reviews

  • Jean-Marc Bustamante, Aperture II, 2015, LightJet print, 99 1/2 × 75 1/2". From the series “Aperture,” 2015–.

    Jean-Marc Bustamante

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Marais

    Having begun his artistic career well over three decades ago as a photographer, Jean-Marc Bustamante has since worked across diverse media to produce sculptures, prints, paintings, and installations. His tellingly titled series “Aperture,” 2015–, is the latest reminder that no matter what materials, tools, or processes Bustamante employs, his work remains conceptually rooted in photography.

    The nine large-format ink-jet prints on silver photographic paper that were featured in Bustamente’s recent show are based on scans of his colored-felt-tip-marker drawings. Installed in numerical order across

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  • Zoe Williams, Pel, 2015, HD video, color, sound, 8 minutes 40 seconds. Photo: Claire Dorn.

    Zoe Williams

    Antoine Levi

    Superficial concerns were at the heart of Zoe Williams’s exhibition “Pel,” whose title is an old French word for skin: The high-definition video, single photograph, and installation that occupied the gallery were a coordinated meditation on bodily surfaces and surface effects. Mauve satin curtains, draped to highlight their lustrous folds, covered the gallery windows; fluorescent light tubes were tinted magenta; cognac had been spilled on the carpet; and the room was frequently spritzed with perfume. A pile of cheap furs and sheepskins invited visitors to plop down in their midst to watch a

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