Ana Finel Honigman

Vik Muniz

November 2008

Vik Muniz’s art about art history is great because of its humility. The Brazilian artist is best known for whimsical yet respectful reproductions of masterpieces, made with appealing, idiosyncratic materials that he photographs and then … READ ON

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Johan Thurfjell

November 2008

Johan Thurfjell’s first solo show in Germany is titled “Dead Calm,” invoking the ominous term that sailors use for deceptively placid weather. In the same way, the sculptures and watercolors by this Stockholm-based artist superficially… READ ON

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Dionisio Gonzalez

November 2008

At first, the edifices in Dionisio Gonzalez’s large-format color photographs look distressingly realistic. But on closer examination, the manipulation they reflect becomes apparent, and the depth of the artist’s cultural criticism stands… READ ON

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Philip Jones

November 2008

Like classic cartoon artists before him, Philip Jones employs a masterful approach to representational painting to produce canvases that function as portals to impossible worlds. In “Sundial,” his second solo exhibition at London’s FRED… READ ON

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Martha Parsey

October 2008

Martha Parsey’s exhibition, titled “Solid Gold,” exposes chilling cracks in wealth's cool gilded surfaces. The young Cologne-based British artist’s striking series of eight new paintings presents polished and pampered blond beauties… READ ON

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Olivier Pietsch

October 2008

Olivier Pietsch pushes Alfred Hitchcock’s dictum that “drama is life with the dull bits cut out” to ecstatic extremes. The Berlin-based German artist plucks out the Barthesian punctum from scenes in classic, mainstream, independent, … READ ON

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Gary Hume

July 2008

Gary Hume began his series known as the “Door Paintings” in the late 1980s, inspired by a wretched image from an ad for Bupa (a UK-based private health-insurance company) depicting a hospital waiting room. Despite their depressingly … READ ON

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Chantal Joffe

July 2008

Ballet dancers possess exceptional physical qualities, but Edgar Degas painted them prepping backstage at the Royal Ballet as pretty teenagers with morals as flexible as their limbs. Today’s models also embody phenomenal physical attributes,… READ ON

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Anton Unai

June 2008

Unlike many of the artists who show at Circleculture’s Urban Fine Arts gallery, Anton Unai doesn’t present or replicate in the gallery work that he made on the street. Instead, the London-born, Berlin-based artist exhibits work created … READ ON

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Alec Soth

May 2008

When Alec Soth and his wife adopted their daughter, Carmen, from Bogotá, Colombia, the infant’s birth mother entrusted them with a book of photographs of Carmen’s birthplace, inscribed with the message I HOPE THAT THE HARDEST OF THE … READ ON

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