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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, September

A Day in the Life: Alan Licht on New Wallace Berman Recordings
WALLACE BERMAN (1926-1976) truly embodied the "mesh between poetry and music and visual arts" that San Francisco-based artist Bruce Conner once described as being at the root of the exuberant atmosphere of mid-century California. Berman was a pioneer...
Alejandro Cesarco: Kiria Koula
Alejandro Cesarco KIRIA KOULA Alejandro Cesarco's show at Kiria Koula comprised two films, a print, and a wall silk screen, each of which revisited his abiding themes of time, memory, and the visual and textual signifiers that mediate our experiences...
Alexander Calder: Dominique Levy
Alexander Calder DOMINIQUE LEVY Once Alexander Calder's sculptures began to be sited in Boston; Paris; Spoleto, Italy; Mexico City; and other global destinations, it was apparent that this versatile artist had a knack for thinking big. Now, based...
Alexandre Da Cunha: Galeria Luisa Strina
Alexandre da Cunha GALERIA LUISA STRINA Walking along Rua Padre Joao Manuel, in Sao Paulo's Jardins District, one notes the solidity and order of the buildings that line the street, their almost exact symmetry and their geometric design. Recently,...
Alex Katz: Gavin Brown's Enterprise
Alex Katz GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE Alex Katz's glorious exhibition at Gavin Brown's Enterprise this past spring reminded us why we should just surrender to enjoying the compact range of this artist's long view. The paintings that were on display,...
Angelica Mesiti: Anna Schwartz Gallery
Angelica Mesiti ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY The chilly elegance of Angelica Mesiti's The Colour of Saying (all works 2015) confirms a marked evolution from her formative years in the Sydney art scene of the 2000s. For much of that decade, Mesiti was...
Anna-Sophie Berger
Vienna-based artist Anna-Sophie Berger studied fashion design and transdisciplinary art at the city's University of Applied Arts. She has mounted solo exhibitions at JTT and Ludlow 38 in New York; 21er Haus, 21er Raum, and Mauve in Vienna; and, most...
Anne Truitt: Matthew Marks Gallery
Anne Truitt MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY With only five works filling two rooms that could have readily absorbed many more, "Anne Truitt '62-'63" proved exemplary in its economy. The three sculptures--the plinths White: One, 1962, and White: Four, 1962,...
Biennale on the Brink
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE EMBATTLED FORTRESS and the sinking ship: These are the two predominant metaphors used to describe Europe's current situation--a predicament defined by the crisis of the Continent's former, or just possibly still operative,...
Brought to Light: Sarah K. Rich on the New Whitney Museum of American Art
FOR THE MOST PART, American artists have been denizens of the dark. Sure, there have been jaunts en plein air and epic engagements with The Land, but for much of the past century the American avant-garde has lurked in places where vitamin D is scarce:...
Bruno Jakob: Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Bruno Jakob GALERIE PETER KILCHMANN During Bice Curiger's 2011 Venice Biennale, Tintoretto's complex spatial structures and supersensory lighting dominated the entrance to the central pavilion in the Giardini. But facing them was a white wall...
Cal Tech: Peter Lunenfeld on "Art and Technology" at LACMA
THE TREACHERY OF IMAGES, 1929, is among the most iconic pictures produced in the twentieth century, but most people don't know that this metatextual painting by Rene Magritte, depicting a pipe above the phrase CECI N'EST PAS UNE PIPE, is in the permanent...
Chris Burden: 1946-2015
LIZ LARNER IN 1981 (it could have been '82), Chris Burden came to speak at my beginning sculpture class. I was not an art major at the time and was taking the class as an elective. It is significant that I recall so much of his lecture because my...
Cyprien Gaillard: Spruth Magers
Cyprien Gaillard SPRUTH MAGERS A nine-second sample from the Jamaican-born rock-steady singer Alton Ellis runs through Cyprien Gaillard's entrancing new 3-D film Nightlife (all works 2015), which anchored the artist's recent show "When Nature...
Dream Work: Ina Blom on the Art of Torbjorn Rodland
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WE'VE SEEN IT BEFORE: the hazy glow, the casual perversity, the entire picture made punctum. But we hadn't seen it before photographer TORBJORN RODLAND took up the lens more than twenty years ago, capturing scenes of allure,...
"Experiencia Infinita": Museo De Arte Latinoamericano De Buenos Aires
"Experiencia Infinita" MUSEO DE ARTE LATINOAMERICANO DE BUENOS AIRES The first exhibition curated by Agustin Perez Rubio, the recently appointed artistic director of the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), "Experiencia Infinita"...
