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Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, October

"3 Women": The Landing
"3 Women" THE LANDING "3 Women," which takes its title from Robert Altman's 1977 film in which three characters merge into one, reached across divisions of time and circumstance to draw connections between the practices of Lenore Tawney, Loie...
Alair Gomes: Casa Triangulo
SAO PAULO Alair Gomes CASA TRIANGULO The young male body is the fundamental theme of Alair Gomes's photographic work. This emphasis is all the more striking given the repressive political and cultural context of Brazil in the 1960s and '70s....
"An Exhibition about Exhibitions": OCAT Institute
BEIJING "An Exhibition About Exhibitions" OCAT Institute With "An Exhibition about Exhibitions: Displaying Contemporary Art in the 1990s," curator Wu Hung--OCAT Institute's executive director-- revisits twelve experimental exhibitions organized...
A. R. Penck: Michael Werner Gallery
NEW YORK A. R. Penck MICHAEL WERNER GALLERY With some sixty years of artmaking behind him and impressive honors to show for it, A. R. Penck nonetheless remains a somewhat misunderstood figure. Self-taught, and a relatively late emigre from...
Bas Jan Ader: Metro Pictures
Bas Jan Ader METRO PICTURES Vito Acconci followed people on New York City streets and Bas Jan Ader fell off the roof of his house in Claremont, California--all in the name of art. This past summer offered the opportunity to compare the divergent...
Believe the Hype: Isabel Flower on the Sneaker Market
BENJAMIN KAPELUSHNIK'S homegrown business has generated nearly a million dollars in profit, which would be impressive even if he wasn't turning seventeen this month. But the Miami teen's payday was only a tiny slice of the market he trades in, which...
Benjamin Carlson: Park View
Benjamin Carlson PARK VIEW If press releases have largely become baroque exercises in obscurantist prose, the text announcing Benjamin Carlson's solo show in Los Angeles was refreshingly straightforward, even laconic, in its description of "five...
Bhupen Khakhar: Tate Modern
Bhupen Khakhar TATE MODERN Walking into "Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All" is like stepping into two worlds at once. The late Mumbai-born, Vadodara-based artist's paintings provide glimpses of the Indian street, its burning-hot colors teeming...
Diane Arbus: Met Breuer
Diane Arbus MET BREUER In one of those hard-to-believe-now anecdotes, Diane Arbus had trouble selling an editioned portfolio of her photographs in 1971; Richard Avedon bought two of the four she managed to sell for $1,000 each. The Metropolitan...
Do We Really Need to Talk about Dylan? Sue Klebold's Troubling Memoir about Raising a Killer?
A MOTHER'S RECKONING: LIVING IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAGEDY BY SUE KLEBOLD NEW YORK: CROWN. 336 PAGES. $28. In 2012 Sue Klebold and her husband Tom popped up in Andrew Solomon's deliriously received Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search...
Elaine Reichek: Shoshana Wayne Gallery
LOS ANGELES Elaine Reichek SHOSHANA WAYNE GALLERY Over the past forty years, Elaine Reichek has employed handworked and digitally stitched embroidery alongside photographic and printmaking techniques to comment upon the endless process of...
Emilio Isgro: Palazzo Reale/Gallerie D'Italia/Casa del Manzoni
MILAN Emilio Isgro PALAZZO REALE/GALLERIE D'ITALIA/CASA DEL MANZONI This retrospective, curated by Marco Bazzini, showcased Emilio Isgro's multiform creative process in all its richness and variety--presenting an oeuvre that, for over half...
Eric Mack
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DRAPED OVER ARMATURES or pinned to the wall in drooping swags, Eric Mack's magpie conglomerations of found textiles and various sundry objects stage the morphing and buckling of the painterly support, the messy intrusion of...
Esther Shalev-Gerz: Wasserman Projects
DETROIT Esther Shalev-Gerz WASSERMAN PROJECTS Walter Benjamin never visited Detroit, but his thinking is applicable to the city's contemporary condition. The critic's melancholic fixation on ruins--as well as his desire to unearth revolutionary...
Fear and Loafing: What the Media Is Missing in Its Coverage of the Presidential Race
So what kind of book will emerge from the 2016 presidential campaign? For more than a year now, I've been saying a secular metaphysical cleric from deep in South America-Borges, say, or Julio Cortazar--should compose it. I recognize that they're both...
