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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 10, Summer

2011: Michael Sanchez on Art and Transmission
ARE WE LIVING IN AN AFTERMATH? The unspoken consensus seems to be that, in relation to the art of the previous decade, the early 2010s are a caesura--a waiting period at best, analogous to the early 1970s in relation to the '60s, or the early '90s...
Alistair Frost
IF YOU HAVE ANY FAMILIARITY with Apple's aesthetic, Alistair Frost's painting Out of Office Auto Reply, 2012, will click immediately. It features the side-on speaker of the Mac OS volume icon, muted by an overlaid black cross whose faux-ragged "expressive"...
Andrei Monastyrski: CHARM GALERIE
All day long and half the night, Andrei Monastyrski and his dog wander through the city. It's cold in Moscow, the ground covered with snow. To make his photo series "Self-Portraits," 2012, the charismatic cofounder (with Nikita Alekseev, Georgi Kizevalter,...
Antonio Blair, Marie Karlberg, and Stewart Uoo: Talk about Their Recent Collaborations
THERE'S NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS, REALLY--and maybe that's why the fluid, frequent collaborations between Antonio Blair, Marie Karlberg, and Stewart Uoo seem hazardous, or at least fraught. Irreducible to any one individual practice but never cohering...
Armando Andrade Tudela: GALERIA ELBA BENITEZ
Armando Andrade Tudela's work employs an array of strategies derived from the aesthetics of modernism to articulate social and cultural ideas associated with both his native Peru and Latin America more broadly. This mission inevitably brushes modernism...
Assume Vivid Astro Focus: CASA TRIANGULO
The dynamic changes in the Sao Paulo skyline aren't news to locals or regular visitors to the city. But the past couple of years have seen a dramatic acceleration in real estate speculation, turning Sao Paulo into a developer's paradise, to the detriment...
Barry McGee: INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
His myth looms large: Barry McGee, tag name "Twist," San Francisco--based art-school graduate, graffiti artist, and vital player in the emergence of the Mission School aesthetic. Following its breathless tributes to Shepard Fairey in 2009 and Os Gemeos...
Beatriz Santiago Munoz: GASWORKS
The Hip pomane mancinella, or manchineel tree, indigenous to Puerto Rico, is among the most poisonous plants on earth. One notorious example of its terrible powers was recorded in the nineteenth century, when dozens of German sailors ingested its fruit--also...
Benoit Maire: DAVID ROBERTS ART FOUNDATION
Benoit Maire's recent exhibition was more accessible than the French artist-cum-philosopher's previous outings, even if it was hard not to feel that some aspects of it were pitched just over one's head. At least the exhibition's title, "Weapon," clearly...
Birgit Jurgenssen: McCAFFREY FINE ART
Austrian-born feminist artist Birgit Jurgenssen produced a wide variety of work--paintings, photographs, performances, sculptures, collages, drawings, and clothing, among other forms and media--before her untimely death in 2003 at age fifty-four. Inspired...
B. Wurtz: METRO PICTURES
The work of B. Wurtz, which returned to the attention of the art world in the late 2000s and early 2010s after flying under the radar for many years, reflects an austerity more pragmatic than visual. The artist recycles things ordinarily thrown away,...
Carl Andre: Poems
CARL ANDRE's abstract sculptures helped define Minimalism in the 1960s. Yet his monumental oeuvre of poetry, no less pioneering and prolific, has remained obscure. Now two forthcoming projects promise to reassess the artist's practice in all its material...
Carlo Benvenuto: GALLERIA SUZY SHAMMAH
Carlo Benvenuto has never strayed from his chosen way of working, which begins with his decision to photograph only everyday objects, found at home, and to present them at full scale, frontally and centered. The new photographic works--along with some...
Catherine Murphy: PETER FREEMAN, INC
Peter Freeman's new SoHo digs are high-ceilinged and capacious, and this inaugural exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Catherine Murphy, her first with the gallery, afforded the work ample breathing room. Still, one is never quite sure where...
