Heather Diack

Egan Frantz

Michael Jon Gallery

December 2014

Even ghosts require a medium in order to take form. This seems to be in part the operative logic of Egan Frantz’s current exhibition. At once liminal and concrete, seven sculptural pieces are installed decisively across the four walls of … READ ON

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“Dispatch: War Photographs in Print, 1854-2008”

Ryerson Image Centre

October 2014

Though the means of documenting conflict have changed dramatically between the Crimean War and present battles in the Middle East, editorial challenges remain remarkably similar. Whether photographers have used collodion-plate photographs or… READ ON

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Nina Katchadourian

Cecilia Brunson Projects

May 2014

A widely circulated stand-up routine by the comedian Louis C. K. describes the ways the miracle of flight is regularly taken for granted. The wry, if curmudgeonly, wisdom of this skit sheds an oblique light on Nina Katchadourian’s “Seat… READ ON

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Yael Bartana

Pérez Art Museum Miami

January 2014

Panning over a seductive canopy of tropical trees toward a dense metropolis, a sound track of helicopters provides a seismic calibration for the coming narrative. Focusing first on the gathering of a joyful crowd of intergenerational, … READ ON

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“Deferred Archive”

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

October 2013

Addressing the concept of the archive as memory in the making, this exhibition engages the contingency of history and presents models of anteriority that are molded by experiences of the now. All ten works—ranging from sculpture to video… READ ON

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Dawoud Bey

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

August 2013

Beyond achieving likeness, the art of portraiture at its best strives to reveal a real sense of an individual’s presence. “Dawoud Bey: Picturing People” traces Bey’s commitment to aesthetic formalism enmeshed with the politics of … READ ON

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Martin Kippenberger

Hamburger Bahnhof

August 2013

The words “excessive life” are repeatedly lavished on the German artist Martin Kippenberger, evoking with nearly fatalistic exuberance the narrative of his road to early death, attributed to alcoholism. The parallel excesses of his art … READ ON

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