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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, October

Aaron Flint Jamison: Miguel Abreu Gallery
Aaron Flint Jamison MIGUEL ABREU GALLERY Aaron Flint Jamison's first exhibition at Miguel Abreu opened in July--an off time in the art world--and much else about the exhibition was also "wrong." There was no opening, for example; in fact, when...
Amy Taubin
"IT'S POIGNANT TO ME that the end of the celluloid era might be found in these fragile 16-mm poems," said Nathaniel Dorsky, one of the most celebrated American avant-garde filmmakers. We were discussing the looming demise of photochemical material--i.e.,...
Ann Craven: Southard Reid
Ann Craven's third solo exhibition in London was also the first devoted entirely to her palette paintings. As the name of the show, "Untitled (Palettes: Naked, Tagged), 2013-14," implied, the fifty canvas objects on view in the gallery, all 24 x 18...
Beverly Buchanan: Andrew Edlin Gallery
Beverly Buchanan ANDREW EDLIN GALLERY Beverly Buchanan's tabletop cabins and shacks evoke rural life, and a passing glance at these seemingly cobbled-together structures might typecast them as some interesting kind of folk art. But Buchanan studied...
Bright Lights, Big City: Julian Rose and Edward Dimendberg on the Broad Museum and Urban Development in LA
JULIAN ROSE "HAVE YOU SEEN THE LIGHT?" I heard the question over and over during a recent trip to Los Angeles. This being a city with a long and storied history of cults, the query was disconcerting at first, but I soon realized that there was nothing...
Brigitte Kowanz: Krobath
Brigitte Kowanz KROBATH [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Morse code is a method of transmitting letters and digits via acoustic or radio signals, by translating them into a sequence of mechanical or optical impulses. Over the years, many artists have...
Car Talk: James Quandt on Jafar Panahi's Taxi
IN HIS TRILOGY of immurement--This Is Not a Film (2011), Closed Curtain (2013), and now Taxi--Iranian director Jafar Panahi, banned from making films and placed under house arrest (until very recently, we surmise), has evaded government embargo by...
Christian Rosa: White Cube
Christian Rosa WHITE CUBE The sensation of continuous space and an underlying feeling of deja vu resonated from the whimsical paintings of Brazilian-born Christian Rosa at White Cube Sao Paulo--the gallery's final show in the warehouse it has...
Class Dismissed
A ROUNDTABLE ON ART SCHOOL, USC, AND COOPER UNION HELEN MOLESWORTH MIKE ESSL JORY RABINOVITZ LEE RELVAS AMANDA ROSS-HO VICTORIA SOBEL FRANCES STARK A. L. STEINER CHARLIE WHITE INTRODUCTION BY SARAH LEHRER-GRAIWER [ILLUSTRATION...
Club Mix: Johanna Fateman on Jackie 60
ON JUNE 26, 2015--that hot Friday when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, kicking off a joyful and extra-legit Pride weekend in NYC--I sat in an air-conditioned gallery on the seventh floor of the Museum of Arts and Design with a small group...
Daniel Keller: Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler
Daniel Keller KRAUPA-TUSKANY ZEIDLER Underpinning Daniel Keller's recent exhibition "Kai love [begin strikethrough]Dalston[end strikethrough] Bushwick" was a convoluted story of a love triangle unfolding in the near future. Finger-width tubes...
Dani Gal: Freymond-Guth Fine Arts
Dani Gal FREYMOND-GUTH FINE ARTS In 2012, Dani Gal made a two-channel FID video installation called Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. It was a re-creation of an oft-overlooked detail of the Black September...
David Sampethai and Antonakis: Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery
David Sampethai and Antonakis ELEFTHERIA TSELIOU GALLERY "Two Johns" was the visual articulation of a movie not yet made. The exhibition was a collaboration between two young artists, David Sampethai and Antonakis, who together wove an elaborate...
Face Off: David Salle on Thomas Houseago
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] STYLE REFLECTS CHARACTER. It's the aggregate of choices one has made, consciously or not, regarding art that came before. I remember an episode of The Sopranos that goes something like this: Mobster Johnny's life sentence...
Frances Stark: Art Institute of Chicago
For all its investment in media technology, "Intimism," the first survey to home in on Frances Stark's digitally based work, was at its heart a writerly exhibition. Stark weaves text through numerous media, from drawing to video to (in this instance)...
Gilbert & George: Museum of Modern Art
Gilbert & George MUSEUM OF MODERN ART This poignant, down-memory-lane exhibition presented Gilbert & George's early works: ambitious wall-scale charcoal drawings, numerous little books, announcements, invitations, modest photographs,...
