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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 7, March

4th Ghetto Biennale 2015: Various Venues
4th Ghetto Biennale 2015 VARIOUS VENUES [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Cofounded in 2009 by artist-curators Leah Gordon (UK) and Andre Eugene (Haiti) and sited in the Grand Rue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, the Ghetto Biennale brings together a...
Andreas Lolis: The Breeder
Andreas Lolis THE BREEDER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the Third Athens Biennale in 2011, a group of sculptures by Andreas Lolis, all Untitled, from the series "21st Century Relics," 2011-, were positioned on the floor in one of the many abandoned...
Ann Veronica Janssens: Bortolami
Ann Veronica Janssens BORTOLAMI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A whisper of a show, spare to the point of near-disappearance, Ann Veronica Janssens's recent exhibition at Bortolami--the Belgium-based artist's solo debut at the gallery, timed to coincide...
Anwar Jalal Shemza: Tate Britain
Anwar Jalal Shemza TATE BRITAIN [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As readers of The Arabian Nights know, carpets can transport us to lands far, far away. Anwar Jalal Shemza's minute Magic Carpet, 1984, is no exception. Here, a piece of cloth with frayed...
"Atmospheric Abstraction": Quint Gallery
SAN DIEGO "Atmospheric Abstraction" QUINT GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The title of this group show, "Atmospheric Abstraction," neatly suggested the historical lineage of a collection of contemporary nonfigurative work by Los Angeles-based...
Brice Marden: Matthew Marks Gallery
NEW YORK Brice Marden MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This exhibition of a dozen paintings and twenty-five drawings from between 2007 and 2015, billed as the largest presentation of Brice Marden's work since his 2006 retrospective...
B. V. Suresh: Vadehra Art Gallery
B. V. Suresh VADEHRA ART GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The silence of the dimly lit ground-floor room was punctured by the shriek of an iron weight, suspended near the ceiling, suddenly bearing down. Luckily, its anticipated crash landing...
Cameron Rowland
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON DECEMBER 21, 2015, Artists Space sent out an e-mail announcing an exhibition by Cameron Rowland, which included a photograph of a municipal office building with two black cars parked in front....
Carroll Dunham: Gladstone Gallery
Carroll Dunham GLADSTONE GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Eight or nine years ago Carroll Dunham ended a period of focusing on male figures--figures comically, formulaically masculine, wearing suits and sporting cigarette-butt heads and penis...
Charlotte Prodger: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios
DUBLIN Charlotte Prodger TEMPLE BAR GALLERY & STUDIOS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Charlotte Prodger's Stoneymollan Trail, 2015, the sole work in her first Dublin show, is a dense, elliptical, fitfully autobiographical film essay. It is the...
Claudia Comte: Boltelang
Claudia Comte BOLTELANG [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back in art school, Claudia Comte's classmates called her la tronfonneuse, Miss Chainsaw. She hates the nickname, but there's no question that she's a virtuoso of the rip and call of the saw....
Clock Work: George E. Lewis on Karlheinz Stockhausen's Klang
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BEGINNING ON MARCH 25, in celebration of the opening of the Met Breuer--the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new satellite in the old Whitney Museum building on Madison Avenue--a complete performance of all twenty-one sections...
Dadamaino: A Arte Invernizzi
Dadamaino A ARTE INVERNIZZI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This revelatory exhibition of the work of the Italian painter Dadamaino (1930-2004) was organized chronologically, presenting sequential stages in the self-taught artist's compelling career....
Danai Anesiadou: Wilkinson Gallery
Danai Anesiadou WILKINSON GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Imagine a museum display re-creating a trashy psychedelic party whose attendees include Catherine Deneuve dressed as a princess in Jacques Demy's 1970 fairy-tale film Donkey Skin; Abe...
Dash Snow: The Brant Foundation Art Study Center
GREENWICH, CT Dash Snow THE BRANT FOUNDATION ART STUDY CENTER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Confusing signals, the impurity of the signal, gives you verisimilitude," said Donald Barthelme of juxtaposition in his fiction, which he thought of as...
David Bowie: 1947-2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TONY OURSLER WHICH ONE OF HIS CHARACTERS do you like best? It's hard to say. Ziggy is too easy--perhaps the Man Who Sold the World or the Thin White Duke? All of them are, of course, associated with specific lyrics and...
Dora Maurer: Hunt Kastner
Dora Maurer HUNT KASTNER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I first encountered Dora Maurer's films at a 2012 symposium on aspects of Central European art at the Sachsische Akademie der Kiinste in Dresden, and I still have a vivid recollection of watching...
