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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 8, April

Adelita Husni-Bey: Laveronica Arte Contemporanea
MODICA, ITALY Adelita Husni-Bey LAVERONICA ARTE CONTEMPORANEA "2014, Italy: The national youth unemployment rate has reached 40 percent. Factories are closing. The number of families living beneath the poverty level has increased. The government...
"Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015"
"Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015" WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON Sarah K. Rich "ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK SQUARE" begins with a rectangle: Kazimir Malevich's undated little quadrilateral from the Costakis Collection....
Angel Oloshove: Art Palace
HOUSTON Angel Oloshove ART PALACE On her blog, Angel Oloshove describes her ceramic vessels and sculptures as "babes" and "cuties" (as in "new cuties," and "I just got these babes fresh out of the kiln")--and these terms of endearment couldn't...
Anri Sala: Talks about the Present Moment, 2014
FOR ANRI SALA, sound has always functioned as both an expressive medium and a register of memory, hauntingly subject to erasure. In the work for which Sala first garnered acclaim, the 1998 video Intervista, silence is the sensory analogue of historical...
Betty Woodman: David Kordansky Gallery
LOS ANGELES Betty Woodman DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY "Illusions of Domesticity," Betty Woodman's first solo show at David Kordansky Gallery, was also her first one-person exhibition on the West Coast in a decade--the latter landmark made all...
Bewitched: Tony Pipolo on Ken Jacobs's the Guests
The truest, most astounding, and perhaps most dangerous glory of the Lumiere brothers is not to have spun the development of a "seventh art".... No, its glory is having created a form of witchcraft akin to that of the prophet Joshua, which frees our...
Bill Lynch: The Approach
LONDON Bill Lynch THE APPROACH This selection of nine mostly undated paintings plus one large book of paintings on paper was only the second one-person exhibition of Bill Lynch, who died in 2013, at age fifty-three. Chosen from a thirty-year...
Bridging the Gap: Jens Hoffmann on Art in Costa Rica
DESPITE THE EVER-EXPANDING BORDERS of the art world, Central America rarely features on the itineraries of its jet-setters. Its seven countries have long been dismissed through the cliches of the banana republic, plagued by civil war, violent crime,...
"Call and Response": Gavin Brown's Enterprise
"Call and Response" GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE To survey painting in 2015 is to take on a seemingly impossible task. How to sort through its stylistic shifts, its post-medium-specific mutability, its disorienting variousness? How to define painting's...
Carlos Irijalba: Galeria Moises Perez De Albeniz
MADRID Carlos Irijalba GALERIA MOISES PEREZ DE ALBENIZ Viewers already familiar with the work of Carlos Irijalba might have been surprised that his latest show consisted almost solely of sculpture, given that, over the years, he has built...
Carried Away: Tim Griffin on the Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
TO TAKE THE NARRATORS of his various novels at their collective word, author Michel Houellebecq would seem to think few things are so banal--or, perhaps more accurately, so much a thing of the past--as people. In the opening pages of his first published...
Christoph Rutimann: Mai 36 Galerie
ZURICH Christoph Rutimann MAI 36 GALERIE Long-standing and fruitful relationships between artists and their galleries have become exceptionally rare. Mai 36 Galerie and Christoph Rutimann, however, share a history that goes back three decades...
Dora Budor: New Galerie
Dora Budor NEW GALERIE Creepy as a scene from a sci-fi blockbuster, Dora Budor's exhibition "The Architect's Plan, His Contagion and Sensitive Corridors" invaded the gallery with swaths of synthetic skin, severed cyborg prostheses, and images...
Douglas Coupland: Daniel Faria Gallery
TORONTO Douglas Coupland DANIEL FARIA GALLERY You have to hand it to Douglas Coupland. The Vancouver-based novelist, screenwriter, and lecturer has for decades now been the go-to source for pop-culture prognostication--his 1991 bildungsroman,...
