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Articles from Vol. 55, No. 1, September

9th Berlin Biennale: Various Venues
ADRIAN PIPER'S WORK Everything #5.1, 2004, installed in KW Institute for Contemporary Art for the Ninth Berlin Biennale, is a hole excised in a wall in the shape of a tombstone. A Plexiglas sheet is installed over the gap, printed with the text EVERYTHING...
Amie Siegel: Simon Preston
Amie Siegel SIMON PRESTON "A house is a machine for living in." So declared Le Corbusier in his revolutionary 1923 book Towards a New Architecture, thereby providing the burgeoning modern movement with one of its most famous maxims. Yet this...
An Affair to Remember: J. Hoberman on the Wooster Group's Town Hall Affair
WHAT EXACTLY IS The Town Hall Affair, an hour-long performance piece the Wooster Group staged this past May as a work-in-progress at the Performing Garage in SoHo? Is it a reconstruction of Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker's 1979 feature Town Bloody...
Anastasia Ax: Galleri Andersson/Sandstrom
Anastasia Ax GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTROM Anastasia Ax has an appetite for destruction, but of a certain kind. I remember her going wild in her work Exile, 2011, at the music festival Way Out West in Goteburg, Sweden. In a big tent, she built...
Andrzej Wroblewski: Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
THOUGH LITTLE KNOWN to global audiences, the work of painter Andrzej Wroblewski (1927-1957) has long been feted in his native Poland as an important bridge between the Constructivist-dominated prewar avant-gardes and the existentialist and figurative...
Andy Hope 1930: Galerie Guido W. Baudach
Andy Hope 1930 GALERIE GUIDO W. BAUDACH Satanic imagery has proved inextinguishable in the paintings of Andy Hope 1930, from the black disk with horns that dominated Silent Running, 2005--a heavy-metal twist on Malevich's Black Circle, 1915--to...
Anish Kapoor: Gladstone Gallery
Anish Kapoor GLADSTONE GALLERY "Today You Will Be in Paradise," Anish Kapoor's exhibition at Gladstone Gallery this past spring, embarked on a visceral journey through the body, displaying sculptures that emulate its muscle fibers, fat, and intestines...
Ann Veronica Janssens: Alfonso Artiaco
Ann Veronica Janssens ALFONSO ARTIACO Employing a range of materials that are carefully chosen to investigate the cognitive processes tied to the sensory experience of reality, Ann Veronica Janssens creates installations that are radically minimal...
Artie Vierkant: New Galerie
Artie Vierkant NEW GALERIE Having plumbed digital circulation and intellectual property in previous bodies of work, Artie Vierkant consolidated these interests with the exploration of a person's physical "profile." Intended as "a functional copy...
Ben Vida: Lisa Cooley
Ben Vida LISA COOLEY Midway through Beckett's Endgame, the blind Hamm, agitated, asks his son/servant Clov, "What's happening? What's happening?" Clov responds, cagily, "Something is taking its course." Later, Hamm attempts to identify this unspecified...
Bernard Frize: Galerie Perrotin
Bernard Frize GALERIE PERROTIN "It is a rather complex thing to arrange situations in which you do nothing and things happen by themselves." French artist Bernard Frize's consciously paradoxical statement relates of course specifically to the...
Bracha L. Ettinger: Callicoon Fine Arts
Bracha L. Ettinger CALLICOON FINE ARTS "Painting is not about representation," according to Bracha L. Ettinger, but that doesn't mean it's about abstraction either. Her work registers the ambivalence of the image, photographic in origin--its...
Bunny Rogers: Greenspon Gallery
Bunny Rogers GREENSPON GALLERY What could easily have been too much--a confusion of references or a crowding of ideas--instead formed an economical and coherent network of symbols in "Columbine Cafeteria," Bunny Rogers's debut exhibition at Greenspon...
Cabello/Carceller: Galeria Elba Benitez
Cabello/Carceller GALERIA ELBA BENITEZ Helena Cabello and Ana Carceller, a Madrid-based duo active since 1992, have effectively intermingled a committed pedagogical stance with an art practice based on photography, video, performance, and writing....
Carsten Nicolai
Carsten Nicolai is an artist based in Berlin who works in music, visual art, and science. He has participated in major international exhibitions such as Documenta 10 and the 49th and 50th Venice Biennales, and his works have been shown worldwide in...
Charles Koegel: Waterhouse & Dodd
Charles Koegel WATERHOUSE & DODD The dozen abstract paintings by in this show tracked the development of the Brooklyn-based artist Charles Koegel's work over the past eight years. Titled "Color Maps," the exhibition began with thoroughly...
