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Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel

Stephen Wirtz Gallery

April 2014

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel grew up a few miles from each other in the San Fernando Valley, just east of Los Angeles, but didn’t meet until 1973 when both men were graduate students at the San Francisco Art Institute. Sensing a shared … READ ON

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Holt Quentel

Aspen Art Museum

December 2013

In 1990, the young artist Holt Quentel exhibited a group of twenty-one Herman Miller-produced Eames chairs, variously covered in Grateful Dead stickers, shrink-wrapped in plastic, and overlaid in yellow fur at Stux Gallery in New York. For … READ ON

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Heimrad Bäcker

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA DENVER)

December 2013

Before his death in 2003, Heimrad Bäcker was a little-known Austrian poet and artist. He was also, for about one year at the end of World War II, when he was in his late teens, an avid member of the Nazi party. On display in this exhibition… READ ON

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Samira Yamin

Santa Monica Museum of Art

March 2013

For her first solo museum exhibition, Samira Yamin has revisited President Bush’s portentous phrase, “We will not fail,” from his congressional address given in the wake of 9/11. For the past three years, the artist has been working on… READ ON

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“Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art”

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA DENVER)

November 2012

In 1966, a thirty-four-year-old Gerhard Richter was filmed in his Düsseldorf studio while working on a canvas. “To talk about paintings is not only difficult, but perhaps pointless,” he said without once looking up. “You can only … READ ON

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“First Among Equals”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

May 2012

In his 2007 Harper’s magazine essay “The Ecstasy of Influence,” Jonathan Lethem probed the boundary between creative influence and plagiarism. Citing Bob Dylan’s borrowings from his contemporaries and forebears in service of his own… READ ON

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“Affective Turns?”

Pepin Moore

March 2012

The difference between affect and effect, as well as their correct application, can often times trip a person up. For the record (however reductive): To effect is to cause a direct result, and to affect is to influence. This discrepancy, and… READ ON

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Spencer Finch

Museum of Art - Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

March 2012

As a graduate student at RISD, Spencer Finch copied Claude Monet’s Basin at Argenteuil, 1874, on a dare. The replica is now on view several paces from the original, in “Painting Air,” an exhibition staged by Finch that features his own… READ ON

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Jean-Luc Moulène

Dia:Beacon

January 2012

Jean-Luc Moulène’s yearlong exhibition “Opus + One” comprises three distinct modules dispersed throughout the vast building. The most beguiling of all is the large gallery of objects titled “Opus,” 1995–. Resting on the floor, … READ ON

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Matthew Northridge

December 2011

In his exhibition “Pictures by Wire and Wireless” at this new gallery, Matthew Northridge has inverted the basic utility of maps, collapsing their readability by rolling, crumpling, and obscuring diagrams and representations of charted … READ ON

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