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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 3, November

Alek 0
FR UTTA For her solo debut in Rome, "If There is .a Last Summer Morning," Argentinean-born, Como, Italy-based artist Alek 0. presented works focused above all on the concept of time--particularly on the various semantic nuances through which it...
Anne Collier: Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, Ny
OVER THE PAST DECADE OR SO, Anne Collier has developed a photographic practice that straddles the romantically emotive and the conceptually cool. She performs this balancing act by making images of psychologically laden cliches: motivational and self-help...
Art and Experience: Christopher S. Wood on Molly Nesbit's the Pragmatism in the History of Art
IN THEIR COMMON SENSE (2000), Molly Nesbit interpreted Cubist lines as "an embrace of the language of industry." Art was steered into that embrace, she argued, by the French sculptor and arts administrator Eugene Guillaume-and minister of fine arts...
"Art or Sound"
CA' CORNER DELLA REGINA Exhibitions examining the relationship between art and sound have been plentiful in recent years, among them the Museum of Modern Art in New York's 2013 "Soundings: A Contemporary Score." This trend reflects sound's importance...
Atmospheric Disturbance
Fujiko Nakaya changed the weather. In 1970, the Japanese artist produced a stunning fog that swelled and occluded a pavilion at the world's fair in Osaka, Japan. The Pepsi Pavilion, dubbed after its corporate sponsor, was created by the group Experiments...
Avery Singer: Isabelle Graw
PAINTING, AS WE KNOW WELL BY NOW, has long since ceased to be regarded as dubious or even obsolete. Whereas artists painting in the l 970s and '80s felt obliged to justify their medium in order to rescue it from its reputation of being a highly suspicious...
"Beuys Brock Vostell"
ZKM IC-ENTER FOR ART AND MEDIA This ambitious, extensively researched exhibition, "Beuys. Brock Vostell," curated by Peter Weibel with Eckhart Gillen, takes as its starting point several collective actions in which Joseph Beuys, Bazon Brock, and...
Brooks Headley
Brooks Headley has been the executive pastry chef of Del Posto in New York since March 2008. During that time he has helped the restaurant earn four stars in the New York Times, and in 2013 he was honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding...
Caio Reisewitz
INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY The works in this survey of Gaio Reisewitz's photography, organized by Christopher Phillips, could be grouped into three categories: those that focused on the Brazil-based artist's native country, on what he calls...
Caoimhe Kilfeather
TEMPLE BAR GALLERY + STUDIOS As one of the more admired young Irish artists of recent years, Caoimhe Kilfeather has, naturally enough, featured in a good number of respectable group shows. At such gatherings, however, her minimal sculptures have...
Charles Gaines
STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM As became evident in "Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989," a dense yet elegantly presented exhibition curated by Naima J. Keith, the artist's early works employ rules to systematically manipulate forms in such a way that...
Dan Graham: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dan Graham is famously wide-ranging, working in film, performance, print, photography, and more, but his best-known pieces remain the pavilions that he began to develop in the late 1970s, steel-and-glass structures that shift in the viewer's mind between...
David Horvitz: Blum & Poe
On July 12, the day that David Horvitz's first solo show at Blum & Poe opened, the artist and his numerous editor-avatars were banned from contributing to Wikipedia. The embargo culminated an ongoing conflict in which editors of the online encyclopedia...
Dream House
YOU OPEN A CLOSET DOOR in an otherwise nondescript playroom with a lot of natural light and come face-to-face with a barbershop pole with descending swirls in orange, cream, and black. In a narrow bedroom hallway you look up, and what could be Celtic...
Eclectic Youth
"POST-NEVERMIND" describes Nirvana's effect on the music industry at large. When Nevermind toppled Michael Jackson's Dangerous from number one on the Billboard charts in 1992, it alerted label executives that Nirvana could make money like M J, resulting...
Eustachy Kossakowski and Goshka Macuga
The point of departure for "Report from the Exhibition," which jux-taposed works by Eustachy Kossakowski and Goshka Macuga, was the oeuvre of Kazimir Malevich, the father of Suprematism and the painter of that cornerstone of modernism Black Square,...
Fiona Tan
WAKO WORKS OF ART Nicknames, for [he most part, arise from familiarity, even intimacy. As such, the pet name "Nellie," which gives the title to a 2013 video by Fiona Tan, is a wry foil to the work's flaxen-haired cipher of a subject. Loosely based...
Gcc
MoMA PS1 It seems like a joke, doesn't it, for GCC to claim that it was founded in the VIP lounge of Art Dubai 2013? That nine young artists with roots in the Middle East formed a partnership while sporting art-fair badges? The scene comes off as...
Gianfranco Baruchello
DEICHTORHALLEN/SAMMLUNG FALCKENBERG It all starts with ABC. Between _1959 and 1962, Gianfranco Baruchello painted Prinmo alfabeto (First Alphabet), covering the canvas with a set of pictorial icons of his own invention, hieroglyphs inspired by sources...
Helene Appel: James Cohan Gallery
Absorbed by the careful rendering of everyday objects and materials, German artist Helene Appel transforms the surfaces of her variously sized canvases into trays or tabletops, across which generally unremarkable things appear to have been scattered...
