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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 7, March

Alex Prager
LEHMANN MAUPIN Alex Prager's recent photographic works depict crowds on streets, on a beach, and at the airport, among other locations where humans find themselves in close proximity to other humans, sometimes unwillingly. In fact, the photographs...
Amy Sillman: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
SO, IT TURNS OUT that Amy Sillman is indispensable. This expansive traveling survey, "one lump or two," makes a pretty good case for her garrulous vision of painting as an elastic and ambitious pursuit. As a model of persistent picture-based engagement,...
"And Materials and Money and Crisis": Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
As T. J. Clark and other Marxist critics have argued, the thorny entwinement of modernity and aesthetic praxis has, since the late-nineteenth century, preoccupied some of history's most inventive artists and intellectuals as they have sought ways to...
Anicka Yi
LARS FRIEDRICH On entering Anicka Yi's recent exhibition, one saw a light-gray wall with rectangular recessed chambers containing sculptural assemblages, stylishly illuminated and mounted on flat white pedestals. The presentation evoked the displays...
Annette Messager
GALERIE MARIAN GOODMAN Spread across the gallery floor in an archipelagic formation, Annette Messager's installation of twenty-one sculptures arrayed on small padded dollies, Mes Transports, 2012-13, conjured the gory aftermath of a mysterious disaster....
Arthur C. Danto 1924-2013
IT WAS A SNOWY DAY in January 1994 when I knocked on the door of Professor Arthur C. Danto's office at Columbia University for the first time. He opened it and looked at me with his strangely squinting eyes. I introduced myself as the new guest student...
A Scanner Darkly: Daniela Stoppel on the Art of Lucie Stahl
THERE IS SOMETHING ARRESTINGLY ARTIFICIAL about the work of Lucie Stahl, an aura of highly elaborate staging. Working with an off-the-shelf scanner, Stahl creates large-format posters in which found photographs, many drawn from mass media, are arranged...
Atul Dodiya: National Gallery of Modern Art
Atul Dodiya's "Experiments with Truth" was the first survey show of a living Indian artist at the National Gallery. Curated by Ranjit Hoskote, the exhibition looked back on three decades of Dodiya's practice and showcased more than eighty works, including...
Black Tulip: GALERIA ESTRANY-DE LA MOTA
Last year was a difficult one for Barcelona: The ongoing economic recession in combination with increasing political crisis has turned the once dazzling Catalan capital into a disheartening wasteland. One of the very few glittering lights was the emergence...
Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland
MoCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER In Victorian times, the site of gay pleasure, sensuality, and communality was the ol' swimming hole, celebrated by artists like Walt Whitman and Mark Twain, Thomas Eakins and Henry Scott Tuke. Photographer and publisher...
Carlos Jimenez Cahua
SAMSON In his witty Boston solo debut, Carlos Jimenez Cahua added a new twist to a long-standing philosophical quandary: Can art capture and communicate sensations, images, and systems that are normally imperceptible? That the artist answered in...
Christian Falsnaes
DREI The performances of Christian Falsnaes, a Danish artist who lives in Berlin, often seem pretty mean-spirited--even cynical. And yet by balancing his art on the brink of the intolerable, he has given it a unique power. His performances draw...
Christopher Wool: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
THE HOME PAGE of Christopher Wool's website greets visitors, somewhat cryptically, with a black-and-white photograph of a discarded office chair on a dilapidated sidewalk. Taken with a flash at night on Manhattan's Lower East Side, the photograph has...
Christoph Schlingensief
KW INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART The phrase "Spiel ohne Grenzen" (Game Without Borders), the subtitle of one of Christoph Schlingensief's many outrageous theatrical productions, succinctly characterizes what held the vast range of work together...
Clare Grill
RESERVE AMES Imagine a gracious Craftsman house, turn-of-the-century floral wallpaper and wainscoting proudly intact. Now imagine a ramshackle shed in the backyard, a weathered lean-to musty from years of neglect. This is Reserve Ames, a new gallery...
Colby Bird
FITZROY GALLERY "Rules: consistent dimensions, accurate Kodak Color Control Patch colorways, precise professional framing, careful art handling, correct installation, proper contextualization, sale of work." Whether the last of these items--listed,...
Creative Commons: Winnie Wong on Architectural Copies
IN 1749, at the height of the European mania for chinoiserie, an employee of the Swedish East India Company named William Chambers traveled to England after two voyages to the port of Guangzhou, China. His accounts of his experiences there were hungrily...
Dennis Oppenheim
HENRY MOORE' INSTITUTE During Dennis Oppenheim's forty-plus years of artmaking, his idiosyncratic output was variously, if a little awkwardly, squashed into the categories of Land, Body, and Conceptual art, each of which he playfully mined and subverted....