Enzo Mari: Galleria Massimo Minini
Enzo Mari GALLERIA MASSIMO MININI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is almost impossible to write about Enzo Mari the artist without writing about Enzo Mari the person--not just because of his eccentric character, but also because of his commitment...
Event Horizon: Jeffrey Weiss on "Revisions-Zen for Film"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DEMATERIALIZATION. In an important text of 1968, Lucy R. Lippard and John Chandler chose that word to describe the presumed disappearance of the aesthetic object in the context of Conceptual art. Dematerialization proved to...
First among Sequels: Jordan Kantor on Jackson Pollock's Late Work
ONE HALLMARK OF GREAT ART is its ability to simultaneously command attention and confound interpretation. Work like this draws us in but ultimately frustrates our attempt to reduce the experience to anything like a definitive reading. We might call...
Given Voice: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Moana with Sound
"UNTIL RECENTLY," anthropologist Jay Ruby wrote thirty-odd years ago, "the scholarship and popular press surrounding [Robert J.] Flaherty have tended toward two extremes--portraying him in mythical terms and 'worshipping' his films or debunking them...
Hermetic Engineering: Ben Vickers on the Art of Ian Cheng
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Our best machines are made of sunshine; they are all light and clean because they are nothing but signals, electromagnetic waves, a section of a spectrum, and these machines are eminently portable, mobile--a matter of immense...
Jana Euler: Galerie Neu
Jana Euler GALERIE NEU [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The leadoff painting in Jana Euler's exhibition "'Female Jesus Crying in Public' in einer neuen Ausstellung" (in a New Exhibition) was an overture in the operatic sense, containing all of the show's...
Jane Corrigan: Feuer/Mesler
Jane Corrigan FEUER/MESLER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jane Corrigan's latest works in oil had some of the louche narrative implications prevalent within recent figurative painting, but retained the delicacy that marked the artist's previous work....
Jean Baudrillard: Chateau Shatto
LOS ANGELES Jean Baudrillard CHATEAU SHATTO Las Vegas, 1996: The photograph depicts a craggy, mountainous desert horizon forming a silhouette against patchy sheets of clouds and the broad blue daylight above them. A stagnant haze lingers at...
Jean-Marc Bustamante: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Jean-Marc Bustamante GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Having begun his artistic career well over three decades ago as a photographer, Jean-Marc Bustamante has since worked across diverse media to produce sculptures, prints, paintings,...
Julie Weitz: Young Projects
Julie Weitz YOUNG PROJECTS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Beyond a glass front door, metal chains dangled breezily over a carpet of pink eggshell foam, which sprang back buoyantly from each footstep, absorbing its sound. Velvety black walls led beyond...
"Leap before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957"
"Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957" INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, BOSTON Richard Deming BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE points perpetually beyond itself. Ironically, as a school, it had no ongoing tradition that it was...
Li Ming: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Li Ming ULLENS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "New Directions," Li Ming's recent exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, had a cultish atmosphere. In a dark corner of the gallery, an ominous sculptural light...
Magali Reus
London-based artist Magali Reus is the recipient of the 2015 Prix de Rome for the visual arts. Her work has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at SculptureCenter in New York, the Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, UK, and the Westfalischer...
Martin Wong: Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DECADES AGO, well before Martin Wong had a gallery--let alone the fame that has only gathered momentum since his passing in 1999--he hung some paintings in an inexpensive little Japanese restaurant on St. Marks Place in New...
Miranda Lichtenstein: Elizabeth Dee
Miranda Lichtenstein ELIZABETH DEE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Plastic bags have fallen on hard times since they stole the show in American Beauty (1999), in a scene reminiscent of Nathaniel Dorsky's film Variations from a year earlier. No longer...
Nairy Baghramian: Museo Tamayo
Nairy Baghramian MUSEO TAMAYO [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nairy Baghramian's first Mexican exhibition, "Hand Me Down," reveals her ability not just to occupy but to play with space, rendering an institutional space intimate, bizarre, filling it...
Nick Oberthaler: Galerie Emanuel Layr
Nick Oberthaler GALERIE EMANUEL LAYR [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "We turn around in the night, consumed by fire." The Latin palindrome "In girum imus node et consumimur igni" had as powerful an impact on the sensibility of Guy Debord and the Situationists...
Nuno Da Luz: Vera Cortes Art Agency
Nuno da Luz VERA CORTES ART AGENCY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The dichotomy between nature and culture has been at the center of Nuno da Luz's practice for several years now. Many of his works examine the subject of wilderness, questioning the...
"Ocean of Images": Museum of Modern Art
"Ocean of Images" MUSEUM OF MODERN ART [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Photography is a system of visual editing," wrote John Szarkowski, moma's long-presiding chief curator of photography. "At bottom, it is a matter of surrounding with a frame a...
