Murtaza Vali

Mithu Sen

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

July 2014

Commissioned by the museum, and conceived of as a tongue-in-cheek “collaboration” with the museum’s architect, Zaha Hadid, Mithu Sen’s playful but unsettling Border Unseen, 2014, opposes the brutally rigid and abstract geometry of … READ ON

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Reza Aramesh

June 2014

Although Reza Aramesh draws on an extensive archive of media images of wartime atrocities for representations of male bodies in moments of pain, suffering, and forced submission, his performances, large-scale black-and-white photographs, and,… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2014 [TOC]

Ingrid Hora

April 2014

A photograph of the torso of a modestly dressed woman greeted us in the vestibule of “Dear Leader,” Ingrid Hora’s elegant solo debut in Dubai. Titled Positions for leading, 2013, it shows the Berlin-based Italian artist facing the camera… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2014 [TOC]

Heidi Bucher

Swiss Institute

March 2014

Heidi Bucher began using liquid latex in the late 1970s upon her return to Zurich after a spell living in Southern California. She most famously used the medium to produce what she called Häutungs or “skinnings.” Applying it atop fabric… READ ON

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Sreshta Rit Premnath

KANSAS Gallery

February 2014

An unlikely art-historical accident anchors Sreshta Rit Premnath’s mind-bending exhibition. On a pair of windows of an apartment turned gallery and then studio in Warsaw two artistic signatures—Daniel Buren’s 8.7-centimeter painted … READ ON

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“I Look to You and I See Nothing”

Sharjah Art Foundation

February 2014

Though simply worded, the title of this thought-provoking exhibition succinctly maps its complex conceptual, phenomenological, and philosophical terrain. By asserting a distinction between looking and seeing, it introduces distance between … READ ON

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Sara Naim

The Pavilion Downtown Dubai

September 2012

Twenty-first-century Dubai is a true simulacrum. Before the 2008 recession sent its high-flying real estate market into a sharp nosedive, the city’s ever-evolving urban form was largely experienced not through physical encounters with built… READ ON

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Esther Kläs

MoMA PS1

September 2012

Esther Kläs’s mangy monoliths, two of which welcome visitors to her latest exhibition, “Better Energy,” subtly reveal her intimate process while cannily synthesizing many current trends in sculpture. Human-scale, like Rachel Harrison’s… READ ON

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Alwar Balasubramaniam

Talwar Gallery | New York

July 2012

Alwar Balasubramaniam’s Link, 2009, a simple black string stretched taut across a corner of this gallery, is easy to miss. The string is anchored to a wall on one side, with its other end attached to a sharp metal fishhook that hovers an … READ ON

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Sheila Hicks

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

May 2012

Sheila Hicks, whose venerable oeuvre has expanded the potential of thread and cloth as artistic material, is finally getting the attention she justly deserves in New York. On the heels of a traveling retrospective, this solo show is anchored… READ ON

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