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Nicholas Mangan

September 2016

Nicholas Mangan’s inquiry into the transformation and commodification of the natural world has become increasingly self-aware. The Melbourne-based artist often uses materials as metonyms for complex geopolitical and eco-financial histories.… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

Unica Zürn’s Trumpets of Jericho

BOOKS

May 2016

The Trumpets of Jericho, by Unica Zürn; translated by Christina Svendsen. Cambridge, MA: Wakefield Press, 2015. 80 pages.  “MINE IS THE REALM OF SILK.” So Surrealist artist Unica Zürn weaves a material backdrop for her slender but … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

Mika Tajima

April 2016

If cyberspace is, as novelist William Gibson once described it, a “consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators,” then Mika Tajima translates the side effects of this collective trip into impractical … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2016 [TOC]

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian

March 2016

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian’s project might be described as one of ecstatic accumulation. The Iranian-born, Dubai–based artists (two brothers and their childhood friend) live and work together in a shared home,… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2016 [TOC]

Alex Bag

February 2016

For Alex Bag’s solo show, which opened in concert with Art Basel Miami Beach this past December, the art-establishment farceur reprised her 2001 mockumentary about the fictional pimp-cum-cultural entrepreneur Leroy LeLoup (played by the … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2016 [TOC]

Ian Cheng

January 2016

Curated by Raphael Gygax In the bleak ahistorical dreamscapes of Ian Cheng’s “live simulations”—indeterminate virtual ecosystems governed by a basic set of programmed evolutionary laws—vaguely avian clots writhe over barren tundra,… READ ON

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UnREAL

TELEVISION

January 2016

WHEN ROSALIND KRAUSS likened the feedback loop of video to a mirror’s reflection in her landmark 1976 essay on early video art, she couldn’t have dreamed of the extreme-sport navel-gazing of today’s nth-generation reality television. … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2016 [TOC]

13th Biennale De Lyon: “La Vie Moderne

September 2015

Curated by Ralph Rugoff Have we never been modern? Rugoff’s show turns Bruno Latour’s famous thesis about the non-existence of modernity into a question. Indeed, even after the many pronouncements of its death, modernism has been … READ ON

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OPENINGS: ALEX DA CORTE

June 2015

ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC THEFTS in postwar cinema might also be the most subtle—not a spectacular heist but a scene in Robert Bresson’s classic Pickpocket (1959), in which a disembodied tangle of larcenous hands pilfer wallets by replacing… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]

“The Blue of Distance”

January 2015

Curated by Courtenay Finn Blue, writer and historian Rebecca Solnit muses, is the “color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go.” Indeed, the hue’s synonymy with absence, … READ ON

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