Joseph Akel

John Waters

Marianne Boesky | Chelsea

January 2015

“What do you call a feminine top?” John Waters posed to a captive audience one summer night on New York’s very own gay Xanadu, Fire Island. Smirking, he replied, “Why, a blouse, of course.” Having both written and directed such … READ ON


“A Mouse Drowned in a Honey Pot”

Galerie Martin Janda

October 2014

Memory is a tricky thing, but under the direction of Mexico City–based curator Magalí Arriola, the Modernist-inspired designs of architect Luis Ramiro Barragán offer three artists ample grounds for contemplation of the mnemonic. As one … READ ON


Ruth Laskey and Suzan Frecon

Ratio 3

October 2014

Located on the bustling Mission Street thoroughfare between to-die-for taquerías and mango-laden fruit stands, this exhibition of works by Ruth Laskey and Suzan Frecon, both known for creations that eschew the bombastic in favor of a cool … READ ON


Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen speaks about Asylum of the Birds

April 2014

Johannesburg-based artist Roger Ballen is well known for his photographic mise-en-scènes of marginal communities. Here, he speaks about his latest publication, Asylum of the Birds, which Thames and Hudson published this month. The book … READ ON


Tammy Rae Carland

Jessica Silverman Gallery

February 2014

There’s a moment in Stage Fright (1950), Alfred Hitchcock’s theater-inspired murder mystery, when the investigating detective played by Michael Wilding remarks, “I once had a cousin who had an ulcer and an extremely funny face, both at… READ ON



Tibor De Nagy Gallery

January 2014

Oh, to be gay in San Francisco. With HBO’s seemingly ersatz appropriation of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City,” it’s easy to forget that, once upon a time, being fey in the City by the Bay was less about fitting in than it was… READ ON


Yamini Nayar

Thomas Erben Gallery

December 2013

Eschewing any media-specific appellation for her practice, Brooklyn-based artist Yamini Nayar constructs intricate, abstract architectural still lifes, photographing the tabletop assemblages from various angles before ultimately discarding … READ ON


Henry Taylor

May 2013

History, as we know, repeats itself—a truism Henry Taylor evinces with mordant effect for his recent exhibition at Blum & Poe. Incorporating the grand loose paintings and rough-hewn assemblages for which he has become known, Taylor revisited… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2013 [TOC]


Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

February 2013

Whether sacred or profane, taboos often focus their proscriptions against perfomativity and the bodies that enact them. “Taboo,” a provocative exhibition of contemporary Australian and international artists, whose works are presented … READ ON


Conrad Ruiz

Jessica Silverman Gallery

November 2012

Dominant artistic means have changed since the 1960s, when a healthy penchant for all things experimental first drew the art world’s sun-loving dreamers to Southern California to draw inspiration from its beaches and freeform scene. A … READ ON