Jason Farago

Meleko Mokgosi

Honor Fraser

May 2014

History painting, argued eighteenth-century academicians, was the noblest undertaking for any artist: especially if you want to glorify European conquest. In this incandescent debut—whose title, “Pax Kaffraria,” plays on a violent racial… READ ON


Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

Gallery 4A (Asia Australia Arts Centre)

April 2014

Those of us stuck on the art world’s endless forced march will recall this Chiang Mai–based artist from the Thai pavilion of the 2005 Venice Biennale or from the last Documenta, during which she and her dogs lived for three weeks in a … READ ON


Modern Problems

March 2014

THE VIENNA TOURIST BOARD—whose principal slogan is the rather menacing “Vienna: Now or Never”—also advertises the city as “the world’s music capital,” a place where “music is literally in the air.” Not everyone’s lungs … READ ON


Germaine Richier

Dominique Levy, Gallery Perrotin

March 2014

Though in her heyday she was more prominent than fellow bronze sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Germaine Richier has not had an exhibition in New York since 1957. This two-gallery retrospective rectifies that lapse in decisive fashion, reestablishing… READ ON


“Bad Conscience”

Metro Pictures

February 2014

Group shows curated by artists have a grand history—think of the 1863 Salon des Refusés, the 1913 Armory Show, Duchamp’s Surrealism exhibition of 1938—but nowadays are too often hazy exercises that jauntily wear their lack of curatorial… READ ON


“The Silent Way”

Simon Preston

January 2014

The strongest artwork in this three-artist exhibition on pedagogy, perception, and the deceptions of each comes from Jenny Perlin, a New York–based filmmaker with a gift for examining collective questions without recourse to documentary. … READ ON


Walter Dahn

Venus Over Manhattan

October 2013

More than twenty years ago the critic Deborah Solomon observed that Cologne—hometown of Max Ernst and Jean Arp, Martin Kippenberger and Rosemarie Trockel—was a city where “yesterday’s rascal is today’s blue-chip master.” That … READ ON


Ida Ekblad

Nasjonalmuseet | Museum of Contemporary Art

August 2013

The white-hot Oslo art scene has gained international attention mostly through the work of a few very forward men—figures like Bjarne Melgaard, Matias Faldbakken, or Gardar Eide Einarsson, whose neo-Conceptual practices are shot through … READ ON


Catherine Murphy

Peter Freeman Gallery

April 2013

For too long now, critics and curators have segregated realist figurative art from the contemporary mainstream, as if representation were proof in itself of naïveté or belatedness. If anyone can shatter that ahistorical parochialism it’s… READ ON


“…but the clouds…”


February 2013

Samuel Beckett, both the paragon and the undertaker of high modernism, has held the attention of artists for decades—as seen in exhibitions from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s “Teleplays” in 1988 to MCA Chicago’s 2006 “Not I” and… READ ON