Eddie Peake: Galleria Lorcan O'Neill
ROME Eddie Peake GALLERIA LORCAN O'NEILL At the heart of Eddie Peake's exhibition "A Historical Masturbators" is the city of Rome--where the British artist lived from the summer of 2014 until early 2015 (and now lives part-time), integrating...
Erwin Olaf: Hasted Kraeutler
Erwin Olaf HASTED KRAEUTLER At once staged and manicured, Erwin Olaf's photographs put us in a suspenseful space. The key to this exhibition--and, more specifically, to nine of the twenty-two works on view--was a video clip in the multimedia...
Floating World: Pauline J. Yao on Charles Lim's "Sea State," 2005-
SOMETIME BETWEEN 2002 AND 2008, the small island known as Pulau Sejahat disappeared off the northeast coast of Singapore. The sea did not subsume it, but the one-hectare landmass was mysteriously wiped from all official nautical charts of Singapore's...
Francesco Vezzoli: MOMA PS1
Francesco Vezzoli MOMA PS1 Francesco Vezzoli is an ambitious artist, to be sure. A case in point is the fraught history of his recent exhibition at MOMA PSI: In 2013, the Milan-based artist sought to purchase the ruins of a nineteenth-century...
Frieze Art Fair
New York Randall's Island Park Mag 14-17, 2015 Preview Day Wednesday, May 13 friezenewgork.com Participating Galleries 303 Gallery, New York Miguel Abreu, New York Acquavella, New York Altman Siegel, San Francisco The...
Hugh Steers: Alexander Gray Associates
Hugh Steers ALEXANDER GRAY ASSOCIATES New York City's cramped tenement apartments were the standard setting for painter Hugh Steers (1962-1995). Within these intimate environs, Steers most often depicted male figures--alone or in pairs--in various...
Jack Pierson: MacCarone
Jack Pierson MACCARONE Jack Pierson's recent show, presented in collaboration with Cheim &C Read, brought together ten works the artist created between 1997 and 2002. Although the artist calls these pieces "paintings," they are, in fact,...
Jaime Davidovich: Threewalls
CHICAGO Jaime Davidovich THREEWALLS Comprising eleven videos spread across three thematically organized screening programs, and curated for Threewalls by art historian and Artforum contributor Daniel Quiles, "Outreach: Jaime Davidovich, 1974-1984"...
Jan Peter Hammer: Supportico Lopez
Jan Peter Hammer SUPPORTICO LOPEZ Taking us from the Skinner box to the present-day tourist attraction SeaWorld Orlando, Jan Peter Hammer's film Tilikum, 2013-15, shot on HD video, was the ambitious centerpiece of this exhibition. It tells the...
Jason Kraus: Algus Greenspon
Jason Kraus ALGUS GREENSPON Titled "Finished Objects," Jason Kraus's recent exhibition certainly had a degree of polish, in that the show also incorporated mass-produced artifacts that are "finished" insofar as they have already been manufactured,...
Jesus Rafael Soto: Galerie Perrotin
PARIS Jesus Rafael Soto GALERIE PERROTIN Jesus Rafael Soto's late works stage elaborate visual puzzles. Take Sans titre (Aleatoire 2) (Untitled [Random 2]), 1996, as an example. More than six feet high and thirteen across, this mural-scale...
Lee Kwang-Ho: Kukje Gallery
SEOUL Lee Kwang-Ho KUKJE GALLERY "Picturing Landscape," Lee Kwang-Ho's exhibition of eighteen new paintings, revealed his attempt to depict the Gotjawal Forest of Jeju Island, 280 miles south of Seoul in the southernmost part of Korea. Gotjawal...
Lena Henke
Lena Henke is an artist based in Frankfurt and New York and the cofounder of M/L Artspace. She has recently mounted solo exhibitions at White Flag Projects in Saint Louis, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten in Marl, Germany, and Real Fine Arts in New York....
