Sarah Lookofsky

Judith Scott

Brooklyn Museum

December 2014

In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince, the narrator recounts testing grown-ups by presenting them with a drawing of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Most adults recognize it as a hat, causing the drawing’s maker to never … READ ON

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Mariana Castillo Deball

November 2014

The visual techniques of colonialism—and their tenacious legacy in the present—were the focus of the Berlin-based Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball’s recent show “Vista de ojos” (View of the Eyes). Three larger-than-life photographs… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2014 [TOC]

Harun Farocki

Greene Naftali Gallery

September 2014

In the rear gallery, a film documents a young, naked woman with a billowy 1980s hairdo and slip-on heels who reclines stiffly, her back arched, on a small stage. She has pillows below and around her, but they don’t provide support. … READ ON

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Jill Magid

Art in General

November 2013

Ours is no doubt an age of privatization as increasingly anything can become subject to private purchase. This transfer of ownership does not only entail the object of sale but also involves ever more elaborate ways of limiting access to its… READ ON

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“Death of a Cameraman”

apexart

October 2013

A cell-phone recording filmed in Homs, Syria, in 2011 functions as the curatorial conceit for the winning entry for Apexart’s recent Unsolicited Proposal Program. A literal shot-reverse-shot culled from YouTube, the video depicts the moment… READ ON

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Francis Cape

Murray Guy

July 2013

What if the things we hold and use were manifest condensations of the ways in which we live? Such is the logic of Francis Cape’s recent exhibition “Utopian Benches.” In the gallery are seventeen poplar benches, assembled in a setup that… READ ON

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Alexandre Kojčve

The James Gallery of the CUNY Graduate Center

April 2013

In a present where posthistorical, postpolitical, and, in the field of art, postmodern ideas prevail, looking back at a past theorization on the end of history hints at what retrospective reflections on our own contemporary might look like … READ ON

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“Double Crossings”

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Schindler House

January 2013

Hans Schabus’s Los Angeles River Crossings, 2005, entailed walking the entire fifty-two-mile length of the waterway, documenting the more than one hundred overpasses that cross it. In a configuration of large tables in the gallery, this … READ ON

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Rosemarie Trockel

New Museum

December 2012

Rosemarie Trockel’s retrospective at the New Museum gives the German artist, celebrated in Europe but less known in the US, the thorough showcase she deserves. It is also a beautifully installed exhibition that finally and properly understands… READ ON

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Thomas Kilpper

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

July 2012

During the so-called cartoon crisis in 2005, the then Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen characterized the publishing and support of the caricatures of the prophet Mohammed as exemplary of Denmark’s signature defense of free speech.… READ ON

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