Claire Bishop

Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise

May 2017

IT’S A COLD JANUARY AFTERNOON at SculptureCenter in Queens, New York, and a lineup of top-notch intellectuals are arrayed before a small audience. Their task is to make sense of an exhibition of work by the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2017 [TOC]

Claire Bishop

December 2016

1 ANNA BOGHIGUIAN, THE SALT TRADERS (VAN ABBEMUSEUM, EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS; CURATED BY ANNIE FLETCHER) At the center of an unexpectedly devastating group exhibition featuring the nomadic Cairo-based septuagenarian was the stunning … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

Peter Fischli and David Weiss

April 2016

THE TITLE of Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s current retrospective, “How to Work Better,” is taken from a ten-point list that the pair spotted in a Thai ceramics factory in 1990. Beginning sensibly enough with “Do one thing at a time” and … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2016 [TOC]

Claire Bishop

September 2015

THE FIFTY-SIXTH VENICE BIENNALE is dominated by a Danh Vo double bill: “mothertongue,” a solo show in the Danish pavilion, and “Slip of the Tongue,” a large exhibition curated by the artist at the François Pinault Foundation’s Punta della … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2015 [TOC]

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

PERFORMANCE

June 2015

THE ART WORLD’S FASCINATION with relocating dance into the gallery has been gathering steam for well over a decade—and as of this spring it shows no signs of abating, despite the numerous conundrums that encumber the transition from theater… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]

Claire Bishop

THE YEAR IN PERFORMANCE

December 2014

THIS SEEMS TO BE THE YEAR that dance went discursive. The possibilities and limitations of this shift marked the two most influential performance experiences I had in 2014. The first was Ralph Lemon’s Value Talks at the Museum of Modern Art,… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]

Making Art Global

BOOKS

March 2014

AROUND THE TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM, books dealing with the relatively new art-historical subgenre of exhibition history were few and far between. The category pretty much comprised the anthology Thinking About Exhibitions (Bruce W. Ferguson … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2014 [TOC]

the Manchester International Festival

PERFORMANCE

October 2013

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2007, the Manchester Inter­national Festival has leaned heavily on curator Hans Ulrich Obrist for advice on the portion of its programming devoted to visual art, which the biennial always features alongside big-name … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2013 [TOC]

Claire Bishop

September 2013

DEPENDING ON WHOM YOU SPEAK TO, the Lithuania/Cyprus pavilion is either an unforgettably atmospheric nonpavilion that sets new standards for post-national, site-specific representation in Venice, or an obfuscating haze of fictions without … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2013 [TOC]

Sharjah Biennial 11

May 2013

IT’S MY FIRST RESEARCH TRIP to the Middle East, and I am woefully underprepared. What do I know about Sharjah? Only that it’s a “dry” emirate (in both climate and alcohol consumption) that has invested seriously in culture and heritage rather… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2013 [TOC]