Courtney Fiske

Worlds Apart

Courtney Fiske on Baraka and “See It in 70 mm!”

December 2012

RON FRICKE’S BARAKA is a curio of 1990s filmmaking. Part nature documentary, part animated panorama, the film and its epic, breathless ambitions failed to ramify. Viewed today, the singularity of Baraka’s style lends it the dated feel … READ ON

FILM

Leslie Hewitt

Leslie Hewitt talks about Untitled (Structures)

December 2012

Leslie Hewitt is an artist based in New York whose work engages with the ways in which photographs encode time and mediate historical understanding. Her dual-channel video installation Untitled (Structures), 2012, is a collaborative project… READ ON

500 WORDS

Diana Thater

David Zwirner

November 2012

Diana Thater’s intricate video installation Chernobyl, 2010, opens, on its backmost screen, with sunrise over the titular sarcophagus: a concrete tomb, ceaselessly shored, that contains the infamous reactor’s noxious remains. The image … READ ON

PICKS

Guillermo Kuitca

The Drawing Center

November 2012

Guillermo Kuitca’s ongoing “Diarios” develop atop lapsed, cast-off canvases. Drawn taut across a circular table in Kuitca’s studio, each is left to accrue residues of the artist’s quotidian routine for spans of three to six months.… READ ON

PICKS

Day Break

Courtney Fiske on Day (Rives) and “Salut les jeunes: Young French Cinema”

October 2012

ARMEL HOSTIOU’S first feature-length film envisions Paris as a contemplative landscape of haze and flux. Screening as part of a series of debut works by young French filmmakers, Day (Rives) follows three characters as they navigate the city… READ ON

FILM

John Armleder

Swiss Institute

October 2012

In the judgment of Clement Greenberg, decoration was the specter haunting modernist painting, while Minimalism was nothing more than “good design.” Such quips from modernism’s self-anointed sentinel provide a fitting frame for John … READ ON

PICKS

Leonardo Drew

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

September 2012

Wood—scavenged, sculpted, and otherwise manipulated—is the focus of Leonardo Drew’s latest show. Such mediumistic restraint testifies to Drew’s talent for imbuing elemental materials with a diffuse, unanchored charge.  Dominating … READ ON

PICKS

Richard Tuttle

The Pace Gallery | 534 W. 25th Street

September 2012

Since the mid-1960s, Richard Tuttle has made art marked by its conspicuous refusal to occupy space. Self-effacing in scale and thoroughly abstract, Tuttle’s work begets an acute awareness of both itself and its environment. In Tuttle’s … READ ON

PICKS

Just the Facts

Courtney Fiske on Mark Lombardi: Death-Defying Acts of Art and Conspiracy

September 2012

MAREIKE WEGENER’S PORTRAIT Mark Lombardi: Death-Defying Acts of Art and Conspiracy takes its title from the business cards that the late artist dispensed, giggling, at parties and openings. True to his self-conferred epithet, Lombardi was… READ ON

FILM

Annette Messager

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

July 2012

In the two standout, panoramic installations that make up her latest exhibition, Annette Messager mines her four-decades-long concern with the psyche’s lurid underbelly. United by their theatrical tenor and shared palette of black, biomorphic… READ ON

PICKS