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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 9, May

2015 New Museum Triennial
2015 New Museum Triennial NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK THE NEW MUSEUM TRIENNIAL is an exploration of culture's future through the art of today. And this futurity is the province of curating and marketing alike: The traditional retrospective survey is...
All about Yves: Melissa Anderson on Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent
BEYOND MERELY RECAPITULATING the high and low points of a celebrated life, Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent distills a mood and a milieu. This heady, sinuous biopic of Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008), arguably the greatest couturier of the second half...
Amelie Von Wulffen: Galerie Meyer Kainer
Amelie von Wulffen GALERIE MEYER KAINER Goya's a great guy--you'd be happy to go on vacation with him, see exhibitions together, or just shoot the breeze, and you can always call him when you're feeling down. Or so it would seem, based on Amelie...
Andrea Bowers: Kaufmann Repetto
Andrea Bowers KAUFMANN REPETTO For Andrea Bowers's debut exhibition at Kaufmann Repetto, the Los Angeles-based artist turned her grassroots-activist eye to the struggle for immigrants' rights in the United States. Rooting her investigation of...
Anna Betbeze: Luxembourg & Dayan
Anna Betbeze LUXEMBOURG & DAYAN The nine works that were displayed in Anna Betbeze's exhibition "Plush Vision" are both absurd and compelling. Created from flokati rugs--a type of woolen shag rug originally made in the north of Greece and...
Anton Van Dalen: P.P.O.W
Anton van Dalen P.P.O.W A local artist and proud of it, Anton van Dalen has lived in the East Village since 1972, and his years there have generated his subject matter. This show largely focused on the neighborhood, and included not only recent...
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: Sculpturecenter
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook SCULPTURECENTER A centerpiece of the Thai Pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale, the video The Class, 2005, shows Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook in her element: staging impossible conversations with interlocutors unable to respond....
Art of the Unspoken: Anthony Korner Talks with Satyajit Ray
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ANTHONY KORNER: I wanted to begin by asking you about the significance of gesture in your work--the idea that a movement on film, as in private life, can mean so much more than the words it would...
Barbara Kasten
Barbara Kasten INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, PHILADELPHIA [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN AN ARTIST'S STATEMENT written for her 1982 solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Barbara Kasten described her practice as "a specific...
Beyond Belief: David Huber on the Architecture of Lacaton & Vassal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ANNE LACATON AND JEAN-PHILIPPE VASSAL may be architects, but their real metier is doubt. Unstinting skeptics, low-key mavericks, the Paris-based duo--born in 1955 in Saint-Pardoux, France, and in...
Cally Spooner
London-based artist and writer Cally Spooner has recently staged solo presentations and performances at such venues as the Bielefelder Kunstverein in Germany, the High Line in New York, and Tate Modern in London. The author of the novella Collapsing...
Candice Breitz: Kaufmann Repetto
Candice Breitz KAUFMANN REPETTO Cleft-lipped, navel-less miniature mutants--dressed inexplicably in Devo-esque jumpsuits--are the chilling bogeymen in David Cronenberg's 1979 horror film, The Brood. Scarier, though, is what unleashes them: the...
Dan Rees: Tanya Leighton
Dan Rees TANYA LEIGHTON "Stimulate Surprise" was Dan Rees's fourth solo show at Tanya Leighton, and his second without any of the abstract paintings for which he's best known. The exhibition consisted of six three-dimensional works and two videos,...
Elizabeth Jaeger: And Now
Elizabeth Jaeger AND NOW Characterized by an economy of form and material, the spare sculptural tableaux of Elizabeth Jaeger's first solo exhibition in Texas are a meditation on physical and emotional supports. The slumped pinkish leather shape...
Father Knows Best: Amy Taubin on Crystal Moselle's the Wolfpack
THE WOLFPACK, which won the grand prize for documentary at Sundance 2015, is a celebration of movies and the cinephiles who live through and by them as if their obsession weren't going out of style. A male coming-of-age narrative, it delivers sometimes...
Florian Meisenberg: Simone Subal Gallery
Florian Meisenberg SIMONE SUBAL GALLERY In David Foster Wallace's epic 1996 novel, Infinite Jest, the young tennis-academy student Hal Incandenza dreams of a tennis court with lines and systems so unfathomably complex, they turn to liquid before...
Fouad Elkoury: Galerie Tanit
Fouad Elkoury GALERIE TANIT In 1849, Gustave Flaubert and Maxime Du Camp set off on an adventure to the East. For two young Frenchmen of the mid-nineteenth-century haute bourgeoisie, the East meant Egypt, so they made their way from Paris to...
Francesca Woodman: Marian Goodman Gallery
Francesca Woodman MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY Among the reasons the photographs of Francesca Woodman entrance me is the insouciant grace with which she and her collaborators occupy their frames. Wearing a long dress, striped stockings, or nothing...
Global Entry: Okwui Enwezor Talks with Michelle Kuo about the 56th Venice Biennale
THE WORLD IS NOT FLAT, and Okwui Enwezor, perhaps more than any other contemporary curator, has shown us just how mutable, turbulent, and multifarious it is. As he prepares to open the Fifty-Sixth Venice Biennale on May 9, Enwezor--who has said that...
