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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 10, Summer

20th Biennale of Sydney: Various Venues
SYDNEY 20th Biennale of Sydney VARIOUS VENUES For her first outing as a biennial artistic director, Stephanie Rosenthal (chief curator at the Hayward Gallery, London, since 2007) has adopted the words of science-fiction writer William Gibson...
Adam Cruces: Galerie Joseph Tang
Adam Cruces GALERIE JOSEPH TANG Sometimes moving forward requires looking back. This seems to be the case for Adam Cruces, whose recent exhibition "Pastel" was spawned from one of the artist's earliest works. Still Life, 1993, 1993/2016, a remake...
Adam Vackar: Dauwens & Beernaert Gallery
Adam Vackar DAUWENS & BEERNAERT GALLERY Gorgeous color photographs, as elegant and beguiling as advertising pictures, showed crisply illuminated vases holding a variety of bouquets before white backdrops. And no less elegant were the steles...
Adriana Lara: Air De Paris
Adriana Lara AIR DE PARIS The antic force behind Adriana Lara's work is essentially linguistic in nature. The artist makes hay of ideas and concepts, exploiting their capacity to promiscuously inhabit a form, only to migrate to another. In her...
Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis: Gagosian Gallery
Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis GAGOSIAN GALLERY There is a long tradition of artists and writers joining forces--in small journals, limited-edition books, and other printed matter. Yet even when formed on the basis of evident stylistic affinities,...
Alice Konitz: Commonwealth & Council
Alice Konitz COMMONWEALTH & COUNCIL The black foamcore neck of Periscope, 2016, extended out of the skylight of an otherwise empty room, its mirrors visible thanks to a circular cutaway at the base of the tube, which rested atop a spindly...
Allen Jones: Michael Werner
Allen Jones MICHAEL WERNER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A half century and more has passed since the Swinging '60s, Carnaby Street, teddy boys, even the Stones, all potent reminders of a British cultural liberation that was, admittedly, often perceived...
Anita Leisz: Galerie Meyer Kainer
VIENNA Anita Leisz GALERIE MEYER KAINER Visitors were greeted with an open view, free of dividing walls. Anita Leisz had even covered the large gallery's single window to turn the chamber into a blind white cube: high ceilings, volume, pure...
Anna Oppermann: Galerie Barbara Thumm
BERLIN Anna Oppermann GALERIE BARBARA THUMM Any one of Anna Oppermann's "ensembles" is something like a woman-made big bang. Originating in a physical and conceptual nucleus, it expands in space and time. Some could potentially keep evolving...
Anri Sala: New Museum
Anri Sala NEW MUSEUM Occupying three floors of the New Museum, and fully energizing exhibition spaces that can ordinarily feel disproportionate, "Anri Sala: Answer Me" traced the reorientations within the Albanian-born video artist's practice....
Art and Identity
I AM A MODEL MINORITY. I got good grades in math, I played tennis and the piano, and any dabbling in recreational drugs or light Marxism didn't really faze anyone. But otherness always overtakes assimilation; I was always acutely aware of anomalousness,...
Artists and Identity
IMAN ISSA Parable #5 WHEN AN ELDERLY religious leader--who would later become a key figure in his country's independence movement--heard that the general of the foreign army, which had just entered his city, was going to give a speech addressing...
Artist's Project: Claudia Rankine and John Lucas
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Becky Howland: 247365/moiety
Becky Howland 247365/MOIETY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1982, in the backyard of the ABC No Rio artists' space and community center on Manhattan's Lower East Side--an area for which dilapidated would at the time have been a euphemism--Becky...
Before and After: Thelma Golden on "Black Male" (1994-95)g
FOR ANY YOUNG CURATOR, putting together one's first group exhibition is a complicated task. But when I became a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1991, the weight felt even greater because I sat with a lot of history: specifically,...
Carlos Motta: PinchukArtCentre
KIEV Carlos Motta PINCHUKARTCENTRE At the time of writing, the chilling echo of "Kill! Kill! Kill!" can still be heard. The cry came from right-wing Ukrainian nationalists as they disrupted and ultimately shut down a LGBTI festival in the...
Cedric Maridet: Blindspot Gallery
HONG KONG Cedric Maridet BLINDSPOT GALLERY Cedric Maridet's "Fragments of Future Histories" felt like a slick steam-punk take on contemporary exploration. The exhibition of photographs, videos, assemblages, and kinetic sculptures opened with...
Channa Horwitz: Raven Row
Channa Horwitz RAVEN ROW Channa Horwitz was, notoriously, the only woman selected for Maurice Tuchman's landmark Art and Technology project (1967-71) and, worse still, was the only selected artist not to have her work realized and exhibited....
