Tina Rivers

Simon Denny

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

September 2016

“Imagine a world where trust is guaranteed—a world without borders.” These words, spoken in the confident, masculine voice of authority, open Simon Denny’s video What Is Blockchain?, 2016. With slick graphics and soaring music, this … READ ON

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Ed Atkins

September 2016

Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marianna Vecellio with Irene Calderoni Turin is a fitting setting for the work of Ed Atkins. While his tragicomic videos of HD avatars express the alienation that permeates contemporary (white hetero… READ ON

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Abraham Palatnik

Galeria Nara Roesler | New York

June 2016

One of the highlights of Frieze New York last month was this gallery’s presentation of Abraham Palatnik, an octogenarian Brazilian artist whose “Kinechromatic Devices,” 1951–2004, helped to pioneer kinetic light art during the mid-twentieth… READ ON

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Lauren Seiden

May 2016

In the Western tradition, drawing, or the use of line as the primary vehicle for shaping form on a two-dimensional surface, has long been the scaffold on which the more rarified practices of painting, sculpture, and architecture are built. … READ ON

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Ward Shelley

Pierogi

April 2016

Buried in Ward Shelley’s Extended Narrative, v. 1, 2014—a chronological taxonomy of Western art since the Enlightenment—is a reference to its forebear: Alfred Barr’s famous 1936 diagram of the evolution of abstraction. While expressing … READ ON

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David Hammons

Mnuchin Gallery

April 2016

In the catalogue that accompanies this show, there is a photo of the artist David Hammons in Harlem in 1980. From behind a pair of sunglasses, he is reading Tales of Power (1974), a volume in Carlos Castaneda’s account of the teachings of an… READ ON

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“The Illusive Eye”

El Museo del Barrio

March 2016

At the end of the catalogue for “The Responsive Eye”—the infamous survey of contemporary Op art that opened at MoMA in February 1965, marking the movement’s simultaneous debut and apogee—curator William Seitz asked, “What are the potentialities… READ ON

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“WONDER”

Renwick Gallery

January 2016

The nine large-scale installations for this show prompt us to “wonder” at the alchemical transformation of fairly quotidian materials into art. Though the labor of producing these works leaves a few visible traces, the emphasis here is less… READ ON

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“Life Itself”

January 2016

Curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Carsten Höller, and Jo Widoff Though motivated by the question What is life?, “Life Itself” will look beyond the science undergirding recent bio-art, favoring more oblique approaches to understanding organic forms… READ ON

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Marta Minujín

Henrique Faria Fine Art

June 2015

A pioneering Argentinian artist who contributed to Happenings and Pop as well as Art and Technology in the 1960s, Marta Minujín is once again ubiquitous. Last fall, her work appeared in the Guggenheim’s reconsideration of Latin American art,… READ ON

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