Liz Magic Laser: Various Small Fires
Liz Magic Laser VARIOUS SMALL FIRES Over the past five years, Liz Magic Laser has become known for bringing into critical view--through performance, video, and, increasingly, installation and sculpture--the aesthetic codes of public discourse,...
Louise Nevelson: Pace Gallery
NEW YORK Louise Nevelson PACE GALLERY On some basic level, every exhibition is about work. But this commanding display of collages and assemblages by Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), encompassing three decades, made work--as in production and...
Marwa Arsanios: Kunsthalle Lissabon
LISBON Marwa Arsanios KUNSTHALLE LISSABON Kunsthalle Lissabon began the year with a new space, and with the first solo exhibition in Lisbon of Lebanese artist Marwa Arsanios. "Notes for a choreography" presented Arsanios's latest video, Olga's...
Missing, Inaction: Gary Dauphin on Nick Broomfield's Tales of the Grim Sleeper
HOW MANY WOMEN have been murdered by serial killers in South Los Angeles since the mid-1980s? No one knows. Police favor one number (the official tally is fifty-five, mapping to bodies found), while kin to the hundreds who have gone missing fear that...
N. Dash: Hammer Museum
N. Dash HAMMER MUSEUM N. Dash's first solo museum exhibition was staged in the Hammer's distinctive Vault Gallery; with its diminutive, bullet-shaped floor plan and arched ceiling, the chamber is one of the museum's more unusual spaces, and the...
Olga Balema
AN ARM STRETCHES across a concrete floor, a Lonely Arm, 2013. Salmon-colored, latex, it is not, in fact, an arm; it is a glove. Still, the allusion to an arm animates it, narrates its--what--well, technically material loneliness. In another white cube,...
Prints + Editions
PETER BLUM EDITION 20 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212 244 6055 Fax: 212 244 6054 E-mail: art@peterblumgallery.com Web: www.peterblumgallery.com Tues.-Fri. 10-6, Sat. 11-6 New book, John Zurier, Paintings 1981-2014. Essay...
Rachel Reupke: Cubitt Gallery
Rachel Reupke CUBITT GALLERY "Dear Sir or Madam: It has come to my attention that I am paid less than the man next to me on the assembly line," states the narrator's voice in Rachel Reupke's latest video, Letter of Complaint, 2015, a ten-minute...
Robert Kushner: DC Moore Gallery
Robert Kushner DC MOORE GALLERY Robert Kushner's last exhibition at this gallery, in the winter of 2012-13, was austere by his standards, leaning heavily on a grisaille palette said to have been inspired by the spare black-and-white paintings...
Rupali Patil: Clark House Initiative
MUMBAI Rupali Patil CLARK HOUSE INITIATIVE Clark House Initiative frequently hosts shows dealing with Mumbai in historical and contemporary perspective, often with a view to the life and culture of the marginalized peoples whose labor drives...
Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt: Chert
BERLIN Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt CHERT When a political system collapses, many an artistic practice goes down with it. This is obviously the case for those who were affiliated with the ruling power and its ideology, but the same is often true for...
Ryan McNamara: Mary Boone Gallery
Ryan McNamara MARY BOONE GALLERY "This guy," says Ryan McNamara, holding up a small black-and-white photographic cutout, "was a contestant in a dance contest I held in Buenos Aires. The entire dance floor was full of 150 people all melting on...
Simon Fujiwara: Proyectos Monclova
MEXICO CITY Simon Fujiwara PROYECTOS MONCLOVA In his recent exhibition "Peoples of the Evening Land," Simon Fujiwara stepped away from the overtly autobiographical subject matter for which he is best known. While the new bodies of work presented...
Susanne M. Winterling: Parrotta Contemporary Art
STUTTGART, GERMANY Susanne M. Winterling PARROTTA CONTEMPORARY ART Some European countries are now considering proposals to cut cursive handwriting from public-school curricula. A millennia-old cultural technology is fated to vanish; citizens...