Chinua Achebe 1930-2013
NEWS OF THE DEATH of the great Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, who passed away on March 21 at the age of eighty-two, reached me at my office in Munich through the wildfire of the Internet. By day's end, that wildfire had spread to precincts far beyond...
City of Dust: David Gissen on Architecture and Subnature in Los Angeles
Ecological crises are everywhere, and it is precisely this pervasiveness, this immersion, that a growing number of artists and architects today aim to address--delving into the complex interchange between our built environment and the natural world....
"Cyclicites": GALERIE LE MANEGE, INSTITUT FRANCAIS DU SENEGAL
The exhibition "Cyclicites," curated by the collective On the Roof (Elise Atangana, Yves Chatap, and Caroline Hancock), presented three research-based projects examining historical patterns through elements of the local urban and cultural context....
Dan Finsel: RICHARD TELLES FINE ART
Art therapy may be good therapy; it may or may not be good art. "E-thay Inward-yay Ourney-jay," Los Angeles artist Dan Finsel's recent solo show at Richard Telles, was a perverse gray mix of both. Extruding himself through exercises in Margaret Frings...
"David Bowie Is": VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
Watching David Bowie's screen test at Andy Warhol's Factory in 1971 is excruciating. Moments before it was recorded, the artist had reacted with typical blankness to a playback of Bowie's song "Andy Warhol," and the young singer, his flowing hippie...
David Hartt: CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY
David Hanes exhibition "For Everyone a Garden" took its name from a 1974 book of the same title by Moshe Safdie, architect of the iconic Habitat 67 apartment complex in Montreal. Safdie's democratic proclamation more generally echoed the utopian modularity...
Design beyond Reach: Alex Kitnick on Stephen Prina's as He Remembered It
LOS ANGELES'S DEVOTION to midcentury modern architecture has reached something of a fever pitch in recent years, perhaps because so much of the city flourished at the midcentury mark. An aesthetic of sliding glass doors, patios, and conversation pits...
Eileen Gray: CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS MARIA STAVRINAKI
THE RECENT EILEEN GRAY RETROSPECTIVE at the Centre Pompidou aimed to elucidate the work--long underestimated--of a figure identified by curator Cloe Pitiot as a "total" modern artist. Indeed, during a career spanning the first half of the twentieth...
Eric Baudelaire: BEIRUT ART CENTER
The aftereffects of political violence, financial ruin, and other disasters (both natural and manmade) have been the subject of French artist Eric Baudelaire's films, videos, and photographs for more than a decade. Yet none of his work is strictly,...
Erina Matsui: KUNSTLERHAUS BETHANIEN
In "Road Sweet Road," her first exhibition in Germany, the Japanese artist Erina Matsui showed seven paintings, three wall objects, and a video, in addition to the installation Road Sweet Road mit Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (all works 2013), which was...
Exits and Entrances: DENNIS LIM ON MATIAS PINEIRO'S VIOLA
WITH A GROWING NUMBER of hybrid films drawing on the restless energies of documentary, the Argentinean writer-director Matias Pineiro stands apart for asserting the latent possibilities of drama. Over four wholly distinctive films, Pineiro has devised...
Faith Ringgold: ACA GALLERIES
Faith Ringgold's paintings from the 1960s stand alone and they have for some time. Long excluded from art-historical narratives, the canvases are frank and unforgiving in what they depict (racial conflicts, gender troubles), but they also have a rather...
Friedrich Kuhn: HERALD ST
"Der Maler als Outlaw" (The Painter as Outlaw), the title of the 2008-2009 exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich devoted to local legend Friedrich Kuhn (1926-1972), gives a fair indication of how he is remembered in the city he called home. Like that...
