Art Seen: National

ART OF THE LIVED EXPERIMENT // UICA

by Alexandra Kadlec Novelist Paul Auster once remarked, “Changing your mind is probably one of the most beautiful things people can do.” The promise inhabiting this statement can be read as the driving force behind Art of the Lived Experiment (ALE), the international, multi-venue exhibition arriving in Grand Rapids this month. Featuring visual and performance[…]

BARBARA KASTEN: STAGES // ICA PHILADELPHIA

by Joshua Michael Demaree Photographer Barbara Kasten’s work is like a jolt of electricity to the eye. Her signature pieces that feature the fragmentation of form coupled with a studied use of color is instantly striking, capturing the eye’s attention even thirty years after their creation. But it is her craftsmanship, her powerful control of[…]

POWER OBJECTS // UICA

by Alexandra Kadlec The impact of a work of art is often revealed in subtleties. For collectors Josh Rogers and Lesley Weisenbacher, the experience of art—and where its power lies—is both tactile and elusive. In this context, art making itself becomes an act of ritual; or as Gerhard Richter, whose thickly textured paintings draw the[…]

GLENN KAINO // HONOR FRASER

by Natalie Hegert Labyrinths A day of dense, low-lying fog finally succumbed to heavy rainfall over the city of Los Angeles. As we danced around the puddles, making our way up La Cienaga Boulevard to Honor Fraser, I paused to look down at the canal (which I later learned is called Ballona Creek, a relatively[…]

DAVID WEISS // SWISS INSTITUTE

by Tara Plath Something Sinister The collection of works on paper by Swiss artist David Weiss, most prominently known as half of the collaboration Fischili/Weiss, grant the viewer fresh insight into the artist’s process and interests. Where Fischili and Weiss’ more popular work together rests on odd-ball conceptualism and often playful compositions of found material in[…]

REPRESENT: 200 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART

by Joshua Michael Demaree The noblest of tasks, even if they fail, carry with them some modicum of respect. It is a “shoot for the moon” scenario: all uphill, constant drag, go, go, go. Regardless of the outcome, if the goal is righteous, then the process is too. Setting out to represent the whole of[…]

PIERRE HUYGHE // LACMA

By Natalie Hegert Finding Human As we sidled up to a parking spot just off Wilshire Boulevard, I saw a white dog on a leash out of the corner of my eye, taking care of business, as dogs are wont to do out on public sidewalks. Opening the passenger door I got a better look[…]

ROTHKO RESTORED // HARVARD ART MUSEUMS

by Tara Plath The Harvard Art Museums’ inaugural exhibitions following a massive renovation by renowned architect Renzo Piano includes an incredible presentation of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, enormous canvases made specifically for the Harvard Campus in 1961-62. After decades of degradation and wear, the canvases were de-installed in 1979 and put in storage. Their rich[…]

NEW MUSEUM // CHRIS OFILI

by Tara Plath Violent Voyeurism Eyes meet image, quickly scanning over the subtleties and ignoring details to affirm your initial judgment. Then you take a step closer, and the image gives way to texture—painted dots like beads that shape their figure’s faces, fingers, Afros, breasts, or penis. Texture gives way once more, to medium—either glitter[…]

ELIZABETH DEE // GABRIELE BEVERIDGE

by Stephanie Cristello Mystic Minimalism Gabriele Beveridge’s exhibition, Gold Diamond Park, currently on view at Elizabeth Dee, is an important aesthetic move toward redefining minimalism in the twenty-first century. Mining all the hot tropes right now, which have since broke their way into contemporary pop culture—Health Goth in particular—Beveridge creates an environment for the moment.[…]

REGEN PROJECTS // LIZZIE FITCH & RYAN TRECARTIN

by Natalie Hegert Animation Abuse “You might in touch with… end up… the source… What?” The girl speaking drunkenly rolls in her chair. She tries again, slurring. “You might end up in touch with the source.” She repeats this sentence a few times for emphasis, exaggerating and lengthening her pronunciation. “You might… end up… in[…]

PROSPECT 3 // INTERVIEW WITH FRANKLIN SIRMANS

by Maria Avila Risolute Prospect, the New Orleans biennial, is now in its third chapter–reflecting the city’s rich cultural breadth with a wide array of exhibitions and performances. Like so many metropolitan areas, there are many different neighborhoods, and each make up a very different climate. Between historical significance and the work of some of[…]

