Alexandra Pechman

Julia Haft-Candell

Parrasch Heijnen Gallery

July 2017

A glossary that accompanies this exhibition opens with lines from Ursula K. Le Guin’s introduction to her 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness: “I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.” … READ ON

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Sea Change

The 1st MECA art fair in San Juan

June 2017 SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

SAN JUAN, DESPITE ITS RECENT BILLING as one of the art cities of the future, has none of the splashy hallmarks of a twenty-first-century art hub. That is, there are no grandiose private museums, no sterile government-funded arts districts, … READ ON

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Lauren Greenfield

Annenberg Space for Photography

May 2017

This survey, titled “Generation Wealth,” is promoted as a morality tale, but it’s more of a master class in dramatic irony. For twenty-five years, Lauren Greenfield has photographed those who see money and fame as vehicles to happiness—celebrities,… READ ON

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No Time Like the Present

The 13th SP-Arte in São Paulo

April 2017 SÃO PAULO

“SÃO PAULO IS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN if New York threw up on LA,” Alex Cuadros wrote in last year’s Brazillionaires, about the meteoric rise and fall of the country’s rich from the aughts to the 2016 Rio Olympics. I thought of the line often during… READ ON

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Weekend Update

The 1st Gallery Weekend Beijing

March 2017 BEIJING

THE WEEKEND BEFORE the fifth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, a rivalry of sorts peaked between the Beijing and Shanghai art scenes. Expecting to divert the art world en route to Hong Kong, amid lifted visa requirements to allow visitors … READ ON

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Leap of Faith

August 2016

ART AND THE OLYMPICS have a long, intertwined history. The ancient art created in competition to memorialize the earliest games eventually defined the vision of its modern iteration. In the early twentieth century, there were also art matches:… READ ON

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Party Politics

The 12th SP-Arte

April 2016 SÃO PAULO

IN BRAZIL, when things go badly you make it into a party. Take the infamous 1919 carnival after the Spanish Flu, or the recent protests calling for impeachment—or protests of those calls for impeachment—which often devolve into long, beer-soaked… READ ON

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X-Files

The fifth anniversary of Studio-X Rio

March 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO

RIO DE JANEIRO WAS INUNDATED. On March 16, the night the Cultural Secretary of São Paulo spoke at Studio-X Rio, I was elsewhere, shin-deep in rain-mud before my bus got stuck in traffic as water and protests surged. #OcupaBrasil had exploded.… READ ON

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Chiara Banfi

Galeria Vermelho

February 2016

Chiara Banfi’s “Notações” (Notations) opened just weeks after the journal Science heralded Earth’s official entrance into the Anthropocene; aptly, her exhibition is a study on her discovery that human manipulation of geology is invisibly … READ ON

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High Five

The fifth anniversary of the Rockbund Art Museum

June 2015 SHANGHAI

FIVE YEARS is a long time in Shanghai. Way back in 2010, the city’s World Expo attracted seventy-three million visitors: There were thousands of new taxis, half a dozen new subway lines, and new art spaces like the Rockbund Art Museum, the … READ ON

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