Javier Hontoria

Ignasi Aballí

February 2017

From the first, Catalan artist Ignasi Aballí has questioned the notion that painting is an eminently visual device. He began working at the end of the 1980s, when the weariness produced by the painting overflow of that decade impelled many … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

Juliette Blightman

Kunsthalle Bern

November 2016

At the entrance to this exhibition, a sheet of text by Juliette Blightman elides the wintry dullness of institutional overtures and promptly slips a viewer into her intimate space. It is a territory she rarely abandons, and one to which few… READ ON

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Vanessa Billy

November 2016

In this age of technology, materials have become a major concern in contemporary sculpture, with artists showing keen interest not so much in their intrinsic properties as in the meditative observation of their behavior. Rather than being … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2016 [TOC]

José Díaz

The Goma

October 2016

Since its beginnings, the pictorial world of José Diaz’s work has been deeply imbued with both historical references and a recognition of the digital age’s ardent circulation of images. His subject is the city and, more specifically, the … READ ON

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Cabello/Carceller

September 2016

Helena Cabello and Ana Carceller, a Madrid-based duo active since 1992, have effectively intermingled a committed pedagogical stance with an art practice based on photography, video, performance, and writing. Deeply imbued with a solid feminist… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

Marina Pinsky

C L E A R I N G | Brussels

May 2016

Every exhibition by Marina Pinsky, and this one is no exception, is ineluctably constructed upon a series of foundations—namely, a profound interest in the specificity of the context and an apparently effortless and uninhibited choice of … READ ON

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Itziar Okariz

etHALL

March 2016

For more than two decades, Itziar Okariz has blazed a trail for Spanish performance artists through a practice based on exploring the construction of identity. Her work stems from 1990s gender discourse, yet ascribing its qualities exclusively… READ ON

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Álvaro Negro

F2 Gallery

December 2015

Two paintings and a tiny video installation comprise Álvaro Negro’s return to a Madrid gallery after many years of silent research on painting and temporality. The show seems rather small, but emanates an outstanding intensity; such is the … READ ON

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David Bestué

December 2015

Barcelona-based David Bestué first came to prominence as part of a duo with Marc Vives, with whom he had systematically and mockingly subverted the tropes of modern sculpture through performances that gained the pair international attention,… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2015 [TOC]

Carlos Bunga

Museum of Art at the National University of Colombia

November 2015

Over the years, Carlos Bunga has developed a meditative response to architecture that takes the form of sculptural work and site-specific installation. At the National University Museum of Art of Bogotá, a building designed in the modernist… READ ON

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