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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 5, January

"Artevida": Various Venues
The citywide, large-scale group exhibition "artevida" (artlife) examined the relationship between art and life around the time of the Brazilian military dictatorship, which lasted from 1964 to 1985. The show, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director...
Babak Golkar: The Third Line
Each work in "The Return Project" was realized through an identical series of actions. Vancouver-based artist Babak Golkar begins by purchasing a cheap, usually decorative object from a local big-box store. After taking a life-size photograph of the...
Becca Lowry: Fred Giampietro Gallery
"She was the Angelina jolie of wolves." So said one of Yellowstone's biologists of the gray wolf they called the '06 Female, to whom Becca Lowry dedicated RIP 06 (all works 2014), one of the six sculptural pieces exhibited in her first solo show. In...
Becky Beasley: Francesca Minini
Three bronze branches, each suspended horizontally from the ceiling by a brass rod, slowly rotated in the main gallery of Francesca Minini for the duration of Becky Beasley's recent exhibition. Powered by small motors, the sculptures spun at one and...
"Benglis 73/74": Neon Parc/Sutton Projects/TCB Art Inc
Everyone who attended art-school theory seminars from the mid-1970s on, and everyone who reads Artforum, knows that in 1974, New York artist Lynda Benglis's gallery purchased two pages of ad space in the magazine's November issue. That advertisement...
Bruce High Quality Foundation: Almine Rech Gallery
In 2003, a group of Cooper Union alumni formed an organization to maintain and promote the artistic legacy of "Bruce High Quality," a fictional artist who died in the 9/11 attacks. Since then, the Foundation has brought the gospel of Bruce to the Whitney...
Cathy Wilkes: Tramway
Making installations that combine abstract paintings and both figurative and abstract sculptures with found objects and ones she has collected over the years, Cathy Wilkes disperses all these components into absorbing and mysterious tableaux. Through...
Et in Arkadin Ego: Brian O'Doherty on Orson Welles's Mr.Arkadin (1955
For Jonathan Rosenbaum [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MR. ARKADIN (1955) and Citizen Kane (1941) are bookends for the same rh eines--the quasi-tragic fall of the (anti)hero, the psychology of domination, and the ruthless exercise...
Fields of Dreams: Dennis Lim on David Lynch
PHILADELPHIA LOOMS LARGE in the personal mythology of David Lynch as a place that both terrorized him and changed the course of his life, his Gomorrah and his Rubicon in one. A product of small-town America, Lynch credits this onetime epicenter of...
Frames of Resistance: Manthia Diawara on the Films of Abderrahmane Sissako
TODAY, ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO is one of the most celebrated of Africa's filmmakers, yet he remains something of an outlier. His cinema might best be thought of as free verse rather than narrative cinema, in which every shot is subjected to the teleological...
"From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952": Jewish Museum
Compare and contrast--that indelible Art 101 injunction so central to creating meaning between the work of often incongruent and marginalized figures--is the analytical mode that this exhibition, "From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952,"...
Gagan Singh: Chatterjee & Lal
If you hadn't guessed from his name, Cagan Singh is Sikh. And as you may know from Bollywood, the Sikh alpha male is a widely parodied stereotype in India, not least among Sikhs themselves. More than a few of the works (all Untitled) in Singh'sdebut...
Gillian Jagger: David Lewis
In 1997, John Perreault published a glowing review of Gillian Jagger's work: The artist, the critic gushed, will "eventually be seen as one of the great ones." Is there loftier praise than that? This recent exhibition--a refreshing, if too small, sampling...
Gwangju Biennale and Taipei Biennial: Various Venues
IT HAS BECOME A COMMONPLACE to note that the fundamental tension of the biennial is between the local and the global, perhaps nowhere more than in the democratized reaches of East Asia, where such exhibitions were introduced in the 1990s, aiming both...
Hannah Wilke: Tibor De Nagy Gallery
Hannah Wilke's art was always one of intimate gestures. Sculpting gum she chewed into vaginal voids, photographing herself nude in various poses, and drawing watercolors that detailed the deterioration of her body from cancer treatments, Wilke used...
