Elizabeth Schambelan

talks with curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev about Documenta 13


May 2012

ELIZABETH SCHAMBELAN: As artistic director of Documenta 13 this summer, you’ve chosen not to organize the exhibition around a single theme or concept. Instead, the materials circulated so far articulate a constellation of figures, ideas, … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2012 [TOC]


January 2012

DOES POSTMODERNISM BEGIN with the teapot? The question is prompted by the V&A’s design survey “Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970–1990,” where the vessels appear with bewildering frequency. On view are Adrian Saxe’s Ampersand… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2012 [TOC]

Carrie Moyer

December 2011

After receiving her BFA in painting from the Pratt Institute in 1985, Carrie Moyer became somewhat disenchanted with her chosen medium. She supported herself as a graphic designer, and her art practice, in turn, became increasingly design-oriented:… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2011 [TOC]


Elizabeth Schambelan on John Divola’s “Zuma”

October 2011

FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS in the late 1970s, John Divola made a habit of visiting an abandoned house on Malibu’s Zuma Beach, toting a Pentax camera and a few cans of spray paint. On his arrival, he’d inspect the premises, seeing what had … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2011 [TOC]

“Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990”

September 2011

As exemplified by the Memphis group’s antic asymmetries or the high-low architectural fugues of Michael Graves, Hans Hollein, and even Philip Johnson (who killed his own master narrative with New York’s ersatz-Georgian AT&T building), … READ ON


National Libation Front

Kutlug Ataman at Istanbul Modern

November 2010 ISTANBUL

AT A TUESDAY LUNCHEON following the preview of Kutlug Ataman’s midcareer retrospective at Istanbul Modern, a British newspaper critic asked the artist: “Are people constantly telling you that you look like Robert Downey Jr.?” Perhaps … READ ON


Joe Bradley and Chris Martin

September 2010

In Chris Martin’s painting Six Pillows Rose Up to Greet the Dawn—Good Morning! Good Morning!, 2007–2009, the six pillows—appended to a canvas in two rows of three—appear to have had a rough night indeed. But, per the title, they … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2010 [TOC]

Kazuo Shiraga

April 2010

Though Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008) has long been considered one of the most important members of Japan’s Gutaï group, this lucid exhibition was his first solo show in the United States. In consequence, many viewers may have been unaware,… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2010 [TOC]

Peter Halley

December 2009

With their stark, rectilinear compositions and their palette of unmodulated blacks and retina-searing fluorescents, the nine large paintings in “Peter Halley: Early Work, 1982 to 1987” still pack a visual wallop, their Day-Glo acrylics … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2009 [TOC]


January 2009

International biennials of contemporary art have long ventured into the cities that serve as their hosts, but perhaps none has reckoned with so loaded a locale as PROSPECT.1 NEW ORLEANS. More than three years after Hurricane Katrina wrought… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2009 [TOC]