Field of Vision: P. Adams Sitney on Temenos 2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE FOURTH QUADRENNIAL INSTALLMENT of Gregory J. Markopoulos's posthumous cinematic masterpiece, the eighty-hour-long Eniaios (1947-91), was projected on the first three evenings in July at the Temenos, an open-air cinema...
Gabriel Lester: De Appel Arts Centre
AMSTERDAM Gabriel Lester DE APPEL ARTS CENTRE To classify Gabriel Lester's "Unresolved Extravaganza" (also known as "Unhappen," "Apple Z," "Praemonitions," "The Nine Day Week," and "Seven Hills Secrets") as a solo show would not be correct,...
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: Luhring Augustine
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller LUHRING AUGUSTINE A group of inanimate objects endowed with uncanny life, someone at work designing them, a nod to the unconscious, an object whose age introduces the principle of memory: The Marionette Maker,...
Jay DeFeo: Galerie Frank Elbaz
PARIS Jay DeFeo GALERIE FRANK ELBAZ In 1951, just after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and before settling into San Francisco's vibrant Beat community-where her cohorts included Allen Ginsberg, Wallace Berman, and...
Jeff Elrod: Galleria Christian Stein
Jeff Elrod GALLERIA CHRISTIAN STEIN Jeff Elrod's work exploits some of the possibilities offered by digital graphics yet still maintains a traditional visual apparatus. At first glance, it even seems to exemplify a familiar type of abstraction...
John Akomfrah: Lisson Gallery
John Akomfrah LISSON GALLERY In 1982, Ghana-born, London-based artist John Akomfrah cofounded the Black Audio Film Collective with fellow students at Portsmouth Polytechnic, aiming to kick-start a specifically black culture of politically and...
Julie Becker: 1972-2016
"SHE WAS THE ONE TO WATCH," Bruce Hainley recalls thinking when he surveyed the local art scene in the summer of 1997. He'd just moved to Los Angeles and seen an installation of Julie Becker's photographs at Regen Projects. Becker had recently been...
KwieKulik: Zak: Branicka
KwieKulik ZAK | BRANICKA Mobility--of both people and art--was the primary focus of a recent show of the Polish team KwieKulik, composed of Zofia Kulik and Przemyslaw Kwiek, who collaborated between 1971 and 1987. Several works in this show,...
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
"MOHOLY-NAGY: FUTURE PRESENT" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the artist's first major American retrospective in nearly half a century and surely among the most stunning ever presented, compels us to ask a once-unthinkable question:...
Liam Gillick: Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane
DUBLIN Liam Gillick DUBLIN CITY GALLERY THE HUGH LANE Liam Gillick's art is often emphatically placeless. His most familiar sculptural works merge forms adapted from Minimalism with the faux- cheerful design styles of present-day corporate...
Linda Marrinon: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
SYDNEY Linda Marrinon ROSLYN OXLEY9 GALLERY Linda Marrinon has been exhibiting for over three decades. Fresh from art school in the early 1980s, she saw her pictorial works swiftly embraced by an Australian art scene flush with the spirit...
Lisa Liebmann: 1955-2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LISA LIEBMANN was a passionate explainer. She wrote fine-textured prose that detailed the interplay of the subtle, shifting, often evanescent sensations connected with the act of looking--and that expressed her complex, animated,...
Made in L.A.: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OVER THE FOUR YEARS of its existence, Made in L.A. has developed into a reliably exciting biennial--capitalizing on the city's rapidly expanding coterie of local emerging and midcareer artists. But the biennial's third edition,...
"Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity": The Photographers' Gallery
"Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity" THE PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY Curated by Ekow Eshun with Karen McQuaid, "Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity" gathered portraits realized over more than a century by photographers based in...
"Making & Unmaking": Camden Arts Centre
LONDON "Making & Unmaking" CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE The opening-night atmosphere at "Making & Unmaking" was exuberant. Visitors--some magnificently dressed in bright, eclectically patterned clothing by the exhibition's curator, designer...
Martha Rosler: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Martha Rosler MITCHELL-INNES & NASH The inescapable feeling of weariness that permeated my visit to Martha Rosler's packed exhibition was likely intensified by the summer's political climate, in particular the improbable, disgusting rise...
Marti Cormand: Josee Bienvenu
Marti Cormand JOSEE BIENVENU In 2010, workers beginning the construction of a new subway station in front of Berlin's city hall made a series of unexpected discoveries. First, they came across the remains of the city's original hall, dating back...
Mathis Altmann: Swiss Institute
Mathis Altmann SWISS INSTITUTE I had seen a few of Mathis Altmann's works online--spooky things hanging in darkened rooms, made out of lots of junk and schmutz, nothing if not weird--so I went to the Swiss Institute prepared to see some grody...