Cheikh Ndiaye
WITH INDEPENDENCE came the freedom to once again fully inhabit this city, the imperative to inscribe in our new urban designs the ancient pact between our ancestors and the spirits that had guided them here, to this benevolent green cape embraced by...
Christodoulos Panayiotou: Rodeo
Christodoulos Panayiotou RODEO Almost exactly a decade before Christodoulos Panayiotou opened his recent show "False Form," the Cypriot artist convened a roundtable at the University of Oxford among an astrophysicist, a historian of antiquity,...
Cibelle Cavalli Bastos: Mendes Wood DM
Cibelle Cavalli Bastos MENDES WOOD DM Cibelle Cavalli Bastos's first solo exhibition in Sao Paulo, "Mil Maneiras de Matar um Monstro" (A Thousand Ways to Kill a Monster), opened the night before the world's largest LGBT parade took place in the...
David Hammons: Mnuchin Gallery
David Hammons MNUCHIN GALLERY The whispers surrounding "David Hammons: Five Decades" were as important to the exhibition as the art itself. Accounts of the show tend to focus on how Hammons revisited the gallery on multiple occasions to contribute...
Ed Atkins: Gavin Brown's Enterprise
Ed Atkins Gavin Brown's Enterprise Pixel-rhin in aspect but frequently profound in effect, the disturbingly polished motion-capture video works of British artist Ed Atkins engage, and complicate, the sensory-emotional space known as the "uncanny...
"Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph": Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Len Lye Centre
"Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph" GOVETT-BREWSTER ART GALLERY, LEN LYE CENTRE "Emanations" was, according to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the world's first comprehensive survey of cameraless photography. That it was happening...
Emilie Ding: Galerie Samy Abraham
Emilie Ding GALERIE SAMY ABRAHAM With the five works in "B.O.D.I.E.S.," Emilie Ding remains faithful to the large formats, rigorous selection and isolation of elementary geometric forms, and spare surfaces for which she has become known. And...
Eric Fischl: Skarstedt
Eric Fischl SKARSTEDT My earliest reviews of Eric Fischl's "narrative paintings"--they date some thirty-five years back--bore the titles "Snatch and Snatching" (1981), and "Analytical Pubism" (1985), their snarkiness meant to take note of the...
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Andrew Edlin Gallery
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein ANDREW EDLIN GALLERY The world-in-a-grain-of-sand quality of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein's work comes not from the work itself--it is expansive to the point of interstellar--but from our sense of the contrast between his...
Fahd Burki: Grey Noise
Fahd Burki GREY NOISE Lahore, Pakistan--based Fahd Burki's recent exhibition "New Works" marked a notable rupture in his practice: a dramatic shift toward near total abstraction. In the suite of subtle works on paper and canvas, Burki all but...
Farce of Will: Ian Volner on the Venice Architecture Biennale
CONTEMPORARY ART at its worst is rarely so naive as contemporary architecture at its best. Because it operates so closely to the machinery of power, the design profession has been known to occasionally confuse design with power itself--to believe that...
Floral Imperative
WHETHER AS A CREATOR of ravishing bouquets and sumptuous textiles or as a curator of disparate but uniformly stunning objects, WILLEM DE ROOIJ has never shied away from beauty. But, as DANIEL BIRNBAUM argues in the pages that follow, de Rooij has been...
Franco Vimercati: Galleria Raffaella Cortese
Franco Vimercati GALLERIA RAFFAELLA CORTESE This exhibition offers the opportunity to assess the work of Franco Vimercati, one of most compelling figures in Italian conceptual photography. Vimercati's photographs bring us up close to his seemingly...
Freedom of Association: Erika Balsom on the Cinema of Pere Portabella
PERE PORTABELLA made his first film in Barcelona in 1967, a time marked by intense repression in Francoist Spain and a worldwide proliferation of cinematic new waves that were challenging the parameters of filmic language. The eight features and countless...
Fuyuhiko Takata: Kodama Gallery
Fuyuhiko Takata KODAMA GALLERY Currently enrolled in the doctoral program in painting at Tokyo University of the Arts, Fuyuhiko Takata is among the most fascinating young artists to emerge in Japan in recent years. His works--mainly short, quasi-narrative...
Glasgow International: Various Venues
Glasgow International VARIOUS VENUES Spread across more than seventy-five locations and fifty live performances, featuring work by 220 artists from thirty-three countries, the seventh edition of the Glasgow International--the second helmed by...
Jane Irish: Locks Gallery
Jane Irish LOCKS GALLERY The title of Jane Irish's most recent solo exhibition, "A Rapid Whirling on the Heel," adapted a phrase from Edgar Allan Poe's epic 1848 prose poem Eureka. Poe's text unfurls a cosmology that anticipated the "big crunch"...
