Kate Sutton

Harmonic Discord

“How to Live Together” at the Kunsthalle Wien

May 2017 VIENNA

THE LATE JOHN BERGER once declared that “the opposite of love is not to hate but to separate. If love and hate have something in common it is because, in both cases, their energy is that of bringing and holding together—the lover with the … READ ON

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Politics by Other Means

The 57th Venice Biennale

May 2017 VENICE

IN AN UNTITLED FILM shot in Mosul on October 31, 2016, Francis Alÿs trains his lens on a desert landscape suspended in the pink haze of a sandstorm. A tank slowly careens in the distance, armed soldiers milling about in its path. In the … READ ON

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Harumi Yamaguchi

Project Native Informant

May 2017

In the 1970s, fashion illustrator Harumi Yamaguchi attained cult status with her “Harumi Gals,” a series of popular print and television advertisements that helped usher in an era of loosening gender roles in Japan, while simultaneously … READ ON

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Rostan Tavasiev

Anna Nova

April 2017

It’s hard to take Rostan Tavasiev seriously as an artist, if only because for nearly two decades his medium of choice has been the stuffed animal. If myriad “love hours” imbued Mike Kelley’s mangled toys with a crude, bodily aura, the plush… READ ON

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CÚcile B. Evans

April 2017

Ask a robot, “What’s the weather like?” and you risk the response, “What’s the weather?” This punch line repeats throughout Cécile B. Evans’s growing oeuvre, which explores the psychological repercussions of the increasing encroachment of … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2017 [TOC]

First Time’s a Charm

The 1st Kathmandu Triennale

March 2017 KATHMANDU, NEPAL

WE CAN’T SEEM to get enough of the White House exploding—at least as moviegoers. No disaster flick is complete without a CGI medley of world monuments meeting their improbable ends, one after the other in a crescendo of increasingly bombastic… READ ON

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Rainbow Connection

The Garage Triennial

March 2017 MOSCOW

A SALTSHAKER, A BRACELET, and a romantic folklorist painting of a prophetic bird walk onto a wooden stage: That’s the premise of Taus Makhacheva’s Way of an Object, 2013, a marionette show featuring replicas of three items from Dagestan’s … READ ON

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Future Offerings

The 4th Future Generation Art Prize in Kyiv

March 2017 KYIV

WHEN THE PINCHUKARTCENTRE first announced the Future Generation Art Prize in 2010, the competition’s name was met with some cynicism, if only because, in the context of the art world at that time, the “future” was dubious at best—a few laps… READ ON

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Yuri Pattison

March 2017

Last fall’s release of Apple’s new iOS 10 operating system touted a curious new feature: Bedtime. True to its title, the app simply encourages users to get a full night’s rest by alerting them when it is time to go to bed. Users’ personal … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2017 [TOC]

Vlado Martek

Galerie Michaela Stock

February 2017

A popular strategy in the recent expansion of the art-historical canon is to position overlooked artists as shaman-like figures, in the Beuysian mode. This shorthand instills an automatic reverence for the misunderstood genius, elevating his… READ ON

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