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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 8, April

Adrian Paci: Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Adrian Paci GALERIE PETER KILCHMANN Adrian Paci's timing has been, unfortunately, good. Long concerned with migration, exile, and nostalgia, his works touch the raw nerves of our day. No one who's seen it is likely to forget, for instance, his...
Amy Yao: Various Small Fires
Amy Yao VARIOUS SMALL FIRES The viewer's initial impression of Amy Yao's "Bay of Smokes," primarily installed in Various Small Fires's sun-drenched main gallery (carpeted in a cream hue for the occasion), was one of blinding white light. This...
Anna Jermolaewa: Kerstin Engholm Gallery
Anna Jermolaewa KERSTIN ENGHOLM GALLERY Is it possible to preserve the collective memories of Communism in Russia after its transition to turbocapitalism? And what about in a conflict-ridden Ukraine caught between allegiances to East and West?...
Basement Tapes: Alan Licht on Matmos's Ultimate Care II
SINCE THE LATE '90s, the electronic duo Matmos have brought together musique concrete and dance music in singular, arch fashion, crafting ebullient tracks from audio samples that frequently exhibit a penchant, descended from industrial music, for grisliness:...
Booze Arts: Thomas Eggerer on Monika Baer
THE GERMAN WORD FOR "BOTTLE"--flasche--is slang for "loser" or "wimp." And the bottles in Monika Baer's new paintings recently on view at Greene Naftali in New York look defeated indeed. Some lie flat, while others, though standing upright, are almost...
Brassai: Higher Pictures
Brassai HIGHER PICTURES Sometime in the early 1930s, Brassai began making photographs of Parisian graffiti. He had already shot a lot of pictures of classical Parisian scenes--long, hedgerowed passages of the Tuileries; the Eiffel Tower at night--but...
Caroline Achaintre: Arcade
Caroline Achaintre ARCADE Suddenly, Caroline Achaintre's work seems to be everywhere. A standout in the current British Art Show, with a recent solo display at Tate Britain, Achaintre is now preparing for a major presentation opening in July...
Ciara Phillips: Centre for Contemporary Art
Ciara Phillips CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Asked to write a job reference for the industrious Canadian-Irish artist Ciara Phillips, I might choose to praise her as a committed team player. Much of her work to date--centering on the medium of...
Constant: Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia
Constant MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA New Babylon, the interdisciplinary project created by the Dutch artist Constant between 1956 and 1974, remains one of the most singular, ambitious, and self-critical architectural visions to...
David Muenzer: Reserve Ames
David Muenzer RESERVE AMES To announce his first show at Reserve Ames, a Craftsman-style house-cum-gallery, David Muenzer offered a 2016 photograph reminiscent of James Welling's early phyllo-dough abstractions, in which ambiguous forms take...
David Snyder: Michael Benevento
David Snyder MICHAEL BENEVENTO Manic humor pervades David Snyder's immersive installations. In his previous solo exhibitions at Michael Benevento, Snyder altered the gallery's architecture to create eerie, fun-house-like settings. In "Face Forward,"...
Donna Huanca: Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Donna Huanca KIM? CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE A painting needs a body if it is to move freely in space. And if the surface of the painting were the skin of that body, the paint would serve as clothes. Set the body in motion and the painting becomes...
Edgar Arceneaux: Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Edgar Arceneaux GALERIE NATHALIE OBADIA Drawing from imagery of childhood experience, Edgar Arceneaux's exhibition "Cockeyed Eddie" may be understood in relation to the educational philosophy encapsulated by what the Germans call Bildung, which...
Ellsworth Kelly: 1923-2015
IN ELLSWORTH KELLY'S HANDS, an awning or an apple could be made to inspire euphoria--the most mundane things becoming the basis for the most destabilizing visual experience, and the most glorious. Over the course of eight decades, Kelly continually...
Flaming Features: Douglas Crimp Talks with Thomas Beard
This month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York presents "An Early Clue to the New Direction: Queer Cinema Before Stonewall" (April 22-May 1), organized by the FSLC's newly appointed programmer at large, THOMAS BEARD. In anticipation of...
George Henry Longly: Valentin
George Henry Longly VALENTIN A room closed off by a curtain, matte indigo walls, a floor of soft apricot wall-to-wall carpeting on which visitors had to walk with protective coverings over their shoes, one sculpture hanging on the wall, two others...
Gregory Crewdson: Gagosian Gallery
Gregory Crewdson GAGOSIAN GALLERY One of Emily Dickinson's best-known poems begins, "There's a certain Slant of light, / Winter Afternoons - / That oppresses, like the Heft / Of Cathedral Tunes--." The winter light Dickinson saw in Amherst, Massachusetts,...
Henning Fehr and Philipp Ruhr: Galerie Max Mayer
Henning Fehr and Philipp Ruhr GALERIE MAX MAYER Psychedelia is back, or so Benedikt Sarreiter and Paul-Philipp Hanske insist in their 2015 book Neues von der anderen Seite: Die Wiederentdeckung des Psychedelischen (News from the Other Side: The...
