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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 9, May

Against the Wall
THE NEW ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD ART MUSEUM at Michigan State University in East Lansing is not so much a building as an event: It transforms both its surroundings and the art it contains. The structure, which opened to the public last November, occupies...
Alberto Burri: Luxembourg & Dayan
Shown in this bijou Upper East Side town-house-gallery, a group of ten paintings titled Nero Celotex (Black Celotex),.1986-87, by Alberto Burri (1915-1995) bring to mind contrasting works by Dieter Roth (1930-1998) and his son Bjorn in a concurrent...
Anthony McCall: Sean Kelly
Appropriately enough, given the beautiful paradox of "solid light" with which he refers to them, Anthony McCall's projections are often described as simultaneously embodying film, sculpture, and drawing. But McCall's recent show "Face to Face," which...
Brian Weil: Institute of Contemporary Art
Coordinating "deviant" sexual assignations in the pre-Internet era was no easy matter; doing so required magazine subscriptions, stealth, postage, and patience. This was how it was in 1980, when photographer Brian Weil began placing ads in fetish periodicals...
Categorical Measures
WHAT IS THE PROPER UNIT of measurement in exhibiting the history of a global art world? Is it the individual artist, shuttling between her place of origin and various metropolitan centers while participating in exhibitions throughout the world? Or...
Dana Hoey: Petzel Gallery
The title and content of Dana Hoey's latest series of photographs riffs on classic works of French feminist theory--Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949) and Luce Irigaray's This Sex Which Is Not One (1977)--while ushering in a contemporary take...
Daniel Malone: Galeria Foksal
Daniel Malone's show "The Proof Reader/Sledz zmiany" was an insightful study of the mechanisms of translation. Malone has over five years' experience in editing and proofreading texts for numerous Polish art institutions. The Polish phrase in his title...
Darren Almond: Matthew Marks Gallery
For nearly two decades, British artist Darren Almond has demonstrated a fascination with the particular ways in which we chart and divide up time. Some of his earliest and best-known pieces involve retro-style flip clocks, including one the size of...
Derek Boshier: Thomas Solomon Gallery
More than a decade before he was designing album art for David Bowie and the Clash, Derek Boshier was among a vital group of painters reshaping British Pop art during the early 1960s. Coming through the Royal College of Art with an influential cohort...
Dominick Di Meo: Thomas Dane Gallery
In his first UK exhibition, Dominick Di Meo was represented by a selection of his production from the years 1960-74, but the work was not necessarily what we would imagine from an artist in that era. Born in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1927 and raised...
Doug Aitken: 303 Gallery
Imagine that you are wandering through an old warehouse. It's near the river in an ex-industrial zone; it might have been ataxi garage once. What's that dripping sound? Why is it so musical? A hole has been gouged in the concrete Boot It is filled...
"Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico": Getty Research Institute
Dyn was a little-known journal published in Mexico City between 1942 and 1944 by a group of emigre artists, thinkers, and poets previously affiliated with Surrealism. As the Getty Research Institute's recent small but absorbing show demonstrated, the...
F. Marquespenteado: Mendes Wood Dm
Wooden boards (similar to those used in temporary construction sites), some painted pink, were placed over the white walls of the gallery, creating a uniform base for the works included in f. marquespenteado's recent exhibition "Denominador Comum"...
"Fore": Studio Museum in Harlem
Intermittently over the past twelve years, the Studio Museum in Harlem has given over its galleries to large group exhibitions that survey the practices of young black artists in the United States. The first, "Freestyle" (2001), is remembered today...
For Many Years
FOR MANY YEARS, my only experiences of 101 Spring Street were the glimpses of Donald Judd's desk and Carl Andre's 1986 brick work Manifest Destiny that I saw through the ground-floor windows of the building. I was impressed by the constancy of these...
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 Laura Bartlett, London Catherine Bastide, Brussels Elba Benitez, Madrid...
Gianni Colombo: Greene Naftali
A furtive press on one of the metal levers at the bottom of Gianni Colombo's Superficie in Variazione (Surface in Variation), 1959, would have rewarded you with an uncanny displacement of your touch: a dimple appearing on a shaggy white surface in...
