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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 7, March

Akram Zaatari: Salt Beyoglu
ISTANBUL Akram Zaatari SALT BEYOGLU This impressive survey of Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari's career included twenty-seven works from 1998 to the present, thematically spread across three spacious floors. The top floor, "Poses and postures,"...
Albert York: Matthew Marks Gallery
Albert York MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY When Calvin Tomkins profiled Albert York for the New Yorker in 1995, the artist had shown regularly since 1963 and had acquired a quite glamorous collector base. But he was a private man and his work is private,...
Alex Hubbard and Jon Pestoni: Eleni Koroneou Gallery
ATHENS Alex Hubbard and Jon Pestoni ELENI KORONEOU GALLERY This was not the first time Alex Hubbard and Jon Pestoni have collaborated. In 2010 they paired up for a show at Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, and in 2012 they produced a conversation...
"American Producers": Between Bridges
"American Producers" Between Bridges "American Producers" was the second iteration of the Playback Room, a project series organized by Wolfgang Tillmans that proposes that the art world attend to music on the latter's own terms. The project aims...
Angle of Repose: Martin Herbert on the Art of Andrea Buttner
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I WANT TO LET THE WORK FALL DOWN." These words sing out from (and provide the title for) a black-and-white woodcut that Andrea Buttner printed in 2005--and as it was written,...
Anicka Yi
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOMETHING SMELLED OFF IN THE GALLERY. Something ruined, or bad. The distinctive, slightly sickening odor turned out to be emanating from a plain cardboard box: Inside were stacks of clear plastic petri dishes, each flush with...
Art & Language: Lisson Gallery
LONDON Art & Language LISSON GALLERY The English Conceptual artists Art & Language have been art-world irritants since 1968, fiercely witty agents provocateurs determined to debunk modernist assumptions about authenticity, authorship,...
Cristiano Lenhardt: Amparo 60 Galeria
RECIFE, BRAZIL Cristiano Lenhardt AMPARO 60 GALERIA The idea that an object exists only because the force holding it together is stronger than the force pulling it apart was the stated subject of Cristiano Lenhardt's recent solo show "Materia...
Dash Shaw
Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator whose graphic novel New School was published in 2013 to wide acclaim. His other publications include Doctors (2014), BodyWorld (2010), and Bottomless Belly Button (2008); among his recent animations are Wheel...
David Malek: Triple V
PARIS David Malek TRIPLE V Masquerading as pure abstractions, David Malek's latest ensemble of bright and glossy acrylic paintings feature either single large shapes or allover geometric patterns. Painted in electric shades of pink, blue,...
David Weiss: Swiss Institute
David Weiss SWISS INSTITUTE Before there was Fischli & Weiss, there were Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Fischli was still only in his twenties when they began collaborating in 1979, so presumably his solo oeuvre was as yet rather small. Weiss,...
Deja View: Kevin McGarry on the Comeback
CREATED BY LISA KUDROW and Michael Patrick King, the first season of The Comeback aired on HBO in fall 2005, at the dawn of the empire of reality television. Its sun is Valerie Cherish, a middle-aged actress, played by Kudrow, whose claim to vanishing...
Eoin MC Hugh: Kerlin Gallery
DUBLIN Eoin Mc Hugh KERLIN GALLERY A curious meeting of man and beast was central to the keyed-up drama of Eoin Me Hugh's "the skies will be friendlier then." Dominating one end of the room was a grotesque quasi-equine sculpture titled the...
Frances Scholz: Tif Sigfrids
Frances Scholz TIF SIGFRIDS The most coherent moments in Frances Scholz's Trailer I and II, both 2014, ostensibly promo shorts for her as-yet-unmade film Amboy, are recurring snippets of writer (and friend of the gallery) Chris Kraus (re) delivering...
"From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction": Blum & Poe
LOS ANGELES "From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction" BLUM & POE Reified as the officially sanctioned face of modern Korean art in the late 1970s and '80s, tansaekhwa, which literally translates as "monochrome painting," recently received...
God Bites Dog: Amy Taubin on Kornel Mundruczo's White God
ALTHOUGH I WOULD NOT be the person I am today had I not seen Bambi as a child, I do not recommend taking kids to White God, which is similarly tender, harrowing, heartbreaking---and violent. And although the central characters of Kornel Mundruczo's...
High Lines: Caitlin Blanchfield on New York's New Skyscrapers
THE FLUCTUATING TROUGHS and crests of New York's skyline have always registered another set of shifts: that of the seemingly incessant stratification of money and power in the city. The past year has been marked by a particularly accelerated spate...
Jan Schoonhoven: David Zwirner
Jan Schoonhoven DAVID ZWIRNER Writing in 1965 about his friend and fellow cofounder of the Dutch Group Nul (Zero), Henk Peeters recalled the words of Jan Schoonhoven's supervisor at the Dutch postal service, where Schoonhoven was employed from...
Jim Shaw: Talks about "Entertaining Doubts"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LIKE WILLIAM BLAKE, who wrote, "I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's," Jim Shaw is compelled by a logic of his own design, inventing alternate realities as bulwarks against--and cautionary tales about--contemporary...