Florian and Michael Quistrebert: Galerie Crevecoeur
Florian And Michael Quistrebert GALERIE CREVECOEUR In dialogue with a long history of painters' attempts to represent light and harness its dematerializing effects--from Vermeer to Monet to Rothko--the latest works by Florian and Michael Quistrebert...
"From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics": Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
"From Ancient to Modern Archaeology and Aesthetics" INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE ANCIENT WORLD "There is a train track in the history of art that goes way back to Mesopotamia," Willem de Kooning once said. "Duchamp is on it. Cezanne is on it....
GCC: Talk about "A Wonderful World under Construction"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE COLORS are Apple white, Twitter blue, and sand. In a vista of endless dunes, a bipedal pictogram--the type that once served as a modernist icon of universal humanity and now traipses through PowerPoint presentations the...
Giorgio Griffa: Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve
Giorgio Griffa CENTRE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN GENEVE IT HAS BEEN more than fifty years since Donald Judd famously declared "European art" over and done with. The American artist's pronouncement, voiced in an oft-cited 1964 conversation with Bruce...
Gordon Matta-Clark: Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Gordon Matta-Clark RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY "The first thing that one notices is that violence has been done," Gordon Matta-Clark said of his "anarchitectures," the series of geometric cuts into buildings slated for demolition that he realized in...
Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola: Museum of Modern Art
Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola are not household names in photo history, but an exhibition of their work from the 1920s through the '50s at the Museum of Modern Art, on view through October...
Grounds for Action: David Gissen on Landscape and Protest
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CITIES CULTIVATE PROTEST. But the twenty-first-century remaking of urban centers into slickly surveilled and partitioned hubs of global finance has necessitated new ways of contesting those very networks...
Hannah Weinberger: Freedman Fitzpatrick
Hannah Weinberger FREEDMAN FITZPATRICK Entering this quixotic exhibition was like waking up as a kid in your childhood bedroom. Sunshine wafted through an open window of the vacant house in which the artist had made several subtle interventions....
History Depletes Itself: Claire Bishop on Danh Vo at the Danish Pavilion and Punta Della Dogana
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE FIFTY-SIXTH VENICE BIENNALE is dominated by a Danh Vo double bill: "mothertongue," a solo show in the Danish pavilion, and "Slip of the Tongue," a large exhibition curated by the artist at the Francois Pinault Foundation's...
Jack and Leigh Ruby: Michael Jon Gallery
Jack and Leigh Ruby MICHAEL JON GALLERY Jack and Leigh Ruby's Car Wash Incident, 2013-15, directed by the Rubys and produced by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, is a looped two-channel video that blurs the line between reality and fiction. Installed...
Janine Antoni: Luhring Augustine
Janine Antoni LUHRING AUGUSTINE Janine Antoni's spring exhibition at Luhring Augustine featured a striking group of seven cast-resin sculptures: quasi-surrealist amalgams of bones, body parts, and everyday objects (a flowerpot, a stool, branches,...
Jo Baer: Camden Arts Centre
Jo Baer CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE In 1983, Jo Baer announced she was no longer an abstract painter. Instead, she said, she was committed to working in a mode she dubbed "radical figuration." However, as "In the Land of the Giants," the series of paintings...
John Wesley: Fredericks & Freiser
John Wesley FREDERICKS & FREISER John Wesley's flat, reductive, figurative paintings from the early 1960s represent an alternate Pop vision that not only emphasizes the slick surfaces of postwar consumer culture but also filters the esoteric...
John Wood and Paul Harrison: Carroll/Fletcher
John Wood and Paul Harrison CARROLL/FLETCHER A 2006 essay by artist Ian White gently chided what he saw as the default critical approach to John Wood and Paul Harrison's short, epigrammatic films and sculptures: a rush to immediate, endless comparison...
Joint Project: J. Hoberman on Thom Andersen's Juke
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOMETIME IN THE MID-1930S, Joseph Cornell acquired a 16-mm print of the 1931 Universal adventure film East of Borneo, which he distilled and reshuffled, transmuting back-lot make-believe into a nineteen-minute documentary...
Julia Wachtel: Elizabeth Dee
Julia Wachtel ELIZABETH DEE In Stripe, 2014, the friezelike centerpiece of her recent exhibition "Empowerment," Julia Wachtel pairs silk-screened images of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un with painted cartoons of South Korean pop star Psy,...