Gunther Forg: Greene Naftali/Skarstedt
Gunther Forg GREENE NAFTALI/SKARSTEDT The work of German artist Gunther Forg, who died in 2013, has been shown infrequently in New York in recent years. So the simultaneous presentations of his art earlier this year--at Greene Naftali and Skarstedt--constituted...
Gyan Panchal: Marcelle Alix
Gyan Panchal MARCELLE ALIX Broken beehive boxes, a discarded hunting tent, a three-foot-tall wedge of eroded polyurethane: These are among the raw materials of Gyan Panchal's latest works. Starting with man-made items scavenged from the French...
Harm Van Den Dorpel: Neumeister Bar-Am
Harm van den Dorpel NEUMEISTER BAR-AM "Ambiguity points to the mystery of all revealing"--the title of Harm van den Dorpel's recent solo show--is taken from Martin Heidegger's 1954 essay "The Question Concerning Technology." Deprived of its context,...
"In the Studio: Paintings"/"In the Studio: Photographs": Gagosian Gallery
"In the Studio: Paintings"/"In the Studio: Photographs" GAGOSIAN GALLERY Though I am not in perfect sympathy with all of the fifty-one artworks by thirty-six artists and some 150 photographs by fifty-two photographers chosen for this hugely ambitious...
Kamau Amu Patton: Callicoon Fine Arts
Kamau Amu Patton CALLICOON FINE ARTS In Kamau Amu Patton's recent exhibition, chaotic input gave rise to surprisingly orderly results. Using electronic feedback as a generative force work, Patton allowed the technological to bleed into the more...
K.R.M. Mooney: Bad Reputation
K.r.m. Mooney BAD REPUTATION Bad Reputation is a small, artist-run project space located in an anonymous prewar office building in Los Angeles's Westlake neighborhood. Run by artist Andreas Waris, Bad Reputation takes its name from the title...
Lasting Impression: Andre Dombrowski on Gustave Caillebotte
AS LIFE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY sped up, so did the century's art. Paintings created in "fifteen minutes," as the poet and critic Jules Laforgue described Impressionism in 1883, characterized a novel kind of picture built of hectic signs: Freewheeling...
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY Curated by the artist Erik Wysocan, "Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Production/Reproduction" at Andrea Rosen Gallery purported to revisit Moholy-Nagy's art and thought in the years after the failed socialist revolution...
Liang Shuo: Pifo Gallery
Liang Shuo PIFO GALLERY Liang Shuo's recent solo show bore an odd name: "Tuo Pu Ou Le Ju." It's his own transliteration of the English word topology, devoid of any meaning in Chinese. Following on his earlier shows "Fit" (2010) and "The Story...
Lisa Tan: Galleri Riis
Lisa Tan GALLERI RIIS Ethnographers and anthropologists often occupy an in-between state known as "liminality." Their dual roles--of participant and observer-- become irresolvable. Something similar can happen with works of art. Think of Jasper...
Luiz Zerbini: Galpao Fortes Vilaca
Luiz Zerbini GALPAO FORTES VILACA Times are tough in Brazil: With almost daily political scandals and a fierce drought in the nation's largest city--brought on in part by poor resource management--Brazilians seem desperate to rekindle their faith...
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lynn Hershman Leeson ZKM: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I'VE NEVER HAD works of art take so many photographs of me. Soon after entering Lynn Hershman Leeson's recent show at the ZKM, I was met by Past...
Marcus Herse: Greene Exhibitions
Marcus Herse GREENE EXHIBITIONS Visitors to Greene Exhibitions will likely brave that most persistent of LA cliches: terrible traffic. So those who came for Marcus Herse's solo show were primed for a suite of six long videos, projected larger-than-life...
Marie Lund: Badischer Kunstverein
Marie Lund BADISCHER KUNSTVEREIN Marie Lund's exhibition "Flush" brought to mind a remark by Mark Rothko: "I don't express myself in my paintings. I express my not-self." Whom do we actually see in an artwork, if anyone at all? In Lund's case,...
Marlie Mul: Vilma Gold
Marlie Mul VILMA GOLD In her exhibition "Arbeidsvitaminen (Labor Vitamins)" titled after the longest-running Dutch radio music show, Berlin- and London-based artist Marlie Mul unpacked a Panglossian narrative of technological progress. Reassuring...
Matthew Barney: Museum of Old and New Art
Matthew Barney MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART Matthew Barney's vastly ambitious "Cremaster" cycle, 1994-2002, was finished and presented in that window between 9/11 and the financial collapse of 2008. Not surprisingly, several critics saw it as a...
Melanie Matranga: Karma International
Melanie Matranga KARMA INTERNATIONAL The most conspicuous part of Melanie Matranga's exhibition "A perspective, somehow," was a no-show: the Internet. While her aim seems to have been to visualize an atmosphere of contemporary urban artistic...