He Xiangyu: White Space Beijing
Sometimes small surprises are better than big ones. He Xiangyu has previously made a life-size leather tank and reduced 127 tons of soda to coal-like residues, so I was expecting to see grand-scale works again in his latest show, "Dotted Line." Instead,...
Huguette Caland: Lombard Freid Gallery
Was there a single, absolutely straight line in this wonderfully loopy exhibition of the early works of Huguette 'Caland? Compositions circle back on themselves, forms wobbled, the corners of squares puckered, bisections meandered ever so slightly...
Jack Bilbo: David Zwirner
Hugo Baruch was born in 1907 in Berlin, where he died sixty years later; in 1922, he became "jack Bilbo," and it was time spent in England from 1933 to 1948 that saw the genesis of his creative life. Entirely self-educated as an artist, Bilbo described...
Jacob Hashimoto: Mary Boone Gallery
To say that Jacob Hashimoto makes kites, then strings them together in the air, will do as a description of his process but gives no sense at all of the visual quality of Skyfarm Fortress, 2014, the installation that made up this show. To get a sense...
Jason De Haan: Clint Roenisch
Last summer, the Geological Society of America released a study confirming the appearance of a new type of stone, discovered in Hawaii in. 2006. To the casual observer, this may not seem like earth-shattering news. Yet these "plastiglomerates," formed...
Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda: Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi
There wasn't much to see in this exhibition: just four works spread throughout the gallery's three rooms. The first was Monika (all works 2014), a large, rough-hewn stone, set on a mantelpiece; the second, Ulrike, the silhouette of the interior space...
Jean-Luc Moulene: Miguel Abreu Gallery
After visiting Jean-Luc Moulene's "Torture Concrete" at Miguel Abreu Gallery this past fall, one would have been forgiven for scratching one's head. The artist's diverse, astringent work, which has ranged from monochrome paintings and landscape photographs...
Jennifer West: Talks about Flashlight Filmstrip Projections, 2014
IN RECENT DECADES, a handful of artists have displayed a special kink for the place and time of California in the 1970s. Carol Bove, Liz Craft, Doug Aitken, Justin Lowe, Jonah Freeman, and Jeremy Blake, to name but a few, have all reached into the...
Joan Jonas: Hangarbicocca
In the vast, cavernous space of HangarBicocca, Joan Jonas's videos pop out of the dark like the bright facets of a kaleidoscope.. They emerge not in chronological order, but according to a dynamic arrangement that highlights thematic relationships...
Jonathan Horowitz: 356 Mission RD
The dot is a black hole and a simple mark, an infinite void and an eternal asshole, a pregnant period or simply a circle. This figure, which featured centrally in Jonathan Horowitz's project, was first mentioned by omission--a classified listing in...
Judy Pfaff: Loretta Howard Gallery/Pavel Zoubok Gallery
A half century ago, the time-honored distinctions between painting and sculpture surrendered to the forces majeures of Minimalism, Conceptualism', and their offspring. Judy Pfaff's two-gallery exhibition reminded us of that moment in the 1960s when...
Justin Peck
The resident choreographer and a soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet, Justin Peck has performed principal roles in such productions as George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, 1941, and Firebird, 1949: Jerome Robbins's West Side Story Suite,...
Jutta Koether: Galerie Francesca Pia
The paintings in Jutta Koether's recent exhibition "Maquis" could be hard to bear, not least because they are so overloaded with history. Nearly all of them refer to works of art from the past, ranging from Botticelli and Piero di Cosimo to Mondrian,...
Kai Althoff: Michael Werner Gallery
Walking into this exhibition was like stepping into a time warp. Was this Kai Althoff's imagining of a workshop of some seventeenth-century Puritan dressmaker? After all, linens were draped from ceiling to floor, and three clothed dress forms were...
Kasearu, Flo: Zacheta National Gallery of Art
This show was a spellbinding transformation of reality into fiction, or maybe of fiction into reality. The age-old question of what's real and what's just imagined hardly seemed applicable. Instead, we wondered if it would be possible to salvage even...
Keunmin Lee: Shin Gallery
The paintings and drawings in Korean-born artist Keunmin Lee's first solo show in the United States are all titled Refining Hallucinations--that is, they depict raw hallucinations, artistically refilled. According to the clinical definition, a hallucination...
