Art Seen: National

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MI TIERRA // DENVER ART MUSEUM

By Brandon Sward The Denver Art Museum describes Mi Tierra as “site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West.” Although it’s unclear what exactly is “site-specific” about this exhibition, many of its artists are indeed unpacking the history of the Western US. For Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio),[…]

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SHIMON ATTIE // ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM

By Brian Prugh There is something lurking under the surface, or multiple surfaces, of Shimon Attie’s Lost in Space (After Huck). The exhibition invites multiple readings that stack up like floors in a building; what is lurking beneath cuts away at the foundation, threatens the carefully constructed structure, but also carries the potential of new[…]

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DIANE SIMPSON // HOUSE IMAGES

click here to download PDF By Susan Snodgrass In The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard’s well-known meditation on the phenomenology of architecture (published in 1957), the interior space of home offers a storehouse of images and experiences by which to unleash the poetic imagination. “[B]y approaching the house images with care not to break up[…]

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JIMMIE DURHAM // AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

click here to download PDF By Joel Kuennen I am a white male born in the United States.[1] My father was born in Chickasaw County, Iowa, on land stolen from the Ho-Chunk tribe.[2] The Chickasaw never lived there. In some cruel joke, the county was named after a tribe that had lived in the Southern[…]

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MERCE CUNNINGHAM // COMMON TIME

click here to download PDF By Robert Chase Heishman Two dancers lay on a rich, saturated pink carpet—their duet, at first, appears as an almost imperceptible one. Through continuous, extremely gradual movements, each dancer moves from one position to the next, over the course of what is an hours-long performance piece. The presence of the[…]

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HONOLULU BIENNIAL // NGAHIRAKA MASON

click here to download PDF By Gan Uyeda Ngahiraka Mason served as the Curator of Māori Art for two decades at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand’s largest public art museum. There, she greatly expanded the representation of Māori art and culture, while consistently demonstrating cross-cultural and intergenerational linkages between thinkers and[…]

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ED FORNIELES // THE FINILIAR

By Elliott Mickleburgh After reading through the headlines of your local newspaper, do you ever curiously flip to the business section and puzzle through the jargon found on those pages? The articles themselves are intelligible enough—tech startups are bought and sold, American pharmaceutical corporations are contemplating tax shelters in the Republic of Ireland, Wall Street[…]

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SARAH HOBBS // PSYCHOLOGICAL TRACES

by Brian Prugh The photographs included in Sarah Hobbs’ Psychological Traces, currently on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, depict interior spaces that tell a psychological story. The conceit of these photographs is to give insight into the psychology of a room’s decorator (and implied occupier), who, though absent, has left some significant[…]

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PIPILOTTI RIST // NEW MUSEUM

Digital Delirium By Vanessa Gravenor Pipilotti Rist’s work is known for her characteristic hallmarks of fusion between digital and cinematic space, between architecture and the body. Most of her work can be characterized by an aesthetic that weaves into feminism, body politics, and sexuality. This aesthetic is comprised of stretched out slow cam underwater shots[…]

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COMPLICATED BEAUTY // CONTEMPORARY CUBAN ART

by Brian Prugh Yoan Capote is quoted in the wall text by his painting as saying, “The sea, for me and for a lot of Cubans, was like a wall, more an image of isolation than a beautiful place. I grew up with a frustration about the limitation and an obsession about crossing the sea.”[…]

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ISA GENZKEN // I LOVE MICHAEL ASHER

By Brandon Sward While I Love Michael Asher at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is Isa Genzken’s first solo exhibition in California, it is not the artist’s first interaction with the state. By her late 20s, Genzken was teaching at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, which provided her with a travel grant she used to meet Michael Asher,[…]

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MOHAU MODISAKENG // LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK

by Brian Prugh Mohau Modisakeng, recently selected for the South African Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale along with Candice Breitz, has a video and six large scale photographs in his first solo exhibition in the United States at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. While all self-portraits, the works are multilayered, with different aspects[…]

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RAUMLABORBERLIN // PULITZER ARTS FOUNDATION

by Brian Prugh Situating raumlaborberlin’s 4562 Enright Avenue is best begun literally: the Pulitzer Arts Foundation is two blocks south of Delmar Avenue and the house at 4562 Enright lies two blocks north of it. Delmar itself has come to be seen as a line dividing the city by race and socioeconomic status. An attempt[…]

