Patrick Greaney

  • picks April 20, 2016

    Jorge Macchi

    “Perspective” is Jorge Macchi’s most expansive show to date in his hometown of Buenos Aires. A survey of more than fifty works from the past twenty years—including paintings, collages, videos, and installations—the exhibition is anchored by the tension between Macchi’s broad range of mediums and his ascetic restraint.

    Many of the artist’s works explore the basic geometric construction of an action or scene, such as the circumference sketched out by the blades of a ceiling fan or the lines traced by speeding cars. These forms are the starting points for carefully delimited delirium, as in the

  • picks May 20, 2015

    “International Pop”

    Full of productive juxtapositions and sight lines that bring together Conceptual, Fluxus, Neo-concrete, and classic Pop works from four continents, “International Pop” presents a complex interpretation of postwar art. The works exhibited are surprisingly heterogeneous, with one common denominator: a desire to reimagine everyday life in an era transformed by consumerism, media, and new forms of political domination and liberation.

    Viewers first encounter Shinohara Ushio’s Oiran, 1968, a portrait of a courtesan whose face has been left blank. Hanging nearby are a few dozen plastic coats on Thomas

  • picks January 12, 2015

    Mark Mothersbaugh

    When Kent State shut down after the 1970 shootings, art students Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale were locked out of their studios and made music at home. They later named their band DEVO, short for “de-evolution,” their term for all the ways the world was falling apart. In collages from the ’70s displayed here, like those in his artist’s book My Struggle, Booji Boy, 1977, Mothersbaugh appropriates and disfigures bodies and texts from scientific illustrations, bra ads, and cult screeds. They all seem to be saying the same thing: “This is America, and it is strange!”

    Installed across three

  • picks September 09, 2014

    Harmony Hammond

    Harmony Hammond’s exhibition “Becoming/UnBecoming Monochrome” offers a sampling of the artist’s works, including fourteen large paintings from 2001–2014, fifteen smaller paintings from the mid 1970s, and Collection of Fragments, 1974–76, a display of baskets, shoes, and pottery. In some of the early paintings, such as the lozenge-shaped Ninja, 1976, Hammond created density, depth, and luminosity with oil paint and Dorland’s wax, working the viscous mass, perhaps with the butt end of the brush, into a honeycomb or spongelike pattern. Almost forty years later, the surface still seems wet and alive,

  • picks August 19, 2014

    Eduardo Costa

    In 1968, Vogue published Richard Avedon’s photo of star model Marisa Berenson wearing a twenty-four-karat golden ear made by Eduardo Costa, a young Argentine artist living in New York. This was one of Costa’s many “Fashion Fictions,” wearable sculptural items that appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and other magazines in Latin America and the US. Like the media art he produced in Buenos Aires in 1966, these were conceptual works about cracking the media’s codes. The first large room encountered by visitors contains documentation of Costa’s “Fashion Fictions,” along with mannequins wearing

  • picks August 13, 2014

    Mimmo Rotella

    Mimmo Rotella described his décollages as a “protest against a society that has lost the desire for change.” By tearing down advertising posters and peeling away some of their surface in his studio, he wanted to release the materials’ latent “moods,” believing this would give a “patina of hope” to an otherwise bleak world.

    The exhibition at the Palazzo Reale presents Rotella’s décollages alongside his retro d’affiches, “poster backs.” This is the name that Pierre Restany gave to Rotella’s found and reworked compositions that include the caked glue and ripped paper from multiple posters, whose