Courtney Malick

Agnès Varda

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

January 2014

Perhaps best known as a beacon of French New Wave cinema, Agnès Varda has since 2003 cultivated an engaging visual art practice as well, which has come to LACMA in the debut US museum presentation of her photography, collage, sculpture, and… READ ON

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Matthew Brannon

David Kordansky Gallery

January 2014

Unlike much of Matthew Brannon’s signature pared-down, stencil-inspired imagery, for “Leopard,” the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, his latest work is centered on an erotic novella that he penned himself, also titled … READ ON

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Yang Fudong

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)

October 2013

Getting lost in Chinese artist Yang Fudong’s “Estranged Paradise,” it becomes surprising that this marks the artist’s first midcareer museum survey in the United States. Yang’s work captures the essence of a cool and brooding … READ ON

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Taryn Simon

John Berggruen Gallery

February 2013

Taryn Simon’s photographic practice is well known for mining time and place, as well as for challenging the confines of the frame while weaving complex narratives. Yet her recent piece The Picture Collection, 2012, is somewhat of a departure.… READ ON

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“Poetic Politic”

Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco

November 2012

At San Francisco’s Kadist Art Foundation, viewers are challenged to consider the critical approach of ten artists from Vietnam and Cambodia in relation to the conservative political context of the region where they face censorship or … READ ON

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“Temporary Structures”

San Francisco Art Institute

October 2012

As its title suggests, “Temporary Structures” is concerned with impermanence. Certainly the precarious nature of our physical world is increasing, as is evident from the ease with which digitally stored information can be lost, or from … READ ON

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Candid Camera

Courtney Malick on New Filipino Cinema

June 2012

This June, Yerba Buena presents twenty-nine films in its second year of programming for “New Filipino Cinema.” Even if one sees only a few of these works, which range from short and abstract works to serious documentaries to whimsical … READ ON

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Rineke Dijkstra

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

May 2012

The sociological output of Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra appears simple enough on the surface. Yet, as this retrospective emphasizes, her enigmatic work is continually strengthened by what it eloquently conceals. Since the early 1990s,… READ ON

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