Jutta Koether: Bortolami
Jutta Koether BORTOLAMI The paintings in "Fortune," Jutta Koether's cogent show at Bortolami, were hung flush against the gallery walls and lit from above. For audiences familiar with the German artist's practice, such an arrangement is enough...
Katrina Palmer: Artangel
Katrina Palmer ARTANGEL The stories told in Katrina Palmer's audio walk The Loss Adjusters, 2015, are complicated narratives, 150 million years in the making. Sculptor/writer Palmer scripted three eerie ten-minute fictions, which visitors could...
Lara Favaretto: Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome
Lara Favaretto MUSEO NAZIONALE DELLE ARTI DEL XXI SECOLO, ROME [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IF, AS THEODOR ADORNO once famously asserted, "museums are the family sepulchres of art," last spring's presentation of Lara Favaretto's 2010-15 series "Good...
Leung Chi Wo: OCT Contemporary Art Terminal
Leung Chi Wo OCT CONTEMPORARY ART TERMINAL When nine works slated to appear in Leung Chi Wo's retrospective in Shenzhen (the Chinese border city to Hong Kong) were held up in Chinese customs, the artist decided instead to display vinyl outlines...
"Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography": J. Paul Getty Museum
"Light, Paper, Process Reinventing Photography" J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM "Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography" marks another signpost in the ongoing debate about the nature of photography in the wake of the digital turn. The show, which...
Linda Fregni Nagler: Galleria Monica De Cardenas
Linda Fregni Nagler GALLERIA MONICA DE CARDENAS "My work is based on the analysis, recouping and recontextualising of pre-existent images," Linda Fregni Nagler writes in her 2013 monograph The Hidden Mother. Its subject is a homonymous body of...
Lucas Samaras: Pace Gallery
Lucas Samaras PACE GALLERY There's Lucas Samaras again and again, showcased in row after row of more or less postcard-size photos--a tour de force of narcissism and inventive art. The astounding 720 pictures that were on view in this show have...
Luisa Lambri: Studio Guenzani
Luisa Lambri STUDIO GUENZANI After years of photographing modernist domestic architecture, Luisa Lambri has turned her lens to works by artists of the same era, from Donald Judd and Lucio Fontana to Lygia Clark. She shoots her new subjects from...
Manoel De Oliveira: 1908-2015
REMEMBRANCE TRUMPS REVELATION in Manoel de Oliveira's Visit, or Memories and Confessions--"a film by me, about me"--that the venerable Portuguese director completed in 1982 and then decreed could not be shown until after his death, whether in characteristic...
Margaret Honda: Triangle France
Margaret Honda TRIANGLE FRANCE "A museum devoted to different kinds of emptiness could be developed. The emptiness could be defined by the actual installation of art," said Robert Smithson in 1967. "Installations should empty rooms, not fill...
Mary Heilmann and David Reed: Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum Fur Gegenwart
Mary Heilmann and David Reed HAMBURGER BAHNHOF--MUSEUM FUR GEGENWART A strict presentational concept rules "Mary Heilmann & David Reed: Two by Two," which presents the work of two late-career American artists. Udo Kittelmann and cocurator...
Natalie Frank: The Drawing Center
Natalie Frank THE DRAWING CENTER At the Venice Biennale this year, contemplating Joan Jonas's extraordinary video installation They Come to Us Without a Word, 2015, I began thinking about the great turn that took place in the artist's work in...
"Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "PAINTING 2.0: EXPRESSION IN THE INFORMATION AGE" MUSEUM BRANDHORST, MUNICH November 14, 2015-April 30, 2016 Curated by Achim Hochdorfer and David Joselit with Manuela Ammer and Tonio Kroner WE ARE LIVING in a...
Parallax Plurality: Erika Balsom on 3-D Cinema beyond the Feature Film
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "THE QUESTION to which Hollywood now is seeking an answer to [sic] is this: How long can the novelty of such pictures be expected to hold public interest?" This statement...
Patricia Treib: Kate MacGarry
Patricia Treib KATE MACGARRY At first glance, the ease with which the eye travels through one of Patricia Treib's paintings belies the complexity she brings to the canvas. The seven large paintings and three smaller works in this New York-based...
Pieter Schoolwerth: Miguel Abreu Gallery
Pieter Schoolwerth MIGUEL ABREU GALLERY Pieter Schoolwerth knows how to paint. In recent years, he turned his hand to no less daunting a task than the subjective reinvention of old-master iconography, which he deftly reconstituted via digital...
