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  • Júlia Ventura, Untitled, 1992–94.

    Júlia Ventura, Untitled, 1992–94.

    Júlia Ventura

    Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
    Rua Dom João de Castro, 210
    January 23–April 4, 2004

    Curated by Christian Bernard

    Júlia Ventura has been a steady presence in the Netherlands, where she lives, and in her native Portugal (this is her second show at the Fundação de Serralves), but she’s less known outside Europe. One wonders why, given the length of her career (over twenty years) and the potency of her photographs; in a piercing self-portrait from 1985 Ventura snarls slightly, holding a blooming rose in one hand and making a fist with the other. That work and about sixty others from 1982 to the present are on view. The catalogue boasts contributions by curator Christian Bernard as well as Philippe Cuenat and Carol Armstrong.

  • Come on, play it again no. 4, 2001.

    Come on, play it again no. 4, 2001.

    Raoul de Keyser

    Whitechapel Gallery
    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
    March 20–May 23, 2004

    Fondacao de Serralves
    Rua de Serralves
    January 15–April 30, 2005

    Musée de Rochechouart

    June 6–August 8, 2004

    Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
    Museumstrasse 32
    August 8–August 9, 2004

    De Pont Museum
    Wilhelminapark 1
    September 11, 2004–January 9, 2005

    Curated by Hendrik Driessen, Ulrick Loock, and Anthony Spira

    Raoul de Keyser bloomed late in Belgium, beginning an astonishing forty-year career at the age of thirty-five. The curators have put together fifty paintings from the early ’70s forward, mixing older works among recent ones. The largely abstract canvases often begin with a simple, domestic image overlaid with gesture, monochrome, or a grid. For de Keyser, who explores painting’s expanse rather than cataloguing its finite categories, nothing is inevitable, and many things seem possible—a state of affairs that feels right, right now.