Henri Labrouste: Museum of Modern Art, New York
THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH ARCHITECT Henri Labrouste is best known today for designing places of learning: libraries of unsurpassed beauty, clarity, and drama, structured by a tense but serene rationality. Indeed, to prepare himself for the task,...
Henry Taylor: Blum & Poe
History, as we know, repeats itself--a truism Henry Taylor evinces with mordant effect for his recent exhibition at Blum & Poe. Incorporating the grand loose paintings and rough-hewn assemblages for which he has become known, Taylor revisited familiar...
Huguette Caland: Beirut Exhibition Center
The Lebanese-born., California-based artist Huguette Caland has burned through numerous styles, moods, and media in the five decades since she made her first painting, a monochrome titled Red Sun, to mark the death of her father in 1964. At the Beirut...
Information Society
TWO MEN PEER THROUGH the glass panes of a revolving door, the lights of a nocturnal Manhattan street visible behind them. The man on the right, sporting a fedora and a blank expression, is instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol. The man on the left,...
In Some Ways
IN SOME WAYS it's difficult for me to speak about Oscar Niemeyer, because we were so close. But it is also difficult to discuss his work because Oscar fundamentally changed what it meant to be an architect. He gave our field new prestige, elevating...
Iwan Baan: Perry Rubenstein Gallery
just who is the "we" in the title of Iwan Baan's recent exhibition "The Way We Live"? I ask because, while the Dutch photographer's stated intent is to frame our built environment as a thoroughly shared condition, his images of buildings (and, by extension,...
James Turrell
LIGHT MAKES VISION POSSIBLE yet paradoxically remains beyond our vision most of the time. Changing this "beyond" condition of light into a proximate and bodily experience has been James Turrell's artistic objective for almost fifty years. From relatively...
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Gagosian Gallery
I've never seen a commercial gallery showas well attended as this exhibition of nearly sixty works by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The artist was once a divisive figure, but no more: The crowds who poured in to see his work didn't imagine they were coming...
"Jikken Kobo-Experimental Workshop": The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
Jikken Kobo or Experimental Workshop, was a renowned Japanese art-and-performance collective of exceptional diversity. The group consisted of five visual artists, five composers (some of whom, including Toru Takemitsu, would later achieve international...
Jim Shaw: Baltic Centre for Contemporary art/Baltic 39
The Jim Shaw retrospective "The Rinse Cycle" successfully represented nearly all the artist's major projects since 1978, the year he received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. The exhibition even included the "Thrift Store Paintings"...
John Kelsey: Galerie Buchholz
"How much of the painting is already in the TIFF?" With this query, John Kelsey--author, gallery director, and member of the art collectives Bernadette Corporation and Reena Spaulings--began his 2010 essay "100%." The question hints at-a larger concern...
John Lehr: Kate Werble Gallery
The nine color photographs in John Lehr's recent exhibition "Low Relief" look like luscious but simple shots of chanced-upon urban surfaces--walls, doors, windows, grates--enriched by incidental wear and tear. And in terms of primary source, that's...
Jonathan Binet
ONE OF THE MOST HACKNEYED ROUTINES of art criticism is the up-close-and-personal account of the artist at work. This usually involves the writer's physical presence ("I'm sitting in X's studio ...") tethered to some unforeseen calamity ("... and then,...
Julian Jozef Antoniszczak: Zachta National Gallery of Art
Julian Jozef Antoniszczak (1941-1987), who signed his films Julian Antonisz, was a cofounder of the famous Studio Filmow Animowan Veil in Krakow, and known as an animator, a composer, and the inventor of multiple non-camera film techniques, to mention...
Laura Lima: Mused Universitario De Arte Contemporaneo
Homem=carne/Mulher=carne--Puxador Paisagem (Man=Flesh/Woman=Flesh=Landscape Puller), 1999/2013, an installation/performance by Brazilian artist Laura Lima, was recently shown at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo. It incorporated a motif...
"Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes"
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK June 15-September 23 Curated by Jean-Louis Cohen and Barry Bergdoll [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I DECIDED I WANTED TO WORK FOR LE CORBUSIER in 1957, after 1 graduated from Cornell University,...
Long before I Last Visited
LONG BEFORE I LAST VISITED Oscar Niemeyer, ten years ago, he had established his studio ina building on Avenida Atlantica, at the southern end of the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Here he designed his projects on a small drawing table, enjoying...
Manfredi Beninati: Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Roma
The summer of 2003 was exceedingly hot in Rome, the air heavy, motionless, as if it were hostage to the sun and its scorching rays. This was a fitting context for the debut of a young artist hailing from the heat of Palermo, in southern Italy: Manfredi...
Marc Bauer: Centre Culturel Suisse
I don't know to what degree Marc Bauer, a Swiss artist who lives in Berlin, was aware of the powder keg on which "Le Collectionneur"--a series of drawings, dated 2012-13, concerning Paris under Nazi occupation--rested. Even at a remove of more than...
Mark Boulos: Lisson Gallery
In his large three-channel video installation, No Permanent Address, 2010, Mark Boulos presented the rugged life and personal stories of members of the New People's Army (NPA), a Communist guerilla movement in the Philippines designated a terrorist...
Mary Beth Edelson: The Suzanne Geiss Company
"We are only lightly covered with buttoned cloth; and beneath these lightly pavements are shells, bones and silence," Virginia Woolf writes in The Waves, I 93 1, her famously elusive novel in which multiple narrative voices intertwine to form a collective...
Material Concern
SHEELA GOWDA is always weighing her options: literally--insofar as her sculptural works are often suspended, their hanging substance demonstrating their heft--but also figuratively, as the found images she uses are assessed for potential content, both...
Matthew Porterfield
1 KENNETH ANGER, PUCE MOMENT (1949) Named for the elusive color of flea blood (red-violet to dark, purplish brown), this six-minute sketch for Anger's imagined feature Puce Women began as a lovely, gossamer trifle featuring Yvonne Marquis as a silent-movie-era...
Mike Kelley: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
THE ARTIST IS A FICTION, and Mike Kelley famously prioritized that fiction, allowing his production's motifs to follow suit. For example, his early "birdhouses" (sculptures from his CalArts days, back in 1978 and 1979) "were made specifically to comment...
Nagisa Oshima 1932-2013
"OSHIMA'S A BASTARD. Whatever you do, don't invite him!" more than one colleague counseled when I was organizing a retrospective of the Japanese master's films in 1988. Fortunately, I ignored their advice. Generous, funny, unaccountably serene, Nagisa...
Nasreen Mohamedi: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
These are exciting times in art history. A wealth of postwar artists who worked at the margins of Euro-America, beyond the Western canon, are being rediscovered maiw now receiving their own monographic exhibitions in museums. A special place is being...
Nate Lowman: The Brant Foundation Art Study Center
The more you know about something, the harder it is to say something about it: One is encumbered by the weight of meaning, the artifice of language, the tiredness of metaphors used too often, but perhaps more than anything, simple fear. "One thinks...
Nicola Martini, Virginia Overton, Magali Reus: Freymond-Guth Ltd. Fine Arts
"Shiftings, displacings ... sets of membranes, one inside the other, dense bodies, soft, thin, rigid." Nicola Martini's recent artist statement evokes an undeniable corporality, though no figures occur overtly in his work. The Italian sculptor is thus...
Norbert Bisky: Galerie Crone
When he was a younger artist, Norbert Bisky felt he had to deal with his childhood years in what was then still East Germany, or, as he told me recently, to "paint the GDR out of my soul." His later work demonstrates a broader concern with themes such...
Omnivore's Dilemma
From the "Family of Man" to the "Museum Without Walls," the vision of a sweeping integration of art and non-art, ancient and modern, canon and fringe, has haunted the history of the large-scale exhibition for at least half a century. This summer, curator...
Painted Veil
FORGOING OUTRIGHT ATROCITY, of which there is so much--too much--right now, aren't the "life," "body," and "face" of Michael Jackson in the running for some of the most abstract events of the last century? (I use the tweezers of scare quotes to approach...
