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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 6, February

Ad Reinhardt: DAVID ZWIRNER
The front room of David Zwirner on Twentieth Street was giddy with Ad Reinhardt's drawings and collages. Staggered frames across the wall presented meticulous drawings of smirking fat cats, slumbering politicians, union laborers, and other characters...
Amar Kanwar
YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK Beauty is interspersed with menace in "The Sovereign Forest + Other Stories," New Delhi-based Amar Kanwar's first major show in the UK. Nestled among the undulating hills of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the shadow-filled...
Anthony Caro
MICHAEL FRIED ALL OF US WHO WERE CLOSE TO ANTHONY CARO (Tony to his friends, an international society of thousands) were certain that he would live to be at least one hundred, making significant sculpture all the way. My impression was that he thought...
Beny Wagner: Alexander Scrimgeour
WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME looking through transparent surfaces--windows, screens--but far less time looking at them. After all, such objects are typically taken for granted; their ideal condition is a form of invisibility. And yet despite--or perhaps...
Beyond Good and Evil: JONATHAN ROSENBAUM ON CLAUDE LANZMANN'S THE LAST OF THE UNJUST
THE LAST OF THE UNJUST, the latest of Claude Lanzmann's footnotes and afterthoughts to his 1985 masterpiece, Shoah, functions even more than that earlier film as a dialectical palimpsest, so its successive layers--which remain in perpetual dialogue...
Breaking the Curve: MARIO CARPO ON BIG DATA AND DESIGN
THE DIGITAL IS ALL ABOUT VARIATION. We know from daily experience that the many digitally based media we use today, from text to images to music, are permanently in flux; their variations can be designed by one or more end users (think of a Wikipedia...
Brice Dellsperger
AIR DE PARIS One-upping Hollywood cliches of voyeurism, transvestism, and bloodlust, Brice Dellsperger's employs conceptual and visual mirroring, looping, and duplication in his videos for maximum camp appeal. The artist's series "Body Double,"...
Bruce Nauman: Sperone Westwater
If one had to imagine a sound track for this exhibition, it could be only the music of John Cage. The leitmotifs in Bruce Nauman's new videos and drawings are chance and instability--themes central to Cage's practice. In both of the paired, asynchronous...
Common Grounds: The Hyphen in Lieux-Communs (Common-Place) Is a Crazy Root That Pushes You beyond the Edges. A Forward Moving Root That Keeps You in Place
A JAGGED EXPANSE of grayish-white concrete blocks stretches toward a placid sea. In the pale, caustic sunlight, the blocks cast stark shadows, as do the young men who appear here and there, precariously perched, staring across the water. This clearly...
Derek Jarman
WILKINSON Derek Jarman's best-known paintings are probably the "Evil Queen" series of 1993--the final group of angry, colorful, expressionistic works he made before his death the following year. Yet the "Black Paintings," created between 1986 and...
Dieter Roth and Bjorn Roth
HANGARBICOCCA "Islands," which comprises one hundred works in 48,000 square feet of demanding postindustrial space and marks Vicente Todo!I's trial run as HangarBicocca's artistic adviser, is a massive show, big enough to encompass Dieter Roth's...
Duncan Hannah
CASTILLO/CORRALES In his book Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past (2011), Simon Reynolds unpacks a less-discussed register of the Sex Pistols' legendary exhortation "No Future." In addition to its apocalyptic disregard for what was...
Easy Listening: Alan Licht on William Anastasi
IN THE ANNALS of visual artists employing sound, William Anastasi occupies a curious position. Audio is integral to much of his output, yet he's never made music as an extension of his visual art practice a la Yves Klein or Jean Dubuffet, and the sounds...
Elected Affinities: Hans Ulrich Obrist Talks with Edi Rama and Anri Sala
EVEN IN OUR AGE of endless multitasking, few artists have become world leaders and few world leaders artists (George W. Bush's watercolors notwithstanding). But Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania is that extraordinary hybrid: A noted painter and professor...
Emilie Halpern: Pepin Moore
Opening on the fall equinox and closing on the winter solstice, Emilie Halpern's third solo show at Pepin Moore seemed more in sync with cosmological rhythms than with the mundane cycles of the art world. Halpern took her show's title and tripartite...
Eternal Return: Jeffrey Weiss on Robert Morris's Recent Work
FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, Robert Morris has been producing new work that is, in unexpected ways, explicitly derived from old work. So far, the new objects are fifteen in number. They have been produced by a craftsman, Josh Finn, from a variety of hardwoods:...