Gangsta's Paradise: JAMES QUANDT ON JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER'S THE ACT OF KILLING
There are people like me everywhere in the world. --Anwar Congo SUMATRAN SLAUGHTERER Anwar Congo and his rotund sidekick, Herman Koto, the latter heavily rouged in a turquoise muumuu and showboating chapeau, sway and shimmy in a sunlit forest,...
Garry Winogrand: SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
OF THE NEARLY three hundred photographs in this bold retrospective of Garry Winogrand's work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, many ask of us a kind of intense level of attention--the same kind of attention with which Winogrand's camera itself...
"Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945": MILDRED LANE KEMPER ART MUSEUM
"Defeat is certain" was the admonishment given by Jean Paulhan, the former editor of La Nouvelle Revue Francaise and a stalwart of the French Resistance, to Claude Roy, a young poet who came seeking encouragement during one of the darker hours of the...
Gimhongsok: PLATEAU, SAMSUNG MUSEUM OF ART
The Korean artist Gimhongsok garnered a huge amount of attention from the press for his 2008-2009 solo exhibition at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, and his exposure reached well beyond the arts section. This was largely due to his notorious opening performance,...
Helen Frankenthaler: GAGOSIAN GALLERY
In the days following Helen Frankenthaler's death, on December 27, 2011, my Facebook feed teemed with JPEG memorials, makeshift tributes to a painter many had forgotten. The image I remember best was a photograph of the artist in her studio, taken...
"Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925": MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK
FEW EPISODES IN THE HISTORY OF ART attract so many origin myths as the history of abstraction. As a plotline, it's hard to beat--an intoxicating, utopian rhetoric of a revolutionary new beginning through art--and ever more entrenched now that it can...
James Welling: CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
In part because of the sheer variety of subjects, genres, and techniques that James Welling's work traverses, it has always been difficult to pin down. The Los Angeles-based artist has likewise maintained an unclassifiable place within the Pictures...
Jonas Staal: TRAFFIC
Barclays Capital's Skyscraper Index--an annual report that traces the curious correlation between contenders for the title of "world's tallest building" and fluctuations in the Dow Jones--holds that when markets go down, skyscrapers go up. This index...
Julia Rometti and Victor Costales: GALERIE JOUSSE ENTREPRISE
Julia Rometti and Victor Costales's exhibition "El Perspectivista" was born of a sociological and philosophical exploration of what the Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro calls "Amerindian Perspectivism," a naturalist worldview wherein...
Justin Matherly: PAULA COOPER GALLERY
The centerpiece of Justin Matherly's exhibition "All industrious people" was a twenty-five-foot-long concrete sculpture modeled after several ancient stelae discovered in Turkey. Archival photographs of the rock-strewn site, thought to be the tomb...
Laercio Redondo: CASA FRANCA-BRASIL
With his exhibition "Contos sem Reis" (Tales with No Kings), Laercio Redondo examined the history and symbols of Brazilian national identity in order to suggest not only what these exclude from official memory but also how such competing memories might...
Larry Bamburg: SIMONE SUBAL GALLERY
At the edges of Larry Bamburg's recent show of works made this year were two sculptures composed of the rounded deformations that sometimes appear on tree trunks--burls. Having sawed the burls from their tree host, Bamburg has stacked them, one by...
Louise Nevelson: L&M ARTS
Louise Nevelson is so frequently invoked as a primary representative of postwar sculpture--and especially that made by women--that even the United States Postal Service has commemorated her with a series of stamps. Perhaps this neat apotheosis owes...
Lukas Machalicky: GALERIE DIE AKTUALITAT DES SCHONEN
To enter "Raut" (a title that translates roughly to "Reception" or "Banquet"), a recent exhibition by Czech artist Lukas Machalicky, was to become immersed in an ongoing social event. The artist had turned the gallery into a carefully constructed environment...
Marisa Merz: GLADSTONE GALLERY
Marisa Merz's name is better known than her work is, at least in the United States. A founding figure of Arte Povera and its only woman artist, she began to exhibit in Italy in the late 1.960s, but her first solo show in New York--or anywhere in this...
