasionally materialized in exhibitions rounding up the East Village scene of the 1980s, but such a diverse group of his works as was seen in this exhibition had not been assembled since...
Michael Venezia: JOSEF ALBERS MUSEUM QUADRAT
In a career spanning more than half a century, Michael Venezia has pursued a mode of painting based on drastic forms of reduction developed under strict constraints. This exhibition, "Nacht wird Tag" (Night Becomes Day), gave an overview of his oeuvre...
Mitzi Pederson: NICOLE KLAGSBRUN GALLERY
When dealing in understatement, it pays to have the courage of one's convictions. Cramming an exhibition space with variations on a less-is-more theme can risk displacing the subtlety of such an artistic project by imparting to the work a possibly...
Navid Nuur: KUNSTHALLE FRIDERICIANUM
"You don't walk in the exhibition but you become part of it," Navid Nuur declared in an interview in the newsletter Matter Materializing. This was also true of his show "The Value of Void" in Kassel, Nuur's first show in Germany and his first large-scale...
"New Life Copenhagen": VARIOUS VENUES
Joseph Beuys famously began planting seven thousand oaks for Kassel during Documenta 7 in 1982. Last December, the art collective Wooloo provided three thousand beds in Copenhagen for visitors to the UN climate summit. The project, "New Life Copenhagen,"...
"Non-Solo Show, Non-Group Show": KUNSTHALLE ZURICH
This really was a group show, but of a very specific kind. Artist Ei Arakawa was invited to invite, in turn, the participating artists. What counted, then, were not so much the works themselves, however beautifully executed, but rather the relationships...
"Not Easy, to Save the World in 90 Days": TANAS
"Born in Batman": Gallerygoers have surely cracked a grin at this line on wall labels for Fikret Atay's work. In the video Batman vs. Batman, 2009, Atay has finally addressed the comical name of his hometown, situated near Turkey's border with Iraq....
Perarolo09: VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Perarolo di Cadore, Italy, resembles no place else on earth. A village of fewer than four hundred souls lost in a snowy valley in the province of Belluno in the Dolomites, it was once a renowned vacation destination. Today it is nearly a ghost town,...
Popular Demands
THOMAS HOVING'S DOUBLE LIFE, as art historian and arts administrator, was in both its dimensions driven by much the same set of obsessions--a passion for beauty in its most flamboyant artistic embodiments, and an insatiable lust for the publicity that...
Prow: Sara Meltzer Gallery/art in General
We all now know better than to believe in the myth of the artist working alone in her studio. But what of the supposed alternative, the idea of a collective happily plugging away on a shared project? prow, a collaborative entity whose name is a combination...
"Resemble/Reassemble": DEVI ART FOUNDATION
Featuring miniature paintings and room-size installations, and works whose reference points range from Lollywood (Lahore's film industry) to Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, "Resemble/Reassemble" sets out to show the broad diversity and the...
Riches to Rags
THE HALLUCINATION that haunts an America in ruins is as mythic as ever: From these singed, frayed, distressed fragments, something emerges again, if not in life then as a sort of glamorous undeath, at least for a season. For the fashion-design team...
Robert Adams: MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY
When looking at Robert Adams's work, I often think about one of the other great Roberts of twentieth-century photography--Robert Frank--and the different relationships the two artists have with time. The restless clip of Frank's cinematic images in...
So Different, So Appealing
OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, the generative investigation of the practices of women artists has yielded plenty of surprises--enough, certainly, to have an enormous impact on how we think about the past and make art in the present. One of the most recent...
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: MUSEO PICASSO MALAGA
Back-to-back exhibitions of Sophie Taeuber-Arp at the Museo Picasso Malaga, Spain, and the Kirchner Museum Davos, Switzerland (the artist's hometown), illuminated a relatively overlooked modernist whose exposure at the Museum of Modern Art in New York...
Superflex: PETER BLUM GALLERY
Since 1993, the three-person Danish art collective Superflex have been encouraging locally driven, globally networked forms of self-organized cultural and economic labor in order to counter the abstractive tendencies of post-Fordist global capitalism....
Susanne M. Winterling: GESELLSCHAFT FUR AKTUELLE KUNST, BREMEN, GERMANY/BADISCHER KUNSTVEREIN, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
IN "THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS"--Susanne M. Winterling's exhibition at the Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe, Germany--the artist gamely takes up Lewis Carroll's tale of the same name. The show announces itself by presenting its title on a large-format...
Theoretical Physic
LAST MONTH, I was invited to participate in a roundtable celebrating the legacy of Semiotext(e)--that small press begun in 1974 and responsible for introducing so many European theorists to American readers--on the occasion of its archives' donation...
The Paperback Revolution: A Selection
Life has no shape; literature has. --Northrop Frye, "Renaissance of Books" (1976)* NOTE: Some say publishing is dying. But the paperback revolution (1932-) isn't threatened by new technologies like the e-book and print-on-demand. To generate...
Third Life
FOR SOME LUCKY PHOTOGRAPHS, there's an interval between disfavor and disposal--a hiatus that offers a second chance at life. In our disembodied age, this purgatory is usually the wilds of eBay, although prints and reproductions also linger on in actual...
William Eggleston: CHEIM & READ
William Eggleston's color photographs were the first ever to be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1976. This breakthrough was shocking to some at the time, but the content of his photographs has generally been more interesting,...
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