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20140307143118-01biennial03 Looking at the 2014 Whitney Biennial - Review by Mary Gregory  
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th, 2014 - May 25th, 2014
Posted 3/10/14

Whitney Biennial/A Quick Look Reprinted from Ragazine, Volume 10, Number 2 Elijah Burgher, Bachelor machine, from behind and below (Guyotat version), 2013, color pencil on paper, 14” x 17″.Collection of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago, © Elijah Burgher, Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago * * * It’s that time again. The Whitney Biennial, the signature exhibition for the museum and the best known, most influential survey of contempora... [more]

20140307143118-01biennial03 Text in the Expanded Field: The 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th, 2014 - May 25th, 2014
Posted 3/7/14

Among the 103 participants in this year’s Whitney Biennial, the handful that have elicited the most speculation and skepticism are those known for producing not art objects but texts. In addition to publishing-oriented collectives, words take on a visual function in the poetry of Susan Howe, they form the structure of many of David Diao’s paintings and Gary Indiana’s sculptures. Artspace warned us to “Get ready to do some reading.” Carol Vogel, in her New York Times pre... [more]

20140307151612-leonard_photo In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th, 2014 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/14

ArtSlant editors Natalie Hegert, Joel Kuennen, and Charlie Schultz met up at Agra, an Indian restaurant on Lexington Avenue, to discuss the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, its surprises, best in show, and disappointments. They touch on trends and themes of scale, archives, lists, dongs, and objectness—parsing the line between artwork and artifact. Charlie Schultz: I guess I’ll start by saying I found this year’s iteration of the [Whitney] Biennial to be far less crowded than in... [more]

20120905095416-installpaintingfactory Death on the Assembly-Line   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mark Bradford, Urs Fischer, Julie Mehretu, Sterling Ruby, Rudolf Stingel at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. April 29th, 2012 - August 20th, 2012
Posted 9/5/12

The second my shoes hit the white wall-to-wall carpeting that blanketed the galleries, I was struck by how radically this simple addition—actually, as it turned out, an artwork by Rudolf Stingel—shifted both the acoustics and the register of the space. With the hushed voices and dampened footsteps, I felt like I’d wandered by mistake into a showroom whose wares I obviously couldn't afford. Of course, this feeling of displacement might've had something to do with the fact that I was oscillating b... [more]

20110512075414-thomas_houseago__joanna New Sculpture at the Saatchi Gallery (Part 1)   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Altmejd, John Baldessari, David Batchelor, Matthew Brannon, Peter Buggenhout, Björn Dahlem, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Folkert de Jong, Roger Hiorns, Martin Honert, Thomas Houseago, Joanna Malinowska, Kris Martin, Matthew Monahan, Anselm Reyle, Sterling Ruby, Dirk Skreber, David Thorpe, Oscar Tuazon, Rebecca Warren at Saatchi Gallery May 27th, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Posted 7/10/11

The title of the exhibition explains it all; it’s a sculpture show. The label on the tin did not lie and we have been served exactly what is expected with The Shape of Things to Come. In this regard it was both strangely satisfying -- reassuring myself of what I know as contemporary sculpture, and slightly disappointing -- nothing surprised me into reevaluating sculpture, objecthood, installation. Though I know that the trajectory of art parameters do not change overnight, if this exhibition is a repr... [more]

20100823144611-blumandpoe-endlessbummer Endless Picture Industry   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Justin Beal, Billy Al Bengston, Scott Benzel, Gil Blank, Jennifer Bornstein, Carol Bove, Cameron, Anne Collier, R. Crumb, Lucy Dodd, Sam Durant, Roe Ethridge, Amy Granat, Guyton\Walker, Drew Heitzler, Ed Kienholz, Margaret Kilgallen, Nate Lowman, John McCracken, Adam McEwen, Aleksandra Mir, Dave Muller, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Phillips, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Reena Spaulings, Vincent Szarek, Christopher Williams at Blum & Poe July 3rd, 2010 - August 28th, 2010
Posted 8/23/10

Review also includes “Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That).” Organized by Walead Beshty at Regen Projects. Both of these artist-curated, large group shows gather an impressive all-my-cool-friends and heavy-hitters list of players and both claim, in their statements, to be in large part organized in response to an ambivalent experience or conflicted impression of Los Angeles as a formative urban, cultural context. Both shows are full of really good individual works. Couched in terms of Adorno... [more]

Img_4376 SUPERNATURE at AMP   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Markus Amm, Charles Atlas, Amy Bessone, Guenther Brus, Dan Colen, Diohandi, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Charlie Hammond, Annette Kelm, Terence Koh, Thomas Kratz, George Lappas, Linder, Robert Longo, Lorna Macintyre, Sophie Mackfall, Jack McConville, Michaela Meise, Scott Myles, Sterling Ruby, Rudolph Schwarzkogler, Daniel Silver, Jannis Varelas, Jennifer West at AMP February 10th, 2010 - March 31st, 2010
Posted 3/23/10

