tagged: war

Physical Graffiti: War and Paint Collide in Leon Golub: Riot

by Bradley Rubenstein
I think of myself as a kind of reporter; I report on the nature of certain events. I think of art as a report on civilization at a certain time. —Leon Golub at Hauser & Wirth, in New York, presents a long overdue opportunity to see Golub’s paintings gathered together from several different bodies of work spanning a four-decade period. Showing Napalm I (1969) and Riot V (1987), Vietnam-era paintings, and several fine examples from his late Mercenaries series, this exhibition offers a... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 6/4/15

The Making of Violence: Doris Salcedo at the MCA Chicago

by Ionit Behar
Internationally acclaimed artist Doris Salcedo opened her first US museum retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) last week to great anticipation: Latin Americanists had been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Bogotá-born artist’s survey, and it seemed all of Chicago was enthusiastic as well. Co-curated by MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and with assistance from Steven L. Bridges, the exhibition presents Salcedo’s large body of work... [more]
Posted by Ionit Behar on 2/25/15

The Moving Studio: In Conversation with Hazem Harb

by Danna Lorch
Hazem Harb and his sketches; Courtesy of Salsali Private Museum   Hazem Harb drew the roman shades in his home studio to block out the shockingly bright desert views and force himself to concentrate. He was finishing the plans for , his upcoming solo show at Salsali Private Museum in Dubai. The show’s press release had come out that day and ours was the first interview he would give of many. As a result, he projected a kind of calm intensity. Although Harb’s home is Gaza—a place he can’t... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 1/19/15

Hardcore War Drawings by Goya Shown in the Middle East

by Char Jansen
Irena Gordon might be the most audacious curator in the Middle East—and it’s thanks to an exhibition of pro-peace artworks that are over a century old.  In a daring and rare show of 70 etchings, aquatints and drypoints by the Spanish court painter Francisco Goya has opened at the Hermann Struk Museum, Israel. In the context of the modern day Middle East, Goya’s metaphors and allegories become not only relevant once again, but also subversive.  Goya witnessed 19th century Spain during the... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 10/8/14

By Art Is Created That Great Leviathan: Glenn Kaino at Kavi Gupta

by Gan Uyeda
With the opening words “By art is created that great Leviathan,” Thomas Hobbes launches readers into his seminal work of political philosophy, , in which he imagines the State as a great aggregation of the masses into a singular societal body. Drawing its title from Hobbes’ treatise, LA-based artist Glenn Kaino’s exhibition at Kavi Gupta Gallery’s Elizabeth Street location indicates an ambition for superstrata-level political commentary. Despite the impossible loftiness of this reference, the... [more]
Posted by Gan Uyeda on 9/18/14

An American Mystic in Berlin

by Dakota DeVos
The Neue Nationalgalerie’s provides an unprecedented opportunity to see thirty stunning oil paintings from the American Modernist’s Berlin years. These works have not been displayed together in a focused exhibition since the artist exhibited them himself in 1915. Commendably, the Neue Nationalgalerie recognized the need for an exhibition that brings together paintings from a period representing the pinnacle of Hartley’s abstractions and the dawning of his self-identity as an “American... [more]
Posted by Dakota DeVos on 6/12/14

AGITPROP: Harun Farocki's Serious Games

by Sonja Hornung
In a darkened, hermetic wing of the Hamburger Bahnhof, images are being instrumentalized: software put to use by the U.S. Army to train ground troops in Afghanistan is recycled to de-traumatize those very same soldiers returning as veterans. Presenting this unlikely process in his 2009-2010 series , German video artist Harun Farocki reveals a reality incapable of reconciling with itself. Serious Games takes the form of four video cycles comprising three two-channel and one single-channel... [more]
Posted by Sonja Hornung on 3/19/14
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