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Articles from Vol. 55, No. 8, April

Albert Oehlen: Cleveland Museum of Art
Albert Oehlen CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART "Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle" was the latest selective survey by the shape-shifting German artist, and the largest exhibition of his work ever presented in the United States. Comprising thirty-six works,...
Allan Sekula: Christopher Grimes Gallery
Allan Sekula CHRISTOPHER GRIMES GALLERY For more than forty years, Allan Sekula worked intently to uncover the ways in which forces of production shape social relations--to reveal what Marx called "the contradictions of material life"--in a world...
Ann Greene Kelly: Chapter NY
Ann Greene Kelly CHAPTER NY Of all the words that have suffered the abuses of our new administration's slippery rhetoric, drain might have it the worst. In October, Ronald Reagan's "Drain the swamp" refrain entered the maga camp's repertoire...
Artful Volumes: Bookforum Contributors on the Season's Outstanding Art Books
cocks! cunts! tits! balls! The main thing that hits you about the hefty IRVING PENN: CENTENNIAL(Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press, $70) is how, over decades of fastidious work, the photographer managed to create and maintain a minutely...
Balance of Power: Cynthia Davidson on ReActor
THE RITUALS OF DOMESTICITY have long been a focus for cutting-edge practices in both art and architecture. Examples abound: Architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio slyly subverted the politics of gender and labor underpinning household chores...
Belkis Ayon: Fowler Museum at Ucla
Belkis Ayon FOWLER MUSEUM AT UCLA The Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayon spent the majority of her career producing print-based works that engage the mythology of La Sociedad Secreta Abakua (the Abakua Secret Society), an all-male religious group of...
Bonnie Lucas: JTT
Bonnie Lucas JTT Since the 1970s, Bonnie Lucas has been reconfiguring the icks and discomforts of feminine aesthetics, revealing the precise flavor of subjugation imposed by sweetie-pie girlishness. Combining frilly garments, plush animals, hair...
Border Politics: Colby Chamberlain on Running Fence
ONE SMALL ASPECT of daily life that Donald Trump's election has altered, perhaps irrevocably, is e-mail etiquette. Professional contacts sign off on all manner of correspondence with "In solidarity." Announcements and invitations include the poignant...
Bouchra Khalili: Lisson Gallery
Bouchra Khalili LISSON GALLERY Against the background of the refugee crisis in Europe, Bouchra Khalili's works tracing illegal border crossings around the Mediterranean take on renewed urgency. By empowering those who undertook the perilous passages...
Caroline Mesquita: Fondation D'entreprise Ricard
Caroline Mesquita FONDATION D'ENTREPRISE RICARD "I really like when things suddenly go out of control," French artist Caroline Mesquita has said. Here, she set the scene as a plane crash. Three installations constructed from steel and resin--The...
Cecile B. Evans: Galerie Emanuel Layr
Cecile B. Evans GALERIE EMANUEL LAYR Ask a robot, "What's the weather like?" and you risk the response, "What's the weather?" This punch line repeats throughout Cecile B. Evans's growing oeuvre, which explores the psychological repercussions...
Change of Subject: Omar Kholeif on Nil Yalter's le Chevalier D'eon, 1978
IN 2012, Turkish artist Nil Yalter's poetic Le Chevalier d'Eon, 1978, debuted at Galeria Visor in Valencia, Spain, giving audiences an opportunity to see what is arguably the first artwork from a Middle Eastern context to engage transgender identity....
Chiara Dynys: M77 GALLERY
Chiara Dynys M77 GALLERY "Look Afar," Chiara Dynys's most recent series of works, derives from an experience the artist lived through personally, one that has all the characteristics of an extreme ordeal. She spent forty days in Abisko National...
Civilization and Its Discontents: Adam Szymczyk Talks with Michelle Kuo about Documenta 14
THIS YEAR, the vaunted quinquennial Documenta 14 will take place in two cities, opening in Athens on April 8 and in Kassel on June 10. Artistic director Adam Szymczyk--who is collaborating with an extensive team that includes curators Pierre Bal-Blanc,...
Claudia Losi: Galleria Monica De Cardenas
Claudia Losi GALLERIA MONICA DE CARDENAS Sphere of Influence, 2017, installed in the gallery's first room, perfectly captured the themes broached by this exhibition. The work is a photographic print of a fertilized egg, taken from a scientific...
