April Elizabeth Lamm

Happily Ever After

Douglas Gordon and Tobias Rehberger in Ibiza

August 2015 IBIZA

IT BEGAN with a lesbian descending the staircase. Fortunately, or not, he wasn’t nude.  Douglas Gordon was only the first of a multitude of “lesbians” we’d encounter that sultry eve on boom-boom Balearic Ibiza. The man recently … READ ON

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The Twilight Zone

Doug Aitken at the Schirn Kunsthalle

July 2015 FRANKFURT

THE PAY PHONE. Hardly is the word on paper and I cannot help checking to make sure that it is not one word, instead of two. It looks wrong. It’s so old, it feels brand new.  There are two Doug Aitken pay phones in Europe right now and … READ ON

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Exquisite Corps

Tobias Rehberger at Milan's Fondazione Prada

April 2007 MILAN

Standing alone on Thursday evening, barefoot in the garden grass, I was giving my bloody blisters a rest from their hot-pink instruments of torture when Berlin dealer Burkhard Riemschneider approached. I asked: “Who’s the blonde babe whom… READ ON

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Peter Piller

February 2007

For the first time, Peter Piller has made a detour onto the road more traveled by: He is exhibiting his own photographs, in fine constellations of pure poetry, along with the anonymous archival shots painstakingly organized into categories … READ ON

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Andreas Slominski

January 2007

Devilishly delightful five-hundred-kilometer taxi rides are a dime a dozen in India. But taking a taxi from Hamburg to Frankfurt? Andreas Slominski did. Then he handed director Udo Kittelmann the bill. Even cheekier: With the cab parked at … READ ON

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Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hörbelt

January 2007

There are places in the world where “sightseeing” is largely in the mind of the beholder. Alexandria hosts several such “sights”: No ruins mark the city’s two great ancient, public spectacles, the library and the lighthouse. In … READ ON

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Simon Starling

December 2006

In a milieu of quiet Conceptualism, of thoughtful works in spaces so silent that whispering is par for the course, Simon Starling’s latest show heralds a booming departure. A mind-twisting work titled after its fabricator, Wilhelm Noack … READ ON

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Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys

December 2006

Nancy Spector’s pairing of Joseph Beuys with Matthew Barney might have been a curatorial swan dive. In Germany, the shaman artist who created the notion of “social plastic” and boldly proclaimed, “Everyone is an artist,” is bestowed… READ ON

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Main Attraction

The opening of the new Portikus

May 2006 FRANKFURT

Crossing the Old Bridge to an island in the River Main one discovers an oversize, rust-red shed, a medieval speicher. It’s the site of Frankfurt’s oldest rowing club, inaugurated in 1865, and now also of the city’s newest art house: … READ ON

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Uncertainty Principle

The “Uncertain States of America” seminar

November 2005 OSLO

Few of us have had occasion to visit Oslo before, but a Saturday seminar organized by Daniel Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Gunnar B. Kvaran—the three curators of the show “Uncertain States of America” at the Astrup Fearnley Museet … READ ON

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