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20140625195324-stk_5369 Me and You and Everyone We Kind of Know: Made in L.A. 2014   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Juan Capistran, Danielle Dean, Harry Dodge, Lecia Dole-Recio, Public Fiction, Kim Fisher, Judy Fiskin, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Michael Frimkess, Mariah Garnett, Samara Golden, Piero Golia, Tony Greene, Marcia Hafif, Channing Hansen, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Barry Johnston, Gerard & Kelly, Devin Kenny, Gabriel Kuri, Caitlin Lonegan, Tala Madani, Max Maslansky, Emily Mast, Jennifer Moon, Brian O’Connell, Harsh Patel, Marina Pinsky, KChung Radio, Sarah Rara, A.L. Steiner, James Kidd Studio, Ricky Swallow, Clarissa Tossin, Wu Tsang at Hammer Museum June 15th - September 7th
Posted 6/24/14

Comedian Emily Joyce, dressed in a 14th-century bonnet and dress, rolls her eyes, hard. Sticking her thumb out in a gesture of one-dimensional 1990s sarcasm, she paces KCHUNGtv's makeshift set in the lobby of the Hammer Museum. The on-site camera editors are hushed. I walk in just as a big laugh is dying down. “But seriously folks," she continues, "you gotta watch out who you're makin' out with these days ‘cause we got this Black Plague going around. Nothing more embarrassing than h... [more]

20130402014005-bfs_bearden_pittsburgh-memory "Blues for Smoke": Ambiguity and Duality, Arpeggios and Be-bop Changes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Roy DeCarava, Jeff Donaldson, Melvin Edwards, Renee Green, David Hammons, Martin Kippenbenger, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Mark Morrisroe, William Pope.L, Lorna Simpson, Bob Thompson, Wu Tsang, Carrie Mae Weems, Jack Whitten, Martin Wong at Whitney Museum of American Art February 7th, 2013 - April 28th, 2013
Posted 4/1/13

“The blues self is an improvised self. It doesn’t shy away from the difficulty that that entails. When you improvise yourself in culture, you may get some blowback.”[1] Halfway through the exhibition, a nondescript listening station for John “Jaki” Byard’s 1960 release Blues for Smoke hangs on the wall facing Glenn Ligon’s oil and acrylic text-based reflections and Zoe Leonard’s vintage blue suitcases. When you wander through the exhibition, don’t forget to look for it—you might miss it. If... [more]

20120326233937-michelson01 Herzog’s Whitney Biennial Piece Is Not Overrated but Under-Thought  
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Kai Althoff, Thom Andersen, Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Forrest Bess, Dennis Cooper, Cameron Crawford, Moyra Davey, Liz Deschenes, Nathaniel Dorsky, Nicole Eisenman, Kevin Jerome Everson, Vincent Fecteau, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Vincent Gallo, K8 Hardy, Richard Hawkins, Werner Herzog, Jerome Hiler, Matt Hoyt, Dawn Kasper, Mike Kelley, John Kelsey, John Knight, Jutta Koether, The Red Krayola, George Kuchar, Laida Lertxundi, Kate Levant, Sam Lewitt, Joanna Malinowska, Andrew Masullo, Nick Mauss, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Stephen O’Malley, Laura Poitras, Matt Porterfield, Luther Price, Lucy Raven, Peter Rehberg, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine Reichek, Michael Robinson, Georgia Sagri, Michael E. Smith, Tom Thayer, Wu Tsang, Oscar Tuazon, Gisèle Vienne, Frederick Wiseman at Whitney Museum of American Art March 1st, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 4/1/13

My response to Art Fag Cities' Paddy Johnshons review of the Werner Herzog work at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, also mentioned in CAPITAL magazine.  PARIS — In a recent article on AFC, Paddy Johnson argues that Werner Herzog’s piece in this year’s Whitney Biennial is essentially a throwaway. She sees Herzog’s contribution as a quick fix for inclusion that relies mainly on “bells and whistles” rather than substance. But her account is conspicuously reactionary and seems to be more of a response to... [more]

