Ian Bourland

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu talks about her work in “Blackness in Abstraction” at Pace Gallery

July 2016

Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born, New York–based multimedia artist. Her work is currently featured in the group exhibition “Blackness in Abstraction,” which is curated by Adrienne Edwards and will be on view at Pace Gallery in New York … READ ON

500 WORDS

Chris McCaw

Yossi Milo Gallery

March 2016

The first photograph was made in 1825. It is attributed to Nicéphore Niépce, a French inventor who originally dubbed it a “heliograph,” a direct index of the sun. This formulation proved popular into the 1850s, though Charles Baudelaire… READ ON

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Toyin Ojih Odutola

Jack Shainman Gallery | 513 West 20th Street

January 2016

When Toyin Ojih Odutola began consistently showing work in New York five years ago, one could not but be struck by the maturity of her approach—portrait drawing at the scale of painting and with the tonal density of a photograph. Her figures… READ ON

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“A Constellation”

The Studio Museum in Harlem

January 2016

As its title, “A Constellation,” suggests, this show draws together a range of seemingly disparate practices by black artists and invites the viewer to connect the dots. This is a loose curatorial rubric, but its strength is in pairing … READ ON

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Gustav Metzger

Jumex Foundation

September 2015

Gustav Metzger, theorist of “auto-destructive art,” is best known for his avant-garde experiments in 1960s Europe—the heyday of Fluxus and Situationism and an emerging environmental ethics. This exhibition, surveying more than fifty … READ ON

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“North Korean Perspectives”

Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP)

September 2015

Any single project in this exhibition of a dozen international photographers would be notable for its blend of formalist and political investigation. But, taken together, the works yield a balanced—startling, even—mosaic of life in the … READ ON

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Adam Golfer

Booklyn Art Gallery

July 2015

Adam Golfer spent much of the last decade working commercially, taking pictures for magazines and newspapers. His current exhibition centers around A House Without a Roof, 2011-, his new monograph and the half decade worth of research and … READ ON

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Chris Ofili

New Museum

November 2014

Any account of Chris Ofili’s career will invoke the scandal around his rise to prominence in the 1990s, when he merged large-scale figuration with old-fashioned base materialism. His Holy Virgin Mary, 1997, was nearly banned when it debuted… READ ON

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Nora Schultz

May 2014

Berlin-based artist Nora Schultz’s American solo debut, “parrottree—building for bigger than real,” featured a single installation of the same title, which referenced the monk parakeets that famously build elaborate roosts in the … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2014 [TOC]

Yto Barrada

March 2014

Over the past decade, the work of the French-born, Morocco-based artist Yto Barrada has gradually revealed itself as recursive, with new projects incorporating the documentary images of the Maghreb and the Mediterranean that brought the artist… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2014 [TOC]