Miguel Amado

“Campo Cerrado: Spanish Art of the Postwar Period”

January 2016

Curated by María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco “Campo cerrado” (Closed Field) surveys Spanish cultural production from 1939—a date that marks not only the commencement of World War II but also the end of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning… READ ON

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Helena Almeida

September 2015

Curated by Marta Moreira de Almeida and João Ribas This major survey promises to assure Helena Almeida’s stature as a significant post-Minimalist artist. Featuring roughly seventy-five works made between 1966 and 2015, the exhibition … READ ON

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Maria Thereza Alves

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC)

May 2015

This survey of Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves’s practice intelligently includes her seminal work Seeds of Change: A Floating Ballast Seed Garden, 1999–. Here, panels with pictures, maps, and texts dedicated to European port cities… READ ON

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Marcos Ávila Forero

ADN Galería

April 2015

A key characteristic of French-Colombian artist Marcos Ávila Forero’s practice is an ethnographic engagement with political subjects and contexts. In this exhibition, the installation Zuratoque, 2013, is exemplary of that method. Zuratoque… READ ON

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Simon Ling

Bergen Kunsthall

March 2015

In this survey of British painter Simon Ling’s output from the past half decade, Untitled, 2011, is part of a series that depicts a concrete foundation overgrown with patches of moss and grass, somewhere in the English countryside. The … READ ON

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“Ce qui ne sert pas s’oublie”

CAPC musée d'art contemporain

March 2015

The exhibition’s curator, Catalina Lozano, addresses the changing status of objects from a social perspective, considering how items encapsulate subaltern narratives, particularly from colonialism. Take, for instance, Mathieu Kleyebe … READ ON

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“Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society, 1915-2015”

Whitechapel Gallery

March 2015

The spectre of Kazimir Malevich haunts this exhibition. Black Quadrilateral, c. 1915—one of his compositions of shapes, including the square, painted against a white background—is the first of a long, dense display that surveys the … READ ON

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Carlos Garaicoa

Fundación Botín

February 2015

Proyecto frágil (Santander) (Fragile Project [Santander]), 2014, is the key work of Madrid-based artist Carlos Garaicoa’s latest survey. The installation consists of several thin curved layers of glass, united by magnets at various heights,… READ ON

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Asier Mendizabal

February 2015

Asier Mendizabal has always been concerned with the political realm, particularly both the problem of collective action as the motor of society’s transformation. In this respect, he initially considers power through symbols, inquiring into… READ ON

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“Really Useful Knowledge”

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

January 2015

This exhibition’s title, “Really Useful Knowledge,” refers to a provocative nineteenth-century expression that emerged within British blue-collar communities to denote competence in intellectual realms such as philosophy, as opposed to… READ ON

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