20120331181655-hu-xiaoyuanwoodnewmuseum12xs The Overlooked and the Unmentionables   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shaina Anand, Tuan Andrew, Minam Apang, Invisible Borders, CAMP, Julia Dault, Jonathas de Andrade, Rita Ponce de León, Abigail DeVille, House of Natural Fiber, The Propeller Group, Phunam Thúc Hà, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Kit Lee, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Matthew Lucero, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Cinthia Marcelle, Dave McKenzie, Public Movement, Nicolás Paris, Bona Park, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Pratchaya Phinthong, Amalia Pica, Adrián Villar Rojas, Gabriel Sierra, Mounira Al Solh, Ashok Sukumaran, Rayyane Tabet, Pilvi Takala, Slavs and Tatars, Mariana Telleria, Wu Tsang, Danh Võ, Hu Xiaoyuan, Dana Yahalomi, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Ala Younis at New Museum February 15th, 2012 - April 22nd, 2012
Posted 3/31/12

By now both the New Museum’s Triennial and the Whitney Museum’s biennial have been open long enough for the critical voices of the popular press and blogosphere to have weighed in on the virtues and shortcomings of these highly anticipated exhibitions. I’ve been to both, though rather than add another idiosyncratic opinion to the heavily populated mix I decided to take a cue from the nature of the exhibition itself, and survey the critics. The nature of my looking wasn’t qualitative; I wasn’t too co... [more]

20120326175818-2012_biennial_lobby_01 GEOslant: Natalie Hegert at the Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kai Althoff, Thom Andersen, Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Forrest Bess, Dennis Cooper, Cameron Crawford, Moyra Davey, Liz Deschenes, Nathaniel Dorsky, Nicole Eisenman, Kevin Jerome Everson, Vincent Fecteau, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Vincent Gallo, K8 Hardy, Richard Hawkins, Werner Herzog, Jerome Hiler, Matt Hoyt, Dawn Kasper, Mike Kelley, John Kelsey, John Knight, Jutta Koether, The Red Krayola, George Kuchar, Laida Lertxundi, Kate Levant, Sam Lewitt, Joanna Malinowska, Andrew Masullo, Nick Mauss, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Stephen O’Malley, Laura Poitras, Matt Porterfield, Luther Price, Lucy Raven, Peter Rehberg, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine Reichek, Michael Robinson, Georgia Sagri, Michael E. Smith, Tom Thayer, Wu Tsang, Oscar Tuazon, Gisèle Vienne, Frederick Wiseman at Whitney Museum of American Art March 1st, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 3/26/12

“Be advised that the fourth floor galleries will be closing in about fifteen minutes for Sarah Michelson’s performance,” I was told when I arrived at the Whitney ticket counter, “So you should probably begin your visit there.” Yeesh. Fifteen minutes for an entire floor? I’d better hurry, I thought, as I dashed to the elevator. On the fourth floor, one of Michelson’s dancers was warming up, stretching her limbs out with a couple quick pas-de-bourrées over the dance floor—a site-specific work in i... [more]

20120220061817-newmuseum1 The Interventionists: A Triennial of the Active   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shaina Anand, Tuan Andrew, Minam Apang, Invisible Borders, CAMP, Julia Dault, Jonathas de Andrade, Rita Ponce de León, Abigail DeVille, House of Natural Fiber, The Propeller Group, Phunam Thúc Hà, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Kit Lee, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Matthew Lucero, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Cinthia Marcelle, Dave McKenzie, Public Movement, Nicolás Paris, Bona Park, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Pratchaya Phinthong, Amalia Pica, Adrián Villar Rojas, Gabriel Sierra, Mounira Al Solh, Ashok Sukumaran, Rayyane Tabet, Pilvi Takala, Slavs and Tatars, Mariana Telleria, Wu Tsang, Danh Võ, Hu Xiaoyuan, Dana Yahalomi, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Ala Younis at New Museum February 15th, 2012 - April 22nd, 2012
Posted 2/20/12

Two gold chains hang on steely colored pins. They fall perpendicularly, intersecting to form a cross, a compositional reference that is further bolstered by the small golden crucifix linked to the bottom-most tip. A few feet away, a milky marble-like slab rests upon half an egg shell, which sits atop three similar stones, atop an ever-so-slightly warped poster-sized sheet of paper. Mere inches above the egg-stone composition, a family of six porcelain pitchers each hold the protruding twig of a... [more]

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