Hito Steyerl
ANDREW KREPS GALLERY With large-scale solo exhibitions slated for the spring and fall of 2015--at Artists Space in New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, respectively--along with the recent conclusion of shows at the...
Hynek Alt: Drdova Gallery
Once upon a time, the invention of photography sparked great hopes: We would obtain a more objective record of reality by delegating the task of taking its imprint to a technical process. Some languages even call the camera's system of lenses an "objective."...
Immodest Proposals: Briony Fer on the Art of Lucio Fontana
HOW DID THE SCULPTOR become the spatialist? This is a deceptively simple and far-reaching question to ask of Lucio Fontana. Yet it allows us not only to see the fundamental logic of the artist's work but also to think again about the long history of...
Interiority Complex: Jakob Schillinger on the Art of Peter Wachtler
GERMAN ARTIST Peter Wachtier's first solo exhibition sold out before its opening, thanks to the enthusiasm of a single buyer: the famous liquor manufacturer Sterkert, which sweetened the deal by giving the artist a lifetime supply of eggnog. At the...
John Altoon
Bare-chested on the dust jacket of The Barbarians--Lawrence Lipton's classic account of the Beat scene around Venice Beach, ca. 1959--John Altoon was cast as a ruffian, a role that stuck. His life was no doubt the stuff of legend, from his Hollywood...
Josef Koudelka: Art Institute of Chicago
Moravian-born French photographer Josef Koudelka gained renown in early-1960s Czechoslovakia for his portraits of social groups--from the Roma to avant-garde theater collectives--but it was not until 1984 that he came forward as the previously anonymous...
Judith Bernstein
Over the course of a month long residency, Judith Bernstein produced in situ an exhilarating body of work she then exhibited under the title "Rising." Two large-scale paintings and five drawings were shot through with the artist's customary wit and...
Judy Chicago
BROOKLYN MUSEUM There we were, a contemporary Bruegel tableau in Prospect Park, waiting for Judy Chicago's A Butterfly for Brooklyn fireworks display to begin: We had shimmied up trees for a better view or were madly waving glow sticks as if light...
Karel Appel: Blum & Poe
Karel Appel (1921-2006) was a key member of Cobra, an artist collective that banded together after World War II to survey not only the war's destruction but also the possibilities of creation: Perhaps more than anything, it sought to bring "outside"...
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler's "The Unreliable Narrator" presented the emergent twenty-first century as one that is both authoritarian and anarchic, a divide articulated through the division of the single gallery space into two rooms via red theatrical...
Kasper Sonne
BRAND NEW GALLERY "liad Chemistry," Kasper Sonne's first solo show in Italy, included an intriguing cross section of the artist's work. On view were canvases from his "TXC" series, 2013--; an installation titled The Impurity of Purity, 2014, made...
Katie Paterson and Margaret Atwood: Talk about Future Library, 2014-2114
THE WORKS of Katie Paterson go sailing off the scale of civilization. Using technologies normally applied to the speed and scope of human experience, the Scottish artist zooms out or tunnels in to other, more alien dimensions, reframing natural and...
Knud Lonberg-Holm
LJBU GALLERY Like anything, the appeal of high modernism ebbs and flows. This presentation of architect Knud Lonberg-Holm's work, assembled from an archive of photographs, drawings, letters, and other materials compiled by the late historian Marc...
Lee Ufan: Chateau De Versailles
This summer, for the annual exhibition of contemporary art in Louis X1V's gilded Chateau de Versailles and the surrounding formal gardens of Andre Le Notre, South Korean artist Lee Ufan installed a group of ten new sculptures from his "Relatum" series,...
Lust for Light
FROM THE FIRST LONG SHOT of Mike Leigh's epic cinematic portrait of the landscape painter J. M. W. Turner, we are unmistakably in the presence of a master. His gaze fixed on the burning disk of the sun, Turner jots rough graphite notations in a sketchbook....
Manifesta 10: State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
AS A STUDENT OF MODERNISM in the 1980s and '90s, I was taught that the genre of manifesto literature, rich in declarative sentences and visionary ambitions, had petered out before my time; 1 was reading great prose in a dead language. Then came 1996,...
Mariana Castillo Deball
KURIMANZUTTO The visual techniques of colonialism--and their tenacious legacy in the present--were the focus of the Berlin-based Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball's recent show "Vista de ojos" (View of the Eyes). Three larger-than-life photographs...
Marni Kotak
MICROSCOPE GALLERY This summer, Microscope Gallery presented Mad Meds, 2014, a work by Ma rni Kotak, who is perhaps best known for her infamous 2011. piece The Birth of Baby X, in which she gave birth to her son in this very same gallery before...
Matt Sheridan Smith: Hannah Hoffman Gallery
Though it may be inadvisable, let's begin with the press release. The text that Matt Sheridan Smith produced for his recent exhibition "Widow: Fig.3 Ep.1" didn't merely gloss the show's themes and forms, but rather played an active role in their production....
