Jennifer Piejko

Pentti Monkkonen

Jenny's

June 2016

Venice Beach’s public murals of acid and Pixy Stix–hued, airbrushed tableaux are a setting for drama—a particular style of street theater contained within a wraparound frieze. They haven’t always featured neon-saturated animals wearing… READ ON

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Mariah Garnett

ltd los angeles

April 2016

Belfast’s major tourist industries include rubbernecking at locations from Titanic or Game of Thrones and Northern Irish Conflict tours, the latter revolving around prisons and weapons. In 2007, Mariah Garnett first met her father, a native… READ ON

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“Lest We Forget: Emirati Family Photographs 1950-1999”

Warehouse421

April 2016

Sentiment is often at odds with contemporary art: If it is palatable, familiar, or familial, then it is not considered revolutionary, experimental, or new. This exhibition, “Lest We Forget: Emirati Family Photographs 1950–1999,” taken… READ ON

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Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone

Del Vaz Projects

February 2016

Living with design objects imparts a unique sense of possession, one distinguished from that of sharing space with a painting or sculpture. Works of applied art are less intimidating and imposing; they do not have to be admired at a distance… READ ON

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“Faux Pas”

Fahrenheit

September 2015

In this exhibition, organized by Paris collective Shanaynay, the objects mingle in a web of backpedaling politesse and subtle collision. Folding screens made of hinged plywood with whimsical cutouts (Christina Leung, Current Arrangement, or… READ ON

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Akram Zaatari

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

July 2015

An archival show presented as fragmented, polyvocal narrative, “Unfolding” is the history of the contemporary Middle East spun out in multiple directions at once, threading war mythology with pendulant social progress, inevitably and … READ ON

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Shahryar Nashat

Palais de Tokyo

November 2014

Shahryar Nashat’s film Hustle in Hand, 2014, is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which also presents three other videos and four glass and marble sculptures and celebrates his winning the 2013 Prix Lafayette. The work begins with a woman… READ ON

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Shanzhai Biennial

Project Native Informant

November 2014

Perhaps having grown tired of the now well-worn economic arc of the gentrification of neighborhoods, which artists have in turn already gentrified, the collective Shanzhai Biennial—Babak Radboy, Cyril Duval, and Avena Gallagher—has embraced… READ ON

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Lena Svedberg

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

August 2014

Precursor to the riot grrrl provocatrices of the 1990s and Raymond Pettibon, Sweden’s Lena Svedberg created menacing cartoons that documented xenophobia and she displayed them at the height of her generation’s activist fever, in 1969. … READ ON

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“Dries Van Noten – Inspirations”

Les Arts Décoratifs

July 2014

Neither retrospective nor commercial display, “Dries Van Noten – Inspirations” is the rare design exhibition that contextualizes fashion as merely one aspect of visual culture. An interlacing of the Belgian fashion designer’s most … READ ON

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