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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 9, May

Alfredo Jaar: Fondazione Merz
Alfredo Jaar FONDAZIONE MERZ The squawking sound of a clarinet playing in the background was like a madman's cry: obsessive, desperate, angry, lacerating. The footsteps of visitors, sinking unsteadily into an expanse of broken glass, created...
Al Taylor: David Zwirner
Al Taylor DAVID ZWIRNER Around the mid-1980s, Al Taylor began to extend his drawing and painting practice into three dimensions, turning chipped wooden broomstick handles and other found carpentry scraps into linear, wall-mounted (and later,...
Ana Lily Amirpour
Ana Lily Amirpour is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. Her most recent feature, a black-and-white Iranian vampire western titled A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and opened New Directors/New Films in March...
Andreas Siekmann: Galerie Barbara Weiss
Andreas Siekmann GALERIE BARBARA WEISS This show took its title from a line by Karl Marx--both figuratively and literally. Witness to a parliamentary debate in 1842 that resulted in a ban on gathering fallen twigs for firewood in public forests...
Anna-Sophie Berger: JTT
Anna-Sophie Berger JTT Ruins can be preserved, or they can offer debris from which to build. It is with such wreckage that Vienna-based artist and fashion designer Anna-Sophie Berger creates work: Her practice is not fashion or art but a bricolage...
Body Politic: Contemporary Art and Culture in Rio
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR THIS ISSUE'S Dispatch, Artforum goes south, to Rio de Janeiro--a city as defined by myths of sensualist extravagance as it is by horror stories of yesterday's military dictatorship and today's...
Carter Mull: Marc Foxx
Carter Mull MARC FOXX The digital video Hearts of Gold, 2013-14--the sole work in Carter Mull's exhibition of the same name--centers on an "artist's book" constructed on the broadsheets of the New York Times. The newspaper format, of course,...
Doubles Features: Tony Pipolo on Denis Villeneuve's Enemy and Richard Ayoade's the Double
WHETHER THEY PICKED UP on something in the air or were bitten by the same bug, the creators of three recent films have shown symptoms of "double" fever. Fictional doubles are hardly new in films or literature--one need only think of Shakespeare's comedies...
Emily Sundblad: House of Gaga
Emily Sundblad HOUSE OF GAGA [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A plastic-wrapped rib-eye steak lay in the center of House of Gaga's tile floor. Surrounding it were fifteen small illustrations hung on the gallery's walls depicting captive beasts--big...
Episodic Disorder: Tim Griffin on True Detective
RARE IS THE CELEBRATED TELEVISION SERIES that owes its reputation almost entirely to its inaugural episode's first twenty minutes, but such is the case with True Detective. Indeed, the HBO program--penned by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Woody Harrelson...
Ettore Spalletti: Maxxi National Museum of XXI Century Arts/ Galleria Civica D'Arte Moderna E Contemporanea/Museo Madre
Ettore Spalletti MAXXI NATIONAL MUSEUM OF XXI CENTURY ARTS/GALLERIA CIVICA D'ARTE MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA/MUSEO MADRE This distinctive exhibition of Ettore Spalletti's work, organized in three different venues in as many cities, achieves a unique...
Fabrice Hyber: Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Fabrice Hyber GALERIE NATHALIE OBADIA Fabrice Hyber's recent exhibition was perversely titled "Interdit aux Enfants" (Children Not Allowed), though it was in fact designed specifically for children, or at least conceived with their small size...
Faux Pas: Stephen Squibb on David Levine's WOW
"WHEN YOU INVENT THE PLANE, you also invent the plane crash," Paul Virilio once observed. Every technology carries the seed of its inevitable failure and, as Virilio's aphorism also suggests, there might be collateral damage when the flameout occurs....
Fortunato Depero: Center for Italian Modern Art
Fortunato Depero CENTER FOR ITALIAN MODERN ART CIMA, the Center for Italian Modern Art, is a research resource that opened this past February in New York City. Its inaugural exhibition, which remains open until June 28, focuses on Fortunato Depero...
"Geographies of Contamination": David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF)
"Geographies of Contamination" DAVID ROBERTS ART FOUNDATION (DRAF) Our moment seems to be characterized by a drive toward the dissolution of the hierarchical subject-object relation in favor of a "flat ontology," in which all things and matters...