Jason Moran: Luhring Augustine
Jason Moran LUHRING AUGUSTINE As many a musician or barback can tell you, a live-music nightclub--sadly, today they call them venues--is a strange place during off-hours, whether that is 3 pm or 3 am. Unlike a theater or cinema, which might play...
Jill Magid: Talks about the Proposal
A DIAMOND is the outcome of compression. Once considered unique to the earth's mantle, the extreme heat and pressure that push carbon atoms into a crystal lattice can now be artificially replicated to manufacture diamonds on a mass scale. Most serve...
John Miller: Richard Telles Fine Art
John Miller RICHARD TELLES FINE ART When one thinks of John Miller's work, excrement is one of the first things to come to mind. Miller gained notoriety in the mid- 1980s and early '90s for his series of paintings and sculptural works thickly...
Josh Kline: 47 Canal
Josh Kline 47 CANAL I first visited Josh Kline's studio in the fall of 2008, and I still haven't recovered from the shock. At the time, Kline was filling bankers boxes with Bic pens, then slathering them in beige paint. Drawings of Tylenol bottles...
Katherine Bernhardt: Xavier Hufkens Gallery
Katherine Bernhardt XAVIER HUFKENS GALLERY Katherine Bernhardt's images--of running shoes, cigarettes, and Pac-Man--are messy; her large-scale spray-paint-and-acrylic canvases feature graffiti, cartoon characters, and emoji. What makes her works...
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili: Micky Schubert
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili MICKY SCHUBERT Part of the unconventional beauty of Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili's photographs lies in their blurring of the boundary between medium and motif; her approach to representation is intimately bound up with...
Lee Godie: Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Lee Godie INTUIT: THE CENTER FOR INTUITIVE AND OUTSIDER ART Departing from previous painting-dense retrospectives of Chicago-based artist Lee Godie's work, Intuit's recent exhibition--though it did include several strong canvases--focused instead...
Li Ran: Aike-Dellarco
Li Ran AIKE-DELLARCO In Li Ran's new exhibition "Same Old Crowd," the city of Singapore has been rendered almost entirely abstract. The Beijing-based artist, who spent three months in residence last year at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University...
Manifesta 11: Various Venues, Zurich
I REMEMBER WANDERING DOWN Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse late at night some years ago and thinking that if this was one of the most secure streets I'd ever been on, it was also possibly the most sinister. The flagship private banks interspersed among the...
Mariah Garnett: LTD Los Angeles
Mariah Garnett LTD LOS ANGELES Titled "Other & Father," Mariah Garnett's first solo show at ltd los angeles revolved around a BBC television news feature shot in Belfast in 1971 that addressed the challenges faced by a young couple of different...
Marrakech Biennale 6: Various Venues
Marrakech Biennale 6 VARIOUS VENUES The sixth Marrakech Biennale was accompanied by a series of small, free publications (also available as a bound collection) corresponding to each of the fifty-three exhibited works. One of these booklets, penned...
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Bonner Kunstverein
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd BONNER KUNSTVEREIN Some sights are unforgettable. Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's performance Camshafts in the Rain, 2016, produced several such sights, including beetle-like actors wearing enormous colorful paper turbans while stalking...
Michael Stevenson: Carl Freedman Gallery
Michael Stevenson CARL FREEDMAN GALLERY Michael Stevenson's installation Signs & Wonders, 2015-16, has a lot to do with flight, and is now something of a frequent flier itself. Having previously been shown at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen,...
Nadia Kaabi-Linke: Experimenter
Nadia Kaabi-Linke EXPERIMENTER Nadia Kaabi-Linke's art is a record of her wanderings. She has taken wax and ink prints from the walls of a coastal railway terminal, a suburban schoolyard, and the Ministry of Tourism in Tunisia; from an old mausoleum...
Nedko Solakov: Georg Kargl Fine Arts
Nedko Solakov GEORG KARGL FINE ARTS The tailcoat is the traditional costume of the magician, who is the artist's alter ego. The mannequin sculpture A Magician's Nightmare, 2016, clad in the aforementioned garment, is, like everything by the Bulgarian...
Nicholas Mangan: Labor
Nicholas Mangan LABOR Nicholas Mangan's inquiry into the transformation and commodification of the natural world has become increasingly self-aware. The Melbourne-based artist often uses materials as metonyms for complex geopolitical and eco-financial...
Oa4s: 1857
Oa4s 1857 As Joyce Carol Oates would have it, "Our lives are Mobius strips, misery and wonder simultaneously." Yet in a climate of xenophobia, political tension, and violence throughout the European Union, the Amsterdam- and Mexico City-based...
