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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 8, April

Angela Bulloch
ESTHER SCHIPPER For "In Virtual Vitro," her eleventh solo show with Esther Schipper, Angela Bulloch used the gallery's two rooms to constitute two distinct spheres. To the right were new works in characteristic Bull ochian genres, including "Drawing...
Anne-Mane Schneider
PETER FREEMAN, INC. Treating her drawing practice like a visual diary, Anne-Marie Schneider uses combinations of watercolor, acrylic, ink, and pencil to routinely document current events, scenes from daily life, and her own mental state. Here a...
Axel Kassebohmer
SPROTH MAGERS Does it make sense to look for the best painting in a show that presents seemingly endless variations on the same motif? Axel Kassebohmer's exhibition "100 x Walchensee" showcased a hundred small oil paintings of waterside and mountain...
Christian Jankowski
LISSON GALLERY At the heart of Christian Jankowski's exhibition "Heavy Weight History" was a project encompassing seven black-and-white photographs and a twenty-five-minute-long video realized in the summer of 2013 in Warsaw. Jankowski, in close...
Dale Henry
PIONEER WORKS There's a fine line between enigma and aggrandizement. A piece of wood placed on the wall can become an object of fascination or a facile object--it's all in the position of the thing. In poetry, meter makes the difference. Similarly,...
Doug Wheeler
Fortunately, my early-morning reservation to see Doug Wheeler's recent installation at David Zwirner--a welcome return for the exacting, reticent artist just two years after his solo debut at the gallery in 2012, and only his second-ever one-man show...
Erik Van Lieshout
MAUREEN PALEY Downstairs was a dense, labyrinthine sculptural installation: a crowded maze of plywood structures, photographs, collages, sketches, wooden cutouts, and photocopies. This "Private View," as Erik van Lieshout's show as a whole was called,...
Ewa Juszkiewicz: LOKAL_30
Among the works in Ewa Juszkiewicz's exhibition "Pukle" (Curls), one stood out as even more captivatingly surreal than the others. This painting (all works cited, Untitled, 2013) shows a stiff, white, pompous headdress drifting in a marl-like background...
"Great Crescent": Para Site
Having been Japanese colonies until 1945, Taiwan and Korea, along with their former conqueror, were gradually absorbed into American Cold War policy in East Asia as part of an economic and political buffer zone dubbed the "Great Crescent." This historical...
Ingrid Hors Grey Noise
A photograph of the torso of a modestly dressed woman greeted us in the vestibule of "Dear Leader," Ingrid Hora's elegant solo debut in Dubai. Titled Positions for leading, 2013, it shows the Berlin-based Italian artist facing the camera and making...
Jef Geys
AIR DE PARIS Twenty-one black-and-white photographs of cows, arranged in a vertical grid seven high and three across, adorn the front page of the special edition of KEMPENS Informatieblad (KEMPENS Information Journal)--a sort of personal newspaper...
Joel Shapiro
PAULA COOPER GALLERY Dispersed throughout a vast space, the ten beams of Joel Shapiro's installation Untitled, 2012-14, took over the large back room of Paula Cooper Gallery. These lengths of wood, each painted a different color, hung in midair,...
Josephine Halvorson
SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO. In this show--her second solo exhibition at the gallery--Josephine Halvorson presented ten formidable paintings portraying artful decay. All created freehand and most in plein air, the canvases depict flattish or relief-like...
Juan Perez Agirregoikoa: Clages
"I am a good man, I always tell the truth," says the Spanish artist Juan Perez Agirregoikoa, and he's not being ironic. Yet he's fully aware that to tell the whole, actual truth--expressing the reality of things just as they are--is impossible because...
Kazuko Miyamoto
INVISIBLE-EXPORTS In 1969, Kazuko Miyamoto was working in her live-in studio at 117 Hester Street when the fire alarm went off. Congregating on the street below with other artists from the building, she met her neighbor Sol LeWitt, and soon after...
Lee Kit: Shugoarts
For Lee Kit, painting is like breathing: an act of leaving an invisible trace within a space so that "[e]ven if a person isn't there, you can feel his breath." Lee treats surfaces like conveyors of personal residues, combining and arranging his works...
Liz Glynn
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Its drum churning, a red, white, and blue A&A Concrete truck awaited the verdict. Should, or could, Liz Glynn refabricate the five big open concrete boxes, now weathered and crumbling, of Donald Judd's 1977 Untitled...