Germaine Richier: Dominique Levy/Galerie Perrotin
Germaine Richier DOMINIQUE LEVY/GALERIE PERROTIN Recently, Dominique Levy and Emmanuel Perrotin gave over their joint gallery spaces to a challenging, taste-transforming exhibition of more than forty sculptures by Germaine Richier (1902-1959),...
Giorgio Andreotta Calo/Andra Ursuta: Peep-Hole
Giorgio Andreotta Calo/Andra Ursuta PEEP-HOLE One of the gallery's rooms was dangerously dark. Only the tapping sound of falling drops of water filled the void, marking time and drawing visitors toward a slightly more illuminated point located...
Harvey Quaytman: McKee Gallery
Harvey Quaytman McKEE GALLERY Committed describes the relationship between Harvey Quaytman (who died in 2002) and the McKee Gallery (which has represented the artist since it opened in 1974), as well as the dedication with which the artist approached...
Heidi Bucher: Swiss Institute
Heidi Bucher SWISS INSTITUTE At first, it is almost impossible to understand Heidi Bucher's work as anything other than an utter dematerialization of the buildings that provided the literal framework for her practice. The Swiss artist was best...
Helmut Schweizer: Galerie Rupert Pfab
Helmut Schweizer GALERIE RUPERT PFAB The exhibition statement for Helmut Schweizer's "Melancolia. 8/63/11. A Chi di Competenza" (Melancholy. 8/6-3/11. To Whom It May Concern) begins with Walter Benjamin's famous description of the angel of history....
Invisible City: Guilherme Wisnik on Radical Redevelopment in Rio
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN BRAZIL, PUBLIC SPACE IS HARD TO FIND. The nation's lingering colonial past, in combination with its patrimonial social and political system, has prevented the development of a solid and identifiable...
Isabelle Cornaro: Laxart
Isabelle Cornaro LAXART The establishing shot arrives almost halfway through Isabelle Cornaro's Figures, 2011. It's not much of a wait; the film runs only two and a half minutes. But with this long shot comes a delicate shift in tone and, seemingly,...
"Italian Futurism": Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FROM THE FRONT PAGE of Paris's Le Figaro in February 1909, the "Founding and Manifesto of Futurism" heralded not only a new cultural movement but, in the same hectoring breath, its own proleptic obsolescence. "When we are...
James Casebere: Galerie Daniel Templon
James Casebere GALERIE DANIEL TEMPLON There's a golden yet unspoken rule in architectural training and practice that scale models should be neither too realistic nor too detailed. Thus, trees and human figurines are just tolerable, but curtains,...
Jorge Macchi: Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo
Jorge Macchi MUSEO UNIVERSITARIO ARTE CONTEMPORANEO One of the first works I ever encountered by Jorge Macchi was Vidas Paralelas (Parallel Lives), 1998, in which two rectangular pieces of glass with almost identical patterns of cracks are placed...
Josef Strau: Vilma Gold
Josef Strau VILMA GOLD For his exhibition "My Divid'ed House," Berlin- and New York-based artist and writer Josef Strau had promised to present a nearly complete archive of his type-printed poster-pamphlets from the past decade. This was a daunting...
Julia Rommel: Bureau
Julia Rommel BUREAU The seven new paintings in Julia Rommel's "The Little Match Stick," her second solo exhibition at this gallery, presented the viewer with a series of false endings--or, rather, false edges, as the physical boundaries of her...
Kathy Butterly: Tibor De Nagy Gallery
Kathy Butterly TIBOR DE NAGY GALLERY As an artist whose medium is clay, Kathy Butterly works between two histories: the tradition of pots--of objects that may well be refined but as vessels must also be useful--and the tradition of art, of useless...
Lara Almarcegui: Parra & Romero
Lara Almarcegui PARRA & ROMERO In spite of her towering presentation at the Spanish pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale, where she introduced huge piles of materials that had exactly the same weight as the ones that made up the building,...
Live Streaming: Irene V. Small on Documentary Strategies in Brazilian Art and Activism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AN UNREMARKABLE SIGN conveys a remarkable occurrence: smile, you are being filmed. Alerting visitors to the presence of security cameras, the notice...
