Jason Farago

Duane Zaloudek

Monitor Studio

January 2015

Six sex-soaked abstract paintings from the 1960s make up Duane Zaloudek’s first New York exhibition in twenty years, and they fulfill a promise of art that is not always met: to move past beauty to desire, and to imbue form with the hot, … READ ON

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Image Conscious

January 2015

AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, in a gallery devoted to Persian and Central Asian art of the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, is a small painting on paper from Uzbekistan that depicts the Mi’raj, or the ascent of the Prophet Muhammad… READ ON

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“Assenting Voices”

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery

December 2014

With the massive hack of Sony’s e-mail servers this month and the canceled release of The Interview, a bro comedy about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the threat and the mania of North Korea has once again entered the terrain of culture.… READ ON

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Samuel Fosso

The Walther Collection Project Space

December 2014

Throughout the late 1970s, Samuel Fosso—born in Cameroon and now based in the troubled Central African Republic—used leftover film from his day job as a studio portraitist to shoot his then-teenage self posing awkwardly in white briefs … READ ON

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Thomas Struth

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

December 2014

This vest-pocket exhibition of two dozen photographs offers a valuable opportunity to see how quickly the terms of image perception are changing: how the period eye must now be measured not in centuries but in years. See the artist’s early,… READ ON

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Jason Farago

December 2014

“WITNESS: ART AND CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE SIXTIES,” at the Brooklyn Museum (March 7, 2014 to July 13, 2014) did nothing less than rewrite 1960s American art history—refashioning the decade as a rollicking, ultrahigh-stakes showdown and … READ ON

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Ann Lislegaard

Murray Guy

November 2014

“The owl of Minerva begins its flight only with the coming of the dusk,” Hegel wrote in 1820, which is to say, before the world ends, no critique is possible. There is no flight to be seen in Ann Lislegaard’s cool, enigmatic 3D animation… READ ON

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Sigmar Polke

Nahmad Contemporary

November 2014

Kathy Halbreich’s world-shaking MoMA retrospective of the slipperiest artist of the postwar era contained no less than 265 works. They’re all in London right now, and yet somehow there are still enough Polkes around to fill three simultaneous… READ ON

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Tina Kim Gallery

November 2014

The films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan—the Turkish director whose long, stately new film Winter Sleep (2014) won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival—offer a defense of the narrative capabilities of cinema at a moment when television… READ ON

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Magnus Plessen

Magnus Plessen talks about his show at the Rose Art Museum

November 2014

The German painter Magnus Plessen, known for historically trenchant figurative paintings with rigid, lateral brushwork, has spent more than a decade thinking about a book of photographs—the pacifist Ernst Friedrich’s War Against War (… READ ON

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