Renata Lucas: Neugerriemschneider
Renata Lucas NEUGERRIEMSCHNEIDER A few years ago, Renata Lucas was asked what she thinks art is for. She replied, "Perhaps it's one of the few things left that allows us to declare that we don't fit the given standards." Her own investigation...
Robert Motherwell: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Robert Motherwell ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY "Although he is underrated today, in my opinion he was one of the very best of the Abstract Expressionist painters." Clement Greenberg's widely cited assessment of Robert Motherwell's work from 1991 is generally...
Robin Bruch: Mathew
Robin Bruch MATHEW Objects in this exhibition may have been more complicated than they appeared. Robin Bruch's prosaically titled exhibition "Major Works on Paper (1972-1985) II" looked like yet another painting show, but it actually raised quite...
Samara Golden
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MANY ARTISTS have used mirrors to reinforce the presence of viewers and spaces alike, creating a specular affirmation of site and bodily self. Fewer have grappled with the mirror's converse aspect, in which reflection, a la...
Same Sex, Different Cities: Melissa Anderson on Todd Haynes's Carol
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Their eyes met at the same instant, Therese glancing up from a box she was opening, and the woman just turning her head so she looked directly at Therese. She was tall and fair, her long figure graceful in the loose fur coat...
Sharjah Biennial 12: Various Venues
Sharjah Biennial 12 VARIOUS VENUES [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THERE'S A HOT SOUTHERN WIND that blows across North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula each year, carrying particles of fine sand that, in a passing moment, coat everything. The horizon...
Simon Hantai: Mnuchin Gallery
Simon Hantai MNUCHIN GALLERY This posthumous solo show, Simon Hantai's first at Mnuchin Gallery, offered a clear indication of the Hungarian-born French painter's growing status in New York. Cocurated by Alfred Pacquement--the former Musee National...
Tassos Pavlopoulos: Kalfayan Galleries
Tassos Pavlopoulos KALFAYAN GALLERIES In the catalogue essay Tassos Pavlopoulos wrote for his exhibition "Phantasmagoria," the artist lays out a surprising thesis for a show that brought together drawings from the 1980s onward with recent works...
Titus Kaphar: Contemporary Arts Center
Titus Kaphar CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER The story goes that, while looking at a portrait by Titus Kaphar hanging in the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, a man named Benjamin Vesper suffered a sudden psychotic break and attacked the painting....
Tony Orrico: Marso
Tony Orrico MARSO Tony Orrico's work is an exploration of the infinite and finite dimensions that inhabit our body--both its maximum potentials and its frail and perishable reality. His performative drawings are configured by countless graphite...
Too Much Too Soon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOMETIMES MORE IS LESS. Despite its extensive documentation of alienating labor conditions past and present, despite multiple reflections on an atrophied human society, and despite a decidedly bleak view of the possibilities...
Turning the Beat Around: Alice Echols on Giorgio Moroder
IT WAS JULY 4TH WEEKEND IN 1977, just five months before the release of Saturday Night Fever, and disco was my sound track, as it was for so many Americans. During most of the holiday, however, I wasn't in a club but stuck in a traffic jam on a freeway...
Vittorio Santoro: Oonagh Young Gallery
Vittorio Santoro OONAGH YOUNG GALLERY In a 1969 interview, Vladimir Nabokov declared that teachers of James Joyce's Ulysses should ignore "the pretentious nonsense of Homeric, chromatic, and visceral chapter headings" and instead "prepare maps...
Wei Jia: Leo Xu Projects
Wei Jia LEO XU PROJECTS Shanghai's frigid winter seemed to resonate through the mildly biting spring, as if the haunting memories of the immediate past were unwilling to fade. Or at least that's the feeling one was left with after viewing Wei...
Without Words: Ann Reynolds on Joan Jonas's Performances for the US Pavilion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SILENCE IS NOT A TERM one readily associates with Joan Jonas's work. Think of the jarring sound track of Vertical Roll, 1972--probably Jonas's best-known single-channel video--characterized by the metallic clang of a spoon...
Yuji Agematsu: Real Fine Arts
Yuji Agematsu REAL FINE ARTS Ideas are "in the air," one typically hears, and yet today many artists find them beneath their feet. Nowhere is this truer than in the practice of the New York artist Yuji Agematsu, whose work comprises an almost...
Zoe Leonard: Anthony Meier Fine Arts
Zoe Leonard ANTHONY MEIER FINE ARTS In Zoe Leonard's "Sun Photographs," 2010-, the artist sets out to depict some of the paradoxes of light. The series, selections from which were on view at Anthony Meier this past spring, features emanations...
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