"Looking Back: The 8th White Columns Annual": White Columns
"Looking Back: The 8th White Columns Annual" WHITE COLUMNS In the eight years since its inception, the White Columns Annual has emerged as one of the more anticipated events of the New York art calendar. The premise--a curator's selection of...
Magali Reus: The Approach
Magali Reus THE APPROACH Magali Reus's exhibition "In Lukes and Dregs" came with a feverish press release promising "dirty realism," "perversion," "social taboo," "filthy interiors," "amoral vices," "sexualized ... protrusions," Brutalism and...
Margaret Lee: Jack Hanley Gallery
Margaret Lee JACK HANLEY GALLERY No need to walk in. You could see everything through the window from the street. Atop a platform, before a freestanding wall, several items: a Rietveld chair, a Vitra stool, nesting tables by Superstudio. Hanging...
Marrakech Biennale 5: Various Venues
Marrakech Biennale 5 VARIOUS VENUES In posing the question "Where Are We Now?" the Fifth Marrakech Biennale skipped over the perennially problematized terrain of geography and its discontents to concentrate instead on being in time. Rather than...
Master Chronicler: Chris Stults on the Films of Eduardo Coutinho
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TALKING IS AN UNLIMITED RESOURCE; the ability to listen is always in short supply. The tragic murder of the Brazilian documentarian Eduardo Coutinho (1933-2014) this past February took from us one...
Michelle Segre: Derek Eller Gallery
Michelle Segre DEREK ELLER GALLERY Michelle Segre's sculptures have the feel of totemic objects assembled to ward off bad luck--or perhaps to draw in a thing intensely desired. Indeed, their spiritual and formal antecedents may be the God's-eye...
Miens of Production: Julia Bryan-Wilson on Women and Work
NOW CELEBRATED as a milestone of Conceptual art, Margaret Harrison, Kay Hunt, and Mary Kelly's Women and Work: A Document on the Division of Labour in Industry 1973-1975 entered the historical record unassumingly. The minutes of the March 19,1973,...
Muriel Cooper: Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University
Muriel Cooper ARTHUR ROSS ARCHITECTURE GALLERY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY "I have a profound disdain for answers," Muriel Cooper once said. For her, there were only challenges--solutions were more like mistakes. A small gallery at Columbia University...
Nancy Holt: 1938-2014
VIRGINIA DWAN NANCY HOLT completed her earth time on February 8. She remains an enduring influence for those of us who knew her and for those of us who continue to experience her work. I first met Nancy in 1966 with her husband, the artist Robert...
Neil Beloufa and Dorian Gaudin: Clearing
Neil Beloufa and Dorian Gaudin CLEARING Reveling in the near-Duchampian turn of its title (which could be translated as either "Behind, After the Falls" or "Behind, After the Remnants"), "Derriere, Apres Les Chutes" transformed Clearing's town-house...
Nicholas Keogh: Golden Thread Gallery
Nicholas Keogh GOLDEN THREAD GALLERY At the 2005 Venice Biennale, Northern Irish artist Nicholas Keogh took to the waters of the Grand Canal in a homemade motorized gondola. Constructed from a crude jumble of domestic and industrial junk, including...
Nora Schultz: Renaissance Society
Nora Schultz RENAISSANCE SOCIETY Berlin-based artist Nora Schultz's American solo debut, "parrot-tree-building for bigger than real," featured a single installation of the same title, which referenced the monk parakeets that famously build elaborate...
Pat Steir: Cheim & Reid
Pat Steir CHEIM & REID Since 1989, Pat Steir has been working in more or less the same manner--splashing her paint and turpentine on the top of her canvases and letting it find its own way back home to earth. "I ... use nature to paint a...
Peter Buggenhout: Gladstone Gallery
Peter Buggenhout GLADSTONE GALLERY A remarkably convincing figuring of disorder--of irredeemable, contagious psychomaterial disarray--the solo New York debut of Belgian sculptor Peter Buggenhout coaxed improbably affecting nuance from viscerally...
Port of Call: Sergio B. Martins on the Museu De Arte Do Rio
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AT THE START OF 2013, no one could have imagined the wave of demonstrations that would rock the streets of Brazilian cities...
Renata Har: La Maudite
Renata Har LA MAUDITE Renata Har's Podium, 2014, consists of a found section of green cardboard wallpaper that was damaged in a Berlin apartment fire and left in the street. Nailed to the wall, this tattered object clearly shows smoke damage...