Fernand Leger: Philadelphia Museum of Art
As theorized by fin-de-siecle sociologist Georg Simmel, the term metropolis denotes less a specific scale of the city than the acceleration of stimuli therein, including traffic and advertising, the spasms of the business cycle, and the unending flow...
Franz Erhard Walther: Peter Freeman, INC
The first thing to greet viewers in this exhibition was an imposing gallery wall, appended to which was Franz Erhard Walther's Vier Korperformen (Four Body Shapes), 1963, made when he was still a student at Kunst-akademie Dusseldorf and had just begun...
Futurefarmers
The recent survey showcased more than 160 items belonging to twenty-one projects produced since 1995, including objects, drawings, artists' books, and video documentation of performance-interventions such as This Is Not a Trojan Horse. A sturdy bare...
Gary Kuehn: Sheftel, Joe
Despite their well-documented fascination with architecture, most Minimalists seem to have been surprisingly squeamish about what could literally be described as the nuts and bolts of construction. Even the most detail-minded viewer of the early-1960s...
Helmut Federle: Peter Blum Gallery
Once again working in series, as he did for his last show at this gallery, in 2009-10, the Swiss artist Helmut Federle has produced a still more refined and concentrated group of paintings than he did then. As in those earlier works, whose overlapping...
Ilse D'Hollander
KONRAD FISCHER GALERIE The Belgian painter use D'Hollander died in 1997 at the age of twenty-nine, and her work has seldom been exhibited since. She began painting in Ghent, where her earliest works were still lifes and portraits inspired by Cezanne...
Inci Eviner
GALERI NEV ISTANBUL Suspended existence has been a recurring theme for Turkish artist inci Eviner, and her 2012 video Nursing Modern Fall continues to convey this condition both in content and form. This single-wall projection presents a scene that...
Isa Genzken: Museum of Modern Art, New York Hal Foster
THE ISA GENZKEN RETROSPECTIVE currently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York reveals both the range and the ambition of this influential artist, and the Modern has given her the large galleries that she deserves; this is all the more important in...
Jack Beal: George Adams Gallery
"Imitation is natural to man from childhood," Aristotle wrote in Poetics, which is why it is "natural for all to delight in works of imitation." This remains true even for objects that are "painful to see," such as "the forms ... of the lowest animals...
Jerzy "Jurry" Zielinski
LUXEMBOURG & DAYAN Polish artist Jerzy "Jurry" Zielinski (1943-1980) is remembered today as a legendary maverick, brawler, and vagabond, yet this outsize legacy seems to have overshadowed the artistic contributions he made over the course of...
Jessica Frelinghuysen: Cave Gallery
Covering 138 square miles, Detroit is a spread-out, low-lying municipality. Motor City residents today thus face increasing isolation, as a shrinking population occupies an incommensurately massive, partially abandoned urban infrastructure in which...
Jewyo Rhii
ARTSONJE CENTER Another version of Jewyo Rhii's solo exhibition "Night Studio," curated by Sunjung Kim, was previously on view at the Van Abbemu-seum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and the Museum fur Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt under the title "Walls...
Jill Magid: Art in General
"I roamed the lobbies of hotels in the city looking for a man in an expensive vintage suit," writes Jill Magid in her book Failed States (2012), "a discreet, older, subtle man who knew things, who was looking for me too." Magid keeps searching for...
John Divola: Santa Barbara Museum of Art/los Angeles County Museum of Art/pomona College Museum of Art
It is only fitting that photographer John Divola's midcareer survey, "As Far as I Could Get," would be spread across three California museums in three different counties. Those who have managed to see it all surely didn't see it all in a day, and this...
Klaus Nomi
NEUER AACHENER KUNSTVEREIN Thirty years after Klaus Nomi's death, the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK) dedicated an exhibition to the visionary musician and performance artist whose theatrical self-fashioning, developed in the context of glam, new...
Larry Poons: Loretta Howard Gallery
The strangest item in this small exhibition of early work by Larry Poons was a brief, grainy audio recording of a short-lived rock 'n' roll group called the Druds. Formed by Andy Warhol in 1963, the Druds released no records and never once performed...
Lou Reed
1942-2013 LAST DECEMBER, a little over a month after Lou Reed died--on October 27, at age seventy-one--Brett and Rennie Sparks of the gothic folk duo the Handsome Family were asked, at an event at the New School, how much his work had affected theirs....
