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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 6, February

Aki Sasamoto: JTT
Aki Sasamoto JTT With its Emeralite-green pendant lamps overhead and its chalkboard sidewalk sign, the mise-en-scene at Aki Sasamoto's recent performances at JTT's living-room-size space held the promise of a particularly cozy strain of relational...
Alessandra Spranzi: P420
Alessandra Spranzi P420 Those familiar with the trajectory of Alessandra Spranzi's practice might recognize her series "Obsoleto" (Obsolete), 2013-, as a culmination of several ongoing investigations; those unfamiliar with her oeuvre might simply...
Annika Kahrs: Produzentengalerie
Annika Kahrs PRODUZENTENGALERIE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The central piece in Annika Kahrs's exhibition "solid surface, with hills, valleys, craters and other topographic features, primarily made of ice" was a 2014 HD video of the same title,...
Asier Mendizabal: Carrerasmugica
Asier Mendizabal CARRERASMUGICA Asier Mendizabal has always been concerned with the political realm, particularly both the problem of collective action as the motor of society's transformation. In this respect, he initially considers power through...
Aura Satz: Talks about Chromatic Aberration (2014)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PERHAPS THE SIMULTANEOUS DENIGRATION and exaltation of color in the West can be explained by its fundamental instability, its lack of fit with rationality and order. Color...
Capital City: Venus Lau on the Tenth Shanghai Biennale
THE PROTAGONIST of Jia Zhangke's 2004 feature film The World dreams of freedom amid the earth's most renowned sculptures, landmarks, and sites. Although it seems she has never left her country, she wanders daily through a miniature replica of the globe...
Cecile B. Evans: Seventeen
Cecile B. Evans SEVENTEEN Cecile B. Evans's recent exhibition "Hyperlinks" centered on a roughly twenty-three-minute looped video, Hyperlinks or it didn't happen, 2014, which was shown in the corner of the gallery on a flat screen positioned...
Chris Finley: Steven Wolf Fine Arts
Chris Finley STEVEN WOLF FINE ARTS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Chris Finley is a restless maker, and the results of his unflagging labors--a new series of sculptures and paintings--packed the industrious artist's first solo show in five years....
Chris Ofili: New Museum, New York
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CHRIS OFILI is one of a tiny handful of living artists whose work has, however briefly, entered what passes in this country for "political discourse." In the more than fifteen years since the tempest in a teapot initiated...
Cosima Von Bonin: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Cosima von Bonin MUSEUM MODERNER KUNST STIFTUNG LUDWIG WIEN Was there a critical entry point into Cosima von Bonin's reference-laden retrospective, or have we reached a historical condition in which the "handmade readymade"--a couture item especially...
Cosmin Costinas
Cosmin Costinas is the executive director and curator of Para Site, Hong Kong. He previously served as curator at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, the Netherlands; cocurator (with Ekaterina Degot and David Riff) of the First Ural Industrial...
Daiga Grantina: Galerie Joseph Tang
Daiga Grantina GALERIE JOSEPH TANG Legal Beast Language," the title of Daiga Grantina's first Paris solo show, is a phrase borrowed from The Age of Wire and String, American author Ben Marcus's 1995 field guide for an alternative universe. This...
Darkest Hour: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Andre Singer's Night Will Fall
DOOMED BY SHIFTING POSTWAR social and political agendas, the never-completed documentary German Concentration Camps Factual Survey--launched in April 1945 by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and shelved in September of that same...
Davide Mosconi: Galleria Milano
Davide Mosconi GALLERIA MILANO The 1960s and '70s were marked by interdisciplinarity. Yet artists whose work was too interdisciplinary often suffered, as viewers and critics found it difficult to situate their output within a well-defined linguistic...
Derrick Alexis Coard: White Columns
Derrick Alexis Coard White Columns "My work is a form of testimonial where black men can be seen in a more positive and righteous light." So says Derrick Alexis Coard, a Brooklyn artist who since 2006 has been affiliated with Healing Arts Initiative...