Dotty Attie P.P.O.W
Dotty Attie first began to exhibit in the early 1970s, a period often remembered as hostile to painting as a medium of significant art. Indeed, although she began her career as a painter, from 1970 onward Attie worked not in painting but in drawing,...
El Roto: GALERIA LA CAJA NEGRA
Though almost a stranger to the art world, El Roto is one of the best-known draftsmen in Spain. For more than forty years, he has contributed to a number of publications, among them El Pais, the country's leading newspaper, for which he publishes illustrations...
Event Scores: Terry Adkins and George Lewis in Conversation
IT'S STILL UNUSUAL to play an artwork, no matter how many interactive screens or relational games we've encountered. But playing the piece is often the first thing that happens in the practices of TERRY ADKINS and GEORGE LEWIS--each of whom breached...
Family Business: Tony Pipolo on Stan Brakhage's Tortured Dust (1984)
Why should she give birth, though she had worked in a pottery, to an urn, to a stone angel, to the face of a cracked sundial? Why should she be, she screamed, this common clay, this tortured dust?--Marguerite Young, Miss Macintosh, My Darling You...
Fred Tomaselli
Fred Tomaselli is an artist based in New York. His paintings and collages have been exhibited at such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA; and the Aspen Art Museum. A survey of his work is...
Frieze Art Fair
Participating Galleries 303 GAallery.New York Miguel Abreu, New York Air de Paris. Paris Altman Siegel, San. Francisco The Approach, London Arratia Beer, Berlin Art : Concept. Paris Alfonso Artiaco, Naples Laura Bartlett,...
Genealogy of Morals: Zehra Jumabhoy on Bhupen Khakhar
OVER THE PAST DECADE, the late Indian painter Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003) has been alternately celebrated as the "king of kitsch" and the father of Indian pop art. He famously appeared as a visionary artist in Salman Rushdie's 1995 novel The Moor's...
Gwangju Folly II: Various Venues
What lasting, tangible benefits do large-scale recurrent exhibitions offer their host communities besides display halls and tourist dollars? Such questions lie at the heart of Gwangju Folly, which commissions permanent pavilions for public use. The...
Historical Present: Daniel Birnbaum on "1938: Kunst, Kcinstler, Politik"
TO SAY THAT YOU LOVE THE AVANT-GARDE was once proof that you were on the right side of history. That moment is now over, as evidenced by the impeccable timing of the well-researched exhibition "1938: Kunst, Kunstler, Politik" (1938: Art, Artists, Politics)...
Ian Tweedy: Monitor
Ian Tweedy's most recent solo show was called "My Neighbors The Von Stauffenbergs." The title is not as fanciful as it may sound; the works in the show, all dated 2013, were inspired by the American artist's childhood, when he lived for a period in...
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Born in 1933 to a scarcely tolerated minority, the Russian-Jewish artist Ilya Ka bakov was nevertheless accepted as a student at the prestigious Leningrad Institute of Art. Ironically, he has become one of its greatest attendees, if one still regarded...
Jason Dodge
CASEY KAPLAN Critics of Jason Dodge's sparse exhibitions over the past decade have frequently cited and relied upon the "narratives" and "poetry" bodied forth by his unassuming, enigmatically undated objects. Yet these oft-repeated terms have seemed...
Jumana Manna
FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, Jerusalem has been known as a site of religious fervor: a place revered, set apart as sacred. Yet this rarefied status has also made the city vulnerable. An object of desire throughout history, Jerusalem has repeatedly fallen...
Katrina Palmer
MOT INTERNATIONAL For her exhibition "Reality Flickers," performance artist, sculptor, and writer Katrina Palmer transformed MOT International into what looked like a backstage rehearsal space for a performance under production. Four chairs (one...
Katy Moran
MODERN ART Katy Moran has described her paintings as "figurative." Yet she has also stated that they are arrived at "not by consciously representing something but by more oblique processes," and the resulting works have in general been less representational...
Larry Clark
HOME ALONE 2 More than ten thousand of Larry Clark's photographs were on view this winter in a small storefront on Forsyth Street in the Lower East Side. Clark--whose early work challenged fantasies of a wholesome postwar America with hard, often...
Leandro Erlich: LUCIANA BRITO GALERIA
Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich's show "La Invencion" comprised three works, each of which highlights the way that ordinary things can become uncanny when, recontextualized, the quotidian is transformed into a space for inquiry. Because the show...
Michelle Grabner
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CLEVELAND During the past sixteen years, Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam have presided over some two hundred ad hoc exhibitions in an eight-by-eight-foot converted shed behind their house in Oak Park, Illinois, known...