Irving Penn: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Irving Penn SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM Over the course of seven decades, Irving Penn did much to dismantle what was once thought to be a rigid barricade between fine-art and commercial photography, setting a precedent of mobility among diverse...
Janet Fish: DC Moore
Janet Fish DC MOORE "The light would be through everything and energy through everything," Janet Fish declared in 1988, and this is indeed what we find in her wondrous works: Light suffuses each of the nineteen still fifes that were on view in...
Jef Cornelis: Argos, Centre for Art and Media
Jef Cornelis ARGOS, CENTRE FOR ART AND MEDIA The importance of what Jef Cornelis produced during his career at the BRT--the Belgian Radio and Television company, later renamed the Flemish Radio and Television company--can hardly be overestimated....
Jonathan Lasker: Cheim & Read
Jonathan Lasker CHEIM & READ When visual invention becomes an afterthought in favor of ever-more-prolix theoretical justifications, even the most lauded examples of conceptual painting can eventually outlive their novelty, becoming at best...
Judith Bernstein: Mary Boone Gallery
Judith Bernstein MARY BOONE GALLERY Judith Bernstein doesn't mince words--or symbols. Her solo exhibition "Dicks of Death" at Mary Boone Gallery, curated by Piper Marshall, featured a wealth of phallic imagery, from scatological cock-faces and...
Judith Hopf: Kaufmann Repetto
Judith Hopf KAUFMANN REPETTO A strange sight greeted visitors to Judith Hopf's third exhibition at Kaufmann Repetto: two large feet, each made from bricks held together by mortar. Ambiguous objects, the works (both titled Brick-Foot, 2016) have...
Julia Weist: 83 Pitt Street
Julia Weist 83 PITT STREET Parbunkells: two ropes bound together, with a loop on both ends. In June 2015, Julia Weist placed this single word on a billboard above a busy thoroughfare in Forest Hills, Queens. Any curious onlooker who plugged it...
Laeh Glenn
HOW SHOULD A PAINTING BEHAVE? The dreamy yet sober canvases of Laeh Glenn seem predicated on this question. The Los Angeles-based artist asks why a painting should exist at all, what its motivation should be, and how one should relate to it--particularly...
Laercio Redondo: Museu De Arte Moderna
Laercio Redondo MUSEU DE ARTE MODERNA "O que acaba todos os dias" (What Ends Every Day) is the first comprehensive museum exhibition dedicated to the Brazilian artist Laercio Redondo. The show, which travels to Dallas Contemporary in September,...
Larissa Fassler: Galerie Jerome Poggi
Larissa Fassler GALERIE JEROME POGGI Writing about "pickpockets and paranoia in France" for the New Yorker in 2014, Adam Gopnik described Paris's Gare du Nord as a place where tourists, "looking for a week's pleasure, mingled with travellers...
Lauren Silva: Zieher Smith & Horton
Lauren Silva ZIEHER SMITH & HORTON There's something not quite right about the paintings in Lauren Silva's second show at Zieher Smith & Horton. At first glance, they appear not so much off, as overly on. The best ones register immediately...
Liang Yuanwei: Ocat Xi'an Contemporary Art Center
Liang Yuanwei OCAT XI'AN CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER At first, it is difficult to see what is different about Liang Yuanwei's new oil paintings. In the series titled "Oval," 2014-15, the artist employs her signature method, meticulously interpreting...
"Looking Back: The 10th White Columns Annual": White Columns
"Looking Back: The 10th White Columns Annual" WHITE COLUMNS Yesterday's Newspaper, 2007, by Dave McKenzie, is just what its title announces: a folded issue of a day-old local paper resting on a low wooden platform. The piece provides a pause,...
Lust in Translation: Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen on Sex and Art from Fragonard to Manet
TWO MAJOR EXHIBITIONS in Paris this fall examined the entwinement of modern art's history with the history of sex. At the Musee du Luxembourg, "Fragonard amoureux: Galant et libertin" (Fragonard in Love: Suitor and Libertine) surveyed the career of...
Maggie Lee: Talks about Mommy
MAGGIE LEE'S Mommy, 2015, is about devotion--about filial piety, love, guilt, but also about the haunted fidelity between the image and the body, the projection and the real. The video is largely a recounting of the artist's adolescence, with her mother...
Mariechen Danz: Galerie Tanja Wagner
Mariechen Danz GALERIE TANJA WAGNER This recent exhibition by Berlin-based Irish artist Mariechen Danz was titled after its central piece, Womb Tomb, 2014-15, a sculpture of a naked human figure resting in a supine position with eyes open, mouth...
Marwan Rechmaoui: Sfeir-Semler Gallery
Marwan Rechmaoui SFEIR-SEMLER GALLERY A clocktower, a lighthouse, a mosque, an aerial view of a public park, a racetrack, a forest of pine trees, a branch of jasmine blossoms, a disused cinema, a derelict hotel, a Ferris wheel, a cemetery, another...
Mika Tajima: 11R
Mika Tajima 11R If cyberspace is, as novelist William Gibson once described it, a "consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators," then Mika Tajima translates the side effects of this collective trip into impractical...
