Annie Buckley

“Your Bright Future”

May 2009

“Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea” features installations, sculptures, videos, computer animations, and Web-based work by artists born in South Korea between 1957 and 1972 and raised during a period of sustained … READ ON

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Mad World

Annie Buckley on Zoe Beloff

April 2009

SOME CALL IT DREAMING; others deem it madness. Still others describe it as a rare ability to see beyond what’s real. During the late nineteenth century, this particularly tenuous state was given considerable attention by two distinct groups:… READ ON

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William Leavitt

April 2009

The title of William Leavitt’s latest exhibition, “Molecules and Buildings,” is as straightforward as a three-word poem, which is to say that while its construction is simple enough, the phrase readily dissolves into labyrinthine layers… READ ON

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Arnold Mesches

March 2009

The practice of stating an artist’s age alongside his or her achievements, though typical, rarely adds much of value to a viewer’s understanding of the work—not so with the oeuvre of Arnold Mesches. At eighty-six years old, Mesches has… READ ON

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Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy

March 2009

Though their practices are distinct, Los Angeles–based artists Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy share an interest in blurring the boundaries between art and activism. “Your Donations Do Our Work”—a community art project in the small … READ ON

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Long-Distance Relationship

Annie Buckley and Dane Picard on Takahiko Iimura

February 2009

JAPANESE ARTIST TAKAHIKO IIMURA has been making experimental films for the past forty-seven years. Though often considered a member of the 1960s New York underground, Iimura was working in Japan during most of that time. Frequently, his only… READ ON

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All Fall Down

Annie Buckley on Deborah Stratman

February 2009

DEBORAH STRATMAN’S FILMS feature multiple explosions and a jarring mix of noises and near-silent drones, so it is curious to also discover that an endearing innocence often prevails, a longing for some kind of miracle—a flying saucer or… READ ON

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“To Illustrate and Multiply”

January 2009

Portable, flexible, and often handmade, artists’ books are varyingly taken up in collusion with or in reaction to traditional publishing. The history of this medium stretches its energetic tentacles through most politically inclined art … READ ON

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Poet’s Problem

Annie Buckley on Eija-Liisa Ahtila's Where Is Where?

January 2009

In her previous films, the Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila has progressively expanded her methods for weaving disparate narratives into a unified, if fractured, whole. Her latest movie, Missä on missä? (Where Is Where?, 2009), an ambitious… READ ON

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Jim Shaw

December 2008

Jim Shaw is what’s often referred to as an artist’s artist—not in the sense that he is forgotten by the market, but rather that his work and career have inspired countless younger practitioners. This is due in part to Shaw’s sheer … READ ON

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