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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 4, December

13th Biennale De Lyon: Various Venues
13th Biennale de Lyon VARIOUS VENUES IN HIS CATALOGUE ESSAY for "La vie moderne," the thirteenth edition of the Biennale de Lyon, curator Ralph Rugoff points out one of modernism's most enduring paradoxes: If the desire for rupture is, as he...
14th Istanbul Biennial: Various Venues
14th Istanbul Biennial VARIOUS VENUES [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS WE RODE a crowded midnight ferry across the Bosphorus strait, forty-eight hours into our frenetic marathon of biennial viewing, one of my most patient and scholarly colleagues...
Alex Hubbard: Maccarone
Alex Hubbard MACCARONE Alex Hubbard's latest show, which christened Michele Maccarone's new Los Angeles space--and which, as so much initial press detailed, opened in tandem with the Broad Museum nearby--serves as a prime example of the recent...
Alicia McCarthy: Jack Hanley Gallery
Alicia McCarthy JACK HANLEY GALLERY Like the San Francisco Mission artists with whom she is often grouped, Alicia McCarthy makes art from pointedly unprecious materials: latex, colored pencil, or spray paint on wood panels. This gives her works...
Antonio Dias: Galeria Nara Roesler
Antonio Dias GALERIA NARA ROESLER In 1977, while living in Milan, Brazilian artist Antonio Dias traveled to Nepal in search of handmade paper. Upon his arrival in Kathmandu, the country's capital, he discovered that there were no suppliers. Thus...
Beatrice Loft Schulz: Arcadia Missa
Beatrice Loft Schulz ARCADIA MISSA To enter Beatrice Loft Schulz's "Living Arrangement #" meant passing through a ten-foot-wide, New Agey, patterned curtain of glass beads laboriously threaded by the artist. In advance of the exhibition's opening,...
Best of 2015
HELEN MOLESWORTH THELMA GOLDEN HAL FOSTER LYNNE COOKE JAY CHUNG & Q TAKEKI MAEDA JACK BANKOWSKY MAGALI ARRIOLA VINCE ALETTI CHUS MARTINEZ SARAH McCRORY PI LI TIM GRIFFIN DANIEL BIRNBAUM MATTHEW HIGGS STEPHANIE...
Bettina Samson: Sultana
Bettina Samson SULTANA Facing off from opposite ends of the gallery, two small wall-mounted sculptures in Bettina Samson's recent show bookended a wide spectrum of three-dimensional works. At the entrance was the cratered, amorphous, and mottled...
Books
EIGHT SCHOLARS, CURATORS, WRITERS, and ARTISTS CHOOSE THE YEAR'S OUTSTANDING TITLES. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CHRIS KRAUS Cecilia Pavon's poems are pure happiness, although they aren't always about happiness, or about happy things. Living and...
Chicago Architecture Biennial: Various Venues
Chicago Architecture Biennial VARIOUS VENUES ON THE BANKS of Lake Michigan some weeks ago, a scrum of international journalists huddled inside an open-air pavilion designed by the Providence, Rhode Island-based architecture office Ultramoderne....
Daniel De Paula: Galeria Leme
Daniel de Paula GALERIA LEME The open-air patio that stands between the two concrete buildings that house Galeria Leme, designed by Brazilian Pritzker Prize-winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Metro Architects, is usually used as a parking area....
David Bestue: Garcia Galeria
David Bestue GARCIA GALERIA Barcelona-based David Bestue first came to prominence as part of a duo with Marc Vives, with whom he had systematically and mockingly subverted the tropes of modern sculpture through performances that gained the pair...
David Douard: Galerie Chantal Crousel
David Douard GALERIE CHANTAL CROUSEL Bastardized and truncated forms of language motivate David Douard's approach to sculpture. The improvised elisions and contractions in vernacular discourse and the inclusiveness of a vague pronoun coursed...
Double Standard: Ed Ruscha & Mason Williams, 1956-1971 (Part 1)": Alden Projects
"Double Standard: Ed Ruscha & Mason Williams, 1956-1971 (Part 1)" ALDEN PROJECTS Legend has it that in 1956 an eighteen-year-old Ed Ruscha set out solo from Oklahoma City in a customized Ford, taking the fabled Route 66 to Los Angeles (passing...
Ella Kruglyanskaya: Thomas Dane Gallery
Ella Kruglyanskaya THOMAS DANE GALLERY Ella Kruglyanskaya wants to be a great painter, so she says, not "a good woman artist." Although her paintings are largely populated by women and her 2012 exhibition at Gavin Brown's Enterprise was called...
Emily Mae Smith: Laurel Gitlen
Emily Mae Smith LAUREL GITLEN Christina Ramberg once took Rene Magritte on a blind date to see Disney's Fantasia, but they couldn't concentrate on the screen because of all the heckling from Joe Brainard and Evelyne Axell in the back row. So...
Film: Five Celebrated Cineasts Select the Top Films of the Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] John Waters JOHN WATERS IS CURRENTLY TOURING SEVENTEEN CITIES WITH HIS SPOKEN-WORD ACT A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS. 1 HELMUT BERGER, ACTOR (Andreas Horvath) Maybe the best motion picture of the...