Daan Van Golden: 1936-2017
DAAN VAN GOLDEN vowed never to give an interview or a lecture. In 2004, when awarded the Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Art, he chose to accept the honor with a number of found quotes. "Art is not a contest" was a particular favorite of his. Van Golden...
Dan Attoe: Peres Projects
Dan Attoe PERES PROJECTS "I never thought I would be a landscape painter," Dan Attoe once remarked--and yet landscapes have played a role in all his work to date, as settings for figures in action. Attoe grew up in nature, his parents working...
Dike Blair: Jurgen Becker Galerie
Dike Blair JURGEN BECKER GALERIE For more than three decades, the American artist Dike Blair has dedicated himself to an increasingly rare kind of painting. It's been overshadowed on the one hand by neo- and post-expressionist styles feigning...
Downtown Disaster: Cat Marnell's Memoir of Drugs, Magazine Jobs, and Fashion
Cat Marnell--the popular drug-addicted beauty editor and blogger--has written the kind of '90s-era junkie memoir that lends itself to the morbid curiosity we reserve for anyone who dies before we discover their work. Like Anna Kavan, a lifelong imbiber...
Dragana Jurisic: Rawson Projects
Dragana Jurisic RAWSON PROJECTS In "My Own Unknown," photographs formed provisionary sketches of elusive subjects. Launching the second iteration of A Process Series, organized by Jessamyn Fiore at Rawson Projects, in which four women artists...
Edward Clark: Tilton Gallery
Edward Clark TILTON GALLERY This show of ten canvases and three works on paper ranging in date from the 1960s through 2012 demonstrated, at minimum, an unusual consistency across decades--a consistency of idea and feeling as well as of quality....
Edward Krasinski: Tate Liverpool
Edward Krasinski TATE LIVERPOOL The oeuvre of Edward Krasinski (1925-2004), one of the most creative minds of the past century, is far from unfamiliar to me. Krasinski's Warsaw apartment/studio was opened to the public in 2007 as the Avant-Garde...
Emanuel Rossetti: Karma International
Emanuel Rossetti KARMA INTERNATIONAL The bell may symbolize both the individual and collective management of social and ideological space, as exemplified by the Western church bell. Bells wake us, alert us to threats, and signal the flow of labor...
Fernando Palma Rodriguez: House of Gaga
Fernando Palma Rodriguez HOUSE OF GAGA "We would reach a better understanding of the world," says Fernando Palma Rodriguez, "if we accepted the indigenous concept of person that does not limit itself to individuals but that is also conferred...
Ferreira Gullar: 1930-2016
FIRST-TIME VISITORS to the poet Ferreira Gullar's apartment were often struck by his homemade replicas of works by Piet Mondrian and Alexander Calder. "Since I cannot afford originals," he used to say, "I make my own." His nonchalance about copying...
Francis Picabia: Museum of Modern Art, New York
FRANCIS PICABIA is famous above all for his flamboyant stylistic and ideological diversity. This diversity has created a legend. The legend has to do with freedom: Picabia is heralded--especially by artists--as the insouciant trickster deity of modernism,...
Francis Picabia: Musuem of Modern Art, New York
JOINING FORCES with Catherine Hug of Kunsthaus Zurich, curator Anne Umland of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, assembled roughly two hundred opinion-shifting works by the wildly mercurial Franco-Cuban artist Francis Picabia (1879-1953). Some 125...
George Condo: Museum Berggruen
George Condo MUSEUM BERGGRUEN "George Condo. Confrontation" nestled 129 works--paintings, drawings, and sculpture--made by the American painter over the past thirty-eight years amid the Museum Berggruen's rich modernist holdings: Picasso, Klee,...
Giuseppe Penone:Gagosian
Giuseppe Penone GAGOSIAN Since the 1960s, Giuseppe Penone's work has been based on an osmosis between the vegetal and human worlds; his forms are marked by time and are always dependent on the relationship between nature and the artist's body,...
Gu Dexin: Diplomatic Residence Compound
Gu Dexin DIPLOMATIC RESIDENCE COMPOUND The exhibition "Gu Dexin 1994-02-04" at Beijing's Diplomatic Residence Compound excavated and assembled a more than twenty-yearold artwork by Gu Dexin, a radical, self-taught artist and founding member of...
