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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 5, January

2013 Carnegie International: Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
PHYLLIDA BARLOW'S MASSIVE SCULPTURE TIP, 2013, looks like a cortege of festooned tank barriers trudging in a Carnival parade. At once celebratory and grim, Barlow's colorful Maginot Line squeezes up to the front entrance of the Carnegie Museum of Art...
4th Thessaloniki Biennale
VARIOUS VENUES Conveying the complex movement, conquest, persecution, and integration of people, the Fourth Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is centered on the trope of the Mediterranean itself--a nexus of flux, trade, and conflict linking...
Advertisements for Himself: J. Hoberman on Jean-Luc Godard's Cinema of Coming Attractions
"GUIDING ... THE SPECTATOR into a desired direction (or a desired mood)" was, for the young Sergei Eisenstein, "the main task of every functional theater." Or, as Variety declared in a 1994 article on the efficacy of the little movie ads known as coming...
Allan Sekula: 1951-2013
A TRUE UNDERSTANDING of the tragic early loss of Allan Sekula may emerge only slowly in American culture, but it will steadily expand beyond the relatively limited circles in which his work has until now been recognized. He will be celebrated as an...
Anne Wilson
RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY "Man can never expect to start from scratch," Marcel Duchamp told Chicago gallerist Katharine Kuh in I 962. "He must start from ready-made things like even his own mother and father." Anne Wilson's twenty-six Dispersions, in...
Arnie Siegel
TALKS ABOUT PROVENANCE, 2013 * INTRODUCTION BY MARK GODFREY AT A TIME when restitution debates rage, it would be easy to suppose that Arnie Siegel's film Provenance, 2013, is simply a denunciation of a trade that has seen the furnishings designed...
Art Benjamin Meyers
ESTHER SCHIPPER Every Saturday over the course of An Benjamin Meyers's "Black Thoughts," the exhibition fulfilled the promise of a spectacular viewer experience, which has become known as a characteristic of a certain vein of 1990s art--and typical...
Asim Waqif
NATURE MORTE In full gear after a well-received show at the Palais de Tokyo in 2012, Asim Waqif returned to New Delhi with "[Disruptions]," a show focusing on works addressing widespread dysfunction in the city's urban planning and waste management....
Basim Magdy
HUNT KASTNER A black-and-white drawing, strategically placed at the entrance of Basitn Magdy's exhibition "A Future of Mundane Miracles," curated by Marketa Stara, summed up what the artist's work is all about. Titled Expanding the Universe and...
Beverly Fishman
BROAD ART MUSEUM AT MSU Using the Broad Art Museum's new Zaha Hadid-designed building to advantage, curator Alison Gass has installed two separate yet related series of Beverly Fishman's geometric paintings from the past three years on the irregular,...
Bunny Rogers
Bunny Rogers is an artist and poet who lives and works in New York, where she is currently in residency at the Queens Museum of Art. Recent activities include a solo show at Appendix Project Space in Portland, Oregon; an exhibition, with Benjamin Asam...
Chris Marker
MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER/ CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS Years before Chris Marker made his first film, lie actively pursued still photography, and he spent much of his subsequent six-decade career engaged with a wide variety of media....
Constantin Brancusi
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY In the wake of the excitement generated by the Armory Show centennial comes an exhibition of five polished bronzes by Constantin Brancusi that were cast between I 992 and 2006. This show, tasteful to a fault, both reminds and...
Dan Walsh
PAULA COOPER GALLERY "My joke early on about how to describe myself was 'Philip Guston paints an Agnes Martin," Dan Walsh told an interviewer recently, and he is an artist who knows both his art history and himself. The early works he was describing...
Digital Conversion: Tony Pipolo on Ernie Gehr's New Work
ONE OF THE LEADING FIGURES of American avant-garde cinema since the late 1960s, Ernie Gehr has consistently explored the spatial, temporal, and granular qualities of film, upending laws of gravity and confounding optical givens, without repudiating...
Dress Codes: Julia Bryan-Wilson on "A Queer History of Fashion"
DURING MY TEENAGE YEARS thrift-shopping in Houston, the gay mecca of the South, I would often come upon T-shirts emblazoned with slogans of local My/Alps organizations, each cast-off garment evoking the loss of a friend or a father or a lover. This...