Malerie Marder: Leslie Tonkonow Artworks Projects
Fifteen years ago this spring, a group show opened at a little uptown gallery with a very long name. "Another Girl, Another Planet," at Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, featured the work of thirteen photographers--twelve of them young women--who...
Martin Creed: Gavin Brown's Enterprise/hauser & Wirth
What becomes of a Conceptual artist when he runs out of ideas? He becomes, with luck, an artist--without adjectives. Martin Creed has had some pretty great ideas in his day, enough to show that he knows implicitly what some artists never quite get...
Matthew Carter: The Creator of the Early Web Fonts Verdana and Georgia, Matthew Carter Is a Type Designer Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He Has Worked at Linotype and Bitstream, and since 1991 Has Been a Principal of the Firm Carter & Cone Type. His Most Recent Designs Are Carter Sans for Monotype Imaging, and Sitka for Microsoft. Photo: Steve Marsel
1 CYRUS HIGHSMITH, INSIDE PARAGRAPHS: 'TYPOGRAPHIC FUNDAMENTALS (FONT BUREAU, 2012) Cyrus Highsmith is a type designer at the Font Bureau who also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. This book is the one he wishes he'd had when he was a student...
Measure for Measure: Cathleen Chaffee on Joelle Tuerlinckx's Three-Part Retrospective, 2012-14
VISITORS COULD BE FORGIVEN if they walked by one particular piece of yellowing paper in the first gallery of Joelle Tuerlinckx's retrospective at the Haus der Kunst, Munich: a tiny drawing of a red fish. Like almost all the works on view, this drawing...
Michael Portnoy
WILFRIED LENTZ "There is a certain kind of ghost that can only materialize with the aid of a sheet or other piece of cloth to give it outline," says William S. Burroughs in his 1953 novel, Junky. So too can the ephemeral, performing human body be...
Monica Bonvicini
GALLERIA MASSIMO MININI Monica Bonvicini's exhibition "Then to see the days again and night never never be too high" brought together a group of works that reasserted the basic assumptions of the artist's creative path thus far. Addressing many...
More Problems More Money: Finn Brunton on Bitcoin
BITCOIN IS THE MONETARY VERSION of a gnostic heresy: an alternate financial cosmology full of secret names and evocations, with a masked prophet in the pseudonymous "Satoshi Nakamoto" (whose real identity, whether singular or a collective plural, remains...
"Painting Forever! Keilrahmen"
KW INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Looking at the list of participants in the exhibition "Keilrahmen" (Stretcher Frame), you would expect a decent survey of painting from present-day Berlin. Among the seventy-four names on the checklist were artists...
Parables of Protest: Nasser Rabbat on She Who Tells a Story"
THE QUINTESSENTIAL STORYTELLER IS, of course, Scheherazatie--a woman whose very existence is threatened, who reacts by concocting fantasies to keep her would-be executioner enraptured for a thousand and one nights. This legendary ploy underscores an...
Patrick Jackson: Francois Ghebaly Gallery
The best things tend to be hidden underground: The tiered, tripartite structure that Patrick Jackson created for his latest show (the last at the gallery's Culver City location) prompted a Freudian read in which the upstairs hovered as the superego,...
Peter Voulkos: Franklin Parrasch Gallery
This concise exhibition of ten ceramic pieces formed a rare survey of the work of Peter Voulkos, an artist whose production merits far broader examination. This signal potter/sculptor drastically ruptured the tropes that assign craftworks to a lesser...
POETICS OF RELATION: To Enter into the World Is as Much to Make a Home in It as It Is to Turn Your Hack on It.
AS HIS ALGIERS PHOTOGRAPHS SUGGEST, the notion of the local is crucial to Aicia's work. The local here might be understood as specificity that demarcates zones of history and culture as well as territory, and that thwarts universalizing impulses even...
Rosemarie Trockel: Gladstone Gallery
Rosemarie Trockel's exhibition at Gladstone Gallery appeared to encompass three distinct bodies of work: twenty-eight striped or monochrome "wool paintings"; six wall-based sculptures of meat cast in Acrystal and mounted on pieces of Perspex; and two...
Roshan Chhabria
GALLERY MASKARA "Just what is it," asked Roshan Chhabria via cut-up text pasted on a wall in his debut solo exhibition, "that makes today's Mothers so different so appealing?" Just above this cheeky question--a revised quotation from Richard Hamilton--were...