If These Walls Could Talk: A Biography of Louis Kahn Highlights His Engagement with Architecture's Primal Language
YOU SAY TO BRICK: THE LIFE OF LOUIS KAHN BY WENDY LESSER NEW YORK: FARRAR, STRAUS ANDGIROUX. 416 PAGES. $30. Readers could be forgiven for assuming that the biographer of an architect might devote her most incisive analysis to the work of her...
James Coleman: Marian Goodman Gallery
James Coleman MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY This multipartite show by the Irish artist James Coleman included two fairly new works (Untitled, 2011-15, and Still Life, 2013-16); a mini-retrospective of five works from 1970, the year of Coleman's first...
January Show": Murray Guy
"January Show" MURRAY GUY Back in 2008, on what now seems like the cusp of a fleeting golden age, the gossip blog How's My Dealing? boasted a section devoted to the casualties of for-profit cut-and-thrust. DeathWatch collated advance reports...
Jean-Paul Kelly
"THE ACTIVITY OF LOOKING ... helps us to be more truthfully aware of the condition of being alive." These words, as spoken by Bridget Riley in a 1979 documentary, close Canadian artist Jean-Paul Kelly's two-channel video Movement in Squares, 2013....
Jenny Perlin: Simon Preston Gallery
Jenny Perlin SIMON PRESTON GALLERY The Child of the Cavern, or Strange Doings Underground is one of more than fifty novels in Jules Verne's Extraordinary Voyages series from the late nineteenth century. In the story, a miner discovers a young...
Jitish Kallat: National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
IN JITISH KALLAT'S illusory world, a roti mimics the moon. This interplay between the earthly and the celestial, the material and the spiritual, was a recurring motif in his midcareer retrospective, "Here After Here." On entering the new wing of the...
Luck of the Draw: Dan Nadel on the Art of Michael Williams
ONE OF THE BETTER DESCRIPTIONS of Michael Williams's vision of painting comes from the artist himself. At the end of a fairly exhausting studio visit earlier this year, I asked him whether he had faith in a grand notion of art--something to which most...
Maria Eichhorn: Talks about Her Forthcoming Projects at Documenta 14, Building as Unowned Property and Rosevalland Institute
MEETINGS, CONTRACTS, REGULATIONS, the intricacies of official protocols, and the arcane workings of government agencies: Maria Eichhorn deploys the components of the administrative everyday in radical and counterintuive ways, using whatever resources...
Marisa Merz: Met Breuer
Marisa Merz MET BREUER "Marisa Merz has always been careful to do very little," writes Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in the catalogue to the artist's first American retrospective, curated by Connie Butler, chief curator of the Hammer Museum, Los...
Matt Golden: Limoncello
Matt Golden LIMONCELLO The central work in Matt Golden's solo show "Bisons" was He Who Eats the Durian Smells ofDurian, 2016, a piece consisting of twenty full-page photographs as originally printed in the London-based magazines Wonderland and...
Miguel Calderon: Kurimanzutto
Miguel Calderon KURIMANZUTTO Miguel Calderon 's first solo show in Mexico in eight years was met with both rumor and expectation. Some people thought he had dropped out of the art world and was focusing on music, films, or something else. His...
Nairy Baghramian: Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN gives her audience nothing less than an aesthetic reeducation. Her starting point is an academic understanding of sculpture as a modernist art medium--in other words, as an autonomous form, one that is by definition of no use. But...
Nicole Wermers: Jessica Silverman Gallery
Nicole Wermers JESSICA SILVERMAN GALLERY The playfulness of Nicole Wermers's exhibition "Grundstuck" belied a more serious project, one that engages the phenomenological implications of familiar forms. The German-born, UK-based artist highlights...
Otto Stupakoff: Instituto Moreira Salles
Otto Stupakoff INSTITUTO MOREIRA SALLES This exhibition of the work of Otto Stupakoff (1935-2009) reveals the multiple practices of this important Brazilian photographer. By presenting a broad and representative selection of his work, curators...
Pipo Nguyen-Duy: Clampart
Pipo Nguyen-duy CLAMPART The show is a kind of wonderland: Fifty cyanotypes, all made in 1998, all untitled, and all portraying flowers, seeds, soil, and water from Monet's garden at Giverny, France, neatly line the walls of the narrow gallery....
Raymond Pettibon: New Museum, New York
IN RAYMOND PETTIBON'S HANDS, the pen does double duty--writing and drawing, verbalizing and depicting. This could explain why his massive five-decade survey, aptly titled "A Pen of All Work," includes only three paintings on canvas. The majority of...
