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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 5, January

Adrian Villar Rojas: Marian Goodman Gallery
Adrian Villar Rojas Marian Goodman Gallery The Argentinean artist Adrian Villar Rojas offers his audience a mash-up of the adolescent iconographies that have fascinated him since he was a teenager: that of sci-fi, with its robots and spaceships;...
Anselm Reyle: Contemporary Fine Arts
Anselm Reyle CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS This was Anselm Reyle's first solo show since his announcement in early 2014 that, for the time being, he would neither make nor exhibit new work. True to this resolution, the exhibition did not feature new...
Art Direction: Erika Balsom on Omer Fast's Remainder
"THERE'S ALSO A BOY I keep seeing. When everything's right, he'll appear." The nameless, amnesiac protagonist of Omer Fast's new film, Remainder--which premiered this past October at the BFI London Film Festival-orchestrates a meticulous reenactment...
Avinash Chandra: Dag Modern
The work of Avinash Chandra (1931-1991) went through four periods, more or less coordinate with the places in which he lived. Arranged chronologically, this show--billed as a retrospective of the Simla, India-born painter's art--surveyed these stages...
Bill Jenkins and Chadwick Rantanen: Michael Thibault
Bill Jenkins and Chadwick Rantanen MICHAEL THIBAULT An observatory for barely unpacked product and its packaging, this complex, interweaving installation of Chadwick Rantanen's machines and Bill Jenkins's illuminations begged for extended description;...
Brigid Berlin: Invisible-Exports
Brigid Berlin Invisible-Exports "Everyone, absolutely everyone, was tape-recording everyone else," Andy Warhol noted about the Factory days. Everyone, perhaps, but no one as avidly as Brigid Berlin. From the 1960s through the '70s, Berlin made...
Bruno Munari: Galleria Giovanni Bonelli
Bruno Munari GALLERIA GIOVANNI BONELLI It is a difficult task to condense into one exhibition all the branches of visual research undertaken by the Milanese designer and inventor Bruno Munari (1907-1998). His output spanned from the late 1920s--when...
Burning Man: Anthony White on Alberto Burri and Arte Povera
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ART WOULD NEVER BE QUITE THE SAME: ripped open, on fire. ALBERTO BURRI demystified painting through radically simple means, but his legacy remains complex and little understood. Here, scholar ANTHONY WHITE finds renewed force...
Camille Henrot: Metro Pictures
Camille Henrot Metro Pictures There were three distinct, amazing parts to Camille Henrot's Metro Pictures debut: huge watercolor paintings, 3-D-printed phones, and a motorized zoetrope. The watercolors were hung in the second room, on walls painted...
Candid Camera: Annie Godfrey Larmon on UnReal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN ROSALIND KRAUSS likened the feedback loop of video to a mirror's reflection in her landmark 1976 essay on early video art, she couldn't have dreamed of the extreme-sport navel-gazing of today's nth-generation reality...
Chantal Akerman: 1950-2015
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] KATHY HALBREICH I FIRST VISITED the filmmaker Chantal Akerman in 1989--two years before I was named director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis--to propose that she...
Christopher Knowles: Institute of Contemporary Art
Christopher Knowles INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART With works dictated by clear binary divisions and rules followed to the letter, "Christopher Knowles: In a Word" demonstrated the steady, straightforward logic of an assured practitioner. Although...
Daniel Knorr: Galleria Fonti
Daniel Knorr GALLERIA FONTI The ironic title of Daniel Knorr's third solo show at Galleria Fonti, "Veni Midi Napoli" (I Came I Saw Napoli), might well imply that not all battles are swiftly won. The Romanian-born Berlin-based artist works in...
David Raymond Conroy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A DEEP EXISTENTIAL APORIA seemed to have settled over David Raymond Conroy's show at Seventeen gallery in London last year. Cheap, jerry-rigged wooden frames became miniature stage sets, offering...