Rene Ricard: 1946-2014
GLENN O'BRIEN THE FIRST JOB held by Rene Ricard, born Albert Napoleon Ricard, was Warhol superstar. Rene had run away from home and high school, fleeing to Harvard Yard, and then, after an epiphany before a Warhol flowers painting at the Institute...
"Ruffneck Constructivists": Institute of Contemporary Art
"Ruffneck Constructivists" INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART The wall of reeking bologna at the entrance sets the tone for guest curator Kara Walker's exhibition "Ruffneck Constructivists," on view through August 17: Simply confrontational at first...
Sammy Baloji and Alice Seeley Harris: Autograph ABP/Rivington Place, London
TIME AND SPACE are out of joint: This is the first sensation that confronts us when we look at an untitled work by Sammy Baloji from 2013, one of the photomontages composing that year's series "The Album," which was at the center of the first-ever...
Seymour Lipton: Driscoll Babcock Galleries
Seymour Lipton DRISCOLL BABCOCK GALLERIES At the 1958 Venice Biennale, the American pavilion featured installations by exemplary Abstract Expressionists of the time, including two sculptors: David Smith and Seymour Lipton. A comparison of the...
Shooting Spree: J. Hoberman on the Films of Sigmar Polke
GREAT FILM INSTALLATIONS--Douglas Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho, 1993, say, or Christian Marclay's The Clock, 2010--use the fact of motion pictures to hypostatize time. Lesser ones raise questions about narrative and intention. The 16-mm films and extended...
"Speculations on Anonymous Materials": Fridericianum
"Speculations on Anonymous Materials" FRIDERICIANUM "Speculations on Anonymous Materials" was the first exhibition held at Kassel's Fridericianum under the museum's new director, Susanne Pfeffer. Its title is programmatic, taking up terms that...
Statements of Intent: Mark Godfrey on the Art of Jacqueline Humphries, Laura Owens, Amy Sillman, and Charline Von Heyl
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LIKE A SOCIALIST INVESTMENT BANKER, a painter in a top MFA program circa 1990 was something of a living contradiction in terms. It's no coincidence,...
Stephan Balkenhol: Galleria Monica De Cardenas
Stephan Balkenhol GALLERIA MONICA DE CARDENAS Auguste Rodin famously studied the Belvedere Torso, and one of the primary lessons he learned from it was that an inert and fragmentary muscular posture can impart a profound sense of internal tension...
Suara Welitoff: Barbara Krakow Gallery
Suara Welitoff BARBARA KRAKOW GALLERY Since the visual devices in Suara Welitoff's photographs and video--subtle shades of gray and muddled focal points--are often employed to signal nostalgia, the artist's recent exhibition "Sometimes Time Trembles"...
Sudarshan Shetty: Galleryske
Sudarshan Shetty GALLERYSKE Without providing an explicit cause, Sudarshan Shetty created a dramatic landscape of mourning in his exhibition "every broken moment, piece by piece." Objects such as a container full of smashed teacups, an urn dangling...
Taryn Simon: Gagosian Gallery
Taryn Simon GAGOSIAN GALLERY The birth of modern ornithology, according to historian Daniel Lewis, was marked by notable developments in three areas: classification, language, and accountability. The first can be traced directly to Darwin: Following...
Whitney Biennial: Whitney Museum of American Art
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I SUSPECT THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE in the art world-whether artists, curators, dealers, or collectors--expect the Whitney Biennial to present an absolute version (or even a vision) of the current state of affairs. Nor do many...
Whitney Biennial: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
ON MY FIRST VISIT to this year's Whitney Biennial, I entered a gallery and found myself surrounded by materials documenting the history of the journal Semiotext(e) and the small press of the same name. I'd stumbled on what felt like an uncanny physical...
Wolfgang Paalen: Gallery Wendi Norris
Wolfgang Paalen GALLERY WENDI NORRIS We have, of late, witnessed a surge in scholarship on the Surrealist artists who gathered in Mexico City during World War II, and several recent exhibitions in California have interested a larger public in...
Yve Laris Cohen
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] UPTOWN YOU COULD ALMOST MISS IT: A seam in the wall near the stairwell on the third floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York--five feet up, six feet over,...
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