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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 10, Summer

"A Hundred Years of Shame": Para Site
"A Hundred Years of Shame: Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations" traced the expression of dissent and pluralism in the work of eighteen artists from the "Chinese world." The phrase is interesting: It presents an interpretation of "China"...
Alex Da Corte
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC THEFTS in postwar cinema might also be the most subtle--not a spectacular heist but a scene in Robert Bresson's classic Pickpocket (1959), in which a disembodied tangle of larcenous...
Alicja Kwade: Johann Konig
Alicja Kwade clearly meant to address some pretty grand concepts in her most recent solo show. Most of the works on view dealt with the materials of an existing system--the hands of a clock, the trade in antique jewelry, this gallery's lighting fixtures....
Anna-Bella Papp: Stuart Shave/Modern Art
Anna-Bella Papp STUART SHAVE/MODERN ART Occasionally I hear a sublime new song with a melody so perfect and infectious, I feel that, surely, this music must have existed before. Impossible for such timeless harmonies to have been invented only...
Antoni Tapies: Perez Art Museum
Antoni Tapies PEREZ ART MUSEUM The exhibition "Tapies: From Within" distilled the prolific career of Catalan artist Antoni Tapies into a succinct group of fifty paintings, works on paper, and assemblages. Organized by Vincente Todoll with the...
Athanasios Argianas: On Stellar Rays
Athanasios Argianas ON STELLAR RAYS In his sophomore exhibition at this gallery, "Swimmer's Arms Are Oars," the Athens-born Athanasios Argianas continued to explore "the space between the senses" in an elegant group of sculptures, photographs,...
Bete Noir: Michael Wood on Christian Petzold's Phoenix
CHRISTIAN PETZOLD'S Phoenix is cool, clean, knowing, full of references to other movies--a stylish, belated film noir that invokes a lot more darkness than it can cope with or even acknowledge. It is based on a French novel by Hubert Monteilhet that...
Carola Dertnig: Galerie Andreas Huber
In Vienna, the ghost of Actionism appears at regular intervals--whether in the form of pride in this homegrown avant-garde or disdain for its phallocentric ways. The iconic films and photographs of bodily aggressions and transgressions--both real and...
Claudia Comte: Gladstone Gallery
Claudia Comte GLADSTONE GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On a frigid day in March, Claudia Comte's exhibition "NO MELON NO LEMON" provided a welcome respite from the gray of overcast skies and concrete construction. The yellow-and-white-striped...
Davide Balula: Galerie Frank Elbaz
Davide Balula GALERIE FRANK ELBAZ Davide Balula's exhibition "A journey through you and the leaves" took up too much space, given how little there was to see--his intervention seemed to empty rather than fill the gallery--and yet the space was...
David Schafer: Diane Rosenstein
David Schafer DIANE ROSENSTEIN Talking sculptures are a staple of amusement parks, trade fairs, and museums of science, industry, and history, and are sometimes even found in churches. In art, however, they remain exceptional for the simple reason...
Doris Salcedo: MCA Chicago
Doris Salcedo MCA CHICAGO Doris Salcedo's well-known "Untitled" series, 1989-2008, features pieces of domestic furniture--chairs, armoires, cabinets, and tables--that have been fused together with concrete and steel into haunting amalgams. That...
Double Takes: Pamela M. Lee on the Art of Joan Jonas
IF THE WORD retrospective suggests a certain nostalgia, then it's fitting that JOAN JONAS, in her celebrated showing at this summer's Fifty-Sixth Venice Biennale, has rejected the retrospective principle entirely. Her exhibition of new work in the...
Dusty Boynton: Denise Bibro Fine Art
Dusty Boynton DENISE BIBRO FINE ART The first, most immediately striking quality of Dusty Boynton's expressionist paintings is the forcefulness of her line: See, for instance, the pitch-black contours of the ghostly figures in Sunny Daze, 2014,...
Erika Rothenberg: Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
Erika Rothenberg ZOLLA/LIEBERMAN GALLERY Since 1991, Erika Rothenberg has employed the form and generic sentimentality of the greeting card as a means of examining a vast range of social ills and political injustices. Rothenberg's cards, executed...
Forces to Be Reckoned with Michelle M. Wright on the Physics of Black Art
LET US BEGIN with a dangerous story: In March 1997, I traveled to Crete to present my first academic paper. I arrived tired and cranky, and as I walked through the hotel lobby I passed a handful of guests, all white and middle-aged. In that moment,...