Los Angeles Poverty Department
QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART In 1984, performance artist John Mal pede relocated from New York to Los Angeles and took a job as an outreach paralegal at Inner City Law Center. Out of the ICLC's offices on Skid Row, Malpecle held theater workshops for the...
Lost in Luzon: James Quandt on Lav Diaz's Norte, the End of History
LAV DIAZ turns the syllabic rigors of haiku into a kind of ars poetica in his latest epic, the portentously titled Norte, the End of History. "Five-seven-five, perfect!" Norte's protagonist, Fabian Viduya, exclaims to his lover early in the four-hour...
Lutz Bacher: Kunsthalle Zurich
IN 2013, New York~~~based artist Lutz Bacher staged three separate surveys of her work in Europe: at Portikus in Frankfurt; at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts; and at the Kunsthalle Zurich, where "SNOW" was the last and most comprehensive to...
Marc-Antoine Fehr: Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Two masks flutter toward each other, butterfly-like, in a carnivalesque duet, overlapping as though they might join together to form a single face, only to drift apart again in free fall through an infinitely luminous blue after this brief encounter:...
Marina Pinsky: Beau Rutland
.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT DO WE EXPECT OF PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY? Should it muse on the negotiations of our screen-filled lives? Or comment on Photoshop, the software that has seemingly come to stand for the medium itself?...
Michael Snow: Philadelphia Museum of Art J. Hoberman
A HUMBLE, RELENTLESS, more or less continuous zoom shot taking forty-five minutes to traverse a Canal Street loft into a photograph pasted on the far wall, Michael Snow's Wavelength ( 1967) provided twentieth-century cinema with a definitive metaphor...
Missed Encounters: Julian Rose on the Proposed MOMA Expansion
THESE DAYS, it's hard to blame architects for being jealous of art. limes are tough, and buildings always seem to get the worst of it, battered by innumerable market pressures, while artworks manage to float above the storm, enjoying a sacred status...
Moira Dryer
ELEVEN RIVINGTON When a cherished artist dies young--and Moira Dryer died at the age of thirty-four, in 1992, after a five-year struggle with cancer--it is unsurprising if the writing on her verges on hagiography. Everyone who met Dryer seems to...
New York
Randall's Island Park May 9-12,2014 Buy Tickets Now friezenewyork.com Participating Galleries 303 Gallery, New York Miguel Abreu, New York Air de Paris, Paris Altman Siegel, San Francisco The Approach, London Arratia Beer, Berlin...
Ohara Fumai: A Palazzo Gallery
Shut Up, Actually Talk, 2013, the video installation at the gallery entrance in Chiara Fumai's exhibition "With Love from Sinister," depicts a female figure with her contours in a state of disintegration, the hair arranged in something resembling an...
"Outside the Lines"
CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON On Halloween 1948, the association that would soon become the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston opened its inaugural exhibition, "This Is Contemporary Art," a synoptic show of art and design that sought to highlight...
"Paradise Lost": Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art
"I believe it was God's will that we should come back, so that men might know the things that are in the world," Marco Polo claims in the preface to The Description of the World, a chronicle of his journey through Persia and the Caucasus to China....
Paul Cowan
SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY In 1999, the writer of a letter published in the British magazine New Scientist claimed that reorganizing the letters in the middle of a word has little effect on its legibility, as long as the first and last letters are in...
Pauline Oliveros
Composer, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros is the founder of the Deep Listening Institute and a professor of music in the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Currently composing The Nubian Word for Flowers--an...
Performa 13
VARIOUS VENUES In her groundbreaking book Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, first published in 1979, RoseLee Goldberg traced the history of her subject within the context of the art world. This world turned out to be broadly defined,...
Prints + Editions
PETER BLUM EDITION 20 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212 244 6055 Fax: 212 244 6054 E-mail: art@peterblumgallery.com Web: www.peterblumgallery.com Tues. - Fri. 10-6, Sat. 11-6 New book, Helmut Federle, The Ferner Paintings....
Remembrance of Thing to Come: Jorge Otero-Pailos on Preservation and Moma's Proposed Expansion
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART'S contentious decision to raze the former American Folk Art Museum building, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, has put preservation at the center of an international debate about cultural value and the public's...
Roe Ethridge
CAPITAIN PETZEL Roe Ethridge's Berlin exhibition "Sacrifice Your Body" overlapped with his identically titled exhibition at Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York, each show comprising a different "edit" of a group of recently produced photographs also...
