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At the Guggenheim, Artists Enlist Architecture to Subvert and Expand Histories

by Osman Can Yerebakan
“But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them.” Walter Benjamin wrote these words describing Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus in his 1940 essay “These on the Philosophy of History.” The storm, he continues, is “what we call progress.” In the Guggenheim Museum’s ongoing group exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, which opened this spring, progress blows through emblems of history, rushing against obstinate pa... [more]
Posted by Osman Can Yerebakan on 8/11
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50 Shades of Gray

by Bradley Rubenstein
Claiming once that color weakened his work, being merely an addition to an already finished canvas, Picasso eliminated it from his palette during many phases of his well-documented career. If one wanted to make the case that the haunting blue period and the sugary rose one were the painterly equivalents of tinted photos, then there might be a case to be made for it being a lifelong practice with which Picasso demonstrated the supremacy of drawing above all else in his work. Clearly the Guggenheim, in this well-curated exhibition, makes a strong argument for this position—bringing nearly 150 painti... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 11/12/12
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Tom Estes at the Guggenheim in New York

Artist Tom Estes, enters the realm of Loonytune physics to create a successful science and pop-media crossover, making a ‘Portable Black Hole’ from the darkest material ever made. The carpet of carbon nano- tubes reflects 0.045 percent light, making it 100 times darker than a black-painted Corvette according to researchers from  Rice University, The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and NASA. Remember the Road Runner Show? Simple in its premise, the Road Runner, a flightless cartoon bird (loosely based on a real bird, the Greater Roadrunner), is chased down the highways of the Southwestern United Sta... [more]
Posted by Abel Magwitch on 4/19/12
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And Then Some

by Taylor Ruby
At once wholly discerning and utterly distasteful, Maurizio Cattelan has become one of the most infuriating visual artists of our time.  Propelled by his biting wit and intense abhorrence of authority, the Italian artist's notorious collection of work – over thirty years worth of exasperating performances and alarmingly hyper-realistic sculptures – endeavors to underscore, and ultimately mock, popular culture's manipulation of history, politics, religion, and notions of propriety.  Acutely affected by a childhood of economic, emotional, and intellectual privation, Cattelan exposes the obvious paradoxes laced not only... [more]
Posted by Taylor Ruby on 1/16/12
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Torn in Between

by Trong Gia Nguyen
Chaos and Classicism feels like the forced scholarly sort of show that, were it not for the many wonderful works in the exhibition, would leave a person wondering why anyone would curate such a broad theme that, for all intents and purposes, could have included any number of artworks from any period in history. Concentrating on the years between the wars in France, Italy, and Germany, every work in Chaos and Classicism depicts or references the human figure, during a time when creators and societies were purportedly returning to ideals of modeled forms and cleaner lines, and away from abstraction. Getting back in touch with th... [more]
Posted by Trong Gia Nguyen on 1/2/11
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Modernist Squabble

by Trong Gia Nguyen
After surveying Ryan Gander’s Intervals exhibition in the Aye Simon Reading Room at the Guggenheim Museum, I proceeded to take a quick snapshot of the wall text, for later reference. The young security guard sitting in the corner nearby quickly admonished me, stating that it was copyrighted and therefore, I was not allowed. I asked him whether it was actually part of the installation, and as one might imagine, the most banal conversation of “is it art/is it not art” ensued. I wondered if he was part of the work itself, since Gander had also produced a performance piece for The Generational: You... [more]
Posted by Trong Gia Nguyen on 1/2/11
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It's Summer! Who You Gonna Call?

by Kirsten Bengtson-Lykoudis
Summer is known for its mass weekend exodus of metropolitan art viewers and influx of New York CityPass-toting tourists. Galleries and museums tend to drag out everything but the kitchen sink from June to August, dusting off works from basement vaults and permanent collections and mounting crowd-pleasing group shows more eclectic than those from the regular season. The result can be refreshing, haphazard, banal, idiosyncratic or cutting edge. Haunted, Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance is a quintessential summer show. At first glance it looks like a mishmash of photograph... [more]
Posted by Kirsten Bengtson-Lykoudis on 7/4/10