Jiri Georg Dokoupil: Paul Kasmin Gallery
Jiri Georg Dokoupil PAUL KASMIN GALLERY It's hard to believe that the abstract Plukasibo, 2014 (which was on view in this show), and the cartoonish Der Leser (The Reader), 1981 (which was not), were made by the same painter--the Czech-born German...
Jochen Lempert: Projectesd
BARCELONA Jochen Lempert PROJECTESD Jochen Lempert's photography is unmistakably black-and-white, mostly printed in small and medium formats, and invariably unframed. Just as constant has been his disinterest in the dazzling enticements of...
Judith Scott: Brooklyn Museum
Judith Scott BROOKLYN MUSEUM The effects of an artist's biography on his or her reception may be uncertain but they are hardly insignificant, and "Bound and Unbound," the outstanding survey of the work of the sculptor Judith Scott at the Brooklyn...
Julije Knifer: Museum of Contemporary Art
ZAGREB, CROATIA Julije Knifer MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The word meander derives from the Maiandros River, which twists and turns through what is now Turkey on its way to the Aegean Sea. The water's singularly serpentine path was stylized...
Keith Sonnier: Castelli Gallery
Keith Sonnier CASTELLI GALLERY A bit of backstory is in order. Leo Castelli's response to post-Minimalism (notably, to the work of Richard Serra) was to arrange for exhibitions of the new style in a former art shipper's warehouse located in west...
Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Various Venues, Kochi, India
Kochi-Muziris Biennale VARIOUS VENUES, KOCHI, INDIA [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALTHOUGH IT IS ONLY in its second edition, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale seems replete with history, owing to its two storied sites: Kochi, an extant port on the Arabian...
Marieta Chirulescu: Kunsthalle Lingen
LINGEN, GERMANY Marieta Chirulescu KUNSTHALLE LINGEN Some of Marieta Chirulescu's pictures--created in finely nuanced pale hues of gray, with faint efflorescences of color that revealed themselves only on a second or third glance--seemed to...
Mary Lum: Yancey Richardson
Mary Lum YANCEY RICHARDSON The sixteen works created by Mary Lum for her latest exhibition are part collage, part (often the larger part) painting. Angular blocks of flatly applied acrylic surround photographs and strips cut from comic books...
Melanie Smith: Galeria Nara Roesler
SAO PAULO Melanie Smith GALERIA NARA ROESLER In Melanie Smith's recent exhibition "Fordlandia," five paintings, eight collages, and a video (all works 2014) address an industrial complex constructed by Henry Ford in the middle of Brazil's...
Michael Wang: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Michael Wang ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY If Rite-Aid had ever taken a chance on Donald Judd, Carl Andre, or Haim Steinbach as shelf stockers, your local drugstore might have looked something like "Rivals," Michael Wang's recent exhibition at Andrea...
Michel Auder/Jozef Robakowski: Fahrenheit
Michel Auder/Jozef Robakowski FAHRENHEIT I can see you. Perched near a window, looking down on the heat and honk of the sun-bright street or out to the night windows beaming like magic lanterns, you are easily observed. Looking out from their...
Mike Nelson: 303 Gallery
Mike Nelson 303 GALLERY Though perhaps not beautiful in the classic SoCal sense of surfably blue waters and dazzling sunsets, nor, for that matter, in the East Coast manner of the beach-plum and sand-dune William Merritt Chase picturesque, the...
Morgan Fisher: Maureen Paley
Morgan Fisher MAUREEN PALEY Much recent engagement with photochemical film tends to reflect a fetishistic investment in the uniqueness of its materiality. The work of Morgan Fisher is different: His interest is in the conjunction of this material...
New Wave: Nana Last on Fluid Architecture
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN 2010, Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, cofounders of Sanaa, completed one of their most ambitious projects to date: the Rolex Learning Center on the...
Nick Mauss: Campou Presti
Nick Mauss CAMPOU PRESTI Nick Mauss's work embodies drawing--which may come as a surprise, considering that, at first glance, his latest exhibition consisted of six cut powdered-coated-steel sculptures, four plaster wall pieces, and one work...
Nikita Kadan: Campagne Premiere
BERLIN Nikita Kadan CAMPAGNE PREMIERE In recent years, sites of protest--Tahrir Square, Zuccotti Park, Taksim Square--have functioned in large part as visual interventions in the fabric of the city. As such, they've made claims on attention,...
Nina Canell: Moderna Museet
STOCKHOLM Nina Canell MODERNA MUSEET The very first thing one encountered upon entering "Mid-Sentence," Nina Canell's recent solo exhibition, was a nail. It was embedded in the gallery wall, but instead of having been hammered in, the nail's...
"No Entrance, No Exit": The Kitchen
"No entrance, no exit" THE KITCHEN Today the membrane that screens private space from public has disintegrated to almost nothing. You could say it's as thin as a layer of liquid crystal. Still, slight as it might be, it's in this diminished borderland...
Not to Be: James Quandt on Jessica Hausner's Amour Fou
The tide buries us all in the end. --a Maltese guard, in Jessica Hausner's Lourdes (2009) ALLES IN ORDNUNG, the German phrase for "everything's okay," implies that all is in order--tidy and organized, in its proper Teutonic place. The young female...