Mark Leckey: BLUECOAT, LIVERPOOL, UK
WE DON'T NEED GOOGLE GLASS to remind us that Max Weber's diagnosis of the modern age as charcterized by the "disenchantment of the world" no longer holds true. One refreshing feature of the show recently curated at Bluecoat by artist Mark Leckey was...
Marlie Mul: CROY NIELSEN
The nature of a site is in the details: the way that this concrete floor maps a shape from white wall to white wall, or the way that the broad walls give way to narrower ones and another mounted with a bookshelf, or the way that the large, ground-floor...
Martin Kippenberger: HAMBURGER BAHNHOF-MUSEUM FOR GEGENWART, BERLIN
Hi, here I am, that must be enough. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] --Martin Kippenberger ALL OF BERLIN IS DELIGHTED: Martin Kippenberger is back in town. Contrary to popular belief, it was not in...
Object to Be Restored: Dieter Roelstraete on the Art of Michael Rakowitz
Babylon's ancient Ishtar Gate is reconstructed with contemporary product wrappers; books carved from Afghan stone memorialize a German library destroyed in World War II; Saddam Hussein's dinnerware turns up at a Park Avenue restaurant. In MICHAEL RAKOWITZ's...
Philip Aguirre Y Otegui: MU.ZEE, KUNSTMUSEUM AAN ZEE
Even before entering Mu.ZEE, the museum hosting the latest exhibition of the work of Belgian artist Philip Aguirre y Otegui, the approaching visitor could see the epoxy sculpture Fallen Dictator, 2005, which looked like a knocked-over prop or a showroom...
Raqib Shaw: MANCHESTER ART GALLERY
"So quick bright things come to confusion," says Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. The perplexed lover's comment came to mind at the recent show of thirty-eight (old and new) paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by Calcutta-born, London-based...
Richard Artschwager 1923-2013
ED RUSCHA WHEN I SAW Richard's Formica works in the mid-1960s, I was amazed. There's something about Formica--it seemed like the wonder surface of the day. (But it always made my palms itch.) Taking that on was a very brave thing for an artist to...
Richard Nonas: JAMES FUENTES
It is disconcerting to hear Richard Nonas refer to James Fuentes gallery, the site of his most recent solo show in New York, as an "uneasy, unsteady space," until it becomes clear that this is a compliment. What he means is that the place has character;...
Richard Prince: GAGOSIAN GALLERY
Richard Prince's cowboy romance goes way back. In the early 1980s, his decision to lift imagery straight from Marlboro ads, which featured Stetson-and-chaps-clad loners riding horseback through vast western vistas or pausing for an existential break,...
Richard Serra: DAVID ZWIRNER
Richard Serra has a story he likes to tell--as he did recently to a group gathered for a preview of this magisterial, museum-quality survey of his works made between 1966 to 1971 mounted at David Zwirner's imposingly soigne new digs on West Twentieth...
Rico Gatson: RONALD FELDMAN FINE ARTS
The five paintings in Rico Gatson's series "Watts," 2011, on view in this show, are adapted from aerial photographs of the Watts rebellion of 1965, in Los Angeles, and address the still raw and unresolved nature of the injustices that trigger urban...
Robert Bordo: ALEXANDER AND BONIN
Born in Montreal, Robert Bordo has been a New Yorker for forty years, and his work a point of reference for painters here since his first exhibition at the Brooke Alexander Gallery in 1987. Does the title of his most recent show, "Three Point Turn,"...
Rudolf Stingel: PALAZZO GRASSI
A photograph of an old kilim was the source for the more than eighty thousand square feet of carpeting with which Rudolf Stingel has covered most of the floor and walls of the Palazzo Grassi. Such carpets are often created to pose enigmas to which...
Rui Chafes: GALERIA FILOMENA SOARES
It has become a cliche to talk about the overflow of images in our time. We hear again and again about an excess producing a kind of blindness, as if images were so pervasive as to have become transparent, slippery. Another current cliche is that the...
