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20151124184615-20151124175328-moma__newphoto2015_ooi_dis_v01tl New Photography at MoMA: Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Ilit Azoulay, Zbynek Baladran, Lucas Blalock, Edson Chagas, Natalie Czech, DIS, Katharina Gaenssler, David Hartt, Mishka Henner, David Horvitz, John Houck, Yuki Kimura, Anouk Kruithof, Basim Magdy, Katja Novitskova, Marina Pinsky, Lele Saveri, Indre Serpytyte, Lieko Shiga at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) November 7th - March 20th, 2016
Posted 11/24/15

The language of visual information in the digital age has a surprising connection to water: video streams, .wav files, image pools, torrents. All this leads up to the biggest metaphoric aquatic body yet: what the MoMA Department of Photography calls the “Ocean of Images.” Ocean of Images marks the 30th anniversary of MoMA’s New Photography series. It also signals a few changes to the show. Previously an annual event featuring the work of a handful of artists, in its new guise the sho... [more]

20151123152937-harran_ii The Whiteness of the Whale: Reframing Frank Stella's Long Pursuit of Painting   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Frank Stella at Whitney Museum of American Art October 30th - February 7th, 2016
Posted 11/23/15

We cannot begin any assessment of the work of Frank Stella without the obligatory quote that has followed his career for over fifty years. “What you see is what you see” was Stella’s painterly philosophy distilled down to seven words. If there is a definition of Minimalism that is more succinct, it has yet to replace Stella’s as a key to understanding a certain type of particularly American painting in mid-century art history. At the Whitney Museum we have a chance to ca... [more]

20151116145127-madere_1940 OOO: Three Loops to Unite Them All   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jared Madere at Whitney Museum of American Art October 16th - January 3rd, 2016
Posted 11/16/15

Jared Madere’s untitled installation, currently on view at the Whitney, is versatile. It might rest equally comfortably in an abandoned lot in Bushwick or on top of a mountain in Nepal. It’s hard to tell, though, whether the work is happy in its current environment, the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery on the first floor. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew, who was recently named co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial with Mia Locks, this is Madere’s first solo exhibition as well a... [more]

20151116205028-img_3978ps Viewers as Shoppers: What Should We Make of Big Retail Space?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Heather Phillipson at A+E Studios November 3rd - November 22nd
Posted 11/16/15

When I was younger, my parents spent an exorbitant amount of time shopping at the department store Sears. It was one of the kid-in-tow errands I most detested. As a child, I considered this habitat overwhelming and exhausting: the overzealous salespeople, the crowds, the smells of new products and open boxes, the corny advertisements, the endless special offers. From entrance to exit, accompanying my parents on their routine department store escapade was a first-hand lesson in what I now know to be... [more]

20151119173455-screen_shot_2015-11-19_at_10 Moving Past the Circular Logic of Terrorism   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/19/15

[Please be advised. This article contains imagery of 9/11 that may be upsetting to some readers.] Another ISIL attack in the West, a threat on Washington D.C. and New York City, and the false sense of security that allows for the prosperity of the West to continue is shaken. The combination is just enough to entice xenophobic trolls to get the people’s blood boiling, again. These tragic moments of terror recur with a frequency that has become divorced from, yet prescriptive of our current state of reality. The regime of safety, th... [more]

20151117163940-img_8328 Staging Relationships: Duets Performs a Bleak Outlook on Coupling   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
David Gilbert, Paul Pescador at Colony November 8th 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Posted 11/17/15

People wandered into the Colony, a designer co-op in Chinatown, in pairs and groups. We positioned ourselves in the middle of a minimal showroom of contemporary case goods and textiles, facing the cloth backdrop and cardboard props that set the stage for Duets, a performance by David Gilbert and Paul Pescador presented on November 8 as part of Performa 15. The set was crafty but well crafted, with a cardboard cityscape lit from inside and paper stars on the night-sky black background. In Duets, Gilber... [more]

20151118135558-img_0543 Beyond the Controversy: Jérôme Bel's Ballet Gives Us Hope   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jérôme Bel at Martha Graham Studio Theater November 14th 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Posted 11/18/15

Jérôme Bel’s oft-controversial repertoire found a new tone, precious and heartwarming, in his new Performa 15 commission, Ballet (New York). As the audience poured in, sunlight filled the Martha Graham Studio Theatre with long blocks of gold. At 3:30, an ensemble filed in, a line-up whose attire was as varied as their bodies, which comprised all ages, abilities, and races. The group also had performances at Marian Goodman Gallery, and the finale will be at El Museo del Barrio (on N... [more]

20151026142809-_______13x19__-1 This Is Not a Digital Artwork: Four Artists Whose Works Trick the Eye   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Lala Abaddon, Jamie Powell, Sarah Sieradzki, Rachael Wren at Garis & Hahn October 15th - November 14th
Posted 10/26/15

