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HOMECOMING // TANIA PÉREZ CÓRDOVA

click here to download PDF By Tara Plath While Smoke, Nearby, an exhibition of work by Mexico City-based Tania Pérez Córdova, which recently opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, marks the artist’s first solo appearance in the United States, the show feels like somewhat of a homecoming. This affect is perhaps common for[…]

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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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WALID RAAD // MoMA

by Tara Plath This text is (here and there) a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. This small print follows the text of Lebanese artist Walid Raad’s[…]

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MUSEUM OF ARTS & DESIGN // INTERVIEW WITH SHANNON STRATTON

In Conversation with Tara Plath Shannon Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York.  Prior to her posting, Stratton was the Executive Director for Threewalls, a non-profit organization in Chicago, where she still sits on the Executive Board (see: Jeffreen M. Hayes appointed at[…]

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DAVID ADJAYE // A SPACE FOR UNTOLD STORIES

by Tara Plath download printable PDF from Issue 01 In September of 2013, I found myself on a public bus in Warsaw, Poland, listening to the tiny reverberations of Kanye West’s recently released “New Slaves” coming from the headphones of a young Polish man beside me. The purpose of my trip to Warsaw was to[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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IMAGINE BRAZIL // MAC LYON

by Tara Plath Imagine Brazil, which was recently on view at le Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, filled two floors of the museum with an overwhelming breadth of painting, sculpture, video, and artist books. A curatorial endeavor of Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and MAC Lyon Director Thierry Raspail, the exhibition makes no attempt[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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WRITING INTERNATIONALLY // EXPERIENCING EXHIBITIONS ONLINE

A Panel Discussion Organized by THE SEEN Publishing platforms are changing – the transition from print into online is more rapid now than ever. THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Online Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, features in-depth global coverage of exhibitions, artists, and events. An independent editorial affiliate of EXPO CHICAGO, the publication is the[…]

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MARIA LASSNIG // MoMA PS1

by Tara Plath NEW YORK, NY. Maria Lassnig’s current survey at MoMA PS1 invites viewers to contemplate context, whether by intention or not. This invitation is proposed by the very nature of the self-portraits on view by the Vienna painter, born in 1919 and currently living and working in her native city, as well as[…]

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ETERNAL HINDSIGHT // NEW MUSEUM

by Tara Plath Currently on display on the fifth floor of the New Museum are a pair of time-bending exhibitions—iterations of past and future that ultimately meet in the middle: the present moment, perhaps even a statement of art today. The first is an empirical study in the New Museum’s Resource Center; Occupied Territory: A[…]

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THE MYTH OF PARTICIPATION // CAA 2014

by Tara Plath The College Art Association’s Friday morning panel, The Myth of Participation and the Growing Realities of Critical Exchange, brought together artists, scholars, and educators to evaluate the relationship between artist and audience, and the importance of site and objects in participatory art practices. The speakers did not achieve a debunking or confirming[…]

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Assorted Abstraction, In Three Parts

by Tara Plath The exhibition currently on view at Thierry Goldberg is repetitive, but not redundant. On view through February 2, it features two artists in three parts; each installation exists as a chapter of the untitled series of paintings by John Bianchi and Jeffrey Kessel. Facing out of the gallery and onto the street[…]

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LIONEL MAUNZ // BUREAU

by Tara Plath In stark contrast to white walls and light patchwork floorboards, the sculptures of Lionel Maunz shade the space of Bureau in New York. The methodically placed cast iron and concrete sculptures stand and lay around the gallery, feeling neither cluttered nor sparse. For his third solo exhibition with the gallery, Lionel Maunz[…]

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PHILIPPE PARRENO // PALAIS DE TOKYO

by Tara Plath Currently installed in the colossal expanses of Palais de Tokyo are the sculptures, videos, and installations of French artist Philippe Parreno. The entirety of the museum has been given to the artist as grounds for an unprecedented solo exhibition, ANYWHERE, ANYWHERE OUT OF THE WORLD. The experience of overlapping sounds, images, text,[…]

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CLARA BRÖRMANN // NICELLE BEAUCHENE GALLERY

by Tara Plath The paintings of Berlin-based artist Clara Brörmann, currently hanging on the walls of Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, reveal an innate sense of clarity, though a direct understanding of each work’s process may be lost in the layers. The exhibition, entitled Der Tag davor, includes nine recent paintings that appear to address the artist’s autonomy[…]

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On the Theory of the Invisible

by Tara Plath “For Kandinsky, white was the color prior to all things; it was the place of the possible, where everything can and will be born”[1] writes Michael Henry, in his book Seeing the Invisible, on Kandinsky. While it is possible to consider such infinite potential of the symbolic understanding of a color, these considerations[…]

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ULLA VON BRANDENBURG // SECESSION

by Tara Plath The headliner of Secession’s recent three-part opening is a film and accompanying installation by German artist  Ulla von Brandenburg. For her exhibition Innen ist nicht Außen (Inside Is Not Outside), Brandenburg creates an immersive set-installation for the presentation of her film Die Straße [The Street]. Upon entering Secession’s main gallery, one is[…]

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HANNES BÖCK // SECESSION

by Tara Plath The opening night of diverse film, video, and installation at Secession in Vienna on September 19th included the work of Hannes Böck, presented in the Grafisches Kabinett space of the galleries. For the exhibition, Böck aims his camera at the space where the Western world and non-Western world silently confront one another.[…]

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TOBIAS ZIELONY // BERLINISCHE GALERIE

by Tara Plath The Tobias Zielony exhibition, just recently closed at Berlinische Galerie, was comprised of two projects: Trona, 2007 and Jenny Jenny, 2013. Built upon documentary-style photography, both projects present devastated narratives with recurring characters and foreboding sets. Zielony’s career has been defined by a history of photographing the youth from decaying communities. His[…]