Katie Anania

Ghost in the Machine

The opening of a Shiraga/Motonaga show at the Dallas Museum

March 2015 DALLAS

“BETWEEN ACTION AND THE UNKNOWN,” the Shiraga/Motonaga show at the Dallas Museum of Art, is studded with death and damage, or at least with simulations. One of the highlights of the exhibition tour I attended a couple weeks ago was Kazuo… READ ON

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“Friendship and Freedom”

MASS Gallery

February 2015

History is always partial, fragmentary. Remnants and details rise to the surface, but the rest has to be reconstituted by observers in the present—doubly so for queer history, which often has other layers of obfuscation to deal with. Some… READ ON

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Amy Franceschini

Amy Franceschini discusses Tree University at the deCordova

December 2014

Tree University is a site-specific project created by the collective Futurefarmers that was inspired by the life and work of Henry David Thoreau. Developed for the exhibition “Walden, revisited” at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum… READ ON

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Sanaz Mazinani

Sanaz Mazinani talks about her installation U.S.A.I.R.A.N.

September 2014

Sanaz Mazinani is a San Francisco–based artist whose work explores the relationship between perception and representation. Her installation U.S.A.I.R.A.N., 2014, is currently featured in “5 x 5,” a program of contemporary, temporary … READ ON

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Forrest Bess

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)

September 2014

Like the Kinsey Report, Forrest Bess’s work synthesized several currents in motion in midcentury America: new, open-minded perspectives that science and medicine offered on the physical body and the self. This exhibition emphasizes not only… READ ON

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“40 Under 40: Craft Futures”

Renwick Gallery

January 2013

This exhibition, which is curated by Nicholas R. Bell and features forty emerging artists working at the intersection of art and craft, has a title that provokes futuristic visions. In keeping with the current shift to digital technology, … READ ON

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“L.A. Raw”

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

April 2012

Curated by Michael Duncan, this exhibition of postwar figurative art from Southern California barrages the viewer with incongruities. Who wouldn’t pause at the suggestion that, for instance, Charles White’s graphite drawings of African … READ ON

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Harmony Hammond

November 2011

Seething with bumps and snags, Harmony Hammond’s new paintings collapse many divergent qualities onto one profoundly built-up surface. Flap 2008-11, for instance, features a taut seam running horizontally across the width of the canvas. … READ ON

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Keith Wilson

December 2010

In this exhibition, Keith Wilson puts himself in dialogue with Ed Ruscha’s early photographs of banal architecture. After touring the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin, Texas, on foot, Wilson produced eighteen straightforward pictures of … READ ON

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“Desire”

April 2010

The difficulty in talking about “Desire,” the Blanton’s deliciously problematic assembly of international contemporary artists, without using “I” or “we” speaks to the show’s efficacy. In attempting to sort out the forty-six… READ ON

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