Lauren O’Neill-Butler

Sickness and Health

July 2015

FOR THREE DAYS IN LATE JUNE, Eiko Otake emerged on Fulton and Broadway. She looked wan and frail: Her face, arms, hands, and feet were painted chalk-white, a yellow kimono clung loosely to her thin frame. She seemed dressed up in disease, … READ ON

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Bruce Conner

Paula Cooper Gallery | 521 West 21st Street

June 2015

Well known for faking his death at least a few times before he died in 2008, Bruce Conner was forty-five when he took on a project to shoot at the nascent San Francisco punk club Mabuhay Gardens for one year. The resultant series of “27 … READ ON

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Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono speaks about her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

May 2015

In December 1971, Yoko Ono famously announced that she was to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The supposed exhibition was, in fact, a conceptual artwork, executed without the participation of the museum itself.… READ ON

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Joan Jonas

Joan Jonas discusses her life, art, and work for the US pavilion

April 2015

Born in New York in 1936, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of video and performance art, known for her continuous and seamless merging of cutting-edge technology with historic, ancient, and often ineffable source material. Her latest work, They Come… READ ON

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Simon Dybbroe Møller

Simon Dybbroe Møller discusses his latest work for shows in New York and Milan

April 2015

Simon Dybbroe Møller is an artist currently based in New York whose work often takes up what he calls “the weighty architecture of the predigital” and, as he also notes below, “what we used to call nature.” His solo show at New … READ ON

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Francesco Vezzoli

April 2015

Francesco Vezzoli is an ambitious artist, to be sure. A case in point is the fraught history of his recent exhibition at MoMA PS1: In 2013, the Milan-based artist sought to purchase the ruins of a nineteenth-century southern Italian church,… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2015 [TOC]

Anicka Yi

The Kitchen

March 2015

What do women smell like? In her latest solo exhibition, Anicka Yi pushes at the limits of our episteme and provides a whiff. It’s not ready to wear; in fact, it reeks. One hundred women—primarily artists, curators, and critics (full … READ ON

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Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian discusses her art and life

March 2015

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born in Iran in 1924 and is well known for her dazzling approach to geometric abstraction, primarily in the mirror reliefs and drawings she has been making since the 1970s that derive from ornamental elements… READ ON

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Iman Issa

Iman Issa talks about her work in the Sharjah Biennial

March 2015

Iman Issa is an artist based in Cairo and New York. Her sculptural series “Heritage Studies,” 2015–, which revisits forms drawn from history, will be featured in the Twelfth Sharjah Biennial from March 5 to June 5, 2015. New iterations… READ ON

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Yael Bartana

March 2015

At once persuasive and complex, Yael Bartana’s films and videos come off as more than mere intellectual exercises. Seeking to directly effect social change, Bartana enlists the services of actors and nonactors alike, whether for documentaries,… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2015 [TOC]