Daniel Birnbaum

THINKING TWICE

Daniel Birnbaum on Documenta 14

September 2017

HELL IS FULL OF GOOD INTENTIONS, but heaven is full of good works: This maxim, attributed to a medieval French abbot, is one that contemporary curators should bear in mind. The team behind Documenta 14, earnestly dubbed “Learning from Athens,”… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2017 [TOC]

Summer Reading

BOOKS

June 2017

GLENN LIGON  Stuart Hall (1932–2014), the Jamaican-born British theorist who was one of the founders of the field of cultural studies, gave a series of talks at Harvard in 1994. The Fateful Triangle: Race, Ethnicity, Nation (Harvard University… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2017 [TOC]

the Venice Biennale, Documenta 14, and Skulptur Projekte Münster

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May 2017

RUMORS BEGAN SWIRLING this winter about the two processions with horses that would launch Documenta 14 in April, with all the exhibition’s previous directors volunteering to participate in a ride from Athens to Kassel to inaugurate this year’s… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2017 [TOC]

“MICHAEL RIEDEL: CV”

May 2017

Curated by Daniel Baumann Frankfurt-based Michael Riedel is the creator of a parallel universe replete with artworks, artifacts, and cultural situations that look just like their counterparts in our own reality, only subtly distorted. Taking… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Philippe Parreno

January 2017

Curated by Suzanne Cotter With this retrospective, Philippe Parreno returns to Porto, the city in which he created the large Earthwork that appeared as an extraterrestrial landscape in his film C.H.Z. (Continuously Habitable Zones), 2011. … READ ON

PREVIEWS

Daniel Birnbaum

December 2016

1 PHILIPPE PARRENO (TATE MODERN, LONDON; CURATED BY ANDREA LISSONI WITH VASSILIS OIKONOMOPOULOS) Parreno has turned the Turbine Hall into a mesmerizing machine producing light, sound, cinematic effects, and choreography: Inflated fish float… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

FLORAL IMPERATIVE: THE ART OF WILLEM DE ROOIJ

September 2016

WHETHER AS A CREATOR of ravishing bouquets and sumptuous textiles or as a curator of disparate but uniformly stunning objects, WILLEM DE ROOIJ has never shied away from beauty. But, as DANIEL BIRNBAUM argues in the pages that follow, de Rooij… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

“Anri Sala: Answer Me”

January 2016

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni Anyone who has followed Anri Sala’s career will have noticed the key role acoustics play in his films and installations: modernist music, free jazz, punk rock, even just the sound of a lone snare drum. Often … READ ON

PREVIEWS

Daniel Birnbaum

December 2015

1 ROBERT GOBER (MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK; CURATED BY ANN TEMKIN AND PAULINA POBOCHA) “The Heart Is Not a Metaphor” made the most enigmatic of artists even more inscrutable—and even more attractive. Although I first came across his … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2015 [TOC]

Daniel Birnbaum

December 2014

1 “KANDINSKY, MALEVICH, MONDRIAN: THE INFINITE WHITE ABYSS” (K20 KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, DÜSSELDORF; CURATED BY MARION ACKERMANN AND ISABELLE MALZ WITH ANSGAR LORENZ) In a nice twist to the ubiquity of the modernist black square,… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]