Abraham Adams

“Silent Revolt: Norwegian Process Art and Conceptual Art in the 1970s and 80s”

Nasjonalmuseet - Museum of Contemporary Art

July 2016

It’s strange to see Conceptualism treated like the Parthenon, but here we find a fragment of that globalizing movement subject to repatriation of a kind: a survey of internationally trained mostly Norwegian artists of the 1970s and ’80s,… READ ON

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Carlos Betancourt

Museo Arte ContemporŠneo de Puerto Rico (MAC)

March 2016

“Looks like fun,” said my companion at Carlos Betancourt’s capacious retrospective “Re-Collections,” looking up at a projection of the artist writhing naked in a room-size pile of glitter for the video En la arena sabrosa (In the … READ ON

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Trisha Baga

Greene Naftali Gallery

September 2015

There is a scene toward the end of Tarkovsky’s The Mirror (1975) in which a lantern on a solitary table rolls and falls into the grass, and though we hear a constant sound of leaves, the fall is silent. In Trisha Baga’s latest solo outing,… READ ON

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Claudia Andujar

Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) | Rio de Janeiro

September 2015

I still feel as if there is a knifepoint underneath my eyelid: Such is the somatic staying power of Claudia Andujar’s 1967 photographs of “psychic surgeon” Zé Arigó, who performed his “miracles” with cutlery on that most delicate… READ ON

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“So You Want to See”

e-flux

May 2015

“Some clients ask us to piss on them, but I'd be happy to shit on them on behalf of all women.” So opens this group exhibition—including works by Sanja Iveković, Rajkamal Kahlon, Victoria Lomasko, OKO, Cecilia Vicuña, and Carla … READ ON

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Elizabeth Orr

Bodega

April 2015

The sun sets on a passive-solar conference room, on ergonomic pleather rolling chairs around a glossy table with a conference phone. Everyone’s excited in this video (Elizabeth Orr’s Applied Marketing Topic: Loss Leader [all works 2015])… READ ON

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Trenton Doyle Hancock

The Studio Museum in Harlem

April 2015

Trenton Doyle Hancock works in a baroque grotesque, from portraits whose emetic intricacy recalls George Grosz to centerless, Boschian tableaux. This retrospective starts with drawings from the artist’s childhood and maps his career’s … READ ON

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Hayley Silverman

Bodega

March 2015

Noah’s ark, that proto–postapocalyptic time capsule, has manifested as a yellow wheelbarrow of varicolored resin sand dollars at the entrance to New York–based Hayley Silverman’s “Unmanned Lander”: Each transclucent cast inside … READ ON

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Erica Baum and Barb Choit

Rawson Projects

March 2015

Have you experienced inanimate surveillance—a shoe, a handbag sitting on a table, staring at you with a vaguely smug, unanswerable formalism? I have. Erica Baum and Barb Choit have, and with this exhibition they venture to reciprocate the… READ ON

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Tomaž Šalamun (1941–2014)

Abraham Adams on Tomaž Šalamun (1941–2014)

March 2015

TOMAŽ ŠALAMUN IS DEAD. On the other hand, as he put it:  The worst imaginable kind of fascism would be if the soul belonged only to the living and not to the dust and stones!  On the subject of soul, he also wrote:  The drunk sells his… READ ON

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