Astrid Mania

Józef Robakowski

January 2016

Can an artistic practice developed in resistance to—or maybe simply out of disregard for—one ideological system prove equally defiant in another? The answer is a resolute yes when it comes to the oeuvre of Józef Robakowski, who has been … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2016 [TOC]

Robin Bruch

September 2015

Objects in this exhibition may have been more complicated than they appeared. Robin Bruch’s prosaically titled exhibition “Major Works on Paper (1972–1985) II” looked like yet another painting show, but it actually raised quite a few… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2015 [TOC]

Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt

April 2015

When a political system collapses, many an artistic practice goes down with it. This is obviously the case for those who were affiliated with the ruling power and its ideology, but the same is often true for the underground artist working in… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2015 [TOC]

Joachim Bandau

February 2015

Joachim Bandau is nearly eighty, his Berlin dealer very young by comparison. Agewise, they are not the only unlikely couple on the city’s art scene. It seems as if the younger generation has been gradually discovering elder or even recently… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2015 [TOC]

Michael Müller

November 2014

Austrian writer Robert Musil’s most famous character, the “man without qualities” known to readers only as Ulrich, spends an entire novel stumbling through the year 1913, a native of the fin de siècle lost in the dawn of the twentieth… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2014 [TOC]

Friedrich Teepe

September 2014

There was a lot of ancestor worship at Gallery Weekend Berlin this year. Showing the likes of Gordon Matta-Clark (at Galerie Thomas Schulte), Philip Guston (Aurel Scheibler), or Lynn Chadwick (Blain | Southern), it seems, not only promises … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2014 [TOC]


April 2014

Those in power—or those striving for it—often resort to the force of images. Art historian Martin Warnke posits that in the past, rulers might have paid more attention to the creation and propagation of a political iconography than to proper… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2014 [TOC]

Nancy Graves

March 2014

Nancy Graves is probably best remembered for her life-size, ostensibly realistic camel sculptures. When, in the late 1960s, über-collector Peter Ludwig discovered his passion for contemporary art—at the time, mainly for US Pop art—he … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2014 [TOC]

Sharon Hayes

January 2014

Let Anita Bryant be muted. Yes, I admit that deep down in my heart, the image of Bryant, singer and notorious campaigner against gay rights, taking a pie in the face (as she did in a 1977 televised interview) does trigger a certain schadenfreude.… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2014 [TOC]

Andrea Bowers

Capitain Petzel

October 2013

Art and activism don’t always blend well, and at times the combination results in work that features what might at most kindly be described as activist readymades: hours of video footage, piles of pamphlets, or unedited documentation as a… READ ON