Do Ho Suh: The Contemporary Austin
Do Ho Suh THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN So many weighty themes are piled onto Do Ho Suh's fabric sculptures, it seems remarkable that his diaphanous structures don't collapse under their heavy load. History and biography, longing and belonging, migration...
Dwyer Kilcollin: M + B/Laxart
Dwyer Kilcollin M + B/LAXART For three days in early November, on a hillside on the east side of Los Angeles, Dwyer Kilcollin erected a freestanding metal fence on which she mounted "algorithmically derived image-shapes" she had cast by hand...
Elmgreen & Dragset: Statens Museum for Kunst
Elmgreen & Dragset STATENS MUSEUM FOR KUNST Comprising three extensive scenarios that integrate a number of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset's works with major indoor installations, "Biography," curated by Marianne Torp, was the duo's veritable...
Ernesto Mallard and Pedro Reyes: Labor
Ernesto Mallard and Pedro Reyes LABOR Ernesto Mallard made his radiant steel and cord "Natura" reliefs between 1968 and 1972--the year of Pedro Reyes's birth. Indeed, Reyes has in many ways lived under their sign. The older artist's late output...
Eye Machines: D. N. Rodowick on the Art of Harun Farocki
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LONG BEFORE HIS DEATH this past summer at the age of seventy, Harun Farocki had come to occupy a unique place in the history of postwar cinema, his films irreconcilable with either the narrative or...
Fernanda Chieco: SE
Fernanda Chieco SE The six large watercolors in Fernanda Chieco's recent exhibition "Gone" are figurative works on paper inspired by her visits to abandoned cities in the Colorado Desert. While she was on a residency in Fort Collins, Colorado,...
Florine Stettheimer: Stadtische Galerie Im Lenbachhaus
Florine Stettheimer STADTISCHE GALERIE IM LENBACHHAUS At first glance, the paintings of Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) seem to be sugary confections, products belonging to a girly dream world wrapped in cotton wool and swathed in cellophane,...
Francesco Clemente: Mary Boone Gallery
Francesco Clemente Mary Boone Gallery Two tents stood alongside each other at Mary Boone Gallery's Chelsea space, facing off like opposing armies. Recalling the tents in Mogul gardens (if not the camouflage tents still in use by the Indian military),...
Greer Lankton: Participant Inc
Greer Lankton Participant Inc. Greer Lankton created a world that she wanted to live in. The often life-size dolls that peopled this exhibition, which was high on many people's favorites lists for 2014, have a psychic charge that speaks of needs...
Ha Chonghyun: Blum & Poe
Ha Chonghyun Blum & Poe This selection of nine paintings made between and was the first North American exhibition of the work of Ha Chonghyun, a Korean painter born in . As such, it could hardly claim to offer an overview of the artist's...
Henning Fehr and Philipp Ruhr
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BETWEEN MAY '68 and the military-postindustrial complex, between Situationism and the Situation Room, the word situation may well appear depleted--a term that once held promises of utopian revolution...
Imran Qureshi: Ikon Gallery
Imran Qureshi IKON GALLERY Ikon Gallery evoked the scene of a crime. Red stains spattered the floor and appeared to trickle down walls. Was this the aftermath of a murder, a riot, a war? Yet as visitors stepped gingerly over what looked like...
James Hoff: Callicoon Fine Arts
James Hoff Callicoon Fine Arts Clement Greenberg, 1960: "The first mark made on a canvas destroys its literal and utter flatness, and the result of the marks made on it by an artist like Mondrian is still a kind of illusion that suggests a kind...
Joachim Bandau: Galerie Thomas Fischer
Joachim Bandau GALERIE THOMAS FISCHER Joachim Bandau is nearly eighty, his Berlin dealer very young by comparison. Agewise, they are not the only unlikely couple on the city's art scene. It seems as if the younger generation has been gradually...
