Kevin McGarry

the 32nd São Paulo Bienal

December 2016

INCERTEZA VIVA means “live uncertainty” in Portuguese. As the title for Jochen Volz’s São Paulo Bienal, this phrase positions the show as the latest in a series of recent, loosely like-minded international exhibitions—from Nicolas Bourriaud’s… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

Taking It to the MAAT

The opening of the Museu Arte Arquitetura Tecnologia

October 2016 LISBON

AS THE ECONOMY of the European Union’s arguably mellowest nation falters there are murmurs of a “Departugal” on the horizon. Nevertheless, 2016 seems to be the year that Portugal sashayed onto the runway of contemporary art. In March, a pilot… READ ON


Manifesta 11

September 2016

I REMEMBER WANDERING DOWN Zurich’s Bahnhofstraße late at night some years ago and thinking that if this was one of the most secure streets I’d ever been on, it was also possibly the most sinister. The flagship private banks interspersed among… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

Drag Race

The 9th Berlin Biennale

June 2016 BERLIN

STEPPING OFF MY FLIGHT from Los Angeles and into Tegel airport, my eyes serendipitously met the Aviator shades of artist-comedienne and fellow Angeleno Casey Jane Ellison. She was delighted to light a cigarette only feet from the arrivals … READ ON


the EVA International

June 2016

LIMERICK’S EVA INTERNATIONAL dates back to 1977, when it began as an annual exhibition of contemporary works from Ireland and abroad. The show’s curatorial roster would eventually include such luminaries as the Italian art historian Germano… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

Gold Standards

The 1st artmonte-carlo in Monaco

May 2016 MONACO

ARRIVING IN NICE, I boarded a Tesla driven by a chauffeur who looked like a young Isabelle Huppert wearing a silk pantsuit and a five-hundred-dollar Hermès Kelly bracelet, named for Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. This principality, the … READ ON


9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art: “The Present in Drag”

May 2016

Curated by DIS A stated theme of the Ninth Berlin Biennale is paradox, and paradoxically, the curators—four Americans collectively called DIS—are much better known for founding an online magazine, a stock images service, and a pop-up artist… READ ON


Mi Oh Mi

The 21st edition of MiArt

April 2016 MILAN

LANDING IN MILAN LAST WEEK for the twenty-first edition of MiArt, the city seemed lit by a new fire. Had last spring’s opening of the gilded new Fondazione Prada ignited a fresh fervor? Or had the influential galleries enlivening Italy’s … READ ON


The Simple Life

The 2nd Este Arte


THE SUN NEVER SETS on the international art-fair circuit. In fact, in the southern hemisphere, it blazed down on the first such event of 2016: Este Arte, whose second edition opened a fortnight ago in an abandoned disco a mile or so inland … READ ON


Liquid Assets

The 14th Art Basel Miami Beach

December 2015 MIAMI

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS happened Thursday morning, something I look forward to all year. It wasn’t the breakfast celebrating Isaac Julien’s collaboration with Rolls Royce at the National YoungArts Foundation or the Alexandre Arrechea Kreëmart… READ ON