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  • picks September 20, 2018

    Marlene McCarty

    Marlene McCarty’s mammoth, unframed drawings of homicide and hellfire occupy two smaller spaces in the back of this gallery. Both multipart works on display—one of Patty Columbo (guilty of familicide at only nineteen years old) and another, of the China Camp site in San Rafael, California (where sixteen-year-old Marlene Olive and her boyfriend burned the bodies of her adoptive parents)—hug the gallery walls. McCarty allows viewers to get as dangerously close as they like to her exquisite ballpoint and graphite strokes. Titled “The Enormity of Time,” the exhibition takes as its locus the United

  • “HILMA AF KLINT: PAINTINGS FOR THE FUTURE”

    More than a century after the fact, Hilma af Klint’s unfulfilled dream of displaying her divinely inspired abstract paintings in a spiral-shaped temple will finally come true. For her first major retrospective in the US, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “temple of the spirit” will host more than 160 of Klint’s works, most made in secret in Sweden between 1906 and 1920, while the artist was under the influence of theosophy, Rosicrucianism, and the occult. Some consider these paintings the earliest examples of modernist abstraction. By bringing her seldom-seen

  • picks August 24, 2018

    Emily Furr

    For her first-ever solo exhibition, “Mother Lode,” painter Emily Furr has adorned the white walls of this gallery with intimately scaled oils of rockets, vents, chains, and buzz-saw blades floating in celestial skyscapes. The artist’s boxy yet sexually suggestive paintings, executed on board, combine rough surface textures with formal exactitude. In Hole Glory (all works 2018), an oblong, gray object enters from the left to pierce the center of a reflective, red torus set in a field of impastoed cerulean paint, lightly abutting the right edge of the canvas on its way out. Clap Trap 2 treats a

  • music August 14, 2018

    Reheat Waves

    THERE IS NOTHING I LOVE MORE than seeing bands of older white men reunify—off the top of my head, I can say that I’ve seen Faust, Television, the Patti Smith Group, Sonic Arts Union, and the Beach Boys all within the last four years. It’s an unholy hobby, but a hobby nonetheless. I missed the Fall, which will always be a disappointment to me, but I wasn’t going to sleep on a chance to see what remains of This Heat, the Camberwellians known for their two studio albums, This Heat (1979) and Deceit (1981), as well as their lone 12-inch, Health and Efficiency (1980). And so I forsook The Bachelorette

  • picks May 11, 2018

    Tony Cokes

    “On Non-Visibility,” Tony Cokes’s first show here, opened just as Kanye West’s Trump tweets turned the internet upside down. Could the gallery have known what was coming? Cokes, who teaches in Brown University’s Modern Culture and Media department, has spent the last thirty years crafting films that examine contemporary Western culture’s multifarious (and often contradictory) manifestations by presenting text appropriated from theory, advertising, the news, and myriad other sources on solid-colored backgrounds. Pop songs from a wide array of genres accompany these PowerPoint-y slides, doubling

  • music May 08, 2018

    Hey Superstar

    FROM THE RECENT BROADWAY REVIVAL of the postmodern epic Cats (1981) to NBC’s live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) starring Chrissy Teigen’s husband as the Son of God, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is everywhere these days. The tsar of the mega-musical has long been on the mind of the British experimental musician Klein, who recently graced New York with a live performance, her first since the premiere of her musical Care at London’s ICA this past February. Care, which was in part inspired by her appreciation for Lloyd Webber’s melodramatic, melodic storytelling, gave Klein a chance to work,

  • picks April 02, 2018

    “Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55”

    I was taught the common myth of art’s disappearance in Germany immediately after the war and its reemergence in the early 1960s in my first-year introductory course on twentieth-century art. Lynette Roth, the curator of “Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55,” smacked me in the face with my own ignorance in this staggering survey of works made between the beginning of the fall of the Nazi empire and Germany’s entrance onto the world’s stage of mass consumerism. Using a loosely chronological format, “Inventur” tracks Germany’s economic recovery alongside artists’ developing access to materials—both

  • music March 16, 2018

    Pop Is Pop

    YOU MIGHT NOT BE SURPRISED to learn that there are only four degrees of separation between Jacques Derrida and Charli XCX. The father of deconstruction and the atomic pop songstress form the ends of a chain held together by A.G. Cook of PC Music and Green Gartside of Scritti Politti. Cook, who produced XCX’s late 2017 “mixtape” Pop 2, has hailed Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psyche 85 as an example of pop music taken to its “extreme,” a limit toward which he himself aspires. As evinced by its title, Pop 2, like Cupid & Psyche 85 before it, is all about popular music. Curiously though, there is no