Frederick Kiesler: Tensta Konsthall
The Frederick Kiesler exhibition at Tensta Konsthall was a testing ground for Sweden's dedication to progressive democracy, and in this spirit, the exhibition sang the anthem of social reform, of things going from foul to fair. The venue is nested...
Gabriel Pericas: PM8
Gabriel Pericas was born in Palma de Mallorca in 1988 and, in spite of his youth, is widely regarded as one of the true talents of the Spanish art scene. He was already exhibiting widely even when he was still a student at the University of Barcelona,...
Gaetano Pesce: Allouche Gallery
Gaetano Pesce ALLOUCHE GALLERY Few buzzwords encapsulate the totalizing ambitions of the data economy as effectively as customization. Indeed, the idea that any given product could be individually tailored to the desires of a particular consumer...
Herve Telemaque: Centre Pompidou
With more than seventy works borrowed primarily from French public collections, Herve Telemaque's recent retrospective reaffirmed the significant institutional support the Haitian-born artist has received in his adoptive country. Telemaque, who arrived...
Historical Present: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Pedro Costa's Horse Money
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Doctor: Has this happened to you before? Ventura: It will happen again, yes, it will. TRYING TO RATIONALIZE Pedro Costa's Horse Money in terms of a synopsis--the film is mostly an achronological assembly of claustrophobic...
Ian Woo: Tomio Koyama Gallery
Although the title of Ian Woo's most recent exhibition was "Falling Off Plastic Chairs," the sensation created by its five large paintings and seven works on paper was more of a sense of slippage. At first glance, Woo's paintings suggest a kind of...
Inner Circle: Claire Bishop on Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ART WORLD'S FASCINATION with relocating dance into the gallery has been gathering steam for well over a decade--and as of this spring it shows no signs of abating, despite the numerous conundrums that encumber the transition...
John Armleder: Massimo De Carlo
The first of the three rooms in which John Armleder's motley exhibition unfolded was the most evocative. A series of illuminated road signs composed of LED lights blinked amid a fog that enveloped visitors' feet, as fog does in B-horror-movie cemeteries,...
Jonathan Meese: Tim Van Laere Gallery
Jonathan Meese is nothing if not hyper-energetic. For his most recent exhibition, the German artist covered nearly all the available wall space with no fewer than twenty paintings, thirty-three drawings, and a thirteen-page manifesto on what art is,...
Katy Grannan: Sherrick & Paul
Katy Grannan SHERRICK & PAUL Katy Grannan's photographs in "The Ninety Nine and the Nine" captured the bleak geography along Highway 99, a road connecting Fresno, Modesto, and other mostly unbeautiful, sometimes destitute cities in California's...
Kazuo Shiraga: Various Venues
Kazuo Shiraga VARIOUS VENUES THE GUTAI GROUP may be the cicadas of postwar art--forever cycling through visibility and obscurity, suddenly bursting into view every ten years or so. Buoyed by the attentions of critic and curator Michel Tapie,...
Life Interrupted: J. Hoberman on Edward Owens
THE LIST OF TEENAGE FILMMAKERS associated with the New American Cinema during its late-1960s glory days includes Barbara Rubin, Warren Sonbert, George Landow, and Robert Beavers. To these we can add Edward Owens (1949-2009), whose precocious 16-mm...
Light Repairs
A roundtable on the restoration of Mark Rothko's Harvard Murals WHEN IS A PAINTING not a painting anymore? In 1962, Mark Rothko created the Harvard Murals, a set of six monumental paintings, five of which were displayed in the penthouse dining...
Lucy Mackenzie: Nancy Hoffman Gallery
Lucy Mackenzie NANCY HOFFMAN GALLERY Not only does Lucy Mackenzie's work fall into an age-old genre, the still life, but it is old-style in being resolutely and exactingly realistic, sometimes to the point of trompe l'oeil. These paintings and...
Lutz Bacher: Greene Naftali
Lutz Bacher GREENE NAFTALI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One summer evening in 1964, at the suggestion of his friends, Andy Warhol trained a rented 16-millimeter camera on the Empire State Building, shooting the monolith for hours on end. The resulting...
Making a Scene: Cynthia Carr on the October 1999 Issue of Artforum
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN OCTOBER 1999, Artforum devoted a special issue to East Village art--its confounding rise and precipitous fall. I've had a copy on my shelf ever since, and regard it as one of the essential postmortems...
