Mary Ellen Carroll

  • diary October 08, 2019

    Dear World

    Part I. Youth Climate Strike in NYC

    September 19

     “Fossil fuel to the climate strike? We should take public transport.”

     “We have a drag queen in heels in a forty-pound wig. Tell her that.”

    STRIKING WITH GRETA’S MOM requires its own hair and makeup detail. Aside from Greta, only New York’s reigning drag queen Lady Bunny could part the sea of young strikers during last week’s blistering Friday, when #ClimateStrikeNYC protesters marched from Foley Square to Battery Park. It was as if Bunny’s presence completed the unfinished third act of Moses and Aaron by Arnold Schoenberg, who laconically noted

  • View of “Siri Aurdal,” 2018. Left: Interview, 1968/2018. Right: Onda volante (Flying Wave), 2017.
    picks June 27, 2018

    Siri Aurdal

    If it’s possible to choreograph materials and forms to give shape to social relationships within space, then that is what Norwegian artist Siri Aurdal accomplishes in “Continuum.” It could appear that this show is a reprisal of her 1969 exhibition “Surroundings” at Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, but upon entering Klas Anshelm’s Brancusi-inspired architecture, one realizes that this is an entirely new moment in an infinite work, and neither a reenactment of that earlier exhibition nor of her installation for the Nordic pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale.

    The artist constructs and combines modular elements

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson, World’s Fair, Brussels, Belgium, 1958, black-and-white photograph, 12 x 8 1/8". © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos.


    To take stock of the past year, Artforum contacted an international group of artists to find out which exhibitions and events were, in their eyes, the very best of 2010.


    Jean-Pascal Flavien, No Drama House (Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin) Constructed in the gallery’s garden, Flavien’s house starts with a series of unsolvable problems—no center, too many corridors, too narrow—and then allows other things to happily get in the way. There’s a basement, but it’s aboveground outside. There’s a front door, but it’s on the second floor. Is there a garage? Who forgot the kitchen? There’s