Colby Chamberlain

Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin

June 2016

From his undergraduate days onward, Ryan Trecartin has displayed the sort of raw talent that inspires recourse to German: Wunderkind, Gesamtkunstwerk, Zeitgeist. In this respect, and several others, the most salient point of comparison to … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

Andrea Bowers

May 2016

When Hillary Clinton recently described the barriers to racial equality as “intersectional,” the leftist journal Jacobin tweeted a wry salute to whichever Ph.D. student had joined her campaign as a speechwriter. The editors were calling… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

Julia Weist

April 2016

Parbunkells: two ropes bound together, with a loop on both ends. In June 2015, Julia Weist placed this single word on a billboard above a busy thoroughfare in Forest Hills, Queens. Any curious onlooker who plugged it into Google—and there … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2016 [TOC]

“Ocean of Images”

March 2016

“Photography is a system of visual editing,” wrote John Szarkowski, MoMA’s long-presiding chief curator of photography. “At bottom, it is a matter of surrounding with a frame a portion of one’s cone of vision, while standing in the… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2016 [TOC]

Ajay Kurian

February 2016

At the recent exhibition of Mike Kelley’s “Kandor” series at Hauser & Wirth in New York, it was easy to forget that these seductive glass-enclosed resin cityscapes—essentially overwrought snow globes—were emblems of trauma. In comic-book… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2016 [TOC]

Martine Syms

January 2016

Martine Syms has lectured in venues as varied as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, and, this past September, in a field on the outskirts of Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York. There,… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2016 [TOC]

Keltie Ferris

December 2015

In 2012, Keltie Ferris tried to throw her body into painting—and it wasn’t working out. Gamely, she smeared her torso in paint and pressed herself against canvas, but she found the results embarrassingly direct and, at the same time, … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2015 [TOC]

“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]