Kevin McGarry

Drag Race

The 9th Berlin Biennale

June 2016 BERLIN

STEPPING OFF MY FLIGHT from Los Angeles and into Tegel airport, my eyes serendipitously met the Aviator shades of artist-comedienne and fellow Angeleno Casey Jane Ellison. She was delighted to light a cigarette only feet from the arrivals … READ ON

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the EVA International

June 2016

LIMERICK’S EVA INTERNATIONAL dates back to 1977, when it began as an annual exhibition of contemporary works from Ireland and abroad. The show’s curatorial roster would eventually include such luminaries as the Italian art historian … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

Gold Standards

The 1st artmonte-carlo in Monaco

May 2016 MONACO

ARRIVING IN NICE, I boarded a Tesla driven by a chauffeur who looked like a young Isabelle Huppert wearing a silk pantsuit and a five-hundred-dollar Hermès Kelly bracelet, named for Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. This principality, the … READ ON

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9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art: “The Present in Drag”

May 2016

Curated by DIS A stated theme of the Ninth Berlin Biennale is paradox, and paradoxically, the curators—four Americans collectively called DIS—are much better known for founding an online magazine, a stock images service, and a pop-up artist… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Mi Oh Mi

The 21st edition of MiArt

April 2016 MILAN

LANDING IN MILAN LAST WEEK for the twenty-first edition of MiArt, the city seemed lit by a new fire. Had last spring’s opening of the gilded new Fondazione Prada ignited a fresh fervor? Or had the influential galleries enlivening Italy’s… READ ON

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The Simple Life

The 2nd Este Arte

January 2016 PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY

THE SUN NEVER SETS on the international art-fair circuit. In fact, in the southern hemisphere, it blazed down on the first such event of 2016: Este Arte, whose second edition opened a fortnight ago in an abandoned disco a mile or so inland … READ ON

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Liquid Assets

The 14th Art Basel Miami Beach

December 2015 MIAMI

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS happened Thursday morning, something I look forward to all year. It wasn’t the breakfast celebrating Isaac Julien’s collaboration with Rolls Royce at the National YoungArts Foundation or the Alexandre Arrechea … READ ON

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the 14th Istanbul Biennial

December 2015

AS WE RODE a crowded midnight ferry across the Bosphorus strait, forty-eight hours into our frenetic marathon of biennial viewing, one of my most patient and scholarly colleagues cried out in exasperation, “Is there anyone who can tell me… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2015 [TOC]

The American Way

The 7th annual ArtPrize

October 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN

A PERSON FROM GRAND RAPIDS is called a Grand Rapidian. From a coastal vantage, life in the seat of western Michigan is not particularly grand or rapid, but one could argue that its banner civic event, ArtPrize, is both. In just seven years … READ ON

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Absolut-ly Fabulous

The 2015 Absolut Art Awards

October 2015 STOCKHOLM

GO TO SWEDEN for forty-eight hours? Absolutely! Or should I say: Absolut-ly! The advertising-adept vodka brand is one of the twenty-first century’s most ardent sponsors of contemporary art, and last weekend, the 2015 Absolut Art Award was… READ ON

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