Marsha Cottrell: Eleven Rivington
Marsha Cottrell ELEVEN RIVINGTON A polestar is something that's the main attraction. And ancient technology: Visible to the naked eye, it aligns with the vertical axes of the earth's rotation, burning at due north to guide you home if your compass...
Material World: Geoffrey Winthrop-Young Talks with Bernhard Siegert
IF ANYONE could bring the art world down to earth, it would be BERNHARD SIEGERT. The pioneering thinker has made his name by relentlessly grounding philosophical idealizations, insisting instead on underscoring the empirical historical objects and...
Matheus Rocha Pitta: Mendes Wood DM
Matheus Rocha Pitta MENDES WOOD DM Matheus Rocha Pitta's exhibition "Primeira Pedra" (First Stone) made the most of Mendes Wood's opening room by dimming it. The operation was surprisingly simple: The artist installed fluorescent lamps hanging...
Mathias Goeritz: Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia
"El retorno de la serpiente. Mathias Goeritz y la invencion de la arquitectura emocionar (The Return of the Snake: Mathias Goeritz and the Invention of Emotional Architecture) presented some two hundred works and documents by the German-born artist,...
Mrinalini Mukherjee
Mrinalini Mukherjee NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, NEW DELHI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MRINALINI MUKHERJEE'S fiber sculptures are efflorescent in both form and technique, gradually blossoming...
Nadia Kaabi-Linke: Lawrie Shabibi
There is something unbearable about the lightness of Nadia Kaabi-Linke's work, articulated in the diversity of material and form she employs to suit concept and site. Take Flying Carpet, 2011, a suspended cage-like sculpture shaped from the measurements...
Nancy Lupo: Wallspace
Nancy Lupo WALLSPACE Arresting, disconcerting, and nominally childproof, the centerpiece of Nancy Lupo's debut exhibition at Wallspace was a suite of sculptures composed of Bumbo-brand baby floor seats (all works 2015). These small, ergonomic...
Notes on Vamp: Johanna Fateman on Joan Jonas's Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy
"ORGANIC HONEY" would be a cool drag name today. And in the early 1970s, Joan Jonas's performance alias must have been gratifying to her peers--an inspired jab at countercultural pretensions and gender roles, a sardonic and playful recasting of the...
Parviz Tanavoli
Parviz Tanavoli DAVIS MUSEUM AT WELLESLEY COLLEGE, WELLESLEY, MA PARVIZ TANAVOLI recalls that, as a teenager, he signed up for the first modern sculpture class ever offered in his native Iran. The year was 1952, and the course was almost canceled--not...
Pat O'Neill: Cherry and Martin
Pat O'Neill CHERRY AND MARTIN While Pat O'Neill is primarily known as an experimental filmmaker, this small retrospective, which filled two moodily lit galleries with five decades' worth of sculptures, drawings, photographs, slides, and films,...
Peter Alexander: Franklin Parrasch Gallery
Peter Alexander FRANKLIN PARRASCH GALLERY Born in 1939, Peter Alexander came of age in the Los Angeles art world of the 1960s, and is primarily known for his association with the Light and Space movement. Whereas many of his colleagues, including...
Peter Linde Busk: Monitor
The titles of the works in "Gentlemen," Peter Linde Busk's second solo exhibition at Monitor, cast a gothic shadow. The artist snipped adages and fragments of prose from sources ranging from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the script of True Detective;...
Peter Saul: Venus over Manhattan
Peter Saul VENUS OVER MANHATTAN [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The wonderful exhibition "Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk"--challenging, engrossing, troubling--which consisted of sixteen ambitious paintings and five equally ambitious drawings from the...
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...
Realist Estates: Julian Rose on Wolfgang Tillmans's Book for Architects
ALTHOUGH WOLFGANG TILLMANS'S Book for Architects, 2014, offers an encyclopedic survey of the contemporary built environment, those to whom its title is addressed are likely to recognize surprisingly little of their own handiwork. Architects have never...
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: Schering Stiftung
A few months before I left New York, someone gave me a goldfish he had won at a funfair, thinking that having a pet would help me feel more rooted in the Big Apple. I left my tiny Brooklyn apartment shortly after, but not without learning that goldfish,...
Robert Kinmont: Raebervonstenglin
After dropping out of the art world for thirty years, Robert Kinmont has returned to a mostly cordial welcome as a missing member of the generation of John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman, and Ed Ruscha, but he may be even better than this sympathetic "school...