Kevin Beasley
KEVIN BEASLEY kneels before two turntables in the lower-level theater of New York's Studio Museum in Harlem. He's in the middle of a set that is by turns haunting and propulsive, mixing samples that range from extra-percussive house beats to attenuated...
Kiki Kogelnik: Simone Subal Gallery
Kiki Kogelnik's art has rarely been seen in New York aside from a superb 2012 show of work from the 1960s at Simone Subal, despite the fact that the artist, who died in 1997, lived in the city for the entirety of her adult life and maintained close...
Lisa Anne Auerbach: Gavlak
Liking the work of Lisa Anne Auerbach can simply come down to liking the things that she likes--knitting, bicycling, books, and zines. These hobbies, each threatened to varying degrees with obsolescence, are all deserving of support. Even if you don't...
Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin: Regen Projects
As if in perverse celebration of Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin's near decade and a half of collaboration, three monstrously contorted epicene odalisque sculptures, painted in opalescent jewel tones, occupied the reception area of their first solo...
Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Galerie Neu
Marc Camille Chaimowicz usually imagines interior spaces for human inhabitation; for the exhibition "Forty and Forty," he instead created an environment for "free-range" canaries to inhabit. The installation incorporated two works each by Mara Liden...
Marisol: EL Mused del Barrio
Marisol Escobar's long-overdue retrospective, which remains on view until January 10, does not disappoint. With figurative sculpture once again popular in the art world, the seventeen sculptures and fourteen works on paper on view at El Museo del Barrio...
Michael Bell-Smith: Foxy Production
Like a marriage vow or a death sentence, the announcement inaugurating "rabbit season" or "duck season" is a speech act that changes everything, particularly if you are a duck or a rabbit. Or, for that matter, a wabbit. Michael Bell-Smith's "Rabbit...
Michelle Grabner: James Cohan Gallery
"The great artist of tomorrow will go underground," Marcel Duchamp predicted. And how much farther underground can the artist go than adopting the guise of a midwestern suburban housewife? As Thierry de Duve recently pointed out in these pages, the...
Miki Leal: F2 Galeria
In 2009, the Seville-born, Madrid-based painter Miki Leal traveled by motorbike to Martin Heidegger's Hiitte in Germany's Black Forest; the journey occasioned a series of works in acrylic and watercolor on paper--the signature medium through which...
Nevin Aladag: Rampa
A notable feature of the contemporary-art scene is the way it has put more artists into worldwide circulation than ever before. Traveling from city to city, these "glocal", artists bring myriad cultural inflections to exhibitions across five continents....
New York
"LAURIE SIMMONS: HOW WE SEE" [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JEWISH MUSEUM * March 13 - August 9 * Curated by Kelly Taxter Laurie Simmons's sustained investigation into both physical and psychological artifice--from the figurines...
Olafur Eliasson: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Ever since Olafur Eliasson debuted his Green River project (in which he introduced a nontoxic substance into a stream so that the water temporarily glowed a bright-neon green) in Berlin in I 998, rivers have been an obsession for him. Now, on a typically...
Once More with Feeling: Rob Young on Aphex Twin's Syro
IN THE 1990S, producers of IDM--so-called intelligent dance music--faithfully observed three unwritten rules. One: Stay anonymous, hiding your true name behind an arras of aliases. Two: Keep pushing the music into the future; nostalgists, stay away....
Park McArthur: Lars Friedrich
Park McArthur's exhibition "Passive Vibration Isolation" needed just three straightforward elements to broach a topic both urgent and far-reaching. In Lars Friedrich's new, though perhaps temporary, ground-floor space, five loading-dock bumpers hung...
Peter Stichbury: Tracy Williams, Ltd
"In the afternoon of April 6, 1966, one of the most famous UFO cases in the world occurred over a school in Westall, Australia," begins a passage on a handout that accompanied "Anatomy of a Phenomenon," New Zealand painter Peter Stichbury's recent...
Pierre Huyghe: Hauser & Wirth
The white cube is "a curious piece of real estate," as Brian O'Doherty once wrote; with Pierre Huyghe, this property just gets curiouser and curiouser. Ordinarily, an art gallery is a clean, bright place, the exclusive domain of Homo sapiens. In Huyghe's...
