reviews

  • View of “Making & Unmaking,” 2016. Background: Two untitled works from Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou’s series “Musclemen,” 2012. Foreground: Céline Condorelli, Average Spatial Compositions, 2015. Photo: Mark Blower.

    “Making & Unmaking”

    Camden Arts Centre

    The opening-night atmosphere at “Making & Unmaking” was exuberant. Visitors—some magnificently dressed in bright, eclectically patterned clothing by the exhibition’s curator, designer Duro Olowu—marveled at the 170 stunning, little-known artworks and objects assembled. These ranged from a one-hundred-year-old Congolese textile, with its nearly twenty-foot-long non-repeating maplike pattern, to an immense drawing by the young Australian artist Donna Huddleston. Her Warriors, 2015, in gouache and colored pencil, depicts a bizarre procession that prompted such disparate associations as

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  • Bhupen Khakhar, Bullet Shot in the Stomach, 2001, oil on canvas, 7 1/2 × 11 5/8".

    Bhupen Khakhar

    Tate Modern

    Walking into “Bhupen Khakhar: You Can’t Please All” is like stepping into two worlds at once. The late Mumbai-born, Vadodara-based artist’s paintings provide glimpses of the Indian street, its burning-hot colors teeming with workaday characters. But they also suggest realms of pure whimsy. In Man Eating Jalebi, 1975, an ordinary gentleman sits at a table, enjoying the sticky orange sweetmeat that is a commonplace Gujarati dessert. Yet the turquoise sea behind him, on which bobs a toylike boat, resembles a stage set. Where does fact stop and fantasy begin?

    Curators Nada Raza and Chris Dercon

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