Mira Schendel
TATE MODERN Brazilian artist Mira Schendel visited the UK only once during her lifetime, on the occasion of an exhibition of her work in London in 1966. She found the city surprisingly receptive to her artistic practice, contrasting the buzzing...
Nancy Graves
LUDWIG FORUM FOR INTERNATIONALE KUNST Nancy Graves is probably best remembered for her life-size, ostensibly realistic camel sculptures. When, in the late 1960s, iiber-collector Peter Ludwig discovered his passion for contemporary art--at the time,...
Of Human Bondage: Sarah Nicole Prickett on Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac
LARS VON TRIER gets incredible performances from his female leads, but so do a lot of bad lovers. No wonder the Dogme 95 manifesto for anticinematic filmmaking he peddled two decades ago was called "The Vow of Chastity." His love of shock is bloodless....
Paul Guiragossian: Beirut Exhibition Center
At its best, to be Lebanese meant to be multicultural avant la lettre, having to cohabitate with seventeen different religions and several ethnicities and languages--all in an area not much larger than Delaware. The Armenians, descendants of Great...
Robert Bechtle
GLADSTONE GALLERY By now, the once-provocative innovations of Photorealism are so embedded in contemporary art that they barely register at all. Take a photographic image, paint it faithfully from a projected slide: This method is ubiquitous, deployed...
Saul Fletcher Anton Kern Gallery
At a time and in a place where insanely gigantic seems to be the default scale, Saul Fletcher's quietly stirring show of sonic two dozen small photographs at Anton Kern acted as a sneakily bracing disruption of the status quo. The most tangible upshot...
Second String: Greil Marcus on Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Joel and Ethan Coen's re-creation of the Greenwich Village folk-music milieu, set over a few days in the winter of 1961, came into focus for me about halfway through. The Coens' Job-like title character, played by Oscar Isaac,...
Stan Douglas David Zwirner
In the spring of 1974, a coup d'etat in Portugal sent the dictatorship of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar tumbling from power. Salazar himself had died some years earlier, having suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1968, when he reportedly fell from a chair....
Stephen Willats
GALERIE BALICE HERTLING Stephen Willats's Super 8 film A Progression of Signs, one component of his mixed-media work In the Beginning, 2011, recalls Hollis Frampton's Zonis Lemma, 1970. In both films, shots of public space click by in a steady rhythm:...
The Invention of Non-Art: A Theory: Thierry De Duve on the Rise of the Art-in-General System
IN THE FIFTH IN A SERIES of new essays on the avant-garde for Artforum. historian and philosopher Thierry de Duve investigates the ideas behind one of modernism's most notorious inventions: non-art, that vexing category of things that reject, trouble,...
Thomas Bangsted
MARC STRAUS At times, Thomas Bangsted's hypnotic, hypercalcula ted pictures of boats nearly resemble paintings. The water's smooth variance in tone looks handmade; its ripples are often intensely gestural. Indeed, the images suggest deadpan hallucinations,...
Thomas Demand Matthew Marks Gallery
The title of Thomas Demand's recent exhibition "Dailies" evokes the cinema--dailies (also known as rushes) being the raw footage of each day's shooting prepared for viewing the following day by the director and crew. But while Demand has made films...
Thomas Struth Marian Goodman Gallery
The fourteen photographs that made up this exhibition of recent work by Thomas Struth represent some of the strongest images of his career while also continuing a conversation about the fraught relationships among imagination, technology, place, and...
Tony Oursler
GALERIE ALBERT BARONIAN/MAC'S GRAND-HORNU Tony Oursler has taken Belgium by storm. "Glare Schematics," at Galerie Albert Baronian, one of two impressive exhibitions recently on view in that country, was a crowded and outrageous mixture of works...
Voltany
Thu, March 6 - Sun. March 9, 2014 An invitational solo project fair for contemporary art 82MERCER / SoHo New York, NY 10012 Preview (by invitation): Thu, 11arn - 5pm Public Vernissage: Thu, 6 - 9pm Opening Hours: Fri - Sat,...
Wolf Vostell
THE BOX After recent shows devoted to the likes of Simone Forti and Judith Bernstein, Mara McCarthy's quasi-commercial space the Box has once again given us the gift of a welcome revival. This time it was the work of an overlooked figure of the...
You Can't Always Want What You Get: Sarah Nicole Prickett on Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac
PORNOGRAPHY: You know it when it sees you. The most erotic scene in Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac--a two-volume, four-hour tour of force--contains no penetration, no fucking, and almost no nudity. Instead, an ice-cool sadist (played in a gray sweatshirt...
Yto Barrada
WALKER ART CENTER Over the past decade, the work of the French-born, Morocco-based artist Yto Barrada has gradually revealed itself as recursive, with new projects incorporating the documentary images of the Maghreb and the Mediterranean that brought...
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