Josh Brand: Misako & Rosen
Josh Brand MISAKO & ROSEN In his 1981 essay "The Cancerous Image," the writer, critic, and photographer Herve Guibert narrates the tale of a photograph he stole from someone's home by hiding it beneath his coat. The purloined image showed...
La Biennale De Montreal: Various Venues
La Biennale de Montreal VARIOUS VENUES The week before "L'avenir (looking forward)," the latest edition of the Biennale de Montreal, opened, a group of experts met at Berlin's Haus der Kulturen der Welt to debate whether the Anthropocene, a new...
"Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter": 80WSE
"Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter" 80WSE "We had this dream that artists' books would be in drugstores and airports," said Lucy R. Lippard a few years ago when I asked her about the early days of Printed Matter, Inc. A...
Lucie Stahl: Queer Thoughts
Lucie Stahl QUEER THOUGHTS Lucie Stahl's exhibition at the venerated apartment gallery Queer Thoughts in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood was a fitting last project before the gallery relocates to downtown Manhattan. Known for featuring work that...
Maria Bartuszova: Museum of Modern Art
Maria Bartuszova MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Imagine a form that exudes vulnerability as well as resolve, pliancy as well as recalcitrance, that features geometric shapes and is nonetheless organic, that looks provisional and yet is timelessly self-contained,...
Marina Abramovic: Sean Kelly
Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly The two trajectories that perhaps best describe the last half decade or so of Marina Abramovic's career converged almost too tidily in Generator, the artist's recent installation/performance at Sean Kelly and her first...
Master Narrative: Svetlana Alpers on Rembrandt at the National Gallery in London
"REMBRANDT: THE LATE WORKS" offered a splendid chance to consider the possibilities of painting. With the exception of some early works, Rembrandt's painting seems to me to be remarkably all of a piece. Did he have a late style as Titian and Picasso...
Material Witness: David Joselit on Visual Evidence and the Case of Eric Garner
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BY NOW, IT'S A TRUISM to say that there are more images than ever before, a digital flood of pictures that shows no signs of slowing. But what about all the images that are blocked, elided, or destroyed? What about the resurgence...
Nicolas Guagnini: Bortolami
Nicolas Guagnini Bortolami "Who's screwing whom?" I wondered as I observed the slightly oversize ceramic conversation pieces that occupied the main space of Nicolas Guagnini's recent exhibition at Bortolami. Formed from an inventory of feet,...
Nicole Eisenman: Institute of Contemporary Art
Nicole Eisenman Institute Of Contemporary Art Despite frequent critical emphasis on their deliciously flamboyant narratives, Nicole Eisenman's paintings derive their full impact from subtly subversive details, which become visible only when the...
Niki De Saint Phalle: Galerie Mitterrand/Grand Palais
Niki de Saint Phalle GALERIE MITTERRAND/GRAND PALAIS Three bright and victorious Nana sculptures--Baigneuse (Bathing Beauty), 1967-68; Nana boule (maillot blanc avec polka dots) (Ball Nana [White Suit with Polka Dots]), ca. 1966-68; and Nana...
Patrizio Di Massimo: T293
Patrizio Di Massimo T293 Patrizio Di Massimo's solo show "Are Ere Ire"--which included paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances, all from 2014--offered ample evidence of the multiplicity of languages he draws upon and of the vast...
Peter Blume: ACA Galleries
Peter Blume ACA Galleries The most surprising works in this exhibition of Peter Blume's art were the drawings, which were made with an exquisitely fine-tuned hand, an ingeniously variable touch--sometimes delicate, sometimes firm. Intense and...
"Pictures, before and After-An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp": Galerie Buchholz
"Pictures, Before and After--An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp" GALERIE BUCHHOLZ At a time when influencing artists' exposure is one of the few powers left to a writer, the artist list for an exhibition in Douglas Crimp's honor read like a testament...
