Sherman Sam

Maria Taniguchi

May 2016

Known for a diverse practice that includes video, sculpture, and printmaking, since 2008 Maria Taniguchi has also been making black paintings that schematically depict a wall of tiny black bricks. Her recent London show included eight such … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2016 [TOC]

Hany Armanious

Southard Reid

April 2016

Walter Benjamin famously asserted that reproduction and dissemination diminishes the auratic quality of an original artwork. Hany Armanious, however, tries to prove the opposite. Known for re-creating objects in polyurethane resin, his uncanny,… READ ON

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Odd and Evenly

The 20th Biennale of Sydney

April 2016 SYDNEY

RAISING THE DEAD seems to be the hot trend in biennials. So it should come as no surprise that Stephanie Rosenthal’s first such exhibition should have a work by Malevich as its centerpiece. The London-based curator’s doctoral thesis took… READ ON

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Raoul De Keyser

March 2016

Although this exhibition, “Raoul De Keyser: Drift,” curated by Ulrich Loock, included forty-eight paintings spanning four decades, at its heart were the artist’s final works, from 2012: a group of twenty-two small paintings collectively… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2016 [TOC]

Merlin James

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

February 2016

Merlin James sometimes refers to his activity as “easel painting,” and it makes sense, considering the intimate scale and historic subject matter he usually works with. This survey, which covers over three decades of production and contains… READ ON

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B. Wurtz

February 2016

KNOW THYSELF, reads a 1992 B. Wurtz assemblage, Untitled (sock piece #7). The Delphic maxim is scrawled on a piece of canvas flanked by a pair of mauve tube socks. Is the artist talking to us? Or to the artwork itself? It might well be a … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2016 [TOC]

National Treasure

The opening of the Singapore National Gallery of Art

January 2016 SINGAPORE

AFTER A DECADE OF GESTATION, with numerous architectural ebbs and flows, Singapore’s own National Gallery of Art has finally arrived. Created out of two colonial-era architectural icons, the City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, and … READ ON

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Mark Flood

January 2016

In certain societies, cannibals ate their opponents to acquire knowledge. Maybe that’s why one of Mark Flood’s more notorious paintings is emblazoned with the phrase EAT HUMAN FLESH. Although none of the Texan’s thirteen recent works … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2016 [TOC]

Michelle Grabner

Rocket Gallery

December 2015

For over twenty years, Michelle Grabner has taken the vernacular patterns of domesticity as a departure point for the creation of abstract paintings. For “Gingham,” her latest exhibition, the artist transmogrifies this common, happy-looking,… READ ON

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Phoebe Unwin

Wilkinson Gallery

December 2015

Unlike Phoebe Unwin’s previous exhibitions, where mostly large, colorful paintings utilized a number approaches to attack a wide range of subjects, this comparatively restrained show of seventeen new works, “Distant People and Self-Soothing… READ ON

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