Collective Consciousness: A Roundtable
TO MAP THE SHIFTING COORDINATES OF IDENTITY--and difference--in culture today, critic and art historian HUEY COPELAND moderates a roundtable with artist EMILY ROYSDON; film theorist KARA KEELING; Artforum's editor, MICHELLE KUO; and some of the foremost...
"Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy: Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star, and Will Wilson": Portland Art Museum
PORTLAND, OREGON "Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy: Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star, and Will Wilson" PORTLAND ART MUSEUM Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) gets a bad rap for a variety of imperialist sins: sentimentalizing...
"Dadaglobe Reconstructed": Kunsthaus Zurich
"Dadaglobe Reconstructed" KUNSTHAUS ZURICH This small exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich, where curator Adrian Sudhalter presented a meticulous reconstruction of Tristan Tzara's book project Dadaglobe, uncovered two urgent desires on Tzara's...
Darren Almond: Galerie Max Hetzler
PARIS Darren Almond GALERIE MAX HETZLER Darren Almond realized that his "Fullmoon" photographic series, 2002-15, had reached a point of no return when he discovered that the famous white cliffs of Rugen, painted by Caspar David Friedrich,...
Deborah Remington: Kimmerich
Deborah Remington KIMMERICH This selection of sixteen works produced between 1972 and 1982--four canvases, eleven drawings, and one oil study on paper--was the first exhibition in Germany of the American painter Deborah Remington, who died in...
"Diary Entries": Gallery Espace
NEW DELHI "Diary Entries" GALLERY ESPACE From Virginia Woolf to Anne Frank, Sophia Tolstoy to Anai's Nin, in the twentieth century the diary was established as a woman's respite: a blank receptacle of expression, bound by no manner of speech...
Ei Arakawa: Reena Spaulings Fine Art
Ei Arakawa REENA SPAULINGS FINE ART In 2008, Leopard Press published a slim black volume by artist Seth Price titled How to Disappear in America. Written in the paranoiac and antiestablishment tone of a 1970s anarchist manual or a '90s how-to...
EVA International: Various Venues, Limerick, Ireland
LIMERICK'S EVA INTERNATIONAL dates back to 1977, when it began as an annual exhibition of contemporary works from Ireland and abroad. The show's curatorial roster would eventually include such luminaries as the Italian art historian Germano Celant...
Fierce Fussy
Dearest beings of 2016 We have received your transmission We are overjoyed to be in communication with you across time- Our translators, transcribers & scholars have been poring over your transmission and there is much we do not understand :::...
Fuck You! A Feminist Guide to Surviving the Art World
THIS BRIEF TAXONOMY attempts to theorize why "Fuck You" has been such an indispensable survival strategy for feminist and avant-garde artists. Because, let's face it, we live in a world that's so totally fucked that sometimes the only possible response...
Haris Epaminonda: Casey Kaplan
Haris Epaminonda CASEY KAPLAN [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Offering in lieu of an expository statement a meandering anecdote about one Mr. Morimoto--an elderly Japanese painter who purportedly graced a 2015 exhibition of hers at intervals "based...
In Cold Blood: Brian Wallis on the Art of Danny Lyon
FEW PICTURES CAPTURE the full-throttle thrill of youthful rebellion as well as Danny Lyon's 1966 photograph of a lone motorcyclist speeding across a bridge over the Ohio River. Helmetless, he looks back over his shoulder, his hair streaming behind,...
In Plain View: Louis-Georges Schwartz on Video Evidence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CRUCIAL ROLE of video in the organization of Black Lives Matter and other recent movements of resistance to police violence calls for a fundamental reevaluation of the history of moving images...
Iran Do Espirito Santo: Galeria Fortes Vilaca
SAO PAULO Iran do Espirito Santo GALERIA FORTES VILACA Iran do Espirito Santo's recent exhibition "Fuso" included one site-specific wall work and two sculptures, all anchored in the concept of time. The Portuguese title has both temporal and...
Jan Van Imschoot: Galerie Daniel Templon
BRUSSELS Jan Van Imschoot GALERIE DANIEL TEMPLON Jan Van Imschoot is an artist's artist, admired and respected by his colleagues but, regrettably, little known to a broader audience. The fact that he has opted for a kind of voluntary exile...
Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone: Del Vaz Projects
Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone DEL VAZ PROJECTS For their first exhibition in Los Angeles, New York-based artists Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone furnished Del Vaz Projects with works that slyly confused the boundary between the so-called "fine"...