Fort: Sies + Hoke
FORT SIES + HOKE Although it is often rendered in English as "uncanny," the nuances of the German word unheimlich are famously difficult to translate. The negative prefix un- modifies heimlich, which derives from Heim, home, and originally means...
Francesco Vezzoli: Almine Rech Gallery
Francesco Vezzoli ALMINE RECH GALLERY When Francesco Vezzoli had the five ancient Roman marble heads in his 2014-15 exhibition "Teatro Romano" at moma psi painted in garish colors that evoked their original polychronty, some critics expressed...
Friedrich Kunath: BQ
In Friedrich Kunath's painting It's Friedrich (all works cited, 2015), the handwritten title phrase emerges from an old-fashioned, corkscrew-cord telephone held out by an anthropomorphic cartoon tree. The latter--a black-lined overlay, like David Salle...
Gabi Steinhauser: Galerie Dorothea Schlueter
Gabi Steinhauser GALERIE DOROTHEA SCHLUETER An aerial photograph of a glacier that might almost be an abstract composition in somber greens; a deserted airport-terminal hall, its floor and baggage carousels shiny beneath an expansive and oddly...
"Gloria: Robert Rauschenberg & Rachel Harrison": Cleveland Museum of Art
"Gloria: Robert Rauschenberg & Rachel Harrison" CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART The choice to exhibit Rachel Harrison's sculpture/painting hybrids and drawings of the past decade or so alongside Robert Rauschenberg's Combines of the 1950s and '60s...
Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art: Various Venues
Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art VARIOUS VENUES The eighth edition of the Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, "A story within a story ...," curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, was by far the most pedagogically...
Howardena Pindell: Honor Fraser
Howardena Pindell HONOR FRASER To legibly capture a television screen, a photographer must have both patience and a variety of technical tricks at her disposal, including a carefully calibrated shutter speed and an exposure time determined through...
Jack Goldstein: 1301PE
Jack Goldstein 1301PE Exhibiting three of Jack Goldstein's lesser-known works--his Burning Window installation, 1977/2015, and two sets of text-based Aphorisms (both dated 1982) painted on the gallery wall--this show distilled a tension within...
Jessica Sanders: Kansas
Jessica Sanders KANSAS A longtime fan of beeswax owing to its gooey organic mutability, Jessica Sanders exercised admirable restraint with the potentially messy material in her recent exhibition "Ambiguous Warmth." Her first solo appearance at...
Josephsohn: Hauser & Wirth
Josephsohn HAUSER & WIRTH On the wall, what appeared to be a section of a heavily weathered archaic frieze. Before it, four monolithic gray forms, reverentially displayed on plinths: Anamorphs, they at first faintly recall Chinese philosopher's...
Joseph Yoakum: Carl Hammer Gallery
Joseph Yoakum CARL HAMMER GALLERY The fabulist and inveterate drifter Joseph Yoakum was known to claim that he had traveled the world as a circus man, a soldier, and a train porter during the first six or so decades of his life. In 1962, at the...
Josiah McElheny: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Josiah McElheny ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY This show by Josiah McElheny conveyed the force of his preoccupation with history as a creative medium--with the way in which it is made and, at points, seems to make itself when social, aesthetic, and practical...
Keltie Ferris: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Keltie Ferris MITCHELL-INNES & NASH In 2012, Keltie Ferris tried to throw her body into painting--and it wasn't working out. Gamely, she smeared her torso in paint and pressed herself against canvas, but she found the results embarrassingly...
"La Grande Madre": Fondazione Nicola Trussardi-Palazzo Reale
"La Grande Madre" FONDAZIONE NICOLA TRUSSARDI-PALAZZO REALE In 1994 the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra began taking starkly minimal photographs of mothers, nude or barely clothed, cradling their newborns, some just a few hours old. The pictures,...
Matteo Callegari: Federico Vavassori
Matteo Callegari FEDERICO VAVASSORI This recent staging of Matteo Callegari's new series of oil paintings, "Gradient Paintings" and "Scratch Paintings," both 2014-15, displayed the artist's engagement with the process of stratification. A close...
McArthur Binion: Galerie Lelong
McArthur Binion GALERIE LELONG McArthur Binion was born on September 1, 1946, in Noxubee County in Mississippi. His father, Russell Earl Binion, age thirty-one at the time of his birth, worked in "industry," and his mother, Martha Binion, was...
Michael Krebber: Maureen Paley
Michael Krebber MAUREEN PALEY "What a painting cannot do." So ends the short poem with which Michael Krebber opened his recent exhibition of abstract paintings and drawings. Krebber is often referred to approvingly as an artist's artist, and...
Miguel Fernandez De Castro: Galeria Emma Molina
Miguel Fernandez de Castro GALERIA EMMA MOLINA Jales (from the Nahuatl word halli, which means "earth") is the term geologists and mining engineers use to refer to the piles of stones resulting from the explosions used to begin excavation on...