Philip Pearlstein: Betty Cuningham Gallery
Philip Pearlstein regards the body as a "territory for abstraction"--so writes Desiree. Alvarez, an artist and a longtime model for the artist's painting. This is a counterintuitive approach to figuration, Alvarez explains, because we always experience...
Ruth Buchanan: Hopkinson Cundy
In almost all of her recent work, Ruth Buchanan has examined the physical spaces of language: books and the buildings that house them. In her book The weather, a building, 2012, for example, she traced the movement of Berlin's Staatsbibliothek--from...
Salvatore Aranclo: Rowing
For his 2012 artist's book, Wonders of the Volcano, the Italian artist Salvatore Arancio reprinted a work of nineteenth-century popular science, transforming the engravings that illustrated it into geologically implausible fantasy landscapes, the better...
School's Out?
A FILM FESTIVAL is a unique kind of heterotopia, a marketplace that challenges its denizens to transform profusion and plenty into constellations that provide a coherent experience. Faced with four hundred films screened over ten days in February,...
Serge Tcherepnin: Murray Guy
In his exhibition "Ear Tone Box," a seven-minute video showed Sergei Tcherepnin idling beneath a crumbling_aqueduct at the edge of a sparsely populated plaza in Rio de Janeiro. Dressed in ripped fishnets and a blue cocktail dress, barefoot and sporting...
Sharjah Biennial 11: Sharjah Art Museum and Other Venues, United Arab Emirates
IT'S MY FIRST RESEARCH TRIP to the Middle East, and I am woefully underprepared. What do I know about Sharjah? Only that it's a "dry" emirate (in both climate and alcohol consumption) that has invested seriously in culture and heritage rather than...
Since the End of the German Revolution in 1923
There is no form without politics, just as there is no form without context; one finds the politics in the way form is embedded in its context. --Martin Beck SINCE THE END OF THE GERMAN REVOLUTION IN 1923--the failure of which led Walter Gropius...
Some Twenty Years
SOME TWENTY YEARS after purchasing 101 Spring Street in November 1968, Donald Judd recalled thinking at the time that "the building should be repaired and basically not changed. It is a nineteenth-century building." This attitude marked Judd as a collector...
Stanley Kubrick: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Once poised as the medium best suited to bridge high and low cultures, film is now, arguably, more divided against itself than ever; and what remains of art according to this new configuration is increasingly confined, or so it seems, to art-specific...
Steve McQueen: Art Institute of Chicago
PROJECTED CLOSE AGAINST A WALL in a large, dark gallery, die saturated red of Steve McQueen's 16-mm film Charlotte, 2004,. produced an intimacy with the viewer every bit as charged as the contact that occurs between the artist's finger and Charlotte...
Suzanne Treister: P.P.O.W
The links between Ken Kesey, William Gibson, and Robert Oppenheimer are not immediately apparent; perhaps it is easier to understand the connections among Theodore Kaczynski, the Whole Earth 'Catalog, and Diogenes of Sinope--or maybe not. In Suzanne...
Tacita Dean: Marian Goodman Gallery
Though best known as a film-maker, Tacita Dean works in a variety of media, including chalk drawings executed on blackboards at large scale. Last year, after a ten-year pause in making such drawings, Dean decided to produce a suite of them as her contribution...
The Restoration Project
THE RESTORATION PROJECT was like a puzzle: How could we update 10 I Spring Street for safe public occupancy while keeping it the way Don had wanted? Since I grew up in the building. I could refer to conversations I had with my lather about different...
"The Unphotographable": Fraenkel Gallery
Since its invention, photography has been defined by its indexical capacity to document the visible world--what Barthes famously called its "that-has-been." "The Unphotographable," as Fraenkel Gallery titled its recent show, challenged this received...
Wilfredo Prieto: Noguerasblanchard
Wilfredo Prieto is mostly known for his sculptures, installations, and performances, but, like most other artists, he has also produced a good many drawings over the course of his career, many of them related to his better-known work. Although his...
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