Roy Arden: CSA Space
Black light was one of five different light sources used in Roy Arden's recent exhibition at CSA Space--an arrangement of miniature sculptures, readymades, and collages, the central component of which was a long table cluttered with items and titled...
Ryan McLaughlin: Laurel Gitlen
"Raisins," the title of young Berlin-based American painter Ryan McLaughlin's first US solo exhibition, hints at something dense, dark, and sugary. Yet the show's eight works are much lighter and looser than the moniker suggests. Having become known...
Sarah Lucas: Whitechapel Gallery
Not many shows manage to make you laugh, snort, wince, giggle, and blush in the space of a few minutes, nor do they convince and compel both wittily and emphatically. But Sarah Lucas's exhibition "SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble"--a crammed, busy,...
Seiichi Furuya
GALERIE THOMAS FISCHER "I prefer to be on this side," Seiichi Furuya's second exhibition at Galerie Thomas Fischer, is as much about borders as it is about loss. Intentionally or not, Furuya has become the chronicler of two histories--one private,...
Sophie Calle
GALERIE PERROTIN "What do you see?" To staff and visitors of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where more than a dozen objects and works of art were stolen in March 1990, Sophie Calle recently posed this simple question. Gardner's will stipulates...
Symphony in Two Movements: AMY TAUBIN ON NANCY BUIRSKI'S AFTERNOON OFA FAUN: TANAQU1L LE CLERCQ
OH DEAR, the dilemma of the dance film, doomed to be a frustrating collection of moving-image illustrations, which are no substitute for seeing dancers in live performances of works in their entirety. This is the case even when the clips are as revelatory...
Taus Makhacheva
REPUBLIC OF DAGESTAN ARTIST UNION EXHIBITION HALL The most populous republic in Russia's North Caucasus, Dagestan is bordered by Azerbaijan to the south and the Caspian Sea to the east. Literally, Dagestan means "country of mountains." Yet, as home...
"The Armory Show at 100": The New-York Historical Society
A PHOTO OF BOXY AUTOMOBILES parked on Lexington Avenue in front ot the 69th Regiment Armory in New York reveals the excitement that greeted the beyond-famous, dramatically transformative Armory Show. The day of the exhibition's opening, February 17,...
THE ARTIST OF REPARATION: If the Quakeful Thinking Does Not Lead to an Immediate Reparation, as Required by Political and Civic Actions, It Announces and Prepares Us, at Least, for the Long and Permanent Reparation That Our Imaginaries-C Hanging and Exchanging among Themselves (by Trembling)-Entertain
GLISSANT'S UNDERSTANDING of the Other is very different from that of such postcolonial thinkers as Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, and Gayatri Spivak, who are all more or less faithful to the Fanonian definition of this difficult concept. As is well known,...
The Invention of Non-Art: A History: Thierry DE DUVE on the Salon Des Refuses
After all, according to what criterion should artistic production be judged, if not by its dialectical capacities of critical negativity and utopian anticipation? (1) --Benjamin H. D. Buchloh I DON'T KNOW WHO COINED THE EXPRESSION "NON-ART:'...
"The Way of the Shovel": Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
MORE THAN MOST EXHIBITIONS, "The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology" aspires to give material form to a theoretical argument. Its curator, Dieter Roelstraete, has long been interested in the relation between art and historical excavation, and the...
Thomas Julier
RAEBER VON STENGLIN We increasingly look to screens for our views of our world rather than to the world itself. Light, the occasion for our sight, reaches our eyes from laptop, phone, camera--any of our interchangeable monitors. It glows as evenly...
Travel Agents: ED Halter on Alain Resnais's Je T'aime, Je T'aime and the Cinematic Time Machine
BY 1968, Alain Resnais had completed four feature films that dwell upon the nature of time and memory and disrupt standard narrative chronology. In each, he employs disjunctive styles of editing to tell fractured, nonlinear tales, shuttling between...
Viktor Takac
JIRI SVESTKA GALLERY Although prominent on the Czech art scene from an early age, Prague-based Viktor TakR does not fit the stereotype of a competitive and overly ambitious art-world millennial. His working methods are deliberate and introspective,...
Willem De Kooning: Gagosian Gallery
I feel like a fool for having asked to review Willem de Kooning--like, what could I possibly say, how could I say something new? All I can do for starters is reminisce. When I was fifteen years old I went with my mother to a de Kooning exhibition at...
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