Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Valeska Soares

Alexander Gray Associates

November 2017

“This is a true story,” begins the text on a page torn from the back of a book, humbly framed and inconspicuously placed at the start—or is it the finish?—of Valeska Soares’s first show here. Located on the second floor, the piece isn’t on … READ ON

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Mary Kelly

Mitchell-Innes & Nash | Chelsea

November 2017

Mary Kelly’s landmark installation Post-Partum Document, 1973–79, tracing out the early years of the artist’s life with her son, from his first consumption of solids to his acquisition of language, has been so consistently present in intellectual… READ ON

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Raghubir Singh

The Met Breuer

October 2017

Raghubir Singh’s first camera was a gift from an older brother, who brought it back from a trip to Hong Kong. Singh, fourteen at the time, used the camera to join the photography club at his Jesuit high school in Jaipur. He took pictures … READ ON

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Marcia Marcus

Eric Firestone Gallery | New York

October 2017

The twenty-three paintings by Marcia Marcus here deliver one knockout after another. In the oval portrait Nude with Mirror, 1965, a woman languorously appraises her own reflection. In Florentine Landscape, 1961, three ghostly, pale figures … READ ON

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Jacob El Hanani

Acquavella Galleries

October 2017

Jacob El Hanani makes minutely detailed, dazzlingly obsessive drawings without the aid of a magnifying glass. Now seventy, he works in ten-minute bursts to avoid damaging his eyes. He spends months, even years, on a single composition. He … READ ON

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Waddah Faris

October 2017

In the fall of 1969, the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen traveled to Lebanon to perform in the Jeita Grotto, a series of limestone caves that span an underground river some ten miles north of Beirut. Stockhausen’s entourage included … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2017 [TOC]

Ruth Asawa

David Zwirner | 537 West 20th Street

September 2017

In her lifetime, the artist Ruth Asawa weathered storms of weak interpretation: whole seasons of lazy criticism that made too much of her positions as a wife and mother and not nearly enough of her contributions to modernism and abstraction.… READ ON

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Meriem Bennani

The Kitchen

September 2017

Meriem Bennani’s marvelous new video installation Siham & Hafida, 2017, sets up a dramatic, mischievously contrived showdown between two women at odds over the place and future of the chikha, a female singer or dancer in the lineage of aita,… READ ON

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Mira Schendel

Hauser & Wirth | East 69th Street

September 2017

Toward the end of her life, Mira Schendel made a series of sculptural paintings more muscular than anything she had done before. Known as “Sarrafos” (Battens), 1987, the works each feature a pair of bold black bars that are joined together … READ ON

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Derrick Adams

The Studio Museum in Harlem via Countee Cullen Library

September 2017

Eleven medium- to large-scale collages on paper by Derrick Adams wrap around the mezzanine of the library here, competing for the eye’s attention with a quotation from Langston Hughes, a wall sign reading “General Fiction,” and a whiteboard… READ ON

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