Nicholas Cheveldave and Daniel Keller: Chewday's
Nicholas Cheveldave and Daniel Keller CHEWDAY'S Billed as "a collaborative exhibition by twenty-four international galleries across eight London spaces" and coordinated by Vanessa Carlos, director of Carlos/Ishikawa, Condo generated discourse...
Noam Rappaport: Ratio 3
Noam Rappaport RATIO 3 Noam Rappaport's recent show at Ratio 3 represented a fresh, fruitful direction in the Los Angeles-based artist's ongoing investigations of abstraction. On display were four "dogleg"-shaped canvases (versions of which were...
Norman Lewis: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Norman Lewis PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS "Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis" is the first comprehensive museum retrospective of the work of the noted African American modernist. Curated by Ruth Fine, the exhibition, organized according...
On Cultural Property
NEOLIBERALISM, a synonym for privatization and the progressive reduction of the public in favor of the private, has become our condition, the social, economic, and political dispensation within which our activities have unfolded in recent decades....
"Pearlstein: Warhol: Cantor: From Carnegie Tech to New York": Betty Cuningham Gallery
"Pearlstein | Warhol | Cantor: From Carnegie Tech to New York" BETTY CUNINGHAM GALLERY Admirers of Andy Warhol and Philip Pearlstein have long been aware of the early, unlikely friendship between the prophet of Pop and the gimlet-eyed observational...
Peter Fischli and David Weiss
Peter Fischli and David Weiss SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK THE TITLE of Peter Fischli and David Weiss's current retrospective, "How to Work Better," is taken from a ten-point list that the pair spotted in a Thai ceramics factory in...
Peter Zimmermann: Dirimart
Peter Zimmermann DIRIMART With their shiny, abstract presence, the seven paintings in Peter Zimmermann's show "CMYK" brought a sense of light-headedness to the viewer. The title referred to the technical process of color printing, whereby layered...
Phantoms of the Louvre: Tony Pipolo on Alexander Sokurov's Francofonia
ALEXANDER SOKUROV'S new movie, Francofonia, is both exhilarating and profoundly ruminative. Although it is ostensibly about the threat that hung over the Louvre under the Nazi occupation, its subtitle, An Elegy for Europe, suggests a broader compass....
Sahra Motalebi
New York-based artist and vocalist Sahra Motalebi has recently shown her work at such venues as the Kitchen, SculptureCenter, and MOMA PS1 in New York. This year, Motalebi will present a series of exhibitions, performances, and texts as part of a new...
Sergej Jensen: White Cube, Bermondsey
Sergej Jensen WHITE CUBE, BERMONDSEY Sergej Jensen made his recent series of paintings from reclaimed cotton money bags culled from banks across the United States and Europe. Each bag was split and stitched, one to another, into a series of taut,...
Shara Hughes: Marlborough Chelsea
Shara Hughes MARLBOROUGH CHELSEA Art, drugs, dreams: The trifecta for seeing new things without going anywhere came together in Shara Hughes's terrific show "Trips I've Never Been On." Juggling various meanings of trip, the eight roughly five-foot-tall...
Speech Act: Tom Sellar on Forced Entertainment
MOST ARTISTIC COLLABORATION is ad hoc and short-lived. But what happens when it goes on for decades, and yet takes place within the most ephemeral of genres, live performance? This probably wasn't the question a group of University of Exeter drama...
Square Footage: James Quandt on the Return of the Academy Ratio in Contemporary Cinema
FRANK TASHLIN'S The Girl Can't Help It (1956) opens with a jape as brazen as the mock money shot in which a tightly attired Jayne Mansfield swivels past an awestruck milkman, prompting the phallic bottle he's grasping to pop its top and gush its creamy...
Tatiana Trouve: Konig Galerie
Tatiana Trouve KONIG GALERIE The title of Tatiana Trouve's recent show "From Alexandrinenstrasse to the Unnamed Path" referred to the location of Johann Konig's beautifully renovated Brutalist church, and it seemed to predict a course from the...
"The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals"
"The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals" GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, LOS ANGELES "THIS GRAFFITI-ARTIST-TURNED-CHEF Is Lighting Up the Paris Restaurant Scene," reads a typical gastronomical write-up today. Whether cooking on a remote...
Tromarama: Edouard Malingue Gallery
Tromarama EDOUARD MALINGUE GALLERY The paradox of perception is that what we see is never what we see. In "Panoramix," the Indonesian collective Tromarama took on this conundrum through a collection of works brought together as a single installation,...
Under the Influence: Nasser Rabbat on "Artist and Empire"
ASIDE FROM KEEPING the idea of Palestine alive, Edward Said had one lifelong project: From his earliest writings, he strove to reveal the processes through which imperialism seeped into and colored the cultural production of the Western colonial powers...
William Kentridge: Marian Goodman Gallery
William Kentridge MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY William Kentridge's More Sweetly Play the Dance, 2015, looks both unlike anything you've seen and something like a lot of things you've seen--both new and hauntingly familiar, it expertly mines both current...
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