Dev Hynes
Devonte (Dev) Hynes is a producer, songwriter, and artist based in New York. He has written and produced songs for Solange Knowles, Florence and the Machine, and Tinashe, as well as the score for Gia Coppola's 2013 film Palo Alto. Hynes also writes...
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Centre Pompidou
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster CENTRE POMPIDOU In 1977, a twelve-year-old Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster visited Marcel Duchamp's exhibition at the newly opened Centre Pompidou. Evoking this seminal experience at the threshold to her own Pompidou survey...
Emil Michael Klein: Galerie Francesca Pia
Emil Michael Klein GALERIE FRANCESCA PIA A problem faced by painters--and also by writers--is how to begin. As Emil Michael Klein has pointed out, there's something transgressive, even repellent, about the first step: brushing pigmented fat onto...
Ettore Sottsass: Friedman Benda
In a letter from 1987, no less a towering figure of twentieth-century design than Aldo Rossi credited his compatriot Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) with "the destruction of established architecture." The establishment that Rossi was referring to was modernism,...
Evgeniy Antufiev: Regina Gallery/Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Evgeniy Antufiev REGINA GALLERY/MOSCOW MUSEUM OF MODERN ART It's hard to believe that Evgeniy Antufiev was born only in 1986, given the sense of timelessness typical of his work. His solo show at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, aptly titled...
Frank Bowling: Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Frank Bowling MARC SELWYN FINE ART "Cooking," he calls it, but there are other words that come to mind when describing Frank Bowling's restless, wildly inventive painting practice: spilling, smearing, dripping, brushing, raking, flicking, sticking,...
Gerhard Richter: Dominique Levy
Gerhard Richter DOMINIQUE LEVY Seeing Gerhard Richter's early "Farbtafeln" (Color Charts) reassembled for the first time since their initial presentation at Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem in Munich in 1966 is an opportunity not only to gain a...
Graham Wilson: Brand New Gallery
Graham Wilson BRAND NEW GALLERY The thread connecting the fifteen works (all 2015) in Graham Wilson's recent exhibition "I Clocked Out when I Punched In" seemed to be time--specifically, time as it plays out in the valuation of artistic production....
Greater New York: MoMA PS1
Greater New York MoMA PS1 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AFTER BECOMING a part of the Museum of Modern Art in 2000, MOMA PSI began presenting a big-tent, building-wide exhibition called Greater New York, which surveys artistic practices in the city...
Haleh Redjaian: Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde
Haleh Redjaian GALLERY ISABELLE VAN DEN EYNDE Like the work of her elders Nasreen Mohamedi and Zarina, Berlin-based Haleh Redjaian's austere but playful abstractions exemplify an alternative Minimalist practice, one that simultaneously engages...
Hilla Becher: 1934-2015
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BENJAMIN H.D. BUCHLOH WITH THE PASSING of Hilla Becher (nee Hilla Wobeser in Potsdam, 1934), a major figure of German postwar visual culture has left the stage, following her lifelong collaborator and partner, Bernd Becher,...
"International Pop" and "The World Goes Pop": Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Tate Modern, London
"International Pop" and "The World Goes Pop" Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Tate Modern, London POP "WAS THE BIRTH OF THE NOW": So claim curators Darsie Alexander and Bartholomew Ryan in the catalogue for their sprawling and ambitious show...
Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Lumber Room/Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College
Jessica Jackson Hutchins LUMBER ROOM/DOUGLAS F. COOLEY MEMORIAL ART GALLERY, REED COLLEGE Widely known for her sculptures deploying old couches and cast-off furniture as host bodies for plaster obelisks, papier-mache appendages, and homemade...
Jonas Dahlberg: Galerie Nordenhake
Jonas Dahlberg GALERIE NORDENHAKE On July 22,2011, the far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, dressed as a police officer, detonated a bomb at the Norwegian Parliament building in Oslo, killing eight people. He then traveled to the island...
Jozef Robakowski: Lokal_30
Jozef Robakowski LOKAL_30 Can an artistic practice developed in resistance to--or maybe simply out of disregard for--one ideological system prove equally defiant in another? The answer is a resolute yes when it comes to the oeuvre of Jozef Robakowski,...