              Are You Satisfied with Your Body! Let Me Prove I can Make You a New Man in Only Fifteen Minutes a Day! - Copy from advertisement for Charles Atlas' Dynamic Tension® fitness regime You don’t really see a muscle as a part of you, in a way. You see it as a thing... You form it. Just like a sculpture. - Arnold Schwarzenegger The exhibition SuperNature: An Exercise in Loads at AMP Gallery uses professional bodybuilders as its point of departure, focusing on the hyper-t... [more]

Beshty__walead_three_color_curl_c-print_2008 Photography's Second Kill   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Walead Beshty, Daniel Gordon, Leslie Hewitt, Carter Mull, Sterling Ruby, Sara VanDerBeek at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) September 30th, 2009 - January 11th, 2010
Posted 1/4/10

    At the turn of the last century everybody was saying photography killed painting. Now it seems photography has killed itself in an effort to be more like painting. The first time around the killing was all about representation and which medium was better suited to depict the physical world. Painting lost and went abstract. The second killing is all about process, and if there was blood to be shed, it would be all over the Robert and Joyce Menschel Photography Gallery where New Photography is on... [more]

47 Abstract America   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kristin Baker John Bauer, Mark Bradford, Joe Bradley, Tom Burr, Jedediah Caesar, Carter, Eric Chanschatz, Heather Chanschatz, Peter Coffin, Dan Colen, Guerra de la Paz, Francesca DiMattio, Bart Exposito, Mark Grotjahn, Rachel Harrison, Jacob Hashimoto, Patrick Hill, Matt Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Paul Lee, Chris Martin, Elizabeth Neel, Baker Overstreet, Stephen G. Rhodes, Halsey Rodman, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Gedi Sibony, Amy Sillman, Agathe Snow, Kirsten Stoltmann, Dan Walsh, Garth Weiser, Jonas Wood, Aaron Young at Saatchi Gallery May 29th, 2009 - January 17th, 2010
Posted 8/2/09

    Abstract America: New Paintings and Sculpture is not for me, but I have to admit that the Saatchi Gallery’s done a phenomenal job gathering up artwork by the biggest and brightest in contemporary American abstract artists.  As this was my first visit to Saatchi’s swanky digs in Chelsea, I must also mention that the gallery is phenomenal – perhaps even the best venue for viewing art that I’ve ever come across.  Many of the works in the exhibition seemed too clever for my taste, but the few... [more]

Desertshore-triangle Desertshore   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Dave Hullfish Bailey, John Divola, Mark Hagen, Marie Jager, Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, Brian Kennon, Euan Macdonald, Christopher Michlig, Sterling Ruby, Brad Spence, Mungo Thomson, Charlie White, Mario Ybarra Jr., Amir Zaki, Andrea Zittel at Luckman Fine Arts Complex August 23rd, 2008 - October 18th, 2008
Posted 10/6/08

Desertshore. Everything turns to sand - dry and parched. Writer/curator Jan Tumlir curated “Desertshore” at Cal State Los Angeles’ Luckman Gallery with Nico’s 1970 album in mind. All 15 of the artists featured in the show are Los Angele-based artists and it shows. It really makes sense; we live in a city built on top of a desert, kept alive by constant rebirth. The works deal with urban and desert landscapes, destruction, decay and rebuilding. Parts of the exhibition summon thoughts of Mad Max,... [more]

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Sterling Ruby at MOCA Pacific Design Center June 19th, 2008 - September 19th, 2008
Posted 8/8/08

  SUPERMAX 2008 makes a remarkable first impression. With a maximum-security prison as his touchstone, Sterling Ruby converts the MOCA gallery into a traumatic site of punishment – and an over-crowded one at that – filled with graffiti-covered plinths, spray-painted canvases, collages, glossy-drip stalagmites, and monumental wood diagonals. The result is a sort of maximalist institutional critique, by way of Michel Foucault’s Discipline a... [more]

24 SUPERMAX 2008   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sterling Ruby at MOCA Pacific Design Center June 19th, 2008 - September 19th, 2008
Posted 7/6/08

Turn the corner here after the first batch of closely hung frames you see, and you enter the embodiment of density… density to the max, as it were. Stuffed fabric drips from the frosted glass of high windows, almost meeting – at their tips – the tops of slick red and black stalagmites propped on matching bases with plywood that reads things like "the bride", "debthead", and "skulldragged." Spelunking through this little ecosystem and the materials of which it is composed –... [more]

E_2008groupshowinstall In Between   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Anne Collier, Brian Fahlstrom, Evan Holloway, Carter Mull, Sterling Ruby at Marc Foxx January 12th, 2008 - February 9th, 2008
Posted 1/20/08

At first, the current group show at Marc Foxx offers little in the way of a theme or “hook.” However, the juxtaposition of works that seem to have been randomly chosen to show together, other than the fact that they are all large-scale pieces, is ultimately rewarding rather than frustrating. The gaps left between one artist’s work and that of another are productive in that they lead one to actually try to put the puzzle together, rather than simply “read” the show along a pre-determined path.In spe... [more]

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