Roman Ondak: Galerie Martin Janda
Art lovers expecting the unexpected were amply rewarded by Roman Ondak's recent exhibition "Erased Wing Mirror." The Slovakian artist is a master illusionist; he famously made an entire Venice Biennale pavilion vanish into thin air, and once organized...
"Rosta": Galerie Thomas Flor
Those in power--or those striving for it--often resort to the force of images. Art historian Martin Warnke posits that in the past, rulers might have paid more attention to the creation and propagation of a political iconography than to proper governmental...
Samara Golden
NIGHT GALLERY Four, maybe five scenes made up Samara Golden's sprawling exhibition "Mass Murder," though clear boundaries were not easily distinguishable. One room spilled into the next, and sounds bled through the walls. The overall effect was...
Sarah Crowner
NICELLE BEAUCHENE GALLERY For her first exhibition at Nicelle Beauchene, held in 2009, Sarah Crowner juxtaposed two bodies of work: a series of unglazed ceramic vessels and a group of "paintings" sewn together from remnants of discarded fabric....
Shock Value: Christine Mehring on Sigmar Polke's 1976 Retrospective in Dusseldorf
PAINTINGS STILL WRAPPED in shipping materials and photographs strewn across the floor: a gate blocking access to key works: an exhibition design revolving around an outrageous invocation of the Holocaust: It is unlikely that such provocations could...
Simon Evans
JAMES COHAN GALLERY THE AIM OF DRINKING IS PHILIP GUSTON, reads a tiny handwritten line in Simon Evans's The Hell of Addiction, 2013, BUT THE RESULT IS DENNIS QUAID. This strange, regret-filled assertion is but one among hundreds in a work that...
Singapore Biennale 2013: Singapore Art Museum / Various Venues
Countering the trend for big exhibitions to be as global as possible, the Fourth Singapore Biennale took the unusual step of restricting its curatorial reach to Southeast Asia, with a smattering of artists from South Korea, Japan, and Australia. The...
Speculative Realism: An Interview with RENE BLOCK
THE NAME SAID IT ALL: Capitalist Realism was a moniker, a label. It limned the very stuff of capital. which is to say its commodity forms as well as its techniques--its words. images, and experiences. From a strange display of wares in a Berlin butcher...
Steven Holl and Martin Boyce: TALK ABOUT THEIR COLLABORATION AT THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
THE WORK OF architect Steven Holl and artist Martin Boyce fundamentally alters the way we think about the boundary between their two disciplines. Boyce, who represented Scotland at the 2009 Venice Biennale and was awarded the Turner Prize in 2011,...
Sue Williams
303 GALLERY Although the title of Sue Williams's most recent show, "WTC, WWIII, Couch Size," suggested a two-to-one ratio of global horror to interior decoration, what came to the fore was pure painting of such boisterous energy that it holds the...
"This Is Art": Anatomy of a Sentence: THIERRY DE DUVE ON AESTHETIC JUDGMENT
AN ONION has been peeled down to its elusive, theoretical core. Each of my five preceding essays in these pages has stripped away one layer and looked underneath at the next, reading the onion as a message because the message had the structure of an...
Thomas Hartmann: Christine Konig Galerie
For more than three decades, Thomas Hartmann has explored the materiality of oil paint and repeatedly shown how it can attenuate tensions between interior and exterior, massive and minute, visible and legible. Like many postwar German painters--from...
William E. Jones
DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY William E. Jones's experimen ra I film and video work of the past two decades has consistently aimed to resurrect and reframe lost, repressed, or occluded visual histories, including those of gay subcultures going back to...
William King
ALGUS GREENSPON Sixty years after William King's first New York gallery show, his art looks as fresh as ever. The twenty-seven sculptures and six drawings that were on view in this survey ranged in date from 1946 to 2010, and showed a surprising...
Wise Guys: Lars Bang Larsen on Superflex
"A GESTURE WISES YOU UP," Brian O'Doherty notes in his famous critique Inside the White Cube (1976). "If it teaches, it is by irony and epigram, by cunning and shock." Gestures in O'Doherty's sense--as metaworks, detournements, game changers--seem...
Women's Chorus: Amy Talon on Mireia Sallares's Little Deaths
ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL and provocative documentaries I've seen in all the years I've been looking at movies has never had a theatrical release or been shown in a film festival anywhere. Mireia Sallares's 2009 Las Muertes Chiquitas (Little Deaths)...
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