Astrid Mania

“Rosta”

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

PICKS

Henri Chopin

September 2013

How to write about Henri Chopin? How to do justice to an artist who devoted himself to the purification of language? How to honor beautiful, brilliant works when the artist would have rejected such attributes because of their philosophical … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2013 [TOC]

Heinrich Dunst

April 2013

It may seem far-fetched to describe a visit to a Conceptual art exhibition as an Alice in Wonderland experience. If the effect of Heinrich Dunst’s show was somewhat dizzying or disorienting, it was not because the artist had somehow given… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2013 [TOC]

Jan Kotik

March 2013

Why are we so in love with the art of the 1960s and ’70s? Maybe because in our times of nostalgia and ironic detachment, it promises to satisfy a very contemporary desire for authenticity. Artists from that period, we feel, were exploring,… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2013 [TOC]

Rodney Graham

December 2012

There’s always a lot of Rodney Graham in a Rodney Graham show. In “Rodney Graham: Canadian Humourist,” however, we often seemed to be seeing the artist unmasked, even though he still loves to slip into someone else’s work, someone … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2012 [TOC]

Vadim Fiškin

November 2012

Vadim Fiškin makes art. “Well,” you might ask, “so what else is new?” As empty as the statement may sound, it really encapsulates Fiškin’s practice: His objects and installations look as simple and blunt as that sentence, and they… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2012 [TOC]

Brian O’Doherty

June 2012

So they still exist, these miraculous little shows in Berlin’s galleries, when, for a little while, commercial spaces shake off the unbearable lightness of the mercantile world to become little kunstvereins or museums. Thomas Fischer has … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2012 [TOC]