Great Haste: Robert Walser's Writings on Art
ONCE A STUDENT at an academy for butlers, and another time employed as an inventor's assistant, Robert Walser (1878-1956) approached writing as a kind of butler or assistant too. "To be small and stay small " was an antiambition Walser shared with...
Hari Nef
Hari Nef is a New York-based actress and model. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Dazed, Original Plumbing, and Adult. In May, Nef was signed to IMG Models, and she will appear in season two of the Amazon series Transparent, which premieres...
Harry Dodge: WALLSPACE
When Harry Dodge speaks, he does so profusely: Why, his artworks suggest, let one example serve when six will make the point more vibrantly? Thus the superlative video Love Streams, 2015, a four-part, fourteen-minute riff on quantum physics, object...
HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican? Witte De with Center for Contemporary Art
HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican? WITTE DE WITH CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?--or the Yams for short--is an international collective consisting of more than forty musicians, visual artists, poets, actors, and writers. Their constellation...
Ian Hamilton Finlay: Victoria Miro
The French Revolution was a recurrent theme in Ian Hamilton Finlay's protean career as a poet, Conceptual artist, sculptor, and gardener. Offering an invigorating model for thinking about politics and history, the Revolution runs like a red thread...
Ida Applebroog: Hauser & Wirth
Ida Applebroog HAUSER & WIRTH Ida Applebroog's imagery has always been forthright, direct, unequivocal: blunt in its protest against life's absurdity and the abuse of power. Nothing smoothed over, no lulling nuances. Its force lies in its...
Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille: Galleria Alfonso Artiaco
Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille GALLERIA ALFONSO ARTIACO Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille have long sought to redefine painting's status by wedding the deconstruction of the medium's linguistic systems with hyperrealistic representation. Via strategies...
Ingrid Sischy 1952-2015
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BARBARA KRUGER PARTIES AND OPENINGS are not my natural habitats. They inspire a dread that hovers like a dark cloud long in advance of the actual event. But there are always people who immediately relieve that kind of anxiety....
James Benning: Marfa Book Company
In keeping with one of the primary tenets of his formally rigorous filmmaking, James Benning's exhibition "Thirty-one Friends" observed a strict framework, in which thirty-one unique works were dedicated to thirty-one friends and gifted to them at...
Jan Mancuska: Prague City Gallery
Jan Mancuska PRAGUE CITY GALLERY As its title suggests, "First Retrospective" is the first comprehensive exhibition of Jan Mancuska, who was born in Bratislava in what is now Slovakia in 1972 and died in 2011. Mounted four years after the artist's...
Jannis Kounellis: Galleria Christian Stein
Jannis Kounellis GALLERIA CHRISTIAN STEIN As I entered, everything was silent. Yet the room held some of the most thunderous efforts to come from a radical protagonist of twentieth-century art. Both of Galleria Christian Stein's locations--the...
Jim Dine: Galerie Daniel Templon
Jim Dine GALERIE DANIEL TEMPLON [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At eighty, Jim Dine still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Five recent sculptures featuring the artist's toolbox staples--hammers, wrenches, pliers, hooks, saws, C-clamps, and so on--include...
Lea Lublin: Stadtische Galerie Im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Lea Lublin STADTISCHE GALERIE IM LENBACHHAUS, MUNICH [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "IF WOMEN set themselves to transform history, it can safely be said that every aspect of history would be completely altered." In 1990, art historian Griselda Pollock...
"Let Power Take a Female Form": The Box
Among the underrecognized histories to emerge from the sweeping 2011-12 Getty exhibition series "Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980" (PST) was that of the groundbreaking work done by a handful of women gallery owners in Los Angeles in the...
Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Clearing
Lili Reynaud-Dewar CLEARING When this year's Venice Biennale director, Okwui Enwezor, asked Lili Reynaud-Dewar to propose a project, she produced My Epidemic (small modest bad blood opera), 2015. The theme of this "opera" is a reflection on aids,...
Malcolm Morley: Sperone Westwater
Malcolm Morley SPERONE WESTWATER The fifteen paintings in Malcolm Morley's latest show at Sperone Westwater, like all of his finest works, snap, crackle, and pop. In this instance, the British-born, American-based artist activates these sensations...
Maria Nordman: Marian Goodman Gallery
Maria Nordman MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY Present. It's a keyword in Maria Nordman's oeuvre and a cipher in much of her work. Beginning in the late 1960s, Nordman has designated her works as continuous, signaling the way they are always ongoing; user-driven;...
Martin Basher: Anat EBGI
For his first solo show in Los Angeles, "A Guide to Benefits," Martin Basher hewed to the patterned paintings for which he is best known and also to the critical frame--the visual culture of consumption--that motivates them. The artist's now-trademark...