Kerstin Bratsch: Arts Club of Chicago
Kerstin Bratsch Arts Club of Chicago [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IS KERSTIN BRATSCH a skeptic or a believer? Throughout her practice, the artist subverts individual aesthetic gestures, technical skill, and objecthood, but it's often difficult to...
Kiki Kogelnik: Modern Art Oxford, UK
Kiki Kogelnik Modern Art Oxford, UK "FLY ME TO THE MOON," Britain's first Kiki Kogelnik retrospective, complemented Tate Modern's revisionist and staccato survey "The World Goes Pop." Coinciding with Modern Art Oxford's exhibition, Tate Modern...
Lucy Dodd: David Lewis
Lucy Dodd David Lewis An educational website I checked to make sure I was getting my mathematical terms straight tells me, "A trapezium is defined by the properties it does not have. It has no parallel sides." Bingo: That's the shape of most...
Mark Flood: Modern Art
Mark Flood MODERN ART In certain societies, cannibals ate their opponents to acquire knowledge. Maybe that's why one of Mark Flood's more notorious paintings is emblazoned with the phrase eat human flesh. Although none of the Texan's thirteen...
Mark Leckey: Cabinet Gallery
Mark Leckey CABINET GALLERY The initial idea was simple: On YouTube, Mark Leckey discovered the audio recording of a Joy Division matinee gig he'd attended in 1979, at age fifteen, the memory of which deeply affected him-leading him to wonder...
Martine Syms: Bridget Donahue
Martine Syms Bridget Donahue Martine Syms has lectured in venues as varied as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, and, this past September, in a field on the outskirts of Storm King Art Center in New...
Matthys Gerber: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Matthys Gerber MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA Dutch-born Australian painter Matthys Gerber has been a fixture of the notoriously quarrelsome Sydney contemporary-art scene for roughly three decades. Consistently provocative and protean in...
Max Hooper Schneider
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A SINK with a grim provenance--salvaged from a morgue--is filled to the brim with turquoise water that disguises the school of fish within; snails crawl inside an old-timey popcorn cart: Max Hooper...
Michael Dean: Supportico Lopez
Michael Dean SUPPORTICO LOPEZ Viewers entering Michael Dean's exhibition "Look at them fucking laughing" found themselves among a field of standing sculptures taller than they are wide or deep. The variously colored concrete forms were grouped...
Mokuma Kikuhata: Kaikai Kiki Gallery
Mokuma Kikuhata KAIKAI KIKI GALLERY When Takashi Murakami opened his Kaikai Kiki Gallery in 2008, it was natural to assume that the program would be all Superflat all the time. That hasn't been the case. In particular, over the past year or so...
Mustafa Hulusi: Meliksetian: Briggs
Mustafa Hulusi MELIKSETIAN | BRIGGS One encountered "Recollections of Underdevelopment," an arresting exhibition of new photo-based works by Mustafa Hulusi, before even setting foot in the gallery. Eye-catching photographs of bloodred pomegranates...
Owen Kydd: Monte Clark Gallery
Owen Kydd MONTE CLARK GALLERY At what point does a picture cease to be one? Owen Kydd previously pondered this question through works he describes as durational photographs, which utilize extended single-shot video recordings to present static...
Paul McMahon: 321 Gallery
Paul McMahon 321 GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Paul McMahon's wonderfully strange "soft" retrospective at the artist-run 321 Gallery in Brooklyn this past fall was, for a figure so doggedly unclassifiable, sympathetically out of joint. Nestled...
Rachel De Joode: Galerie Christophe Gaillard
Rachel de Joode GALERIE CHRISTOPHE GAILLARD Rachel de Joode's exhibition "Porosity" provided viewers with numerous ways to understand the oscillation between object and photograph, between 3-D and 2-D, between virtual space and physical space...
Rachel Rossin: Zieher Smith & Horton
Themes from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass loom large throughout William Gibson's 2003 novel Pattern Recognition, which characterizes an American protagonist's trip to the UK as a disorienting encounter with a "mirror-world." But while Carroll...
