Kevin McGarry

A Moment Like This

The 10th SP-Arte fair

April 2014 SÃO PAULO

“WE’RE SPECIALISTS in special moments,” said Ana Maria Maia, a young São Paulo–based curator, of her home country last week at the Casa do Povo in the Bolivian-Korean-Jewish neighborhood of Bom Retiro. This could refer to such … READ ON


Chalet, You Stay

“Elevation 1049” in Gstaad


OMGSTAAD! What else is there to say in the presence of the storied Swiss ski resort’s grandiose scenery—the Alps, the chalets, the people who can afford to enjoy them? This past weekend, a caravan made its way into the mountains for the… READ ON


Make It or Break It

Openings in Los Angeles

January 2014 LOS ANGELES

IN JANUARY, Los Angeles swells with visitors and holiday lingerers who opt for a disadvantaged time zone over the chill of displaced weather vortices. Not to be outdone by the Golden Globes, LA’s art scene used this past weekend as the … READ ON


Baby One More Time

Britney Spears’s Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood

January 2014 LAS VEGAS

“UM, what’s your favorite bubblegum?” a voice asks off camera.  “Watermelon. Watermelon bubblegum, man. It’s the best. It’s so good…” Britney Spears answers the question with a pained smile and an air of bittersweet introspection,… READ ON


Existential Environments


November 2013

ARTBO MIGHT BE THE WORLD’S most podiatrically humane fair, given that its previews the Thursday before last began at 3 PM and lasted for only six hours. Its size is also quite kind, with sixty-five galleries, chiefly dealers from Latin … READ ON


“Rebirth: Recent Work By Mariko Mori”

September 2013

Curated by Miwako Tezuka Like a celestial body making its auspicious return, Mariko Mori circles back to New York this October for her first major US museum exhibition in ten years. The Japan Society show— an expansion of Mori’s recent … READ ON


Crush On You

The 2013 ArtCrush


“ASPEN IS A SMALL CITY. Denver is a large town.” Susan Marx, Aspen Art Museum board member and full-time resident of the Colorado idyll, clued me into this pearl of an aphorism, which, while smacking of high altitude elitism, rings true.… READ ON


Cock and Bull

The 32nd edition of ARCOmadrid

February 2013 MADRID

“I’VE ALREADY BEEN PICKPOCKETED!” reported artist Mika Tajima via SMS on the eve of the preview of ARCOmadrid 2013. I’m pretty sure this petty calamity doesn’t really point to the continued economic distress of Spain and its capital… READ ON


The Young Ones

89plus at the Digital-Life-Design Conference in Munich

January 2013 MUNICH

“MUNICH IS ONE of the most uncool places,” warned a German curator at a mixer early last week welcoming speakers to the 2013 DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference. Cool or not, since 2005 the stodgy Bavarian capital has hosted this three-day,… READ ON


Electric Boogaloo

The International CES in Las Vegas

January 2013 LAS VEGAS

YOU MIGHT BE FORGIVEN for thinking Las Vegas is a desert for contemporary art. I was there last week for a fair, and the only artwork I spotted was an apparent clone of Isa Genzken’s New Museum rose, languishing outside the Prada store on… READ ON