Maxime Bondu: Galerie Jerome Poggi
Maxime Bondu GALERIE JEROME POGGI At the core of Maxime Bondu's work there often lies a fact whose sole claim to existence is that it has been produced in a past to which we were not witness--a fact that, in the process of being recorded and...
Miao Ying: Chronus Art Center
Miao Ying CHRONUS ART CENTER For Miao Ying's "Holding a Kitchen Knife to Cut the Internet Cable," a monthlong online exhibition organized by the Chronus Art Center and the Chinese pavilion at the Fifty-Sixth Venice Biennale, the artist revisited...
Michael Mandiberg: Denny Gallery
For Michael Mandiberg's "From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!" at Denny Gallery, the artist displayed a limited run of his Print Wikipedia project, 2015, which makes the online encyclopedia available in proprietary print-on-demand form. Several individual print copies...
Nathalie Khayat: Agial Art Gallery
Nathalie Khayat AGIAL ART GALLERY Nathalie Khayat's exhibition "The Eye Above the Well" featured twenty-seven porcelain and stoneware vessels that were all roughly the size of a person's torso. Eleven of them were displayed together on a low...
Niele Toroni: Swiss Institute/Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Niele Toroni SWISS INSTITUTE/MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK CHUTES, 2000, a little-known work by legendary Swiss artist Niele Toroni, consists of four pennant-like fragments of blue, red, pink, and black paper marked according to the method...
Nina Beier: Kunstverein Hamburg
Nina Beier KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I am writing this on Monday, July 14, the day the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, announced that Greece's withdrawal from the EU--the dreaded "Grexit"--had been averted....
Noah Purifoy: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Noah Purifoy LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "JUNK DADA," the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's recent survey of the work of Noah Purifoy, could hardly have felt timelier--or more belated. On the one hand, the elegantly...
Office Space: Helmut Draxler on Amie Siegel's the Architects
DESPITE ITS TITLE, The Architects (2014) is not about architects. Certainly there are architects to be seen, mostly sitting, silently absorbed at their computers, sometimes chatting or tinkering with models. But artist Amie Siegel shows little interest...
On Location: Erika Balsom on Ben Rivers's the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers
EVEN BRITAIN'S NATIONAL broadcasting service is not exempt from the pressures of London's bullish property market. In 2012, the BBC announced the sale of its Television Centre, the huge facility in White City it had occupied since 1960, to developer...
Peter Coffin: Herald ST
Just in time for summer, American artist Peter Coffin had set up a picnic that was more than simply a pleasurable break from routine: It was a conceptual excursion into alternative realities. Scattered across overlapping blankets on the floor was the...
Philippe Parreno: Park Avenue Armory
Philippe Parreno PARK AVENUE ARMORY "I wonder which is worse. To feel too busy or not busy enough." This wistfully introspective not-quite question--included in a monologue delivered by a series of child actresses as part of Tino Seghal's contribution...
Piotr Uklariski: Metropolitan Museum of Art
The best of Piotr Uklariski's pictures are marked by an ironic morbidity: Untitled (Skull), 2000--one of thirty-one works in this Doug Eklund-curated survey of the Polish Conceptual artist's photography--makes this clear. It is a striking photo, featuring...
Pretty Ugly: Glenn O'Brien on Marilyn Minter
MARILYN MINTER'S exhibition "Pretty/Dirty" debuted at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston during the summer, a long-overdue retrospective for an artist who has achieved stunning mastery in painting--using techniques from the most ancient to the most...
Rachel Harrison: Regen Projects
To be a twenty-first-century subject is to engage in countless acts of self-representation. Although "Three Young Framers" included few actual depictions of people, presentation of the self provided the through line for Rachel Harrison's latest LA...
Rachel Rose
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "THE JUNGLE IS BURNING / Zoo animals would die without you / And the degree to which you being here at the zoo means nothing is strong." The convoluted meter of this line from New York-based artist Rachel Rose's ten-minute...
Reflection Eternal: Jeff Nagy on the Art of Andrei Koschmieder
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE PATH from the Epson tray to the gallery wall to the museum collection has never been shorter. Over the past decade or so, we've seen scanners, plotters, and all manner of digital-reproduction...
Revisionist History: John Gendall on the New Fondazione Prada and the Architecture of Preservation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN 1877, construction crews were hard at work in the historic center of Milan, where a startlingly new structure was rising next to the gothic cathedral: the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a vast,...
Rita McBride: Konrad Fischer Galerie
Rita McBride KONRAD FISCHER GALERIE If ever there was an exhibition of art that seemed totally secure, literally under lock and key, it was Rita McBride's " Gesellschaft": The show included plenty of keys as well as several locks and then more...