Earthly Delights
BENJAMIN PAUL ON PAOLO VERONESE IN 1855, the Swiss cultural historian Jacob Burckhardt published one of art history's foundational texts, Der Cicerone: Eine Anleitung zum Genuss der Kunst-werke Italiens (Cicerone: Introduction to the Enjoyment of...
Eileen Quinlan: Miguel Abreu Gallery
The mostly color work that Eileen Quinlan showed in the "New Photography 2013" show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York this past fall is evidently abstraction yet just as clearly consists of pictures "of" something or other, though what that might...
Elise Adibi
AMONG ITS CONNOTATIONS, the grid suggests pure geometry, with none of the anomalies endemic to nature. Agnes Martin, one of the grid's most distinguished adepts, famously sought to manifest this perfection in her art, and her paintings record her Sisyphean...
Elizabeth Price
FOCAL POINT GALLERY Rosalind Krauss's 1976 essay "Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism" identified various tactics by which the then nascent art form might distance itself from the dislocating, dehistoricizi lig products of mainstream TV Number one...
Eric Aho
DC MOORE GALLERY In 1963, art historian Max J. Friedlander argued that "in a world from which the gods have vanished, the miracle and enigma of landscape remains." Are Eric Aho's landscapes--such oil paintings as Trail (Third Approach to the Mountain),...
Etel Adnan
SFEIR-SEMLER GALLERY The two great subjects of Etel Adnan's paintings are a mountain in California and the Mediterranean Sea. For the past six decades, she has returned to them again and again, playing with the endless possibilities that color,...
Field Agent
MOLLY WARNOCK ON THE ART OF JAMES BISHOP BY HIS OWN ESTIMATION, the American painter James Bishop never could do a "sixties painting in the Greenbergian sense." (1) Yet in the late 1960s and '70s, when Bishop was living in France at midcareer, his...
Francis Baudevin
ART: CONCEPT Francis Baudevin is aware of the historical trajectory and destiny of pictorial abstraction: Experimental and avant-garde forms of representation have not only been domesticated in the halls of museums and universities; absorbed by...
Grzegorz Kowalski
POLA MAGNETYCZNE "Klisze amerykatiskie" (American Stills) was a selection of works by the Polish artist Grzegorz Kowalski, most conceived during his stay in the United States for the academic year 1970-71, when he was a recipient of a scholarship...
Gulsun Karamustafa
SALT BEYOGLU/SALT GALATA At a time of political instability in Turkey following the large-scale protests over the intended demolition of Gezi Park in the center of Istanbul--protests that have come to symbolize issues from gentrification to democratic...
Haim Steinbach
HESSEL MUSEUM OF ART AND CCS GALLERIES AT BARD COLLEGE Like most artists, Haim Steinbach has been subject to the tyranny of the label, the easily identifiable category--a boon for critics, curators, and collectors (and for students cramming for...
Heimrad Backer
MCA DENVER Visitors walking into the MCA Denver's Heimrad Backer exhibition might mistake it for a group show. With black-and-white photographs, floor-based sculptures, an austere group of prints, and fourteen issues of the journal neue texte, the...
Helen Mirra
GALLERIA RAFFAELLA CORTESE Some rectangles of raw linen hanging on the walls made up one part of this solo show by American artist Helen Mirra. Creases in the canvases revealed that they had been folded numerous times, like maps. And maybe they...
Ian Kiaer
MARCELLE ALIX Broadly speaking, Ian Kiaer's methodology evokes the intricate process of placing heterogeneous elements in a plane within an accurate perspective (or at least a desired one). In other words, despite its sculptural guise, his work...
Idris Khan
VICTORIA MIRO This season, black is the new black. Despite--or, possibly, because of--its racial connotations, it's been the noncolor of choice for an unusual number of recent London exhibitions, among them Indian modernist F. N. Souza's black-on-black...
