In print: Virginia Overton’s hybrid objects, Ruth Asawa in context, Pierre Molinier’s unsung paintings, and more . . .
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THIS MONTH IN PRINT
April 2022 Cover: The Otolith Group, Sovereign Sisters, 2014, digital animation, black-and-white, silent, 3 minutes 47 seconds.
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ON THE COVER
The Otolith Group The Otolith Group, INFINITY Minus Infinity, 2019, 4K video, color, sound, 56 minutes 51 seconds.
Ed Halter and Tobi Haslett on the Otolith Group
“In the name of the Otolith Group lie intimations of a sixth sense that may be cinema’s truly primary role, an inner sense of space and time, of forward motion.”
—Ed Halter

“An anticapitalist politics popped from the socket of pessimism will have to plunge into the geological, microbial, perceptual, and somatic, the many delirious layers of what Marxists mean by the word ‘totality.’”
—Tobi Haslett
Paula Cooper Gallery
FEATURES
Tim Griffin Virginia Overton, Untitled (tulip), 2022, reinforced concrete, brass, glass. Installation view, Venice. From the 59th Venice Biennale. Photo: Francesco Allegretto.
Tim Griffin on the art of Virginia Overton
“Overton recognizes that to give attention to the use of objects or their history is, fundamentally, to consider their place in the hands of people.”
Pierre Molinier Pierre Molinier, Le temps de la mort n°1 (The Time of Death No. 1), 1962, oil on board, 38 1⁄4 × 51 1⁄8".
David Rimanelli introduces a portfolio of Pierre Molinier’s paintings
“One of the works here, unfinished, portrays a gilt seraphim whose bee-stung lips evoke the artist’s rictus. It has never before been shown; this portfolio is its debutante ball.”
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie Ruth Asawa, Happy Birthday Adam, 1989, graphite pencil and watercolor on paper, sheet size 18 × 24". © Estate of Ruth Asawa/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on the art of Ruth Asawa
“Asawa was ambivalent about craft. Without question, her most important teacher at Black Mountain was Josef Albers, a painter above all, who uttered endless aphorisms such as ‘Art is never wrong.’”
COLUMNS
MUTZENBACHER Ruth Beckermann, MUTZENBACHER, 2022, 2K video, color, sound, 100 minutes.
Erika Balsom on Ruth Beckermann’s MUTZENBACHER
“In Beckermann’s hands, Josefine Mutzenbacher ceases to be an escapist romp and becomes a mediator of real sociosexual relations that elicits intense disclosures, voluntary and involuntary, from dozens of men.”
Susan L. Aberth Tony Oursler, Dust, 2006, fiberglass, digital video projection (color, sound, 12 minutes 9 seconds). Installation view, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2022.
Susan L. Aberth on “Supernatural America”
“In a country obsessed with the paranormal, one might well wonder why it has taken so long for that fixation to trickle from popular culture into the museum.”
Alex Kitnick Olivia Mole, The Lowlifes, 2021, digital image, dimensions variable.
Alex Kitnick on “Lifes”
“The artist is a processed good, a leftover, passing through the system.”
REVIEWS
Gustave Caillebotte, On the Pont de l’Europe, 1876–77, oil on canvas, 41 5⁄8 × 51 1⁄4".
Peter Lunenfeld on “City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907,” plus more from New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Toronto, Mexico City, Lima, São Paulo, London, Derry-Londonderry, Paris, Milan, Naples, Zurich, Berlin, Munich, Høvikodden, Warsaw, Jeddah, Kampala, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Manila, and Adelaide
Paula Cooper Gallery
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