Music: Five Musicians and Critics Count Down Their Highlights of the Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sophie SOPHIE IS AN ARTIST and PRODUCER KNOWN FOR SOLO WORK and COLLABORATIONS WITH ARTISTS RANGING FROM MADONNA TO LEIF. THIS PAST NOVEMBER, HE PREMIERED "VROOM VROOM," A TRACK WRITTEN WITH CHARLI...
Nick Cave: Cranbrook Art Museum
Nick Cave CRANBROOK ART MUSEUM Nick Cave's work moves fluidly between sculpture, performance, and social practice and explores the African American body as a site of tragedy, as well as a catalyst for change. Focusing primarily on the artist's...
PaJaMa: Gitterman Gallery
PaJaMa GITTERMAN GALLERY Vacation is boring, but does it have to be? I found myself reconsidering after seeing vintage photographs at Gitterman Gallery by the artists' group PaJaMa, a loosely defined collaboration formed by American painters...
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 Book, John Zurier, Paintings 1981-2014, essay...
Rei Naito: Gallery Koyanagi
Rei Naito GALLERY KOYANAGI In Japan's current furor over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "reinterpretation" of the postwar constitution's renunciation of war, it's hard not to see everything here through a political prism. At a recent protest outside...
Robert Janitz: Team Gallery
Robert Janitz TEAM GALLERY Robert Janitz titled his second show at Team "Kerckhoffs' Principle," named for a century-old theorem, postulated by the Dutch cryptologist Auguste Kerkckhoffs, that states that a system will remain secure if everything...
Robert MacPherson: Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art
Robert MacPherson QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY | GALLERY OF MODERN ART At the opening of "Robert MacPherson: The Painter's Reach" (curated by Ingrid Periz with QAGOMA'S former curator of Australian art Angela Goddard), the eminent retired museum director...
Robert Morris: Castelli Gallery
Robert Morris CASTELLI GALLERY Robert Morris, now eighty-four, is a figure of singular importance to American sculpture, painting, Conceptualism, and performance art. His recent exhibition, which he titled--with admirable didactic zeal--"moltingsexoskeletonsshrouds,"...
Rosemarie Castoro: Broadway 1602 Outdoors
Rosemarie Castoro BROADWAY 1602 OUTDOORS On the busy shopping thoroughfare of SoHo's Spring Street, just beyond tourists queuing for Cronuts, you ring a doorbell and ascend in an old hand-cranked elevator to the sixth floor. The doors open directly...
Silvia Bachli: Peter Freeman, Inc
Silvia Bachli PETER FREEMAN, INC. Silvia Bachli has invoked the words of the late Danish poet Inger Christensen several times throughout the past decade, taking inspiration and installation titles from the renowned writer, and even dedicating...
Sofia Hulten: Daniel Marzona
Sofia Hulten DANIEL MARZONA "A politics to come," Giorgio Agamben recently asserted, demands a conception of "a way of life that is not based on deeds or on property, but on use." I read his interview with Die Zeit the same week I saw Sofia Hulten's...
Song Eun Art Space
SongEun ArtSpace aims to be one of the leading centers for contemporary art in Seoul with its core objective to support younger Korean contemporary artists and to provide a strong international program which is quite unique and special for Korea. Located...
The Artists' Artists: To Take Stock of the Past Year, Artforum Asked an International Group of Artists to Select a Single Image, Exhibition, or Event That Most Memorably Captured Their Eye in 2015
YUJI AGEMATSU Silicone snake, West 42nd and Broadway, New York, July 29, 2015. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SHERRIE LEVINE My New Mexico terrace. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RON NAGLE This picture was taken along the waterfront...
The Year in Performance: Performance Has Begun to Shift and Transform with Increasing Intensity of Late, Quietly Welcoming Forms of Virtuosity and Disciplinarity into Its Realm
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JOAN JONAS stood at the center of the year--as both a singular presence and a pervading force. In July, she mounted a series of performances at the Venice Biennale in the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale: In those works, miragelike...
The Year in Sex
SOMETIMES A CIGAR is just a cigar, but sex is never just sex. The drive that Freud decorously called Eros is always entangled--in the most serious and urgent ways--with technology, politics, ideology, economics. And in 2015, these entwinements seemed...
"Time Flies like an Arrow, Fruit Flies like a Banana": Cultural Foundation of Tinos
"Time Flies Like an Arrow, Fruit Flies Like a Banana" CULTURAL FOUNDATION OF TINOS Curated by Valentinas Klimasauskas, "Time Flies Like an Arrow, Fruit Flies Like a Banana" was the culmination of the Tinos Quarry Platform, a new residency program...
XII Baltic Triennial: Contemporary Art Centre
XII Baltic Triennial CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE Imagine a car after a Ballardian crash. Its internal mechanical guts are turned inside out while its wide interior is flattened into a narrow hole. Its rear becomes its front, and its entry points...
Yan Xing: Galerie Urs Meile
Yan Xing GALERIE URS MEILE In Yan Xing's 2013 solo show at Galerie Urs Meile, the artist suspended a monitor from the courtyard entrance that played a video spelling out, in Chinese characters, the title of Richard Hamilton's seminal 1956 collage...
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