Merike Estna: Kumu Art Museum
Merike Estna's exhibition "Blue Lagoon" forces the visitor out of the comfortable position of being merely a viewer: One can step on painting, eat it, wear it. Painting spills over to the floor; it takes the form of cakes, cocktails, books, and videos,...
Michael Muller
GALERIE THOMAS SCHULTE Austrian writer Robert Musil's most famous character, the "man without qualities" known to readers only as Ulrich, spends an entire novel stumbling through .the year 1913. a native of the fin de siecle lost in the dawn of...
Milena Dragicevic: Galerie Martin Janda
"It has become clear to me that painting is much like early American wrestling," writes Milena Dragiceyic in the press release for her exhibition "Pampero." The meaning of this bold, but seemingly dubious, statement slowly unfolded through the seven...
Monika Sosnowska: Hauser & Wirth
Just as all fundamentally utopian propositions, whether social, political, or aesthetic, are necessarily bound to fall short of their goals, so do their remnants almost axiomatically become fodder for artistic critique and repurposing. The legacy of...
Motion Capture: Tina Di Carlo on Bernard Tschumi's Retrospective
"ARCHITECTURE IS the materialization of a concept." This is just one of many polemical positions that Bernard Tschumi has articulated throughout his forty-year career, and it is the perfect summation of the .celebrated architect's position--capturing...
Musa Paradisiaca: 3 + 1 Arte Contemporanea/kunsthalle Lissabon
Eduardo Guerra and Miguel Ferrdo started their partnership as Musa paradisiaca in 2010 with the aim of focusing on dialogue. At first their efforts mainly took the form of audio pieces available on their website, but they have also made slide works...
Neutral Solution: Molly Warnock on Michel Parmentier's 16 Juillet 1988
AT FIRST GLANCE. they seem self-evident: The best-known works of the French painter Michel Parmentier appear so clear, so direct, so whole, as to be their own last word. The artist began making these impassive horizontally striped paintings in late...
Odd Couple
I ATTENDED two performances of Robert Wilson's The Old Woman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this past June, the first out of curiosity about what Wilson would do with the oddball coupling of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe, the second because...
Pat Brassington
STILLS GALLERY Pat Brassington's recent show came in the wake of a thirty-year retrospective of her work that toured Australia starting in 2012 and running through this year. The Sydney event was a more modest affair, largely devoted to recent work:...
Paul Chan: Schaulager, Basel
AFTER A SERIES of increasingly high-profile solo exhibitions between 2003 and 2009, Paul Chan took a hiatus of sorts from the world of gallery and museum exhibitions to focus instead on writing and on his publishing imprint, Badlands Unlimited. This...
Rene Ricard: Half Gallery
This past February, Rene Ricard, the hard-living art-world personality, died at the age of sixty-seven. He was too many things to pigeonhole solely as a poet, though the poems in Rene Ricard, 1979-1980, a slim volume of confessional free verse bound...
Robert Gardner
IN 1987, shortly after the death of Basil Wright, a pioneering figure in British cinema, Robert Gardner wrote a brief tribute praising Wright's "truly transforming cinematic vision" and clubbing him the "quiet poet of film." A generation and an ocean...
Sara VanDerBeek: Altman Siegel
The apparent movement of the sun across the firmament is nearly impossible to measure with the naked eye, but human cultures have nonetheless used the changing quality of light to quantify time for millennia. The resulting concepts of "day" and "night"...
Saving Face: Philip Walsh on Renzo Piano Building Workshop's Harvard Art Museums
MUSEUM ADDITIONS are like the leftovers of the art world--difficult to keep interesting, mostly bland at best. And they are perhaps the structures most susceptible to the pitfalls of architectural practice--which is, after all, a discipline of constraints,...
Simon Starling
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO "Metamorphology," the economical survey of Simon Starling's work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, comprised just eleven works. But complementing the artist's first retrospective at an American museum,...
Sirous Namazi: Galerie Nordenhake
On November 15, 1978, the family home of the artist Sirous Namazi, located in Shiraz, Iran, was looted and vandalized as part of a systematic persecution of adherents of the Baha'i faith. No one was home. When the family returned to assess the damage,...
The Hidden Variable
IN THE PROCESS of authentication--of verifying who made what when--every painting becomes a landscape painting. Pigments are harvests, geology, trade routes, chemistry: Scheele's green and lead white, viridian and madder and chrome yellow. The board...
"Thingworld"
NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CHINA The "new" in new media--in some accounts--derives from the rupture created by an object's materiality and its effect on human senses. "Thingworld: International Triennial of New Media Art," however, focused on objects...
Tomma Abts: David Zwirner
At once volatile and precise, Tom ma Abts's work keeps shifting beneath your feet. Echoing a wide range of precursors--from high Constructiv-ism (Alexander Archipenko .and Henryk Staiewski), to geometric abstraction's flashier midcentury incarnations...
Tue Greenfort
JOHANN KONIG Tue Green fort's latest exhibition, "Vis Vitalis," comprised diverse materials--newspaper clippings, sculptures, C-prints, posters, vid-eos--coordinated through a built-in exhibition architecture. From the outside, visitors first encountered...
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