Real Fictions: Hal Foster on Alternatives to Alternative Facts
1. DESPITE RUMORS OF ITS DISAPPEARANCE, the real remains with us. The labor of its production is "obstinate," Alexander Kluge and Oskar Negt argue; it persists in the overlooked furniture of our everyday lives. The real is as intractable as history,...
Ricardo Brey: Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Ricardo Brey GALERIE NATHALIE OBADIA Ricardo Brey's recent exhibition, "All that is could be otherwise," comprised mainly recent collages on drawings and photographs, but its physical and conceptual centerpiece was a sculptural work that dates...
Richard Mosse: Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard Mosse JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY Susan Sontag wrote that "photography implies that we know about the world if we accept it as the camera records it. But this is the opposite of understanding, which starts from not accepting the world as it...
Richard Oelze: Michael Werner
Richard Oelze MICHAEL WERNER A determinant piece of good luck during my high school years--the early 1950s--was a class pass offering free admission to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, a privilege I availed myself of virtually every afternoon....
Rui Chafes: Galeria Filomena Soares
Rui Chafes GALERIA FILOMENA SOARES Entering the exhibition space, one saw two parallel rows of vertical sculptures, apparently abstract, in black iron. This material and color are hallmarks of the art of Rui Chafes, as is the vertical format...
Sarkis: Dirimart Dolapdere
Sarkis DIRIMART DOLAPDERE Sarkis deals with signs of living and living signs. It is not unusual to hear that his light boxes are kept lit beyond an exhibition's opening hours, or that he agonized over a brief planned power cut for the maintenance...
Sergei Eisenstein: Alexander Gray Associates
Sergei Eisenstein ALEXANDER GRAY ASSOCIATES Throughout his thirty-year career, the Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein made drawings in many different modes for many different purposes. Estimates suggest that more than five thousand images...
Sol Calero
Sol Calero is a Venezuelan-born artist living in Berlin. She recently mounted solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria and Art Basel. Forthcoming exhibitions include Preis der Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof, Future Generation Art Prize...
Sound and Fury: Gregor Quack on Samson Young
OVER THE COURSE of Samson Young's first solo exhibition in Europe, the world outside seemed to catch up. A somber realism pervaded the show, which was curated by Jasmina Merz and on view at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf this past winter, and it was only as...
Systemic Threat: Margaret Ewing on Hans Haacke in Frankfurt, 1976
IN ADVANCE of federal elections, the interior ministers of the West German states, in cooperation with Chancellor Willy Brandt, who was fighting to be reelected, issued a Radikalenerlass (Decree Against Radicals) in January 1972 as part of an anticommunist...
Tamar Guimaraes: Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia
Tamar Guimaraes MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA For her first solo exhibition in Spain, Tamar Guimaraes presented the thirty-six-minute film La incorrupta (The Uncorrupted), 2016, which was commissioned by the Reina Sofia. In it she...
Theaster Gates: Regen Projects
Theaster Gates REGEN PROJECTS For his first show at Regen Projects, "But to Be a Poor Race," Theaster Gates installed within the gallery's many rooms a sampling of clay vessels, paintings bandaged with hoses from decommissioned firehouses, wall...
Toyin Ojih Odutola: Museum of the African Diaspora
Toyin Ojih Odutola MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA From the outset, Toyin Ojih Odutola's solo exhibition "A Matter of Fact" makes visitors complicit in its fabulist conceit. What we are about to see, an introductory wall panel announces, is the...
Wangechi Mutu: Gladstone Gallery
Wangechi Mutu GLADSTONE GALLERY Absent from "Ndoro Na Miti," Wangechi Mutu's latest exhibition at Gladstone Gallery, were her signature collage elements--the magazine lips, eyes, and limbs and the cut-up animal imagery that have previously marked...
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries: Art Sonje Center
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries ART SONJE CENTER In recent months, South Korea has seen manifold protests against President Park Geun-hye, who has been accused of mounting a bribery scheme involving her long-term friend and confidante Choi Soon-sil....
Zilvinas Kempinas: Galerija Vartai
Zilvinas Kempinas GALERIJA VARTAI Zilvinas Kempinas is a master of motion. His kinetic sculptures made of unwound magnetic tape, the chaotic movement of filmed images, and the motion of the viewer's body all create intertwined, often immersive,...
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