Paolo Icaro: Peep-Hole
MILAN Paolo Icaro PEEP-HOLE The work of Paolo Icaro, who was born in Turin in 1936, has long been marked by his radical investigations of form, language, and meaning. "Appunti di Viaggio, 1967-2014" (Travel Notes, 1967-2014), the artist's...
Pop! after Pop! J. Hoberman on the Batman TV Show
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The myths that actually touched you at that time--not Hercules, Orpheus, Ulysses, and Aeneas--but Superman, Captain Marvel, Batman ... --Tom Wolfe imagining Ken Kesey's boyhood...
Rachelle Sawatsky: Harmony Murphy Gallery
Rachelle Sawatsky HARMONY MURPHY GALLERY Last spring, Rachelle Sawatsky mounted five pastel-hued unglazed ceramics and one large, aqueous cerulean canvas to the walls of the Finley Gallery in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Glimpsed...
R. H. Quaytman: Gladstone Gallery
NEW YORK R. H. Quaytman GLADSTONE GALLERY In Tristes Tropiques, Claude Levi-Strauss recalls how little he knew of Brazil before he moved there. "In my imagination," he writes, "I associated Brazil with clumps of twisted palm trees concealing...
Robert Hodge
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] STAND YOUR GROUND. The words have been seared into the outermost layers of a thickly matted accumulation of reclaimed paper; brown scorch marks, residue of the burning process, radiate from the edges of the letters. This sobering...
Rochelle Goldberg: The Apartment
VANCOUVER Rochelle Goldberg THE APARTMENT Ceramic forms that resemble excrement and snakeskin, fiber-optic cables drenched in resin, deflated pleather cushions--Rochelle Goldberg's sculptures beckon like abject sirens, compelling the viewer...
Saira McLaren: Sargent's Daughters
Saira McLaren SARGENT'S DAUGHTERS Saira McLaren's show saved my sober January. Here were nine bibulous paintings: raw canvas sponges that had absorbed several centuries of landscape tradition and were drunk on garish color but still quick on...
Seb Patane: Galleria Fonti
NAPLES Seb Patane GALLERIA FONTI Anxiety was the theme of Seb Patane's recent exhibition at Galleria Fonti. The show was aptly titled "Abdomen," in reference to the part of the body generally struck by illnesses of emotional and psychological...
Second Act: Kim Gordon Talks with Nick Mauss
"EACH CLUB vies for the position of 'favored art club,' as a yet newer alternative to the art world's alternative spaces, it seems to be what the art world wants." Penned during the rise of Danceteria and Raymond Pettibon, Wild Style and No Wave, KIM...
Senga Nengudi: White Cube, Bermondsey
Senga Nengudi WHITE CUBE, BERMONDSEY Around the bottom edge where pristine white gallery walls meet buffed concrete, Senga Nengudi spread thin strips of sand, forming an alternative baseboard, as if the earth were seeping up into the room. From...
Shambhavi Singh: Talwar Gallery
NEW DELHI Shambhavi Singh TALWAR GALLERY Poor, illiterate, lawless, caste-discriminatory Bihar is every Indian's stereotype of rural backwardness. Yet today the state is touted as a shining example of economic development, which is greater...
Synth Popped: Alan Licht on Cybernetic Serendipity Music
THE OPENING of "Cybernetic Serendipity" on August 2, 1968, at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts was nothing if not timely. The seminal exhibition centered on "computer art" and drew its name from the burgeoning field inspired by Norbert Wiener's...
"The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World": Museum of Modern Art, New York
"The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World" MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD--it's only a click away. And the artists in "The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World" immerse themselves...
"Unlived by What Is Seen": Galleria Continua/Pace Gallery/Tang Contemporary Art
BEIJING "Unlived by What Is Seen" GALLERIA CONTINUA/PACE GALLERY/TANG CONTEMPORARY ART "Unlived by What Is Seen," the awkward and ambiguous English version of this exhibition's Chinese title, may suggest a kind of annulment of visual experience....
Walter Robinson: University Galleries of Illinois State University
NORMAL, IL Walter Robinson UNIVERSITY GALLERIES OF ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY As Walter Robinson's paintings have evolved, they've come to serve as an uncannily accurate gauge for the American art world's analogously shifting, and increasingly...
Wu Tsang: Migros Museum Fur Gegenwartskunst
ZURICH Wu Tsang MIGROS MUSEUM FUR GEGENWARTSKUNST In spite of its defiant title, "Not in my language," mutinously followed up by an electric-blue neon sign reminding entering visitors that THE Fist Is Still Up (a work ironically titled Safe...
Yael Bartana: Petzel
Yael Bartana PETZEL At once persuasive and complex, Yael Bartana's films and videos come off as more than mere intellectual exercises. Seeking to directly effect social change, Bartana enlists the services of actors and nonactors alike, whether...
ZERO: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
ZERO SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RATHER THAN ARTWORKS, visitors entering the ambitious "ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s" exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York were immediately confronted...
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