reviews

  • Simone Forti, Big Jump on Back, 1975–78, integral hologram, 56 3/4 x 20 x 13".

    Simone Forti

    The Box

    Musing on virtual reality in the pages of this magazine in 2017, Douglas Coupland remarked, “When a new technology triumphs, it allows the technology it’s rendered obsolete to become an art form.” Surprisingly, in that same text, Coupland characterized the use of holograms in art—except “by Simone Forti and a few others,” whom he characterized as deploying them “to great effect”—as a “flash in the pan.” While holography has only hesitantly been embraced as a valid art medium (and rarely as a triumphant technology), the question is not so much about novelty as about the depth of an

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  • Vija Celmins, Blackboard Tableau #9, 2007–15, wire, alkyd oil, acrylic, and pastel, wood, found blackboard, each 15 x 10".

    Vija Celmins

    Matthew Marks Gallery | 1062 N Orange Grove

    Vija Celmins’s show at Matthew Marks Gallery was her first exhibition of new work in Los Angeles in more than forty years. It represented a kind of homecoming for an artist once closely identified with the University of California, Los Angeles, and the beaches of Venice, which she perennially alludes to in her transcriptions of water into the surface tension of untitled, placeless waves. All eighteen of the paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in the show were made in the past decade, and seven of them were also shown at the New York gallery last spring for her first presentation of new

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  • View of “Bari Ziperstein,” 2018. From left: Be a man!, 2017; No, we didn’t reap or plough—we just had a picnic in the field, 2017; The price of glasses of wine, 2017. Photo: Lee Tyler Thompson.

    Bari Ziperstein

    Bari Ziperstein has a knack for turning the seemingly abstract geometry of ceramic sculptures into a framework for rich historical narratives. As a resident artist at the Wende Museum (which specializes in “Cold War art, culture, and history from the Soviet Bloc countries”) in Culver City, California, Ziperstein came into direct contact with artifacts of Soviet visual and material culture. That research underpins the visual language of her slab-built works for “Propaganda Pots.” Installed primarily on a long, chest-high U-shaped table, the twenty pots twisted and pressurized, obscured and revealed

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