Ara H. Merjian

“Italian Futurism”

May 2014

FROM THE FRONT PAGE of Paris’s Le Figaro in February 1909, the “Founding and Manifesto of Futurism” heralded not only a new cultural movement but, in the same hectoring breath, its own proleptic obsolescence. “When we are forty, others… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2014 [TOC]

Jordan Kantor

Churner and Churner

March 2014

Jordan Kantor works consistently with the visual afterlives of the French modernist tradition, as evidenced in his 2011 show, which included photographic reproductions of Monet’s paintings, passed through the further medium of slides. In … READ ON

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Miller Updegraff

Clifton Benevento

January 2014

In a kind of homecoming for the artist George Grosz—who lived and taught in New York City for two decades until his death in 1955—Miller Updegraff’s latest solo show lends new life to the exiled German’s most salient motifs: bourgeois… READ ON

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“On the Relativity of Distance (and Some of its Consequences)”

National Academy Museum & School

October 2013

From Milton Gendel’s reviews in Art News of Alberto Burri’s work to Cy Twombly’s perennial presence on the Italian peninsula, the postwar art scenes in Italy and the United States have long enjoyed a good degree of cross-fertilization.… READ ON

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Vampire Diaries

Ara H. Merjian on Nosferatu at Film Forum

October 2013

“NOSFERATU. Does this word not sound like the deathbird calling your name at midnight?” The rhetorical question of this introductory title card in F. W. Murnau’s 1922 film Nosferatu would seem a heavy-handed addendum to Bram Stoker… READ ON

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Brian Duggan

International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)

August 2013

Built specifically for the ISCP gallery space, Brian Duggan’s latest installation, “We Like It Up Here, It’s Windy, Really Nice,” recreates the roof of an Indonesian train carriage. The whimsy of the installation’s title takes on … READ ON

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Cameron Gray

Mike Weiss Gallery

July 2013

Huddled in a corner sporting green hair and an amusing poker face, Cameron Gray figured as a part of his own exhibition’s opening night. Mustard and ketchup bottles lay strewn next to a stack of free T-shirts featuring one of the artist… READ ON

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“October 18, 1977”

Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert

July 2013

Assembled by guest curator Birgit Rathsmann, “October 18, 1977” brings together nineteen artists to reflect upon a single day and its rapport with the anxiety of its era. On this night, three members of the militant West German Communist… READ ON

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Ben Grasso

Thierry Goldberg Gallery

July 2013

Nearly all of Ben Grasso’s paintings on view in his latest solo exhibition reveal a kinetic, transitive world of architecture on the move—a status underscored by titles like Renovation I, Renovation II, Adaptation, and Rebuilding a Lost… READ ON

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“In Search of Time”

March 2013

With ribbed sides flaring like the gills of some steely fish, Zaha Hadid’s new building for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University does anything but rest on its Grand River Avenue plot. This importunate assembly … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2013 [TOC]