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Themes and Variations: A Gallery Weekend Primer

by Guy Parker
Gallery Weekend Berlin is back for its tenth anniversary with fifty galleries showing over sixty artists. Including the talks, peripheral events, and shows there’s a veritable tidal wave of art crashing over the Hauptstadt this weekend. Getting a piece of the action should be no problem, right? All that's required in way of preparation is a good breakfast and a pair of overpriced sneakers for all that perambulation flitting between venues, soaking up as much culcha as you can manage. But are... [more]
Posted by Guy Parker on 4/29/14
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Foul Perfection and Catholic Tastes

by Ed Schad
Most of the rituals of living life are laid bare in the Museum of Contemporary Art's retrospective of Mike Kelley at the Geffen. Traumas bubble up from the basement of our pasts. Memory is found to be faulty and capable of being reorganized by desire. Patterns of life held dear today are found to have disturbing origins in history of violence and exploitation. All delivered with laughter, diabolical and absurd, the kind that comes from camp's exaggeration and annihilation of form. Kelley was... [more]
Posted by Ed Schad on 4/29/14
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A Startling and Shifty Beauty

by Danielle Grant
Beginning with its titular linguistic play, Jonah Suskind’s inquires into the realm of the handmade and the transformative possibilities of the tangible. Rendering unassuming everyday objects from unassuming everyday materials, Susskind conflates the basic makeup of the urban world and presents an almost chilling, alchemic mastery of materialistic potential. Susskind’s work is a fitting point of entry to examine questions surrounding modes of production in daily life. Despite the unassuming... [more]
Posted by Danielle Grant on 1/11/14
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Scanning and Opacity

by Ryan Wong
It took me a long time to write about Aaron Flint Jamison’s exhibition at Artists Space. I had to figure out how to move past the obvious statement, which is that the work is frustratingly opaque, and say something about what lies under it. Maybe I could even say something about the opacity itself. The exhibition leaves the gallery nearly empty: about half a dozen objects (depending on how you count them) are strewn throughout. The SoHo columns and worn floorboards of 38 Greene Street are on... [more]
Posted by Ryan Wong on 10/29/13
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A Brief and Incomplete History of Stolen, Lost, and Destroyed Works of Art

by Natalie Hegert
A work of art that’s been stolen attains a tantalizing aura of mystery, a legendary status that grows with each hour of absence. A destroyed or a lost work of art can sometimes attain that level of mythos, as long as we are aware of its significance before it’s disappeared. But most art, in fact, most of the art that has ever been made throughout history, is simply lost and forgotten, and we don’t even realize it. Ancient art that was intended to last for eternity is slowly eroding, and... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 3/28/13