Joachim Bandau: Galerie Mark Muller
ZURICH Joachim Bandau GALERIE MARK MULLER Theodor Adorno, your illustrator is here. Walking into this recent show of Joachim Bandau's work, one could not help but recall how Adorno's thinking, and that of some of his Frankfurt School colleagues,...
John Baldessari: Spruth Magers
John Baldessari SPRUTH MAGERS Writing in these pages in 1995, art historian Lane Relyea remarked, "When you've experienced as much success as Baldessari has, you probably aren't too worried about how urgent and timely your art looks, yet, without...
Julian Rosefeldt: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
SAINT LOUIS Julian Rosefeldt MILDRED LANE KEMPER ART MUSEUM In his sumptuous forty-one-minute, five-channel video installation American Night, 2009, Julian Rosefeldt mines tropes of the western movie genre: the waiting woman, the gunslinger,...
Karen Kilimnik: 303 Gallery
Karen Kilimnik 303 GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Damien Hirst, a man, claims to make art for "people who haven't been born yet." Karen Kilimnik hasn't bothered to defend herself, probably because she makes art for the true public. Born-again...
Keren Cytter: Pilar Corrias Gallery
Keren Cytter PILAR CORRIAS GALLERY We most often encounter video works in isolation from other media, so Keren Cytter's exhibition "Ocean," which brought together three recent videos and a series of colorful, childlike drawings, was not navigable...
Koken Ergun: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
MOSCOW Koken Ergun GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART In a 2013 advertisement for the eleventh annual Turkish Language Olympics, students, styled like life-size versions of the fetishistically multicultural automatons from Disneyland's "It's...
Larry Bell: Hauser & Wirth
Larry Bell HAUSER & WIRTH [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To hear Larry Bell tell it, it was all so simple: In the early 1960s, he stopped painting geometric forms on shaped canvases, what he calls "illustrations of volume," and began to "make...
Lia Kazakou: Donopoulos International Fine Arts
THESSALONIKI, GREECE Lia Kazakou DONOPOULOS INTERNATIONAL FINE ARTS To what extent can beauty be convincing in contemporary figurative painting? After a century filled with so many examples of distorted and fragmented depictions of the human...
Lives of Others: John Tain on "The Theater of Refusal" (1993)
MENTION THE WORDS identity politics in the art world, and chances are that most people will think of the 1993 Whitney Biennial. The landmark exhibition, which took place a year after the Rodney King verdict and the ensuing Los Angeles riots, is today...
Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From his undergraduate days onward, Ryan Trecartin has displayed the sort of raw talent that inspires recourse to German: Wunderkind, Gesamtkunstwerk, Zeitgeist. In...
Lucy McKenzie: Galerie Buchholz
Lucy McKenzie GALERIE BUCHHOLZ [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lucy McKenzie enters the lofty or demoted discourse of oil painting through a little-used side entrance--trompe l'oeil effects. In 2007-2008 she attended a school for decorative painting...
Luigi Ghirri: Matthew Marks
Luigi Ghirri MATTHEW MARKS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Luigi Ghirri's photographs of Italy feel like they've been developed by the sun. Beautiful women peel off stone walls; the Coca-Cola tomato red that seems to embody an era shows up in signs...
Marcia Hafif: Fergus McCaffrey
Marcia Hafif Fergus McCaffrey American abstract women painters were out in full force in New York this spring, from the bold engagement with Minimalism by the young artist Nathlie Provosty in a knockout show at Nathalie Karg Gallery to the impressive...
Mission Statements: Elisabeth Sussman on the 1993 Whitney Biennial
IN 1991, when I came to the Whitney, I felt we were under siege. It was impossible to work in an art museum and ignore what was happening around you. The conservative Republican campaign to defund the National Endowment for the Arts, which was really...
M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art": Artistree, Hong Kong
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN SWISS COLLECTOR Uli Sigg donated the bulk of his holdings of contemporary Chinese art to the fledgling M+ in Hong Kong in June 2012, it was more than just another gift by a leading collector to his or her favored museum....
"Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age": Museum Brandhorst, Munich
NOT SO LONG AGO, lots of perfectly intelligent folks believed that the art of painting was vanishing before our eyes, its last allegiants locked in a death dance with the specifics of the medium. Today, the art form seems very much alive. Painting...
Personae of Interest: Lynn Hershman Leeson and Juliana Huxtable in Conversation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR THE PAST fifty years, LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON has explored identity's fluid mutations, creating a pioneering body of work that has presciently engaged questions of subjectivity in an era of artificial intelligence, surveillance,...
Philip Hanson: James Cohan Gallery
Philip Hanson JAMES COHAN GALLERY For "It is too difficult a Grace," his first New York solo show since 1997, Philip Hanson exhibited a dozen paintings made between 2014 and the present, along one with one dated 2010. In these works, the Chicago-based...
