Eugenio Viola

  • Beatriz González, Peinador gratia plena (Dressing Table Gratia Plena), 1971, enamel on metal on furniture, 59 × 59 × 15".

    Beatriz González

    After earlier presentations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, this retrospective—the most comprehensive showing to date of the work of Beatriz González, one of the most influential living Colombian artists— finally arrived at the Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia in Bogotá. From the beginning, González (born in 1932 in Bucaramanga) has, driven by a radical eclecticism, undertaken a personal exploration of pictorial languages. Her reinterpretation of preexisting images is the subtle common thread that unifies her entire production. She has always been an omnivorous

  • Renato Leotta, Lighea, 2019, clay, 7 7⁄8 × 6 1⁄4 × 5 7⁄8".

    Renato Leotta

    Renato Leotta’s recent research focuses on the slow, meticulous observation of the landscape, which the artist investigates through photography, sculpture, installation, and video. Leotta generates a personal emotional geography populated by traces and fragments of reality that intertwine references to mythology and literature with autobiographical experience. Like an archaeologist of the present, he identifies and selects elements that weave together notions of time and space, suggesting an ambiguous relationship between real and ideal settings. For example, in Giardino (Garden), 2018, the

  • Oscar Murillo, Catalyst, 2015, clay, C-print, wood, 31 1⁄2 × 12 5⁄8 × 5 1⁄2".

    Wilson Díaz and Oscar Murillo

    The book Parque Industrial (Industrial Park, 1933) by Brazilian writer Patrícia Galvão—better known as Pagu (1910–1962)—is considered the first “proletarian novel” in Latin American literature. It confronts uncomfortable subjects tied to the oppression and exploitation of the working class, especially women, and provided the evocative trail—or, better, the metatext—for Wilson Díaz and Oscar Murillo’s intriguing exhibition, “Paradoxon Spirituale” (Spiritual Paradox). While they have different sensibilities and poetics, and are from different generations—Díaz was born in 1963, Murillo twenty-three

  • Carlos Garaicoa

    In the 1990s, Carlos Garaicoa became known for his careful studies of his hometown of Havana. His work since, whether in photography, performance, drawing, sculpture, installation, text, or video, has been inhabited by the city and its ruins, its shattered dreams turned to dust and piles of rubble. Interweaving art, city planning, and architecture, he examines the ways in which its urban spaces preserve memories of the past and are charged with political, documentary, and social content. Just as Havana previously constituted an inescapable point of departure for the artist’s investigation of

  • Still from Lisa Reihana's in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015–17, 4K video, color, sound, 64 minutes.
    picks April 05, 2018

    Lisa Reihana

    “Emissaries,” Lisa Reihana’s New Zealand pavilion at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, is a poetic, provocative exhibition centered on the clash between two cultures. Its monumental centerpiece, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015–17, is a mesmerizing panorama of a video installation that marshals film, digital tableau vivant, and ethnographic documentary to question stories authored by the country’s white colonizers. The work is inspired by Les sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, 1804–1805, better known as Captain Cook’s Voyages: a French Neoclassical wallpaper designed by Jean-Gabriel Charvet that

  • View of Khaled Sabsabi's At the Speed of Light, 2016, mixed media, dimensions variable.
    picks March 27, 2018

    “Time of Change”

    In this exhibition curated by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Nur Shkembi, a collective of Australian artists known as Eleven uses its Muslim cultural roots to provocatively destabilize the notion of a clear national identity. Marked by our moment of renewed intolerances, the works on display, skillfully displayed to be in dialogue with one another, convey a complex panorama of history and personal experience that expresses the apprehensions of an increasingly uncertain world.

    The portraits in Iranian-born artist Hoda Afshar’s series “Under Western Eyes,” 2013–14, challenge stereotypes of Islamic women

  • Mirosław Bałka, 230 x 107 x 10 / Blue Wave (detail), 1990, wood, steel, concrete, salt, 7 7/8 × 90 5/8 × 42 1/8". Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri.

    Mirosław Bałka

    Concurrently with Mirosław Bałka’s first retrospective in Italy at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan, the artist had his fourth solo exhibition at Galleria Raffaella Cortese. The show—spread over the gallery’s three exhibition spaces—was conceived as a journey in stages that would gradually introduce the visitor to motifs of both continuity and divergence in Bałka’s research. Born in Warsaw in 1958, this Polish artist is particularly representative of his generation, and the work presented here made it possible to trace the past three decades of Bałka’s output and to identify his fundamental

  • Marisa Albanese, Le storie del vento (Stories of the Wind), 2016, aluminum, video projections. Installation view.

    Marisa Albanese

    Marisa Albanese’s second exhibition at Studio Trisorio was a bitter reflection on the theme of the voyage, from the mythical underpinnings of Mediterranean history and culture to the modern world with all its wounds and contradictions. Visitors were welcomed into the dimly lit gallery by an aluminum tree suspended horizontally in the main space. The sculpture, titled Doppio cielo (Double Sky), 2016, was disturbing in its ambivalence—at once monumental and slender, imposing yet light. Words from Homer’s Odyssey were projected onto the gleaming tree’s surface, recounting the sufferings endured

  • Sergio Vega, Modernismo Chamánico (Cathedral-Pineapple-Bossa Nova), 2016, digital print on paper, paint, record player, vinyl. Installation view. Photo: Danilo Donzelli.

    Sergio Vega

    For his third solo exhibition at Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Sergio Vega created a complex network of incongruous elements that was already suggested by the show’s title: “Shamanic Modernism: Parrots, Bossanova and Architecture.” The gallery was transformed into a unique environmental installation comprised of images, sounds, architecture, and elements of nature. In recent years, Vega—working with ruthless irony—has retraced a particular paradisiacal mythology that emerged during South America’s colonization. Many early European explorers interpreted the book of Genesis to suggest that

  • Ann Veronica Janssens, CL9 Pink Shadow, 2015–16, annealed glass, PVC filter CL9, 82 5/8 × 41 3/8 × 6".

    Ann Veronica Janssens

    Employing a range of materials that are carefully chosen to investigate the cognitive processes tied to the sensory experience of reality, Ann Veronica Janssens creates installations that are radically minimal yet exuberantly expressive. The British artist, who lives and works in Brussels, approaches her practice with an almost scientific rigor. Her work draws heavily on physics in its consideration of the properties and variances of matter. Janssens’s sculptures in particular foreground various qualities of light: refraction, reflection, equilibrium, undulation, perspective, luster, transparency,

  • View of “Daniel Knorr,” 2015. Photo: Amedeo Benestante.

    Daniel Knorr

    The ironic title of Daniel Knorr’s third solo show at Galleria Fonti, “Veni Vidi Napoli” (I Came I Saw Napoli), might well imply that not all battles are swiftly won. The Romanian-born Berlin-based artist works in mixed media (photography, video, sculpture, performances, collage, and drawing) to encourage the viewer to consider what lurks beyond serene and sometimes reassuring surfaces, whether in his work or in broader social and political structures.

    This strategy, elaborated in the artist’s writing, was evident in the two series of works that occupied the gallery space. Visitors were welcomed