Colby Chamberlain

“Under the Clouds: From Paranoia to the Digital Sublime”

May 2015

Curated by João Ribas “No more vapor theory anymore,” wrote media theorist Geert Lovink in 2002. Already, tech-giddy journalists were portraying information networks as fuzzy, weightless, ethereal. Now, of course, “the cloud” is … READ ON


Barely Legal

“The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law” at Yale


INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCES require extra signage. I’ve been to symposia at Yale before, but last Saturday’s was my first at the law school, so it was only by grace of several fluorescent red posters that I found the auditorium and the… READ ON


R. H. Quaytman

March 2015

In Tristes Tropiques, Claude Lévi-Strauss recalls how little he knew of Brazil before he moved there. “In my imagination,” he writes, “I associated Brazil with clumps of twisted palm trees concealing bizarrely designed kiosks and … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2015 [TOC]

James Hoff

February 2015

Clement Greenberg, 1960: “The first mark made on a canvas destroys its literal and utter flatness, and the result of the marks made on it by an artist like Mondrian is still a kind of illusion that suggests a kind of third dimension. Only… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2015 [TOC]

Mel Bochner

December 2014

CONCISELY, SUCCINCTLY, PITHILY, “Mel Bochner: Strong Language” opened with two works, both titled Self/Portrait—the first, from 1966, ink on graph paper; the second, from 2013, oil on canvas. In each, the words SELF and PORTRAIT sat atop… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]


November 2014

It seems like a joke, doesn’t it, for GCC to claim that it was founded in the VIP lounge of Art Dubai 2013? That nine young artists with roots in the Middle East formed a partnership while sporting art-fair badges? The scene comes off as … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2014 [TOC]

Mark Leckey

October 2014

The white cube. The black box. The green screen. Mark Leckey’s “A Month of Making” heralded the latest of these color-coded exhibition conventions. First the modern museum delimited the contemplation of painting and sculpture to supposedly… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2014 [TOC]

Ellie Ga

September 2014

What to call it? A preface? A primer? An afterimage? In the corridor leading into, or out of, Ellie Ga’s three-channel video installation Four Thousand Blocks, 2013–14, hung a single white sheet bearing the impress of a text, faintly … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2014 [TOC]

Margaret Lee

May 2014

No need to walk in. You could see everything through the window from the street. Atop a platform, before a freestanding wall, several items: a Rietveld chair, a Vitra stool, nesting tables by Superstudio. Hanging from the wall, a painting. … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2014 [TOC]

Los Angeles Poverty Department

April 2014

In 1984, performance artist John Malpede relocated from New York to Los Angeles and took a job as an outreach paralegal at Inner City Law Center. Out of the ICLC’s offices on Skid Row, Malpede held theater workshops for the area’s homeless… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2014 [TOC]