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DARA BIRNBAUM // ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM

by Brian Prugh We’re a long way technologically from the genesis of Dara Birnbaum’s Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman and Kiss the Girls, two works created in the late seventies and currently showing at the St. Louis Art Museum as part of its New Media Series, curated by Hannah Klemm. Both works were innovative for their use[…]

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NAN GOLDIN // THE BALLAD OF SEXUAL DEPENDENCY

by Joel Kuennen click to download PDF Dirty Work There’s one thing you must finally realize no matter how you try to twist and turn it first comes the grub and then you can moralize there must first be a chance for now all poorly fed to get their slice of life’s great loaf of[…]

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SOLUTION, PROBLEM, PROBLEM, SOLUTION: ON THE ART OF LUIS CAMNITZER

by Ionit Behar click here to download PDF German-born Uruguayan artist and writer Luis Camnitzer moved to New York in 1964. He was at the vanguard of 1960s Conceptualism, working primarily in printmaking, sculpture, and installation. Camnitzer developed a body of work that explored language with both humor and politically charged strategies, and has been[…]

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CARLOS ROLÓN // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETRIOT

by Sarah Rose Sharp In some respects, the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (2010), permanently located at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, is the perfect staging context for Carlos Rolón’s, known by the moniker Dzine, Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories (2016). A site-specific reprisal of a theme that Rolón has worked on in previous installations, here, the artist’s[…]

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INVISIBLE WOMEN: IN CONVERSATION WITH SHEIDA SOLEIMANI

By Sarah Sharp Orchestrated by guest curator Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman of Playground Detroit, Doubly So at Center Galleries on the College for Creative Studies campus is a four-person show of new work. Featuring four artists—Amalia Soto (aka “Molly Soda”), Sheida Soleimani, Sofia Szamosi, Dessislava Terzieva—the work on view in the exhibition shares the common trait of young female artists deeply[…]

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YESOMI UMOLU // PROFILE OF THE CURATOR

By Gan Uyeda download printable PDF Yesomi Umolu is a Lagos-born, London-raised, Chicago-based curator with a mind for the global. Before holding curatorial positions at the Walker Art Center, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, and the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Umolu studied architecture[…]

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PLURAL POP // TATE MODERN, WALKER ART CENTER, MCA CHICAGO

By Stephanie Cristello download printable pdf You know the cover by heart. The colors of their suits unfold from left to right in the only way they could; bright yellow, piercing pink, neon blue, to tangerine crimson—a picture perfect display of regalia, their names spelled out in flowers. The surrounding crowd, collaged and tightly pressed[…]

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KERRY JAMES MARSHALL // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

By Caroline Picard download printable pdf “We are not, as we sometimes like to imagine, independent thinkers with our own unique & groovy style of cognition: we have in fact inherited a narrow repertoire of prefab concepts, and we find ourselves thinking as thinking things on highly ramified architectonics of ideas, and along deeply grooved paths of[…]

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FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAY

By Tara Plath download printable pdf Gestures of Reference Depictions of art and artists in film and television are almost never flattering, and can often border on making a mockery of the troubled artist, the suave collector, the prim gallerist, the unknowable abstract painting, or romanticized portraiture. But then what to make of the mimicry[…]

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THE INTERVIEW: RED, RED, FUTURE

By Ruslana Lichtzier download printable PDF A Missed Call Since the 1910 Thomas Edison movie “A Trip To Mars,” Orson Wells’ radio-drama “The War of the Worlds,” in 1938, to Ridley Scott’s 2015 film “The Martian,” modern culture has manifested a preoccupation with the planet Mars. THE INTERVIEW: RED, RED FUTURE, a solo exhibition at[…]

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LAURA POITRAS: ASTRO NOISE // WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

By Joel Kuennen download printable PDF Freedom Lost. Freedom Transformed. I am fighting, but they’ve gotten inside so that I don’t know if anyplace is private. If anyplace is safe. I’m trying to keep this new flat off the radar, so no phone, no connecting to the Internet without Tor. I’ve created my own isolation,[…]