Jason Farago

“America Is Hard to See”

Whitney Museum of American Art

May 2015

If you saw the Whitney’s recent cycle of permanent collection shows uptown, notably Carter Foster’s “Real/Surreal” and Donna de Salvo and Scott Rothkopf’s “Sinister Pop,” you’ll be well primed for the shrewd, unpretentious, and often winningly… READ ON

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Speaking in Tongues

Danh Vo’s “Slip of the Tongue” and Martial Raysse in Venice

April 2015 VENICE

WAIT FOR THE BEGINNING and the end will have already come. Once, the art world’s more social participants only needed to get in for previews. Now even the previews are too late. The Whitney, officially opening May 1, has already had multiple… READ ON

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Caleb Considine

Bureau

April 2015

In Gustave Flaubert’s novel Salammbô (1862), the cannonballs that fall on Carthage have been engraved with insults (“swine,” “vermin”) or else bitchy witticisms (“catch!”), and the victims they strike down have the abuses imprinted on their… READ ON

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Wolfgang Tillmans

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

April 2015

The 450 photographs that comprise Wolfgang Tillmans’s slideshow Book for Architects, 2014, first seen last year in Rem Koolhaas’s Venice architecture biennale, pull off a neat trick: They turn down objectivity and subjectivity at once. Shot… READ ON

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Laurie Simmons

The Jewish Museum

March 2015

There is the problem of eyelashes. The six unnerving photographs that Laurie Simmons displays here feature interchangeable models against perky colored backgrounds: vapid, prosaic images from a fashion world where Vogue is no longer distinct… READ ON

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Marwa Arsanios

Art in General

March 2015

The showstopper of “Here and Elsewhere,” last summer’s exhibition of contemporary Arab art at the New Museum, was this Lebanese artist’s Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila, 2014, a knotty consideration of the interwoven terrain… READ ON

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Charline von Heyl

Petzel Gallery | 35 East 67th Street

March 2015

Now that the Met’s presentation of Leonard Lauder’s Cubism collection has come down, we can safely say that the most vital collision of forms currently on view in New York takes place in Untitled (3/95, I), 1995, a firecracker from this German… READ ON

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“Watching You, Watching Me”

Moving Walls | Open Society Foundations

February 2015

The only way to understand the full extent of the revelations of Edward Snowden—the disregard for law, the imbrication of governmental and corporate power, the simultaneously awesome and pointless data harvesting—is to put your own grievances… READ ON

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David Tudor

Broadway 1602

February 2015

In 1968, commissioned by Merce Cunningham to write the score for the dance work RainForest—which also featured flying Mylar balloons by Andy Warhol—the composer David Tudor hooked up everyday objects to homemade transducers. Rather than … READ ON

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“Lenin: Icebreaker Revisited”

Austrian Cultural Forum New York

February 2015

Is an art of climate change as beyond our reach as a politics of climate change, too large and too comprehensive for the brains of our little ecocidal species? Not for the Bay Area artist Amy Balkin—one of the nine artists in this exhibition… READ ON

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