Ray Johnson: Richard L. Feigen & Co
Ray Johnson Richard L. Feigen & Co Ray Johnson (1927-1995) has been an artist of compelling interest since the mid-s, thanks to two premonitory Pop collages, one depicting Elvis Presley, the other James Dean. Yet for all the acclaim they...
"Russian Performance: A Cartography of Its History": Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
"Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History" GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Based on years of archival research, "Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History" provided a comprehensive overview of the subject over the last hundred...
"Sculpture after Sculpture": Moderna Museet, Stockholm
WITH "SCULPTURE AFTER SCULPTURE," Stockholm's Moderna Museet staged one of the most suggestive presentations of contemporary sculpture I can remember seeing: a show brilliantly choreographed as both an experience and an argument. Few exhibitions manage...
Shambhavi Kaul: Jhaveri Contemporary
Shambhavi Kaul JHAVERI CONTEMPORARY Shambhavi Kaul seems endlessly enchanted with the idea that extraterrestrials are just an Orbitz booking away. Though her work has been shown internationally at events and platforms including the BFI London...
Shinro Ohtake: Parasol Unit
Shinro Ohtake PARASOL UNIT Visitors to the 2013 Venice Biennale will remember Shinro Ohtake's numerous scrapbooks in the lower level of the Central Pavilion. Displayed in glass cases, these open tomes radiate charm through their density of accumulated...
Significant Others: Andre Rottmann on the Collected Writings of Renee Green
Other Planes of There. Selected Writings, by Renee Green. Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press, 2014. 506 pages. "MY WORK has for some time included multiple parts, created to coexist and thus create a density of layers, spatially, geometrically,...
Stan VanDerBeek: The Box
Stan VanDerBeek THE BOX Comprising eight films from Stan VanDerBeek's "Poemfield" series, 1965-71, including two versions of Poemfield No. 1, 1967, and more than two dozen of the artist's works on paper, this exhibition provided a welcome point...
Steve Gianakos: Fredericks & Freiser
Steve Gianakos Fredericks & Freiser The cartoonlike paintings that Steve Gianakos has been making since the early s have long been perverse, and this particular group seems to me no more or less so than earlier ones. But it ranks with the...
Structural Integrity
I DIDN'T EXPECT CHOPIN at the start of a Paul Sharits exhibition. Nineteenth-century Polish Romanticism was simply not what I had associated with the work of the American artist, best known for the jarring yet hypnotic 16-mm films of flickering color...
Sturtevant: Museum of Modern Art, New York
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT BECOMES A LEGEND MOST? For years, the artwork, actions, and life of Sturtevant operated like a trade secret, quietly scrambling preconceived notions of the origin of appropriation. Having been one of the first postwar...
Suspended Animation: Paul Galvez on the Art of Isabelle Cornaro
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON NEW YORK'S HIGH LINE, between Gansevoort Street and the Standard Hotel, a black monolith encrusted with strange paneled reliefs rises from the disused railroad tracks that run through this elevated...
Victoria Morton: The Modern Institute
Victoria Morton THE MODERN INSTITUTE "On one hand I believe in the idea of expression but on the other I am skeptical of this," Victoria Morton remarked in an interview. Such contradictory beliefs can be felt within a painting such as Photosynthesis...
Vivian Maier: Howard Greenberg Gallery
Vivian Maier Howard Greenberg Gallery The recent exhibition of photographer Vivian Maier's work was titled "In Her Own Hands"--exactly, at least on the surface, what the show was not. Maier (1962-2009) took tens of thousands of photographs while...
Zbynek Baladran: Hunt Kastner
Zbynek Baladran HUNT KASTNER "When is it going to start? It's already started. When? The dream started long since." These are the opening lines of Zbynek Baladran's Diderot's Dream, 2014. For many years, the video essay has been the form most...
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