Noemi Smolik

Adam Vačkář

June 2016

Gorgeous color photographs, as elegant and beguiling as advertising pictures, showed crisply illuminated vases holding a variety of bouquets before white backdrops. And no less elegant were the steles that were set up in the middle of the … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

Aaron Angell

May 2016

Aaron Angell makes strange pictures. Strange because of their indeterminate age (they might be a hundred years old) and cultural background (they might be the work of an Asian or Arab artist, or else pieces of European folk art; in fact, the… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr

April 2016

Psychedelia is back, or so Benedikt Sarreiter and Paul-Philipp Hanske insist in their 2015 book Neues von der anderen Seite: Die Wiederentdeckung des Psychedelischen (News from the Other Side: The Rediscovery of the Psychedelic). The two … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2016 [TOC]

Dóra Maurer

March 2016

I first encountered Dóra Maurer’s films at a 2012 symposium on aspects of Central European art at the Sächsische Akademie der Künste in Dresden, and I still have a vivid recollection of watching them as though in thrall; their power drew… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2016 [TOC]

FORT

December 2015

Although it is often rendered in English as “uncanny,” the nuances of the German word unheimlich are famously difficult to translate. The negative prefix un- modifies heimlich, which derives from Heim, home, and originally means … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2015 [TOC]

Thomas Locher

November 2015

As if to recall the consistency of his project over the decades, some of the works in Thomas Locher’s exhibition “Post-Information” were as much as twenty-five years old. Gestell (Frame), an aluminum shelf engraved with letters, numbers,… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2015 [TOC]

Rita McBride

October 2015

If ever there was an exhibition of art that seemed totally secure, literally under lock and key, it was Rita McBride’s “Gesellschaft”: The show included plenty of keys as well as several locks and then more keys. But where is the door… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2015 [TOC]

Renata Lucas

September 2015

A few years ago, Renata Lucas was asked what she thinks art is for. She replied, “Perhaps it’s one of the few things left that allows us to declare that we don’t fit the given standards.” Her own investigation of those given standards… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2015 [TOC]

Maria Bartuszová

February 2015

Imagine a form that exudes vulnerability as well as resolve, pliancy as well as recalcitrance, that features geometric shapes and is nonetheless organic, that looks provisional and yet is timelessly self-contained, that is alive with tension… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2015 [TOC]

Flo Kasearu

January 2015

This show was a spellbinding transformation of reality into fiction, or maybe of fiction into reality. The age-old question of what’s real and what’s just imagined hardly seemed applicable. Instead, we wondered if it would be possible to… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]