David Velasco

End Days

The final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

January 2012 NEW YORK

ON THE LAST THREE NIGHTS OF 2011, I attended five of the final six performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Even a few dance journalists, from whom you might expect a degree of sympathy, suggested it was a bit eccentric to see so… READ ON

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“Simon Fujiwara: Since 1982”

January 2012

Curated by Miguel Amado “I am my work,” Simon Fujiwara tells us. But not in a Madame Bovary c’est moi kind of way. Rather, the Berlin-based, Japanese-born artist gives us fictions in the guise of autobiography or uses biographical … READ ON

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“Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy”

January 2012

A retrospective is basically a midlife crisis, one that devolves on the stomach-churning question “What have I done?”… READ ON

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David Velasco

Dance: Best of 2011

December 2011

1 Sarah Michelson, Devotion (The Kitchen, New York, January 13–15 and 19–22, 2011) I saw this dance about dance and dance making three times in one week. Each time I held on to it thinking, “This is as good as it gets.” Nothing leaves… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2011 [TOC]

John Jasperse

John Jasperse talks about Canyon

November 2011

The New York–based dance artist John Jasperse has produced fourteen evening-length works and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Bessie in 2001. His latest piece, Canyon, has its New York premiere at the Brooklyn… READ ON

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OPENINGS: MICHELE ABELES

November 2011

PAZ DE LA HUERTA is as known for her delirious self-mythologizing as she is for her starring role on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, so it’s difficult to say whether the story she tells about her father threatening Larry Gagosian with a … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2011 [TOC]

Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer talks about life and work

October 2011

Few artists have contributed so deeply to so many fields as the choreographer, dancer, writer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. Born in 1934 in San Francisco, Rainer moved to New York City in the 1950s and began to make her own dances in 1960, … READ ON

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“Donald Moffett: The Extravagent Vein”

September 2011

Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver Oh, to feel the fury of Gran Fury again. Well, now perhaps you can—at least for a museal moment. More crucially, in this survey of nearly seventy works by Donald Moffett, you can see how a founding member … READ ON

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Plug ‘n’ Play

The 42nd edition of Art Basel

June 2011 BASEL

IN THAT “DEAD” WEEK between Venice and Basel, what did you do? Did you follow the 2011 art bus to Berlin or Città della Pieve? Retreat to Geneva, Milan, Helsinki, Bedford? If you were lucky, perhaps you spent the entr’acte in London,… READ ON

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Everything Is ILLUMInated

The 54th Venice Biennale

June 2011 VENICE

“MAGIC!”  “Orgasmic.”  “Courageous . . . ”  “I hate this place.” I heard this more than once, and really, Venice can be such a drag. It’s a town of hyperbole and hubris, the sort of place where you can park your 377-foot… READ ON

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