Natalie Czech: Centre Rhenan D'Art Contemporain Alsace
ALTKIRCH, France Natalie Czech CENTRE RHENAN D'ART CONTEMPORAIN ALSACE A few years ago, while speaking about some of her early pieces for the series "Poems by Repetition," 2013-, Natalie Czech described these works as "writing with photography."...
Natascha Sadr Haghighian: Kai Matsumiya
Natascha Sadr Haghighian KAI MATSUMIYA "Reason ... always homogenizes and reduces, represses and unifies phenomena or actuality into what can be perceived and so controlled," observes Abhor, the "part robot," "part black" protagonist of Kathy...
Nikolas Gambaroff
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nikolas Gambaroff is an artist based in New York and Los Angeles. A show of his collaborative work with El Arakawa will open this November at Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1 "MARCEL BROODTHAERS:...
Oh, the Humanities: The Cultural Criticisms of Mark Greif
THE AGE OF THE CRISIS OF MAN: THOUGHT AND FICTION IN AMERICA, 1933-1973 BY MARK GREIF PRINCETON, NJ: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS. 448 PAGES. $30. AGAINST EVERYTHING: ESSAYS BY MARK GREIF NEW YORK: PANTHEON. 320 PAGES. $29. In a 2005 essay for the...
Painting by Numbers: Rebekah Rutkoff on the Art of Lillian Schwartz
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CRYSTAL PEN On a Sunday in 1970, Salvador Dali summoned pioneering computer artist Lillian Schwartz to the St. Regis hotel in New York. She was instructed to wear beautiful clothes, and so...
Paul Outerbridge: Bruce Silverstein
Paul Outerbridge BRUCE SILVERSTEIN The forty-one images in this survey of Paul Outerbridge's photographs-the largest show of his works since a J. Paul Getty Musuem retrospective in 2009--included still lifes, advertising images, and erotic nudes,...
Pawel Althamer: Neugerriemschneider
Pawel Althamer NEUGERRIEMSCHNEIDER In 1993, to complete his master's degree at Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts, Pawel Althamer dodged his oral examination, instead presenting his professors with a realist sculptural self-portrait fashioned from...
Peter Hutton: 1944-2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PETER HUTTON, who died on June 25 at the age of seventy-one, made motion pictures that are above all extended exercises in the rapture of looking. He specialized in long takes--of landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes--in...
Pierre-Olivier Arnaud: Art : Concept
Pierre-Olivier Arnaud: ART: CONCEPT In Pierre-Olivier Arnaud's most recent silk-screen series, "Play Still," 2015-, photography is less a medium than a pretext for demonstrating his process for creating images. Removed from a public setting,...
Portfolio: Carmen Herrera
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CARMEN HERRERA is finally, at the age of 101, gaining the attention she deserves. With a major...
Processional Ethics: Homi K. Bhabha on William Kentridge's More Sweetly Play the Dance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE DAY DIES SUDDENLY in the heat of Bombay. The late breezes coming off the sea blow a shadowed light across a city that moves at the pace of its pedestrians--twenty-two million on the streets every day. Like nowhere else...
Rosalind Nashashibi: Murray Guy
Rosalind Nashashibi MURRAY GUY "To remember, one must imagine," art historian Georges Didi-Huberman once wrote. Rosalind Nashashibi's films task the viewer with considering this inescapable problem of memory: The recollection of an event is always...
Sabrina Mezzaqui and Paolo Novelli: Galleria Massimo Minini
BRESCIA, ITALY Sabrina Mezzaqui and Paolo Novelli GALLERIA MASSIMO MININI There is no clear purpose in hand-drawing ornamental motifs, yet in her I quaderni di Adriano (Hadrian's Notebooks), 2016, Sabrina Mezzaqui has exhaustively reproduced...
Scene Stealer: Jonathan Berger Talks to Johanna Fateman about the Art of Ellen Cantor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN HER DRAWINGS, paintings, sculptures, and moving-image works, feminist artist Ellen Cantor demonstrated a singularly transgressive vision. Borrowing...
Scrawl Space: Dan Nadel on Joe Bradley's "Krasdale," 2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THREE RECTANGLES of blue, yellow, and black underpin Joe Bradley's Mother and Child, 2016. In the top left corner of the painting, a yellow crescent is crowned, or perhaps being eclipsed, by a great...