David Scanavino // Profile of the Artist

In Conversation with Tara Plath David Scanavino‘s most recent exhibition is Imperial Texture at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He was exhibited in the group exhibition Walk-Ins Welcome at Marlborough on the Lower East Side. Originally a painter, Scanavino’s work has been moving increasingly towards installation and sculpture that overlays a formal painting vocabulary onto site-specific[…]

PROFILE OF THE COLLECTOR // RYAN KORTMAN

by Alexandra Kadlec A few weeks out from his debut exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Ryan Kortman is feeling a little more vulnerable than anticipated. The sensation is akin to what a novelist feels on the eve of her book’s publication, what an artist experiences before his gallery opening—whether for the[…]

TWENTY FIVE ARTISTS, FIVE CURATORS // 5 x 5

by Tara Plath The D.C. public art initiative 5×5 kicked off this September, produced by the D.C. Commission of Arts and Humanities, providing us with a rich ground for conversation about the possibilities and challenges of public art. It is not an easy task to have a constructive and critical dialogue about public art. The[…]

PROFILE OF THE CURATOR // CHRISTIANE PAUL

by Dominique Moulon Christiane Paul is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum. Her most recent books include Context Providers, New Media in the White Cube and Beyond, and Digital Art. At the Whitney Museum, Paul has curated exhibitions[…]

PROFILE OF THE CURATOR // PAOLA ANTONELLI

by Dominique Moulon Paola Antonelli studied architecture and wrote about design before becoming curator of the Architecture and Design department at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 1994. She has taught at UCLA and Harvard, and is the author of Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design, and co-editor of the exhibition catalogue[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // IAN WEAVER

by Gregory Maher Nostalgia, A Darker Saccharine Nostalgia—the kind that is intimately sewn into the patches of a family quilt—is the force that drives Ian Weaver’s work, and his current exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). The gallery, “like a Kunsthalle,” is white-walled and nondescript, the perfect space to spotlight Weaver’s iconic[…]

ANOTHER LOOK AT DETROIT // MARIANNE BOESKY & MARLBOROUGH CHELSEA

by Tara Plath Another Look at Detroit, a two-part exhibition currently on view at Marianne Boesky and Marlborough Chelsea, is curator Todd Levin’s heartfelt endeavor to shed a more personal and positive light on a city recently cast into the shadows of bankruptcy. Levin’s selection is far-reaching and diverse, creating a narrative that appears more[…]

DARA FRIEDMAN // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT

by Alexandra Kadlec At the beginning of Kanye West’s music video Runaway (2010), an unexpectedly poetic scene takes place. West, dapper in a suit and bowtie, starts to tap the keys of a white piano. Slowly, resolutely, the somber notes are sent out, piercing the air one at a time. Within seconds, a troupe of[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST PT II // JULIA WACHTEL

In Conversation with Tara Plath – Read Pt I of the interview here – Julia Wachtel’s most recent solo exhibition was at Elizabeth Dee, and before that at Vilma Gold in London. Across these exhibitions, there has been a lot of focus on Wachtel’s work from the 1980s. Her upcoming exhibition at the Transformer Station with the Cleveland Museum of Art will[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST PT I // JULIA WACHTEL

In Conversation with Tara Plath Julia Wachtel’s most recent solo exhibition was at Elizabeth Dee, and before that at Vilma Gold in London. Across these exhibitions, there has been a lot of focus on Wachtel’s work from the 1980s. Her upcoming exhibition at the Transformer Station with the Cleveland Museum of Art will be ninety percent new work. A few very early[…]

TARA DONOVAN // PACE GALLERY

by Nadiah Fellah A Closer Look The scent of Tara Donovan’s recent work precedes any sight of it as viewers enter Pace Gallery’s New York space. The distinct, woodsy scent of paper overpowers the galleries, and becomes stronger upon approaching the columnar structure of her large, Untitled sculpture, created entirely from stacked index cards. In[…]

STERLING RUBY // HAUSER & WIRTH

by Tara Plath Sunrise Sunset I have, until this point, avoided a critical engagement with the work of Sterling Ruby. This was not an intentional action – but more so due to the fact that I had not yet had the opportunity to stand in a room with his work, instead experiencing his massive sculptures[…]