I'll Be Your Mirror
DAVID VELASCO ON THE WORK OF SARAH MICHELSON "THE PLACE WHERE THE WORK WILL HAPPEN IS pretty much always my starting point," Sarah Michelson has said. But when the Manchester, UK--born choreographer moved to New York in the late 1980s, that starting...
"Iran Modern": Asia Society, New York
THE STORY OF MODERNISM is about a time but it is also about a place; even today, curators and art historians struggle to draw an adequate map of the global flows of modernity. "Iran Modern," on view at the Asia Society, (through January 5) poses one...
Jan De Cock
DEWEER GALLERY Located in a small village yet presenting major local and international artists, the Deweer Gallery occupies a special position in the Belgian art scene. It started out small in 1979 in the attic of owner Mark Deweer's mansion but...
Jennifer Tee
DUBLIN PROJECT ARTS CENTRE Jennifer Tee's installations are marked by a deep psychological ambiguity. If often seemingly designed to stimulate psychic serenity or spiritual uplift, they nonetheless advocate no clearly defined paths to inner peace...
Joao Maria Gusmao and Pedro Paiva
ZERO... The works in "Onca Geometrica" (Geometric Ounce), the recent exhibition by Joao Maria Gusmao and Pedro Paiva, take their inspiration from daily life, literature, philosophy, and the artists' own fertile imaginations. In this, they are much...
Jon Rafman: Zach Feuer
Someone should have told Jon Rafman to restrain himself. His inaugural exhibition at Zach Feuer was packed, and unevenly so: Upon entering, you encountered racks of plastic video-game cases with labels showing Thomas Cole's early-nineteenth-century...
Konrad Lueg
GREENE NAFTALI For some, making art is a second act: Henri Rousseau was a tax collector prior to retiring, at age forty-nine, to paint; Frederick Wiseman taught law before filming his first documentary; Grandma Moses picked up the brush in her seventies....
Leonor Antunes
KUNSTHALLE LISSABON For more than fifteen years, Berlin-based Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes has focused on such concepts as measurement, memory, and site. She assesses the space where her objects will be installed and constructs them in relation...
Lesley Vance
DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY Still life has long occupied a lowly position relative to more noble pursuits of, above all, painting historical subjects, though even the portrayal of someone's face would do. To depict flowers, foods, and tabletops is to...
Liz Deschenes: Campoli Presti
In the first room of American photographer Liz Deschenes's exhibition "Bracket (London)," a series of deep viridian photograms hung unframed in a neat row: Bracket 1, Bracket 2, Bracket 3, and Bracket 4 (all works 2013). The surfaces of these four...
Market Research: Philip Walsh on Snohetta's James B. Hunt Jr. Library
IN THE AGE OF THE CLOUD and the search engine, the precarious status of the library--its growing obsolescence as a brick-and-mortar repository of informa-tion--is already a cliche. Yet the library building seems to have lost none of its status as a...
Massimo Grimaldi
TEAM "Okay, now, to the music this time--both groups do your dinosaur heads." As part of "Chorus Lines," his second solo appearance at Team, Italian artist Massimo Grimaldi transformed the room into a functional dance studio, partly cladding it...
Oliver Laric
SEVENTEEN At Seventeen gallery, Oliver Laric's single-channel 1-ID-video animation 5, 2013, was projected onto a wall built in the center of the space. The ten-minute video, presented on a continuous loop, shows a white room and a single table....
Patricia Treib
WALLSPACE The open, airy abstractions in Patricia Treib's recent exhibition at Wallspace--her first at this gallery--are marked by patches of color and a delicate, decorative line. Executed with a wide brush, the strokes are playful and improvisatory,...
Paul Heyer
NIGHT GALLERY Oarfish, a twenty-seven-foot-tall soft sculpture representing the titular deep-sea creature, its silver silk body speckled with sumi-ink brushstrokes, presided over Paul Heyer's second solo exhibition at Night Gallery. With a rippling,...
Permanent Recollection: Cary Loren, Dana Schutz, and Philip Levine on the Detroit Institute of Arts
The dire events unfolding this past year at the Detroit Institute of Arts--where the sale of part of the institution's permanent collection is under consideration due to Detroit's bankruptcy--have far-reaching repercussions that speak to the crises...