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...
Rivka Galchen
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Rivka Galchen is a writer based in New York. She is the author of the novel Atmospheric Disturbances (Picador, 2008) and the short-story collection American innovations: Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014). Her most...
Ross Knight: Team Gallery
Ross Knight TEAM GALLERY One of my favorite Instagram feeds, going by the handle @techappeal, sifts for pictorial gold among athletic, medical, and technological product photography. Featuring such psychoactive eye candy as space-age sneaker...
Runo Lagomarsino: Galleria Francesca Minini
MILAN Runo Lagomarsino GALLERIA FRANCESCA MININI For his first solo show in Milan, Swedish-Argentinean artist Runo Lagomarsino continued his reflection on the ways in which history-- especially histories of migration and colonialism--is inextricably...
Second Coming: Daphne A. Brooks on Modern Protest Pop
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You don't have to live next to me Just give me my equality --Nina Simone, "Mississippi Goddam" IF THERE'S A PLAYBOOK for modern protest pop music, it is usually culled from the images and tropes captured, thank goodness,...
Second Sex: Wayne Koestenbaum on "'My' Masculinity"
1. IN 1994, I WROTE AN ESSAY--"'My' Masculinity"--for Artforum's "Man Trouble" feature, organized by Maurice Berger. Twenty-two years later, I revoke my earlier version and start the composition all over again. (Consider the two essays mismatched...
Seher Shah: Green Art Gallery
DUBAI Seher Shah GREEN ART GALLERY There is a sense of ambiguous monumentality to Brutalist architecture--for example, structures such as Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation (Housing Unit), known as "the radiant city," completed in Marseilles...
Seth Siegelaub: Stedelijk Museum
AMSTERDAM Seth Siegelaub STEDELIJK MUSEUM With more than a thousand objects, the colossal undertaking "Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art" fulfilled its title's promise in an exhibition that traced not only Siegelaub's early promotion and...
Stan Douglas: Victoria Miro
LONDON Stan Douglas VICTORIA MIRO "A less amusing set of people never filled the imaginary world of a novelist," carped a September 1907 review of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, published in Country Life, the stuffy English periodical (still...
Summer Reading: Eight Artists, Writers, and Curators Share the Books They're Looking Forward to This Season
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN The Art of Freedom: On the Dialectics of Democratic Existence by philosopher Juliane Rebentisch (Polity Press) is a book that...
Target Audiences: Ed Halter on the Films of Marlon Riggs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN MARLON RIGGS DIED in April 1994, at the age of thirty-seven, he was immersed in making his fourth feature-length documentary. This final piece, Black Is ... Black Ain't (1995), a sweeping video...
The Identity Artist and the Identity Critic
THE PHRASE IDENTITY POLITICS is hard to approach directly because it is often put to use in contradictory ways. One is the really existing identity politics of, for example, the Hillary Clinton campaign. We are encouraged to vote for Clinton simply...
"The Ocular Bowl": Kayne Griffin Corcoran
LOS ANGELES "The Ocular Bowl" KAYNE GRIFFIN CORCORAN The three-person show "The Ocular Bowl" took its name from "The Line and the Light," a 1964 essay by Jacques Lacan in which the psychoanalyst describes the eye as "a sort of bowl," a faulty...
The Wall: Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman on the United States-Mexico Border
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THIS PAST SPRING, an anonymous group of architects, designers, and artists announced an international competition to design a new border wall between the United States and Mexico. But this was no...
Tomorrow Never Dies: Dawn Chan on Asia-Futurism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IS IT POSSIBLE to be othered across time? For almost a century already, the myth of an Asian-inflected future has infiltrated imaginations worldwide. Vivid tableaux of the continent's cities in hyperdrive, fueled by tech-enabled...
Writing the Void: Homi K. Bhabha on Language, Identity, and Migration
AMONG THE MANY VIRTUES and vituperations that course through Ta-Nehisi Coates's cri de coeur Between the World and Me, there exists a quieter argument about the importance of enunciation--poetry, dialogue, the act of writing--in interrogating one's...
Yorgo Alexopoulos: Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Yorgo Alexopoulos BRYCE WOLKOWITZ GALLERY Talking to Yorgo Alexopoulos, it is clear that he regards himself as a painter, although his pictures are always on the move; they transform dynamically like cinema, which they are--high-tech cinema....
Zaha Hadid: 1950-2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MARK WIGLEY I remember when I first started doing the interpretation of Malevich's Tektoniks. I was ill--I had bronchitis and I was in bed for three months. I saw Elia once or twice but really evolved that project on my...
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