Cathryn Drake

Ice Age

The opening of Joan Jonas’s “Glacier” at Kunsthall Svalbard


LONGYEARBYEN IS THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER TOWN, the northernmost settlement in the world and jumping-off point for the North Pole, complete with coal miners, extreme filmmakers, polar scientists, a seed vault for the apocalypse, a newspaper called… READ ON


Helidon Gjergji

December 2014

The titular centerpiece of Helidon Gjergji’s show “e-mages,” at the National Gallery of Arts, is a slide show in which fragmented photos of Joseph Stalin’s family and friends are projected onto a shattered mirror lying on the floor … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]

Creative Representation

The 11th Dak’Art Biennial


GETTING FROM GENEVA to the eleventh edition of Dak’Art, the oldest biennial in Africa, was like an endurance rally of yore. From a confusing new visa policy to organizational tumult, the required skill was sheer determination, which would… READ ON


the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale

January 2014

Conveying the complex movement, conquest, persecution, and integration of people, the Fourth Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is centered on the trope of the Mediterranean itself—a nexus of flux, trade, and conflict linking peoples… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2014 [TOC]

Occupational Hazards

The 4th Athens Biennale

October 2013 ATHENS

“THIS IS NOT A BIENNIAL,” said Athens Biennale codirector Poka Yio as he introduced its fourth iteration, “Agora.” “It is not an exhibition.”  This nonbiennial nonexhibition is the result of a collective experiment carried out … READ ON



June 2013

The exhibition “Cyclicités,” curated by the collective On the Roof (Elise Atangana, Yves Chatap, and Caroline Hancock), presented three research-based projects examining historical patterns through elements of the local urban and cultural… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2013 [TOC]

Local Warming

The 18th Art-Athina

May 2013 ATHENS

AFTER A YEARLONG HIATUS, the eighteenth Art-Athina hit the ground running on the evening of Thursday, May 16, and the former Olympic “Tae Kwon Do” Pavilion was packed with enthusiastic party people. The fair had a more national flavor … READ ON


Global Entry

Art Brussels

April 2013 BRUSSELS

THIS IS A LOVE LETTER TO BRUSSELS, despite—no, because!—of its myriad contradictions. From the moment I arrived for Art Brussels weekend, everyone was trying in vain to define the city, the latest to be touted the “new Berlin.” But … READ ON


Neighboring Sounds

“Silent Space Stand Still” at the Tzisdarakis Mosque

April 2013 ATHENS

ALTHOUGH LAST FRIDAY was not yet Good Friday in Orthodox Athens, a spiritual sort of ritual took place in the Tzisdarakis Mosque on picturesque Monastiraki Square. There rang the melancholy tones of a theremin played by Theodore Pistiolas, … READ ON


Cold Day in Hell

Openings at the Palais de Tokyo

March 2013 PARIS

WHEN I ARRIVED in Paris for the Palais de Tokyo show “Soleil Froid” (Cold Sun), the oxymoron could have doubled as the weather forecast. It was frigid as hell, yet the city seemed more convivial and fun than ever.  The festivities began… READ ON