• Vlassis Caniaris, Interieur, 1974, mixed media, 6' 6“ × 17' × 4' 7”.

    Vlassis Caniaris

    Kadel Willborn

    Vlassis Caniaris was insider and outsider, observer and participant, artist and citizen, all at once: a humanist who grasped the world in all its nuances and complexities. This sensibility is most evident in his “Gastarbeiter-Fremdarbeiter” (Emigrants) series, 1971–76, first presented in 1975 while the Greek-born artist was in Germany on a German Academic Exchange Service scholarship. Empathizing with the experience of itinerants came easily to Caniaris: He left Greece in 1956 and moved from Rome to Paris to Berlin before returning to Athens nineteen years later. During his years abroad, he

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  • Lynn Hershman Leeson, America’s Finest, 1994, M16 rifle, webcam, original software. Installation view.

    Lynn Hershman Leeson

    ZKM | Center for Art and Media

    I'VE NEVER HAD works of art take so many photographs of me. Soon after entering Lynn Hershman Leeson’s recent show at the ZKM, I was met by Past Tense, 2014, a projection displaying a frantic succession of pictures of animals on the brink of extinction; the image collection was sourced by searching “endangered” on Flickr and was updated on a regular basis throughout the course of the exhibition. But these creatures were not the only things on display. My own picture, apparently taken moments ago by a smartphone on a pedestal as I was peering at the installation, was smuggled in at regular

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  • View of “Marie Lund,” 2015.

    Marie Lund

    Badischer Kunstverein

    Marie Lund’s exhibition “Flush” brought to mind a remark by Mark Rothko: “I don’t express myself in my paintings. I express my not-self.” Whom do we actually see in an artwork, if anyone at all? In Lund’s case, there seem to be some traces of the artist in her sculptures, such as those in her “Hand Full” series, 2014–, which are bronze casts of the interiors of her jeans pockets. But even though the source of these forms implies a physical proximity to the artist, they reveal nothing about her identity, only the spaces available in her pockets. The sculptural quality of the material and the

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