"Painting in Italy 1910s-1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art"
"Painting in Italy 1910s-1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art" SPERONE WESTWATER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most persons committed to modern art possess at least a passing acquaintance with such proper nouns as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo...
Paul McCarthy: Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
CHICAGO Paul McCarthy RENAISSANCE SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO White Snow Placemat Drawings, WS, 2013-14, a set of six scallop-edged paper place mats, each depicting an assortment of quickly drawn, naked, dripping, hairy figures engaged...
Penelope Umbrico: Bruce Silverstein
Penelope Umbrico BRUCE SILVERSTEIN [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like words repeated over and over until they sound like the utterances of an alien tongue, Penelope Umbrico's images are fascinating for their exploration of the differences between...
Portfolio: Rosemarie Castoro
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ROSEMARIE CASTORO wasn't precious about her work. As a dancer, painter, sculptor, and writer, she reveled in art's material activation on the staging ground of the city street, the journal page, or...
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian: Institute of Contemporary Art
BOSTON Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian's project might be described as one of ecstatic accumulation. The...
Raoul De Keyser: David Zwirner
LONDON Raoul De Keyser DAVID ZWIRNER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although this exhibition, "Raoul De Keyser: Drift," curated by Ulrich Loock, included forty-eight paintings spanning four decades, at its heart were the artist's final works, from...
Return to Form: Julian Rose on the Met Breuer
IN THE FALL OF 1963, presenting his vision for a new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Marcel Breuer described a structure that would play the role of mediator--actively shepherding the visitor through the transition from a frenetic urban...
Ronnie Landfield: Stux + Haller
Ronnie Landfield STUX + HALLER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ronnie Landfield was once an enfant terrible: In 1967, at the age of twenty, he was invited to exhibit in the Whitney Annual an eight-foot-square painting called The Howl of Terror, a terrifyingly...
Sejla Kameric: Arter-Space for Art
Sejla Kameric ARTER--SPACE FOR ART [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sejla Kameric's solo show "When the Heart Goes Bing Bam Boom" was packed with more visitors than you might expect at a nonprofit art space; perhaps the title struck a chord with the...
"Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art"
"Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art" NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF, UK "THIS IS NOT A RETROSPECTIVE," warned Ivor Davies as I walked into the octogenarian's mega-exhibition, up through March 20, at the National Museum Cardiff....
Tauba Auerbach: Paula Cooper Gallery
Tauba Auerbach PAULA COOPER GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When considering Tauba Auerbach's work of the past few years, I am often sent down a rabbit's hole of unfamiliar mathematical and scientific terms: entheogen, the Sierpinski curve,...
Thomas Struth: Galerie Rudiger Schottle
Thomas Struth GALERIE RUDIGER SCHOTTLE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1964, Stanley Kubrick penned a letter to writer and futurist Arthur C. Clarke suggesting they join forces to produce "the proverbial 'really good' science fiction movie." A former...
Typology and Participation: Kenneth Frampton on the Architecture of Alvaro Siza
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AT THE AGE OF EIGHTY-TWO, the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza is possibly the only modern master who, after having realized some four hundred works...
Urban Zellweger: Shoot the Lobster
Urban Zellweger SHOOT THE LOBSTER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For "Tables and Landscapes" at Shoot the Lobster, Urban Zellweger's sprightly first New York solo show, the young Zurich-based artist presented six paintings from 2015 that mined art-historical...
Verne Dawson: Eva Presenhuber
Verne Dawson EVA PRESENHUBER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Depicting such fantastical subjects as dinosaurs and even stranger hybrid creatures, as well as spaceship-like objects, the rather naive-looking paintings in Verne Dawson's exhibition "Mermaid...
Woe Jams: Jackie Neudorf on Porches
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "LET THE BOOTY DO what the booty wants to do," instructs Porches front man Aaron Maine in a 2014 video shot in New York. Maraca in hand, the drummer counts off and is joined by the four other members of the band as they launch...
Yoko Ono: Galerie Lelong/Andrea Rosen Gallery
Yoko Ono GALERIE LELONG/ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To those who wondered why Yoko Ono's "The Riverbed" comprised two separate installations, identical in their components, that were sited in two separate galleries in close...
Yunhee Min: Equitable Vitrines
Yunhee Min EQUITABLE VITRINES One's initial impression of Yunhee Min's new work, an intervention of poured paint and fluorescent light onto two long, normally transparent vitrines installed in the lobby of the Equitable Life Building--an iconic...
Zoe Williams: Galerie Antoine Levi
Zoe Williams GALERIE ANTOINE LEVI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Superficial concerns were at the heart of Zoe Williams's exhibition "Pel," whose title is an old French word for skin: The high-definition video, single photograph, and installation...
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