We live in a digitally manipulated world where Photoshop and Instagram filters are essential everyday tools in public image making. In movies, CGI tricks the audience into believing the impossible by making it visually plausible. In art, we're used to seeing similar qualities: digital tools and graphic design resources have leaked into other creative mediums, achieving through aesthetics what the naked eye fails to see. Yet there are artists who embrace the digital realm, paradoxically, by avoid... [more]

20151015114156-8 "What Is She Thinking?": Hiba Schahbaz Brings a New Voice to an Ancient Tradition   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Hiba Schahbaz at Thierry Goldberg Gallery October 1st - November 8th
Posted 10/15/15

“I’ll persevere, I am not precious, over-daintyIn wifehood I will use mine instrumentAs freely as my Maker hath it sent.” —The Wife of Bath by Geoffrey Chaucer In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath argues against the primacy of virginity within the Church; someone is procreating to birth the virgin and therefore what is chaste is also ephemeral. She sees this as a flaw in God’s plan, and consequently, will reject purity and instead assume sexua... [more]

20151014000047-just_alap_raga_ensemble_dia_2015_s Trying Out Utopia: La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/14/15

Something tells me you’ll want to sit for this. You may even want to lie down, as your brain pulsates and heartbeat shifts. Your thoughts are sucked into a vortex of sound; your sense of self absorbed into vibrating air molecules. The more you focus on perception, the more unmoored your mind becomes. And that’s just the first ten minutes. La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House intends to reorient you: mind, body, and spirit. Currently at Dia:Chelsea, this sonic and visual... [more]

20151008203043-img_4395 I Tell You What Freedom Is to Me: No Fear   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/8/15

When I first heard of Shaun Leonardo’s performance project, I Can't Breathe—a performance that taught spectators self-defense moves like how to break a chokehold if they are in a situation where they are being accosted—I was skeptical of its merit. Was it benefiting from a tragedy, or addressing real concerns? Would it incite citizens to resist arrest, or would it give people a sense of agency if they ever felt unjustly threatened? The performance follows the death of Eric Garner a... [more]

20151007155102-img_2473 Bushwick Street Art: Community, Class, Politics and Crochetgate   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/7/15

A week from my deadline, I was regretting the assignment I’d asked for: an article about street art in Bushwick. The source of my slowly developing dread about the piece, apart from the challenge of avoiding the issue of gentrification as a central consideration, was my sense of inadequacy as a journalist. I tend to get distracted and lose sight of the angle, and I hate conducting ad hoc interviews. So instead of scheduling meetings and striking up convos with local residents, and with pl... [more]

20151001032729-dan ICONS: An Introduction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/30/15

“Icon” and its derivatives are some of the most overused words in arts writing today. We’re all guilty of bumping an artist up to “iconic” status with a little rhetorical flourish. Sure, some artists really embody the word—Warhol comes to mind—but we typically deploy “iconic” as a hyperbolic substitute for “famous,” “memorable,” “influential,” or—at worst—shorthand for “What do you mean you a... [more]

20150928160217-ms_a_installation_marcbremstatti Black Womanhood and the Language of the Hand   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Martine Syms at Bridget Donahue September 17th - November 1st
Posted 9/28/15

Martine Syms is a funny woman. This is what I thought as I stood in Bridget Donahue Gallery watching Syms' Notes on Gesture, the short video that anchors the artist's first solo show, Vertical Elevated Oblique. Syms talks to us, her viewers. Or maybe, more specifically, her viewers that are not black women. It's all in the hands. Martine Syms, Installation view of Vertical Elevated Oblique, 2015. © Martine Syms, Courtesy of Bridget Donahue, New York. Photo: Marc Brems Tatti Set to contin... [more]

20150922105522-treeofcodes_sbp_7276_1 A Novel, a Sculpture, and a Ballet, Tree of Codes Builds Transitory Somethings Out of Nothings   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Olafur Eliasson, Wayne McGregor, Jaime xx at Park Avenue Armory September 14th - September 21st
Posted 9/22/15

Tree of Codes is the collaborative production of three artists practicing at the forefront of the performing and visual arts today: choreographer Wayne McGregor, artist Olafur Eliasson, and producer/DJ Jamie xx. The full-length ballet, which completed its US premiere run at the Park Avenue Armory this week, was inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s conceptual novel of the same name. The label “writer” attributed to Foer for this work is somewhat imperfect. At once a sculptural object and work of l... [more]

20150922234544-jr-robert-de-niro-instagram-ellis-001 See the Poster For JR's New Film, Ellis   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/22/15

Political "photograffeur" artist JR has revealed the movie poster for his forthcoming short film, The Ghosts of Ellis Island, to his 661k Instagram followers. The artist’s third feature film–written by Oscar-winning writer Eric Roth—is to star Hollywood veteran actor Robert De Niro. The story centers on New York’s Ellis Island, a crucial entryway to the U.S. for immigrants seeking refuge between 1892 and 1954. In the film, JR will uncover a new layer of the New York monumen... [more]

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