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  • Panda Bear. February 15, 2019. Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk.
    music February 27, 2019


    WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE between being boring and being uninteresting? Panda Bear’s show at Pioneer Works earlier this month, during which he played almost exclusively material drawn from his 2018 EP A Day With the Homies and his 2019 LP Buoys, left me wondering which of those adjectives best describes his musical sin. Noah Lennox (aforementioned Panda Bear, and member of Animal Collective), with the help of Person Pitch (2007) producer Rusty Santos, built the nine tracks on Buoys out of repetitive acoustic guitar strumming, a few samples, a deep, almost inaudible bass, and his wheedling voice.


    IN HER 1979 TREATISE on language’s limited capacity for communication, “An Inscription / / / A Work in Progress,” Swedish-American polymath Catherine Christer Hennix invokes Sylvia Plath’s radio play Three Women: “It is these men I mind. They are so flat that they want the whole earth flat.” Such resistance might well characterize Hennix herself, whose work, spanning mathematics, music, sculpture, and poetry, is anything but one-dimensional. Though she played a central role in the development of minimalist music in the late 1960s, Hennix has neither performed nor exhibited much since 1976, when


    Curated by Jessica Morgan and Alexis Lowry

    Though Charlotte Posenenske conscientiously ejected herself from the art world fifty-one years ago, it can’t bear to let her go without a fight. This spring, as part of a larger push to bring more work by women into the Dia universe, Dia:Beacon will premiere the first North American retrospective of the German serial Minimalist’s dense yet abbreviated oeuvre of drawings, wall reliefs, and modular sculptures. Posenenske’s prototypes for these freestanding works, designed to be configured and reconfigured by their audiences, will be on view alongside more

  • Josef Hoffmann, Bracelet acquired by Mäda Primavesi, 1914, gold, diamond, ivory, 2 x 8".
    picks November 09, 2018

    “Focus: Wiener Werkstätte Jewelry”

    Literally a jewel box of a show, this exhibition of jewelry, made by the Wiener Werkstätte (1903–32)—a coalition of Viennese artists and artisans committed to fusing traditional craftsmanship to modern design principles—is hidden amid a sea of contour drawings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Curator Janis Staggs has assembled an impressive collection of recherché miniature masterpieces here, many drawn from private collections, and displayed them in a wooden vitrine lined with a luscious black fabric that sets off their polychromatic, semiprecious stones. Diamonds have little place in the

  • Marlene McCarty, Patty Columbo—May 4, 1976 (July 1984), 1999, graphite, ballpoint pen, and colored pencil on paper, 72 x 55".
    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


    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

  • Emily Furr, Steel Pulse, 2018, oil on board, wood frame, 6 1/2 x 5 1/2".
    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

  • This Is Not This Heat. Performance view. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk.
    music August 13, 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

  • View of “Tony Cokes: On Non-Visibility,” 2018.
    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

  • Klein. Photo: Chris Perry.
    music May 07, 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,

  • Hannah Höch, Red Textile Sheet, 1951, mixed media, 13 x 8''.
    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

  • Flume, Charli XCX & A.G. Cook on set of the music video for “Boys” (2017).
    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