Olafur Eliasson: Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai
THE TITLE OF Olafur Eliasson's exhibition at the Long Museum West Bund, "Nothingness is not nothing at all," was cleverly translated as " Wu Xiang Wan Xiang," a riff on Chinese philosophical perspectives on nature and the universe. Uniting two homophonic...
Orr Herz and Roni Shneior: Chin's Push
Orr Herz and Roni Shneior CHIN'S PUSH As if enacting a Venn diagram of independent and collaborative art-making, Orr Herz and Roni Shneior partnered for "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by each composing a single piece to exhibit...
Paolo Gioli: Peep-Hole
Paolo Gioli PEEP-HOLE Paolo Gioli's extraordinary survey at Peep-Hole demonstrated that the artist has progressed far beyond photography during the span of his four-decade career, consistently producing work that expands and extends the limits...
Peter Barrickman: The Green Gallery
Peter Barrickman THE GREEN GALLERY There are painters who take inspiration from what they know about painting, and others who thrive on what they don't know. But in some of the most interesting cases, know-how and naivete become strangely tangled...
Pump Up the Volume: Alan Licht on Martin Creed's "The Back Door"
SINCE THE BEGINNING of his career, Martin Creed has numbered rather than named his pieces, starting, cryptically enough, out of order, with Work No. 3, 1986, instead of No. 1. This numbering scheme recalls but also plays with the convention of classical...
Remote Control: Kerstin Stakemeier on Anne Imhof's Angst, 2016
"ANGST": In both German and English, the fraught title of this operatic exhibition and work staged by Frankfurt-based artist Anne Imhof encapsulates a universal and personal dread. With far-ranging references to nightclubs and avant-garde dance theater,...
"Repetition": Fondation Boghossian-Villa Empain
"Repetition" FONDATION BOGHOSSIAN-VILLA EMPAIN Some exhibitions of contemporary art aspire to abstraction in their location, such that what is presented in New York might be seen without sensible alteration in Paris or Mexico City. Other shows...
Robert Breer: GB Agency
Robert Breer GB AGENCY In the early 1950s, Robert Breer, at the time a geometric abstract painter living in Paris, came to the realization that his interest lay in "the process of painting rather than any fixed composition." This epiphany, which...
Sarah Crowner: Simon Lee Gallery
Sarah Crowner SIMON LEE GALLERY Having gained wide recognition for sewn canvases and tile platforms that are reminiscent of hard-edge geometrical abstraction and sometimes double as theater sets, in her recent works Sarah Crowner continues combining...
Shine a Light: Amy Taubin on the Art of Bruce Conner
"WHAT A SHOW! WHAT A SHOW!" The reaction of the unseen, breathless, and elated MC at the end of Bruce Conner's moving-image installation Three Screen Ray, 2006, is likely to be the exclamation of many a visitor exiting "Bruce Conner: It's All True,"...
Spectator Sports: Julian Rose on the New Tate Modern
WHEN PIERRE DE MEURON recently said that Tate Modern, which he designed with Jacques Herzog, "created a wholly new way of showing art," it was probably one of the few cases on record in which an architect was not egotistical enough. In fact, when the...
Steve McQueen: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
FIRST EXHIBITED as a six-hour, single-channel projection in 2012, Steve McQueen's End Credits was recently installed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (with an expanded running time of nearly thirteen hours) on two large screens facing...
Tableau Vivant: Cheryl Finley on Dak'Art
WHEN PIONEERING CURATOR and editor Simon Njami was named artistic director of the twelfth edition of Dak'Art, the biennial of contemporary African art held in the Senegalese capital of Dakar this past spring, the art world took notice. Njami is a cofounder...
Tony Conrad: 1940-2016
BRANDEN W. JOSEPH I REMEMBER VISITING Tony Conrad one morning in his hotel room in Rotterdam, where I'd traveled to see his performance of 7360 Sukiyaki, 1973, alongside a screening of his more canonical structural films and a concert of amplified...
Under the Impression: Christopher P. Heuer on Hercules Segers
IN HER BOOK The Wretched of the Screen, Hito Steyerl diagnoses the current artscape as a realm of unceasing fall: "a world of forces and matter" unmoored from history or expression, where "the lines of the horizon shatter, twirl around, and superimpose."...
Urban Renewals: Sean Anderson on Dakar's Urbanism
Dakar would eventually become both a source for and an image of modernity. IN 1856, at the height of aggressive empire-building campaigns across Africa, a French official claimed that Dakar would become "the capital of all our African possessions."...
Word and Deed: Koyo Kouoh on Art Institutions in Dakar
FOR THE LONGEST TIME, African contemporary intellectual output, and specifically artistic output, was framed in the context of colonialism and postcolonialism. There was also a necessary focus on inclusion, which led--especially in the 1980s and '90s--to...
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