Rob Pruitt: Museum of Contemporary Art
Painting one portrait of Barack Obama for each day of his tenure as president of the United States--for a total of 2,922 pictures by the time Obama leaves office--Rob Pruitt is making a "monument ... about the entire presidency." Each day, Pruitt browses...
Rosa Aiello: Eli Ping Frances Perkins
"Just walk in a straight line.... Go ahead, forward.... Proceed straight ahead, go on, go on...." Though sometimes indistinct, at one point dropping to an intimate but distorted whisper, the voice-over in Rosa Aiello's video A River in It, 2015, doesn't...
Ruth Root: Andrew Kreps Gallery
Ruth Root ANDREW KREPS GALLERY What makes an abstract painting interesting today? Ruth Root's series of seven works, each Untitled and dated 2014-15, each unique and yet sharing vivid formal correspondences with its neighbors on the wall, provided...
Sean Scully: Sean Scully Art Space-Santa Cecilia De Montserrat
Sean Scully SEAN SCULLY ART SPACE--SANTA CECILIA DE MONTSERRAT "I have a highly intuitive relation with color; I don't think of it at all," Sean Scully recently told me. Yet one would hardly think so from his ensemble of pieces in the chapel...
Studio Practice: J. Hoberman on Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood
WALT WHITMAN heard America singing; Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) heard the nation shouting, snapping its suspenders, slapping itself on the back, and dancing a buck-and-wing. That's entertainment! And so it's the not-illogical and even downright...
Tacita Dean
ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH FILM, whether they shoot, project, or preserve it, will bear witness to the hitherto unimaginable speed and near-exhaustive prosecution with which the medium has been annihilated over the last half decade. The new digital technology...
The Last Picture Show? Nicola Mazzanti, Tacita Dean, and Amy Taubin on the Survival of Film in the Digital Age
IN 1999, scarcely a century after cinema's birth, a feature film was projected digitally before an audience for the first time: George Lucas's Phantom Menace. But the menace to film was no phantom. By the beginning of 2015, more than 90 percent of...
The Real Thing: Hal Foster on "New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic 1919-1933"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR A LONG TIME, Neue Sachlichkeit, the dominant tendency in German art of the 1920s, was seen as a return to order in general and as a reaction against Expressionism and Dada in particular, despite the fact that some neusacblicb...
Thomas Bayrle: Galerie Barbara Weiss
Thomas Bayrle GALERIE BARBARA WEISS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A simple tire perched on the wall of Thomas Bayrle's recent show "Gerano/Pavesi" (Geraniums/Pavesi) recalled the elementary forms of Kazimir Malevich's most austere Suprematist canvases:...
Tina Barney: Paul Kasmin Gallery
Money, I've heard, cannot buy happiness. And through the 1980s, Tina Barney's darkly witty pictures of her insular upper-class milieu gave a diabolically cheerful endorsement of that tried-and-true claim. These now-classic half-staged, half-spontaneous...
Tino Sehgal: Martin-Gropius-Bau/Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Tino Sehgal MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU/HAUS DER BERLINER FESTSPIELE Tino Sehgal calls his works, which have been devised primarily for presentations in art museums rather than theaters, "constructed situations." Others have taken to describing them as...
Tom of Finland: Artists Space, New York
Tom of Finland ARTISTS SPACE, NEW YORK THE ARTISTS SPACE SHOW "Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play" presented more than half a century of the artist's drawings, gouaches, paper dolls, and photocollages made from advertising imagery; together,...
Veiled Threat: Richard I. Suchenski on Hou Hsiao-Hsien's the Assassin
IT SHOULD COME as little surprise that the richest, most sensuous film of 2015 has strong ties to older artistic traditions. As with much great art, the innovations of Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin are inextricably intertwined with, and deepened by,...
Vincent Fecteau: Kunsthalle Basel
Vincent Fecteau KUNSTHALLE BASEL This exhibition, Vincent Fecteau's largest yet, featured a selection of sculptures that date back to 2000, allowing connections to be drawn between several strands of his oeuvre. The San Francisco-based artist...
Wage before Beauty: Andrew Ross on Saadiyat Island
THE CONVERGENCE of cultural capital on the lone and level sands of Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island--where sumptuous outposts of the Guggenheim and the Louvre, as well as a new institution, the Zayed National Museum, are being built near a New York University...
Yto Barrada: Pace Gallery
What does it mean to be fake? The word immediately conjures negative terms used to describe a state of deception or untruth, an assertion that is inauthentic, unreal, perhaps even a lie. The French equivalent, faux--which also, of course, registers...
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