Rene Block: Berlinische Galerie/Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Rene Block BERLINISCHE GALERIE/NEUER BERLINER KUNSTVEREIN This retrospective of Rene Block's work as a gallerist, curator, collector, and publisher of prims, multiples, books, and catalogues highlights the remarkable arc of a career that helped...
Rocky Picture Show: Lauren O'Neill-Butler on "Museum of Stones"
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE not to imagine a conversation between Isamu Noguchi and Jimmie Durham in "Museum of Stones." The two artists, while separated by three and a half decades, share a near-mystical affinity for ascetic, stripped-down materials--specifically,...
Ron Nagle: Matthew Marks Gallery
Ron Nagle Matthew Marks Gallery Ron Nagle is something of a legend--a sculptor working in clay, an alumnus of the celebrated "pot shop" of Peter Voulkos, and as such a significant figure in the development of modern art in California. He is also...
Rummana Hussain: Talwar Gallery
Rummana Hussain TALWAR GALLERY In 1995, Rummana Hussain walked through the precincts of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, her mouth wide open in a soundless scream. In a performance titled Living on the Margins, her first...
Ryan Mrozowski: On Stellar Rays
Ryan Mrozowski On Stellar Rays Vigilant birds flanked the entrance to Ryan Mrozowski's exhibit, eyeing the ripe goods hanging farther in: canvases covered in citrus-tree flowers, oranges, cherries, and "indeterminate fruit." This compact exhibit--comprising...
Shi Qing: Times Museum
Shi Qing TIMES MUSEUM Shi Qing's "Hinterland Project" was not a solo exhibition in the strictest sense: Some twenty participants were involved in the undertaking (2015-), which assumed a shape akin to activism or fieldwork. The presentation was...
Southern Exposure: Irene V. Small on Videobrasil
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ARE IMAGES TODAY dematerialized, ephemeral configurations of pixels and electronic signals that merely pause as they migrate from screen to screen? Or are they more multifarious in their ubiquity, inhabiting visual surfaces...
Tadeusz Kantor: Sesc Consolacao
Tadeusz Kantor SESC CONSOLAQAO Both a visual artist and a theater director, Tadeusz Kantor was perhaps the most prominent and controversial figure of the twentieth-century Polish avant-garde. The exhibition in Sao Paulo was part of the International...
The Mirror and the Vamp: David E. James on Andy Warhol's Lupe (1965)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature. --Hamlet, III.ii THE CLASSIC ERA of American avant-garde cinema--a tradition exemplified by Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, and Jonas Mekas--was dominated by filmmakers who forged...
"The Wolfpack Show": Deitch Projects
"The Wolfpack Show" Deitch Projects Across the more than forty years of his art-world career, Jeffrey Deitch has rarely been shy, and has always been canny, about liberally leavening the blue-chip with the offbeat. And the shows he's mounted...
Tiril Hasselknippe: Bianca D'Alessandro
Tiril Hasselknippe BIANCA D'ALESSANDRO Waist-high and not quite large enough to contain a person, four concrete objects punctuated the gallery floor. The exhibition title, "Tub," suggested they might be containers. This viewer's thoughts strayed...
Walid Raad: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Walid Raad Museum of Modern Art, New York [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WALID RAAD'S PROJECT Scratching on things I could disavow, 2007-, puts the artist's docufictional sensibility into the service of a distinctive brand of institutional critique....
Walid Raad: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Walid Raad Museum Of Modern Art, New York SINCE THE LATE 1990s, Lebanese artist Walid Raad has embarked on two major long-term projects, each generating a wealth of videos, installations, performances, sculptural objects, and photographic prints....
Walter Pach: Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
Walter Pach Francis M. Naumann Fine Art During the first years of the twentieth century, Walter Pach (1883-1958)--painter and polyglot scholar--was in Paris, world center of the thrilling shifts then occurring in art. Pach, already liberated...
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