Sven Augustijnen: Jan Mot
BRUSSELS Sven Augustijnen JAN MOT As D. W. Griffith said, all audiences want to see is "a girl and a gun." Sven Augustijnen has perverted this crowd-pleasing formula by throwing a topless male centerfold smack in the middle of his documentary-esque...
Taken Liberties: Yve-Alain Bois on Charlie Hebdo
IT SEEMS BOTH LONG AGO and only yesterday. The terrible attack on the Parisian journal Charlie Hebdo took place in January, but it both followed and has been followed by many all-too-similar events: The violence around and against speech shows no signs...
Tal R: Cheim & Read
Tal R CHEIM & READ "I want to make concrete rooms where the experience is absolutely abstract," says Tal R. I wonder whether the Israeli-born Danish artist realizes that his aspiration is the reverse of that which was held by the American...
Taysir Batniji and Anna Boghiguian: Sfeir-Semler Gallery
BEIRUT Taysir Batniji and Anna Boghiguian SFEIR-SEMLER GALLERY Anna Boghiguian is an artist with a wild style and singular vision, yet her dense, visceral drawings and scattershot installations play surprisingly well with others. In 2012,...
The Innocence of the Image: Nasser Rabbat on Representations of the Prophet in the Islamic Tradition
TODAY, IMAGES SEEM TO WIELD unthinkable power--and are subject to unthinkable assault. Over the past decade, horrific reprisals for the publication of images of Islamic religious figures have become tragically common--the latest episodes in Paris and...
The Smart Landscape: Rem Koolhaas on Intelligent Architecture
WILL THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION leave architecture behind? The new, networked technologies that are transforming the way we experience space and time seem resolutely intangible, a universe apart from bricks and mortar. Yet such technologies are increasingly...
Tseng Kwong Chi: Ben Brown Fine Arts
HONG KONG Tseng Kwong Chi BEN BROWN FINE ARTS The image of Tseng Kwong Chi dressed in a Mao suit, wearing Ray-Bans, and posing for a self-portrait in front of the World Trade Center for his photograph New York, New York, 1979, is undeniably...
Tyson Reeder: Canada
Tyson Reeder CANADA Pierre Bonnard once claimed that he would like to "arrive in front of the young painters of the year 2000 on the wings of a butterfly." Had he done so, there's a fair chance he would have presented himself to Tyson Reeder....
Uche Okeke: Skoto Gallery
Uche Okeke SKOTO GALLERY Born in 1933, Uche Okeke is one of the leading figures in Nigerian art. He remains little known in the United States, despite a 2006 exhibition at the Newark Museum. That show was called "Another Modernity," and while...
Valentine's Day: Melissa Anderson on Olivier Assayas's Clouds of Sils Maria
"YOU CAN'T BE as accomplished as you are and as well-rounded as an actress as you are and still expect to hold on to the privileges of youth." The admonishment is delivered by twenty-four-year-old Kristen Stewart to Juliette Binoche, age fifty, in...
Wilfredo Prieto and Ariel Schlesinger: Center for Contemporary Art
TEL AVIV Wilfredo Prieto and Ariel Schlesinger CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Wilfredo Prieto and Ariel Schlesinger's double billing of new sculptures and installations marked a fascinating development in the articulation of Conceptual art. Reframing...
Women on the Verge: Johanna Fateman on Art, Feminism, and Social Media
"WHENEVER YOU PUT YOUR BODY ONLINE, in some way you are in conversation with porn." The large-type epigraph on the landing page of the online exhibition "Body Anxiety" was culled from an interview with artist Ann Hirsch, whose frustrated musings in...
Yang Fudong: Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art
SINGAPORE Yang Fudong NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Yang Fudong is an auteur. His invention of a filmic culture for the Chinese art world--that special milieu in which the intelligentsia and the nouveau riche...
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