Sascha Braunig: Foxy Production
Sascha Braunig FOXY PRODUCTION One of the drawbacks of having been an art critic for a long time is that you sometimes forget what decade you're standing in. When I walked into Sascha Braunig's recent exhibition, her third in New York but the...
School of Hard Knocks: James Quandt on Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's the Tribe
THE ENTOURAGE of sponsors swanning in tenue de soiree into the Miramar cinema at last year's Cannes Film Festival to attend the awards screening of Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe--the young Ukrainian director's debut feature had just taken three...
Simone Fattal: Balice Hertling
Simone Fattal BALICE HERTLING Simone Fattal abandoned Beirut in 1980, when Lebanon was mired in civil war. Leaving her home, her studio, and her painting practice behind, and settling in Sausalito, California, the Syrian-born artist enrolled...
"SOGTFO": Ghebaly Gallery
"SOGTFO" GHEBALY GALLERY In October 2014, the grassroots organization Hollaback! released a two-minute video of hidden-camera footage in which a curvaceous brunette is catcalled as she walks the streets of New York. Intended as a public-service...
Summer Reading: Eight Artists, Writers, and Curators Share the Books They're Looking Forward to This Season
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DAVID SALLE I've spent countless hours listening to Bob and Ray, first on the original radio broadcasts, later on cassette tape or CD compilations of their greatest routines. I don't know of any...
Suzanne Ciani
Suzanne Ciani is a California-based composer, recording artist, and pioneer in the field of electronic music and sound design. Since 1982 she has produced seventeen albums, for which she has received five Grammy nominations, for Best New Age Album,...
Taocheng Wang: Galerie Fons Welters
In Taocheng Wang's exhibition "A Home Made Travel MV Series," a display case held a drawing at least thirteen feet long. Five Weathers, 2015, depicts the Dutch islands in the Wadden Sea from an unmistakably Chinese perspective, and is somewhat reminiscent...
Than Hussein Clark: David Roberts Art Foundation
Than Hussein Clark DAVID ROBERTS ART FOUNDATION It's generally sound advice: Young artists should avoid curating themselves into group shows. Than Hussein Clark turned this adage on its head in "The Violet Crab at draf," a presentation of seventy-six...
The Non-Conformist: Barry Bergdoll on the Architecture of Lina Bo Bardi
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ARCHITECTS' REPUTATIONS are far more fragile than the structures of bricks and mortar--or steel and glass--that they erect, as the ritual of celebrating artistic centennials too often attests. The exhibitions organized to...
The Rest Is Silence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ANNE M. WAGNER, GLENN LIGON, MOLLY WARNOCK, MATT SAUNDERS, PRUDENCE PEIFFER, JO BAER, CHRISTINA ROSENBERGER, ROBERT INDIANA, CATHERINE DE ZEGHER, AND DOROTHEA ROCKBURNE ON THE ART OF AGNES MARTIN AGNES MARTIN'S Orange Grove,...
Those Obscure Objects of Desire: Andrew Cole on the Uses and Abuses of Object-Oriented Ontology and Speculative Realism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, people in all manner of disciplines have turned to things: to matter, stuff, obdurate objects. Often loosely grouped under the rubric "new materialisms," these strains of...
Tobias Zielony: Galleria Lia Rumma
Tobias Zielony's investigation of reality encourages multiple interpretations. The Berlin-based artist's presentation of eight videos in "Dream Lovers. The Films 2008-2014" allowed those who are familiar with his photographic work to appreciate the...
Tony Oursler
IN THE MID-1990S, when I was researching the camera obscura in relation to an installation I was planning, I began to discover some forgotten intersections in the histories of optics and architecture, which I felt had a particular relevance to multimedia...
Walter Darby Bannard: Berry Campbell Gallery
Walter Darby Bannard BERRY CAMPBELL GALLERY Walter Darby Bannard made a big splash with the abstractions he painted following his graduation from Princeton University in 1956. In the mid-1960s, his work, which featured, in Bannard's own words,...
Win McCarthy: Off Vendome
Win McCarthy OFF VENDOME A signal addition amid the recent vogue for neo-Surrealist sculpture, Win McCarthy's recent show at Off Vendome came across as a kind of queasy, provisional self-portraiture. The relief Hard Enough (all works 2015) introduced...
Ydessa Hendeles: Institute of Contemporary Arts
Ydessa Hendeles INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS As I entered Ydessa Hendeles's installation From her wooden sleep ..., 2015,1 instantly became extremely anxious. I was equally entranced. The darkened theater space of the ICA was filled with 150...
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