Philippe Parreno: Palais De Tokyo, Paris
PHILIPPE PARRENO'S ambitious .semiretrospective "Anywhere, Anywhere, Out of the World" is the first exhibition to fill the entire Palais de Tokyo. The artist has transformed the galleries into a total artwork--cum--mise-en-scene: a sensuously complex...
Philomene Rrecki: Supplement
Dominating the first room in Philomene Pirecki's exhibition "Image Persistence" was a combination of three overlapping individual artworks, together best described as a mixed-media mural. The background work, White Wall, Artist's Studio (11:22, 11:22,...
Pierre Huyghe: Centre Pompidou, Paris
FOCUS 202 Nicolas Bourriaud on Pierre Huyghe 203 Jeff Rian on Philippe Parreno 205 Sarah K. Rich on the 2013 Carnegie International 207 Shiva Balaghi on "Iran Modern" NEW YORK 208 Irene V. Small on "Sensitive Geometries" David Frankel...
Robin Bruch
Over the past forty years, Robin Bruch's facture has remained con-stant--unwavering, even--while the simple shapes she sets in non-illusionistic space have been anything but. Her quivering and shivering forms refuse to be pinned down; some of her best...
Scott Reeder
LISA COOLEY A row of thirty two-word text paintings ran the length of Scott Reeder's recent inaugural show at Lisa Cooley. The variously twee and anarchic pronouncements were painted Ed Ruscha style in acrylic on small panels of stretched canvas...
"Sensitive Geometries: Brazil 1950s-1980s": Hauser & Wirth
Anna Maria Maiolino's Mother/Father, 19711:1.999, offers a concise exercise in the absurdity of genealogical charts. The Italian-born, Brazil-trained artist made the ink-and-Lerraset-on-paper work in English, a language she struggled to understand,...
Sharon Hayes
TANYA LEIGHTON GALLERY Let Anita Bryant be muted. Yes, I admit that deep down in my heart, the image of Bryant, singer and notorious campaigner against gay rights, taking a pie in the face (as she did in a 1977 televised interview) does trigger...
Star Turn: Richard Meyer on Catherine Opie's Elizabeth Taylor Photographs
IN THE MID-1990s, Catherine Opie created a series of photographs, titled "Houses," that showed the facades of mansions in Bel Air and Beverly Hills. Seemingly devoid of inhabitants, the homes in these images--with their locked wrought-iron gates and...
Swiss Air: Rebekah Rutkoff on Robert Beavers's Listening to the Space in My Room
IN THE YEARS since Robert Beavers completed his epic cycle My Hands Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure (1967-2002), which encompasses the seventeen films he made in Europe after leaving the United States in the late 1960s, he...
Than Hussein Clark
MATHEW On first sight, Than Hussein Clark's debut solo show, cryptically titled "Waves (Das Gliickliche Rothschild)" (Waves 'The Happy Rothschild I). looked a bit like a postmodern interior-decor display. A fluffy, richly ornamented carpet in shades...
Time Zones
IN THOMAS EGGERER'S RECENT PAINTINGS, figures enter thickets of agitated brushstrokes and zones of candy color, impossible landscapes of painterly marks. These figures appear in two distinct ways: as cutouts, dislocated from the canvas by a narrow,...
Tobias Kaspar
MIDWAY CONTEMPORARY ART Tohias Kaspar's recent exhibition, parenthetically titled 1Many who have a notion of their potential and needs, and who nevertheless in their heads accept the ruling system and thereby consolidate and downright confirm it),"...
Whichever Page You Open: Joseph Leo Koerner and Margaret Koster Koerner on William Kentridge
A MELANCHOLY GENIUS of the great tradition, William Kentridge asks the big questions. With The Refusal of Time, he wonders: Is it all over when we die? After debuting at Documenta 13 in 2012, the installation made its New York premiere at the Metropolitan...
Wynne Greenwood
SOLOWAY It you've ever been lucky enough to see a Tracy + the Plastics show, you know that Tracy as well as the two Plastics are all played by Wynne Greenwood and that a show is not only about music but also these three characters, with Tracy appearing...
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