Sophia Al-Maria
THE QATARI AMERICAN polymath artist Sophia Al-Maria grew up shuttling between rural Washington State, where she was born in 1983, and the Arabian Gulf, to which her bedouin father had returned after he unofficially separated from her mother. But the...
"The Arab Nude: The Artist as Awakener": American University of Beirut
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE SUMMER OF 2016 was not a particularly auspicious time in the Arab world for art deemed sexually explicit. It was in many ways a terrible season all over the world, marked by intense spasms of violence. It was also a summer...
"The Artist as Activist: Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman": Broad Art Museum at MSU
EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN "The Artist as Activist: Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman" BROAD ART MUSEUM AT MSU One of the first exhibitions of contemporary art from Bangladesh at an American museum, the two-person show "The Artist as Activist"...
The Big Comedown: An American Journalist Offers a Firsthand Account of the Arab Spring and Its Dispiriting Aftermath
A RAGE FOR ORDER: THE MIDDLE EAST IN TURMOIL, FROM TAHRIR SQUARE TO ISIS BY ROBERT F. WORTH NEW YORK: FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX. 272 PAGES. $26. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Late in the autumn of 2014, a prominent Yemeni politician was out taking a...
The Gritterati: A Former Brat Pack Sensation Rails against Her Uncharmed Life
Tama Janowitz's Slaves of New York (1986)--the occasionally brilliant but ultimately uneven collection of twenty-two stories she wrote between the ages of twenty-three and twenty-eight--sowed her literary reputation as the lone woman in the "literary...
"The Keeper": New Museum of Contemporary Art
"The Keeper" NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART A sprawling installation, the exhibition "The Keeper" at the New Museum in New York was really a collection of collections, covering three floors (plus the museum's lobby gallery) and comprising some...
The Prado Masterpieces
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the run-up to the holiday book-buying season--once the lifeblood of trade-art-book publishing--high hopes are again being pinned on the oldest of art-book genres: collection surveys, nine-or ten-pound wonders that purport...
The Propeller Group: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
FOR THE PROPELLER GROUP, contemporary Vietnam pulses with an exhilarating energy; their videos show graffiti artists and street dancers taking over cities by day, and motorbike gangs ruling the streets under the cover of night. Tuan Andrew Nguyen and...
Tobias Pils: Capitain Petzel
BERLIN Tobias Pils CAPITAIN PETZEL Tobias Pils paints with a reduced palette of black, white, and gray. If at first glance his pictures have a graphic, drawing-like character, however, this turns out to be deceptive: As paintings, they are...
Tunga: 1952-2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LEGEND HAS IT that the Brazilian modernist master Alberto da Veiga Guignard was a guest in the house of an eminent Rio de Janeiro politician when he produced one of his best-known works, a large portrait of his host's twin...
Vanessa Maltese: Cooper Cole Gallery
TORONTO Vanessa Maltese COOPER COLE GALLERY A bright scarlet, life-size aluminum cast of an overturned Converse All Star lay on the floor, somewhat incongruously, below four large, circular oils on panel in Vanessa Maltese's recent exhibition,...
Vittorio Brodmann: Kunsthalle Bern
BERN, SWITZERLAND Vittorio Brodmann KUNSTHALLE BERN In an article published in 2015, Hans Ulrich Obrist declared that "at the beginning of the year I could have been convinced that really everywhere in the American art scene, people were talking...
Wade Guyton: Le Consortium/Academie Conti/Le Mur
DIJON/VOSNE-ROMANEE, FRANCE/PARIS Wade Guyton LE CONSORTIUM/ACADEMIE CONTI/LE MUR The first room of Le Consortium contained a color photograph printed on canvas and exhibited on the floor. The photo depicts both the tubular frame of a Marcel...
Warren Neidich: Lace
Warren Neidich LACE It is a middling insult to be denied a plot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After all, inductees (or, more accurately, their agents, production companies, and fan clubs) must pay the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce $30,000 to...
Yanyan Huang: Tomorrow Gallery
Yanyan Huang TOMORROW GALLERY Some seventy or so years after its heroic American heyday, Abstract Expressionism has seen a lot, having been debased, parodied, subverted, enshrined, disavowed, mocked, and reinvented a thousand times by as many...
Zhang Hui: Long March Space
Zhang Hui LONG MARCH SPACE It seemed surprisingly pertinent to think of Pokemon Go, the popular mobile game app, when standing in front of Zhang Hui's large new painting Overgrown (Happy New Year), 2016, which looks like a postcard landscape...
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