Kate Sutton

“Starless Midnight”

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

December 2017

In November 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accepted an honorary doctorate from Newcastle University with a powerful improvised speech that railed against three “great and grave problems that pervade our world”: racism, poverty, and war. On… READ ON

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Anna Conway

Fergus McCaffrey | New York

December 2017

In contemporary usage, ideas of luxury and aspiration tend to draw upon the same visual vocabulary. Architecturally speaking, this means the cool, clean lines of midtown modernism, accentuated by an expensive-looking emptiness. After all, … READ ON

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Once Upon a Time in the West

The School of Visual Arts’s curatorial summit

November 2017 NEW YORK

A FEW WEEKS BACK, in the Great Awokening of the post-Weinstein news cycle, I noticed a question bobbing along the surface of my social-media streams: If “Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise,” why do we all still want power? What would it look… READ ON

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Forest for the Clouds

The 7th Moscow Biennale

October 2017 MOSCOW

AS TITLES GO, “Clouds ⇄Forest,” Yuko Hasegawa’s for the Seventh Moscow Biennale, is lyrical, if a little typographically challenging. While clouds and forest may intertwine, the former will never know what it means to take root, just as the… READ ON

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Gorgona

October 2017

In a 1986 action titled Deposition, artists Josip Vaništa and Marijan Jevšovar and critic Radoslav Putar dutifully lugged one of Vaništa’s signature horizon-line paintings to a snowy forest outside Zagreb, Croatia, where they propped it … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2017 [TOC]

Now I Know How Joan of Arc Felt

The Lofoten International Arts Festival

September 2017 HENNINGSV∆R, NORWAY

JOANS, GET OUT HERE with your skills . . . UP!  The call-to-arms at the core of Adam Linder’s To Gear a Joan came from a pert, partially armored performer following a slow parade around the attic space of the Trevarefabrikken, an old cod-liver… READ ON

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“CHTO DELAT: WHEN WE THOUGHT WE HAD ALL THE ANSWERS, LIFE CHANGED THE QUESTIONS”

September 2017

Curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina and Alejandra Labastida Chto Delat is a group of writers, philosophers, and artists that takes its name, which translates to “What is to be done?” from the title of an 1863 novel by the political revolutionary … READ ON

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IvŠn Argote

September 2017

You can tell a lot about a society by how it imagines its opposite. The term antipode derives from the Greek for having one foot facing the wrong direction. Its geographical usage—designating points diametrically opposite one another on the… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2017 [TOC]

Geta Brătescu

September 2017

In a 2014 diary entry, Geta Brătescu compares the artist to an acrobat, reasoning that the two face a shared obstacle, daunting enough to name in uppercase letters: “SPACE.” The ninety-one-year-old Romanian artist has dedicated much of her … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2017 [TOC]

“Wormwood”

Ellis King

July 2017

Amid the B-movie monstrosities of the Book of Revelation lurks the Wormwood star, destined to hit the earth and poison a third of its waters upon impact. This doomsday comet shares its name with Artemisia absinthium (absinthe wormwood), the… READ ON

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