Ana Finel Honigman

David Levine

August 2009

The discarded head shots and cover letters that David Levine has culled from casting agents and used to wallpaper this gallery all proclaim that their subjects are flexible, professional, and extremely eager. Yet it is unlikely that these … READ ON

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Paolo Chiasera

June 2009

“Under the Open Sky,” Paolo Chiasera’s exhibition in the MARTa Herford museum, is a captivating response to the beauty and the absurdity of the Frank Gehry–designed building that houses it. Gehry’s structure is a mass of exposed … READ ON

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Rini Tandon

June 2009

Rini Tandon uses numerous materials and media to explore a fundamental aspect of the natural world in “Waves,” her first solo show in Berlin. The Indian-born and Vienna-based artist calls on drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and … READ ON

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Simon Schubert

May 2009

The main installation of “In Apnoesie,” Simon Schubert’s first solo exhibition in Berlin, collects crisp, clean black-and-white sculptures that recall horror-film tropes. At first glance, its cool presentation suggests that our nightmares… READ ON

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EVOL

May 2009

EVOL creates drab city scenes with humble materials, yet his spray-paint-on-cardboard paintings are breathtaking. Born in a town in southwestern Germany, he began stenciling precisely rendered images of tired, featureless prefab housing blocks… READ ON

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Frauke Eigen

April 2009

In Frauke Eigen’s black-and-white photographs, skin is as soft and still as opulent fabric, while cloth flowers, the details of garments, and other inanimate objects are given the careful, intimate, and tender attention that other artists… READ ON

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Mun-gi Yang

April 2009

In his first solo show in Seoul, Mun-gi Yang playfully derides the value that high-end accessories accrue by carving Chanel and Louis Vuitton trademarks into life-size purse-shaped rocks. Some of these sculptures are placed on plinths, like… READ ON

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Richard Wathen

March 2009

Richard Wathen smoothly applies oil paint onto linen stretched over aluminum. The English artist’s five new paintings, presented alongside two series of color etchings, feature children wearing historical costumes, posed against single-hued,… READ ON

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Graham Durward

March 2009

Incense often masks seedy smells, but in Graham Durward’s exhibition of new oil paintings, the curling smoke he depicts rising from incense burning in his studio complements a series of large, dark, and dirty portraits of men with blurred… READ ON

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On a Haunch

The Serpentine and Haunch of Venison

March 2009 LONDON

LAST MONDAY, following a short flight from Berlin, I stopped by the Serpentine’s preview for Rebecca Warren’s first survey in a UK public gallery. I’ve long been skeptical of the hype surrounding her untidy and ambiguously referential… READ ON

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