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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, 2015 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, 2015 - November 14th, 2015
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]

20160629170945-cetera_blue_bench_2015_sr-cete1221_2_copy Trends at Sunday Art Fair: Everyday Objects   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/16/15

I feel a little sorry for the Sunday Art Fair. As the fair for emerging art it should really be the offshoot of Frieze that shows the cutting-edge work, the small galleries, the artist run spaces, and so on. Instead it can unfortunately feel like forgotten backwater of the whole event, stuck as it is just a little bit too far location-wise, just a bit too hidden in the basement of Westminster University, and not as big and buzzing as it could be. Which isn’t to say that you can’t see good w... [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, 2015 - November 8th, 2015
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]

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, 2015 - November 1st, 2015
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, 2015 - September 21st, 2015
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]

20150919205306-lucas_arruda_l1561542 Gallery Weekend Mexico City: Art with a Social Slant   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/19/15

As fresh and lively as ever, Mexico City’s art scene is heating up in time for Gallery Weekend with long-awaited exhibitions: from Mark Powell’s real estate slash photography project to acclaimed Brazilian artist Lucas Arruda’s first presentation in Mexico, the flavor of exhibitions presented shows a pointed social conscience, with both Mexican and international artists on show. Here's the best among them opening this weekend. Ceiling, 2015, Mark Powell, Courtesy the Artist ... [more]

20150910145018-birds_1_stand_in Installation Can Be Felt Underfoot   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Martin Roth at Louis B. James September 9th, 2015 - October 18th, 2015
Posted 9/10/15

Rubble and rock crushed under foot. Dead twigs, rebar, and shoots pocked the boulder field like tiny flag poles, stripped of their sigils. Chirps from the ceiling revealed a nestled group of parakeets dropping white ordnance on a hill of grey concrete. The smell of dirt and dissolution hung in the stale air. Down some stairs, into a darkened basement, the first thing that greets is the smell of a bog, that slow but sweet smell of rot. Leaves float on three or four inches of murky water lit by a si... [more]

20150910234714-da_bell_a_b_1b14_11a_465719_displaysize ICP Acquires Archive of African American Photography   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/10/15

The International Center of Photography (ICP) announced yesterday that the founder of Documentary Arts, Alan Govenar, has donated an archive of more than 100,000 works including photographs, films, audio recordings, and new media, with 60,000 works of African American vernacular photography from the Texas African American Photography Archive (TAAP). The photographs in the TAAP Archive are images of African American life in both urban and rural 20th century Texas. Candid and formal portraits de... [more]

20150907213706-christto_and_andrew__mimemtic_gestures_ii What Is Photography in 2015? Boundless and Confident   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/7/15

“I don’t know what truth is. Truth is something unattainable. We can’t think we’re creating truth with a camera. But what we can do, is reveal something to the viewer that allows them to discover their own truth.” —Marcel Brault It’s a pretty grand quote with which to start an article, I know. Its relevance will become clear. In Issue 2 of Unseen magazine (the magazine that accompanies the upcoming Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam, September 18–2... [more]

20150901185618-brenda-goodman-_euff_-2015 This Is What Tomorrow Looks Like: On Painting   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/1/15

Michael Heizer once wittily described the Fall art season as the art world equivalent to duck hunting season, with collectors and viewers returning from their summer homes hungry for new art experiences. While it might seem a bit of a stretch, and maybe a little deprecating to the artist ducklings, there is some truth to that feeling of anticipation we have of wanting to see what is going on after the dog days of August. Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2008, Oil and paper on canvas, 78 3/4 x 94 1/2... [more]

20151002174950-21_itas_sussman_z_cover_p210 Inside the Artist's Studio with Joe Fig   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/1/15

Painter Joe Fig's new book, Inside the Artist's Studio, comes out tomorrow. Fig is well-known for his portraits of artists' studios. In this follow-up to his Inside the Painter's Studio, he asks 24 painters, video and mixed-media artists, sculptors, and photographers the personal questions that matter most to artists looking for guidance and commiseration in their search to exist as an artist. In Inside, we are given a glimpse into the everyday studio practices of some of the most engaging contempo... [more]

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