Metropolis Now: Contemporary Art and Culture in Beirut
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "WHAT IS BEIRUT?" The question, posed in the following pages by curator CHRISTINE TOHME, informs the contributions to Artforum's annual Dispatch, just as it has continually animated Beirut's cultural...
Michael Kaysen: 65 Grand
Michael Kaysen 65 GRAND The exuberant pre-crash 2007 exhibition "Makers and Modelers: Works in Ceramics," in which sixty-four ceramic objects by thirty-one artists crowded Chelsea's Gladstone Gallery, was a watershed moment for the medium. Today,...
Molly Smith: Kate Werble Gallery
Molly Smith KATE WERBLE GALLERY While the claim to have merged art and life is a perennial and universal cliche, it rarely holds water, functioning more often as a highfalutin excuse for doing nothing much. But when a change in an artist's practical...
Monira Al Qadiri
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] COMING IN at just under three minutes, Travel Prayer, 2014, one of Monira Al Qadiri's latest videos, is brief, but its focus is precise: The artist distills into this short span the momentous collisions between tradition and...
Nil Yalter: Mot International
Nil Yalter MOT INTERNATIONAL Can a body be institutionalized? The human mind certainly can. And what the mind absorbs the body enacts, as it is corralled by the social structures and physical architectures it inhabits. Paris-based Turkish artist...
"Pliure: Prologue (la Part Du Feu)"
"Pliure: Prologue (La part du feu)" FONDATION CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN, PARIS IN HIS COOLLY PRESCIENT 1964 essay "The Book as Object," the French novelist Michel Butor surveys the architecture of the modern printed page: an ordered space wherein we...
Reciprocal Gestures: Mark Godfrey on Melvin Edwards and Frank Bowling in Dallas
"THIS EXHIBITION is devoted to commitment," wrote curator Robert Doty in the catalogue for the Whitney Museum of American Art's 1971 survey "Contemporary Black Artists in America." He continued, "It is devoted to concepts of self: self-awareness, self-understanding...
Robert Overby: Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Robert Overby MARC SELWYN FINE ART Twenty-some years after his death at the age of fifty-six, Robert Overby is finally getting his due--both in Los Angeles, where he spent most of his career, and in cities considerably farther afield. (A show...
Rosalyn Drexler: Garth Greenan Gallery
Rosalyn Drexler GARTH GREENAN GALLERY "Women in Pop art" is a thing these days. And I'm not just talking about a few big show, such as the 2010-11 American touring exhibition "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968" or the concurrent...
Simon Denny: Talks about Secret Power
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE TED TALK, the Meetup, the tech convention, the encrypted network: Alongside the emergence of new technology in the public sphere, we find the proliferation of novel spaces and cultures that facilitate that technology's...
Songs of Sorrow: James Quandt on Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SHORTLY AFTER the death of SATYAJIT RAY in 1992, a trove of materials related to the great Bengali director's Apu trilogy (1955-59), universally acknowledged as a summit of world cinema, was assembled...
"Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art": The James Gallery
"Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art" THE JAMES GALLERY, THE GRADUATE CENTER, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK/E-FLUX In perhaps his most popular one-liner, perestroika-era satirist Mikhail Zadornov dubbed Russia "a country with an unpredictable...
Suzy Lake: Art Gallery of Ontario
Suzy Lake ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO Hardly an introduction to a body of work that spans nearly half a century, "Introducing Suzy Lake," a retrospective that honored the Detroit-born, Toronto-based photographer, emphasized the two driving forces...
Techniques of the Observer: Hito Steyerl and Laura Poitras in Conversation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "TECHNOLOGY HAS TAKEN US by surprise, and the regions that it has opened up are glaringly empty," Siegfried Kracauer once wrote. The great German film theorist was not merely lamenting the depletion or alienation of life in...
The Queen's Blues: Farah Jasmine Griffin on Dee Rees's Bessie
BESSIE SMITH'S LIFE and career were short. Born in 1894, she began singing on the streets of Chattanooga, Tennessee, around the age of ten. By the time she died, at forty-three, in 1937, she had toured the US many times, written and recorded an enviable...
Tomi Lingerer: The Drawing Center
Tomi Lingerer THE DRAWING CENTER Anyone who's ever had occasion to care for kids knows that there are certain books you read with them that are just as much for you as they are for them, perhaps even more so. In our house, we turned to the authors...
Valentin Carron: Galerie Kamel Mennour
Valentin Carron GALERIE KAMEL MENNOUR A direct translation of the title of Valentin Carron's exhibition "L'Autoroute du soleil a minuit" yields "Highway of the Sun at Midnight." The romantic-sounding phrase evokes a real highway, the 591-mile-long...
Vlassis Caniaris: Kadel Willborn
Vlassis Caniaris KADEL WILLBORN Vlassis Caniaris was insider and outsider, observer and participant, artist and citizen, all at once: a humanist who grasped the world in all its nuances and complexities. This sensibility is most evident in his...
Yan Shanchun: Chambers Fine Art
Yan Shanchun CHAMBERS FINE ART This exhibition featured two groups of works: acrylic paintings and copperplate etchings. Both are more or less abstract portrayals of China's West Lake Cultural Landscape, an area located west of Hangzhou, the...
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