Margaret Ewing

Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt

MoMA PS1

February 2013

In 1968, drag queen Ethel Dull started leading tours of a sparkling fairyland crafted in an apartment-cum-studio on the Lower East Side of New York. Inspired by power collector Ethel Scull, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt’s alter ego gave entrée … READ ON

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“Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life”

ICP - International Center of Photography

November 2012

Some twenty years after apartheid’s unraveling, Okwui Enwezor’s latest curatorial offering proposes a reassessment of the photography of apartheid and explores its key role in the resistance movement. Highlighting the work of South African… READ ON

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Alec Soth

Sean Kelly Gallery

March 2012

Alec Soth’s first show at Sean Kelly following his departure last year from Gagosian presents about half of the fifty photographs that make up “Broken Manual,” 2006–10, a series that originated in Soth’s preoccupation with the idea… READ ON

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Phil Collins

February 2012

What if the humdrum schlock of home-shopping programs were replaced with offers to participate in actual experiences? What if, for the “special introductory offer” price of 9.99, you could buy a role in a fantasy sequence on live television?… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2012 [TOC]

Larissa Fassler

October 2011

Produced in the wake of Nicolas Sarkozy’s scandalous move in July 2010 to “clean up” France by closing down Roma camps and orchestrating large-scale deportations, Larissa Fassler’s recent exhibition explored inequities in Parisian … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2011 [TOC]

Dor Guez

January 2011

Coming days after the Israeli cabinet’s vote to require non-Jews seeking citizenship to affirm Israel as a Jewish state, Dor Guez’s artist’s talk on the occasion of his first major European exhibition proved critical to understanding … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2011 [TOC]

“Who Knows Tomorrow”

August 2010

In the competition for a place in public memory, Berlin’s colonial history has lost out to the cold war and the Holocaust. While the city is seasoned in displaying certain shards of its fraught twentieth century, this exhibition of contemporary… READ ON

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Ellen Harvey

May 2010

Taking its title from William Gilpin’s late-eighteenth-century philosophy of the landscape, Ellen Harvey’s exhibition “Picturesque Pictures” cleverly demonstrates that the now ubiquitous tangle between representation and reality has… READ ON

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“Auto-Kino!”

February 2010

Responding to the psychic drain of Berlin’s unremitting winter, Phil Collins’s latest project, “Auto-Kino!,” transforms the Temporäre Kunsthalle into a playful drive-in cinema for which viewers reserve spots by the hour via a telephone… READ ON

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“Berlin 89/09: Art Between Traces of the Past and Utopian Futures”

November 2009

In Berlin, where the past is omnipresent, and the assimilation of the city’s many histories is still very much in play, this year’s twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall begs for widespread reassessment. Surveying art in … READ ON

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