Catherine Taft

Michael Decker

February 2017

In 1968, brothers Wallace and Russ Berrie manufactured and sold a line of kitsch plastic objects known as Sillisculpts. The Sillisculpt served as a kind of 3-D greeting card that reflected the popular sentiments of Vietnam-era America; each… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

Karon Davis

January 2017

Catharsis, according to the American Psychological Association, is “the discharge of previously repressed affects connected to traumatic events that occurs when these events are brought back into consciousness and reexperienced.” Karon Davis’s… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2017 [TOC]

Ericka Beckman

May 2016

Ericka Beckman’s Cinderella, 1986, a 16-mm rendering of the fairy tale, is an Atari-like musical in which the title character staggers through various levels of narrative as if in a video game. As the centerpiece of a spellbinding exhibition,… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

OPENINGS: LAEH GLENN

April 2016

HOW SHOULD A PAINTING BEHAVE? The dreamy yet sober canvases of Laeh Glenn seem predicated on this question. The Los Angeles–based artist asks why a painting should exist at all, what its motivation should be, and how one should relate to … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2016 [TOC]

Howardena Pindell

December 2015

To legibly capture a television screen, a photographer must have both patience and a variety of technical tricks at her disposal, including a carefully calibrated shutter speed and an exposure time determined through trial and error. In … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2015 [TOC]

Hermann Nitsch

November 2015

In the decades following World War II, Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch and his contemporaries pursued an approach to artmaking that—like those of so many artists around the globe at midcentury—attempted to deal with the underlying psychological… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2015 [TOC]

Kate Costello

November 2015

Drawing has a directness and immediacy capable of revealing an artist’s thought process and, over time, formal development. It can document aesthetic mutability and demonstrate technical acumen, all the while circumventing the baggage of … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2015 [TOC]

John Wesley

September 2015

John Wesley’s flat, reductive, figurative paintings from the early 1960s represent an alternate Pop vision that not only emphasizes the slick surfaces of postwar consumer culture but also filters the esoteric visual iconography of WASP … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2015 [TOC]

“Jim Shaw: The End Is Here”

September 2015

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari Jim Shaw recently explained to me that “creativity sometimes comes out of moments of crisis”—and when that moment is the apocalypse, the imagination gets wilder and more intense. “The … READ ON

PREVIEWS

Lutz Bacher

June 2015

One summer evening in 1964, at the suggestion of his friends, Andy Warhol trained a rented 16-millimeter camera on the Empire State Building, shooting the monolith for hours on end. The resulting film, Empire, 1964, is a study as much in … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]