Power Line: Matthew P. McKelway on Rediscovering the Kano School
THE KANO ARE BACK. This spring will see two major exhibitions on the art of this formidable clan, which held sway over Japanese painting for three and a half centuries through a virtual monopoly of the highest levels of patronage and a domination of...
Previews: Three Times a Year, Artforum Looks Ahead to the Coming Season. the Following Survey Previews Forty-Five Shows Opening around the World between January and April
SHARJAH BIENNIAL 12 VARIOUS VENUES March 5-June 5 Curated by Eungie Joo with Ryan Inouye [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FEW BIENNIALS anywhere in the world are quite as site-specific as Sharjah's. That term! It's sprinkled...
Ra Di Martino: Museion
Ra di Martino's recent solo exhibition "Authentic News of Invisible Things" was fueled by the artist's investigation of the IVECO Defence Vehicles factory in Bolzano and her subsequent discovery of an archival photograph and film footage from London's...
Real DMZ Project 2014: Various Sites/Art Sonje Center
It has been twenty-five years since the fall oldie Berlin Wall, a fact that acutely informed the Real DMZ Project this year, thanks to the participation as guest curator of the German architect and theorist Nikolaus Hirsch, who worked in collaboration...
Robert Gober: Museum of Modern Art, New York
FROM THE BEGINNING, the art of Robert Gober was distinctive, as if it had emerged full-blown from his forehead; and, in fact, an early work, Slides of a Changing Painting, 1982-83, a slide show of eighty-nine photographs of a single painting altered...
Season of the Witch: Peter Lunenfeld on Cameron in Los Angeles
MARJORIE ELIZABETH CAMERON PARSONS. KIMMEL--or Cameron, the name she preferred--was that rarest of figures, a seminal invisible. Artist, poet, witch, beacon of the counterculture, she knew everyone and materialized everywhere, though now her own name...
Seth Price: Galerie Chantal Crousel
Seth Price's latest works explore the conceptual and visual construction of the standard business envelope, a motif the artist has examined across various media in recent years. The two new groups of work, part of an ongoing project called Folklore...
Song Ta: Beijing Commune
Entering the exhibition space, viewers were greeted with two rows of elementary-school examination papers, hanging like Tibetan prayer flags. Each sheet bears the same score, 59.5--just half a point under the passing grade of 60.. The exams were culled...
Sovereign Power: Tony Pipolo on Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan
RUSSIAN DIRECTOR Andrey Zvyagintsev made an auspicious debut in 2003 with The Return, a film about the primal struggle of a father, returned from a long, unidentified war, to assume authority over his two adolescent, none too welcoming sons. The film's...
Space Age: Solveig Nelson on the Halprin Workshops
IN 1966, David Antin declared that environment was "a pretty dead word." The critic was being more than a little ironic, yet his pronouncement diagnosed a real anxiety. For artists and critics across the ideological spectrum, environment had become...
Spirit Moves: Catherine Wood on the Art of Simone Forti
DANCE. YVONNE RAINER FAMOUSLY OBSERVED, is "hard to see." Rainer was referring to the elusiveness of her medium, its continuous state of movement in the live act of performance. But history has proved her words to be true in another sense: The ephemerality...
Splendor in the Grass: J. Hoberman on Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice
IT IS OBVIOUS BY NOW that Paul Thomas Anderson isn't making individual movies so much as building an oeuvre block by block--the sturdiest, most resilient body of work by a big-time American director since Stanley Kubrick died and Martin Scorsese ran...
Thea Djordjadze: Mit List Visual Arts Center
"The next instant, do I make it?" asked Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector in her 1973 novel, Agua Viva. "Or does it make itself?" Her rumination might well be a recurrent thought within Thea Djordjadze's practice; the artist's works seem to appear...
Uncommon Knowledge: Joan Kee on the Art of on Kawara
KEEPING TRACK was what On Kawara did best. Whether it was paintings of calendar dates or leather-bound volumes of maps and years, he elevated due diligence to high art. But while his Conceptualist contemporaries tended to vigilantly police the type...
Zak Prekop: Shane Campbell Gallery
The nine new paintings in Zak Prekop's third solo exhibition at Shane Campbell Gallery carry on the artist's idiosyncratic project of process-based abstraction. Notably absent were the collaged paper elements and painted references to stretcher bars...
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