Thomas J. Lax


January 2015

KEVIN BEASLEY kneels before two turntables in the lower-level theater of New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem. He’s in the middle of a set that is by turns haunting and propulsive, mixing samples that range from extra-percussive house beats to… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]

Chris Ofili

Focus Preview

September 2014

CHRIS OFILI’S RECEPTION in New York has unfolded in near-mythological terms: From the infamous censorship and defacement of his work during the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition “Sensation” (1999) to the enthusiasm for his showstopping “Afro … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2014 [TOC]

“Ruffneck Constructivists”

January 2014

Curated by Kara Walker In 2006, Kara Walker made her curatorial debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her post-Katrina exhibition “After the Deluge.” Her sophomore effort’s mash-up title, “Ruffneck Constructivists,” conjoins the ethos… READ ON


“William Pope.L: Forlesen”

May 2013

Curated by Susanne Ghez William Pope.L’s first solo exhibition in Chicago since moving to the city takes its title from science fiction writer Gene Wolfe’s 1974 short story “Forlesen.” Much like Wolfe’s allegorical, nested narrative in which… READ ON


“Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey”

January 2013

“Wangechi Mutu has spent the past decade-plus proving that collage— modernism’s foundational medium—still has plenty of space left for innovation.”… READ ON


“Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks”

January 2012

A homecoming for the young Chicago-born artist, Rashid Johnson’s first major museum survey comprises approximately forty works from the past decade.… READ ON