Dawn Chan

Thiago Rocha Pitta

June 2017

For those growing fatigued by contemporary art’s ongoing invocations of the Anthropocene and its attendant aesthetics of detritus and scorched-earth urban sprawl, Thiago Rocha Pitta’s show “The First Green” offered something of a reprieve. … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2017 [TOC]

Just Between Friends

The Annual Friends of Artists Space dinner

May 2017 NEW YORK

SOME FUND-RAISERS, you can tell, are held together by the type-A wrath of a corporate-events planner. But not the annual Friends of Artists Space dinner, which is sweeter and much more interesting. It is held at the beginning of Frieze Art … READ ON

DIARY

Porpentine Charity Heartscape

Porpentine Charity Heartscape talks about her works in the 2017 Whitney Biennial

March 2017

Porpentine Charity Heartscape is a writer, game designer, and self-described dead swamp milf. In addition, she is a 2016 Creative Capital Emerging Fields and 2016 Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab fellow, a 2017 Prix Net Art awardee,… READ ON

500 WORDS

Byron Kim

James Cohan Gallery | Lower East Side

January 2017

Mulling over his American contemporaries and their shared reach for the sublime, Barnett Newman once wrote: “Instead of making cathedrals out of Christ, man, or ‘life,’ we are making it out of ourselves, out of our own feelings.” Years later,… READ ON

PICKS

“Aki Sasamoto: Delicate Cycle”

September 2016

Curated by Ruba Katrib Aki Sasamoto’s performances exist in a realm somewhere between Fluxus events, TED talks, and IKEA hacks. A delight in the physics of cause and effect seemingly propels the artist’s interactions within a landscape of … READ ON

PREVIEWS

11th Gwangju Biennale: “The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)”

September 2016

Curated by Maria Lind “A place outside all places, outside of where.” This was, according to French philosopher and Islamic scholar Henry Corbin, the eighth climate—a realm first described by Persian theosophist Shahab al-Din al-Suhrawardi … READ ON

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Anna and Bernhard Blume

Peter Freeman, Inc.

July 2016

If Hitchcock could have hired El Lissitzky as a set designer and cast Pee-wee Herman as a lead, the results might have looked a lot like Anna & Bernhard Blume’s oeuvre. In “Scenes from a Photo-Novel”—the couple’s first solo show in New York… READ ON

PICKS

Land of Plenty

The 30th Reykjavik Arts Festival

June 2016 REYKJAVIK

WHEN IT COMES TO THE ARTS, Iceland has somehow figured out how to consistently punch above its weight. It may only have 323,000 residents. (Manhattan hasn’t been so small since 1820.) But it’s a country that, last year, managed to capture … READ ON

DIARY

Asia-futurism

SLANT

June 2016

IS IT POSSIBLE to be othered across time? For almost a century already, the myth of an Asian-inflected future has infiltrated imaginations worldwide. Vivid tableaux of the continent’s cities in hyperdrive, fueled by tech-enabled consumerism,… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

John Gerrard

May 2016

Curated by Philip Tinari and Guo Xi “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed,” Garry Winogrand once remarked. What sort of analogy results, and what are its limits, if photography is replaced with 3-D modeling in… READ ON

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