Zachary Sachs

Harsh Patel

Cleopatra's

March 2014

Harsh Patel’s New York debut presents a knee-high platform covered edge to edge with monochrome plotter prints, in which graphics interleave bits of signs, photographs, and mysterious symbols into an obscure iconography. One panel, Blix, … READ ON

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“Drawing Time, Reading Time”

The Drawing Center

December 2013

“Drawing Time, Reading Time” alternates between the temporal condition of text, which is read in sequence, and that of the image, which is apprehended more or less all at once. Included in this exhibition—which is felicitously paired … READ ON

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Gabrielle Ferrer

Steve Turner Contemporary

April 2013

Gabrielle Ferrer’s solo debut, “Transparent Things,” combines three distinct bodies of work interleaved in snaky digressions around the upstairs gallery. Framed pages torn from an exhibition catalogue depicting Navajo weavings—from … READ ON

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Luigi Ghirri

Matthew Marks Gallery | 526 W. 22nd Street

April 2013

Luigi Ghirri was fascinated by the implications of the photograph’s two-dimensionality—its capacity for narrowness and opacity. None of the twenty-five vintage photographs shown here (all part of Ghirri’s self-published Kodachrome, … READ ON

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“Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks”

Andrew Roth

March 2013

Art historian Alex Kitnick muses that scrapbooks, like sketchbooks, act as “research and development” for artists: Their pages show a variety of approaches to dealing with a framing device and each demonstrate a range of modes and energies.… READ ON

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“Architektonika 2”

Hamburger Bahnhof

September 2012

In the long warehouselike Rieckhallen extension at the Hamburger Bahnhof, curator Gabriele Knapstein’s current group show explores how architecture both structures and delimits urban life. A series of bright, high-ceilinged rooms showcase… READ ON

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“Graphic Design—Now in Production”

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution

August 2012

A low-ceilinged space in a former warehouse is an odd place to witness the assembled forces of contemporary graphic design; it’s nonetheless the site of “Now In Production,” a survey on Governor’s Island organized by the Cooper-Hewitt… READ ON

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“Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

June 2012

“Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language” first dances through a largely historical prelude with a short course on playful Conceptual art—“Aesthetic Linguistics 101,” featuring Marcel Duchamp’s “Disks” from 1926 that, like many… READ ON

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“Canceled: Alternative Manifestations and Productive Failures”

The Center for Book Arts

June 2012

Richard Prince v. Patrick Cariou, a fair-use case currently in appeals, threatens to set a dangerous precedent for the legality of appropriation. The initial ruling against Prince in 2011 included—in a surprisingly draconian injunction—an… READ ON

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Brian Ulrich

Julie Saul Gallery

April 2012

Brian Ulrich’s latest exhibition runs Pop backward through its sausage machine. The ten photographs on view dismantle chunks of advertising—from the fluorescent words that announce discounts to the typologies of chain retailers’ … READ ON

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