Sadie Benning
1 VALIE EXPORT, SEEING SPACE--SPACE HEARING, 1973-74 In her 1973 film ... Remote ... Remote ..., VALIE EXPORT sits in front of a large black-and-white photograph. She faces the camera with a bowl of milk on her lap and a box cutter in her hand. She...
Saul Leiter: A Portfolio
So the days pass and I ask myself sometimes whether one is not hypnotized, as a child by a silver globe, by life; and whether this is living. It's very quick, bright, exciting. But superficial perhaps. I should like to take the globe in my hands and...
Single Channel: JOHANNA FATEMAN ON "SPECTACLE: THE MUSIC VIDEO"
I WAS PRETTY SURPRISED to hear Meg Grey Wells, curator with Jonathan Wells of "Spectacle: The Music Video," say that the most frequent question they heard while organizing the exhibition was, Is the music video dead? What kind of curmudgeon asks that?...
Stephen Collier: ACADIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
A cofounder in 2008 of the New Orleans--based collective Good Children, Stephen Collier is central to a local scene that has spawned a number of artists' groups and off spaces--enough to position the Crescent City in recent years as a bastion of DIY...
Summer Reading: SEVEN CHITICS, ARTISTS, AND CURATORS SHARE THE BOOKS THEY'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON
ELIZABETH PEYTON I was going to write about two books I got at the bookstore yesterday: Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880-1918 (Vintage) and Janet Malcolm's Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Farrar,...
Sylvia Sleigh: TATE LIVERPOOL
The salon-style hang accorded the paintings displayed on the green walls in the single large gallery that housed Sylvia Sleigh's recent retrospective at Tate Liverpool may have given the impression of an old-fashioned sort of exhibition, particularly...
Ted Stamm: MARIANNE BOESKY
In the late 1970s and early '80s, Arts Magazine, now gone, published my journal entries, which, I hope, showed that criticism was not solely the articulation of issues lurking out there in some theoretical ether but also an activity sharply inflected...
The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art: QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY GALLERY OF MODERN ART
In the past decade, the Asia-Pacific region has had to cope with more than its share of natural disasters: The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the 2009 "Black Saturday" bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria, the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch,...
The Greatest of These Is Love: MATTIAS FREY ON ULRICH SEIDL'S PARADISE TRILOGY
IMAGINE A WORLD in which the environment is pristine, the architecture sublime, the people polite; a world in which each existential need has been met and all social problems solved--but everyone is quietly miserable or raving mad. Welcome to Ulrich...
The Now Futurism and the Then Zeitgeist: J. Hoberman on Mike Kuchar's Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965)
Some artists see an infinite number of movies. ...--Robert Smithson, "Entropy and the New Monuments," Artforum, June 1966 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Thing Theories: Rirkrit Tiravanija Talks with Sarah Sze about "Triple Point," 2013, Her Project for the United States Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA: What was your starting point when you began thinking about making something in the US pavilion? Were you engaged with the space itself or the history of the place? SARAH SZE: I'd say both. The pavilion, which is from 1930, is...
Thomas McEvilley 1939-2013
MARINA ABRAMOVIC IN THE EARLY 1980s, I read several articles by Thomas McEvilley about Yves Klein and James Lee Byars. They made a powerful impression on me and left me with a strong desire to meet him. But I didn't tell anybody--it was a secret...
Walter Robinson: DORIAN GREY GALLERY
Among the fifty-six "Indulgences" displayed in Walter Robinson's recent show were paintings of sandwiches, french fries, cookies, pinups, beer, and whiskey, along with those of daily medication, painkillers, and nasal spray. (One painting was from...
Zach Harris: ZACH FEUER GALLERY
Aesthetics, as Jacques Derrida famously observed, "presupposes a discourse on the limit between the inside and the outside of the art object, in this case a discourse on the frame." A number of painters over the years have taken this discourse in hand,...
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