Colby Chamberlain

Sara Magenheimer

May 2017

 Louis Agassiz, 1862: “I have never felt more deeply the imperfection of our knowledge of some of the most remarkable types of the animal kingdom than in attempting to describe the beautiful representative of the genus Cyanea … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2017 [TOC]

the politics of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Running Fence


April 2017

ONE SMALL ASPECT of daily life that Donald Trump’s election has altered, perhaps irrevocably, is e-mail etiquette. Professional contacts sign off on all manner of correspondence with “In solidarity.” Announcements and invitations include the… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2017 [TOC]

Mark Leckey

February 2017

HERE’S THE BAIT AND SWITCH: Each new technology that further isolates individuals first promises to connect them. It was film’s potential to organize collective perception that so excited Walter Benjamin: “The ancient truth expressed by … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

Good Charlotte

January 2017

ONE TELEVISION MONITOR in “A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s,” screened clips of Charlotte Moorman’s TV appearances. On the Merv Griffin Show in June 1967, Moorman performed John Cage’s 26’1.1499” … READ ON


Slavs and Tatars

December 2016

In 1865, Édouard Manet exhibited Olympia at the Paris Salon, and Louis Pasteur patented a process for preventing spoilage in wine. It’s no stretch to claim a connection between these two events. Both modernist painting and pasteurization are… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

Cao Fei

November 2016

Recently in these pages, associate editor Dawn Chan argued that for many East Asian artists, success on the international exhibition circuit is contingent on their willingness to appeal to the “techno-Orientalist” fantasies of … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2016 [TOC]

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

October 2016

“Reason . . . always homogenizes and reduces, represses and unifies phenomena or actuality into what can be perceived and so controlled,” observes Abhor, the “part robot,” “part black” protagonist of Kathy Acker’s 1988 novel Empire of the … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2016 [TOC]


September 2016

A DIAMOND is the outcome of compression. Once considered unique to the earth’s mantle, the extreme heat and pressure that push carbon atoms into a crystal lattice can now be artificially replicated to manufacture diamonds on a mass scale. … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

Josh Kline

September 2016

I first visited Josh Kline’s studio in the fall of 2008, and I still haven’t recovered from the shock. At the time, Kline was filling bankers boxes with Bic pens, then slathering them in beige paint. Drawings of Tylenol bottles lay crumpled… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin

June 2016

From his undergraduate days onward, Ryan Trecartin has displayed the sort of raw talent that inspires recourse to German: Wunderkind, Gesamtkunstwerk, Zeitgeist. In this respect, and several others, the most salient point of comparison to … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]