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Jaime Davidovich (1936-2016) lived a long, appreciative (and appreciated) life. I was deeply saddened at the news of his death and knew I would miss our meandering walks… [Read More…]

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Artist, William Chambers, turns the tables and asks arts writer, Kathleen MacQueen, about the viability of arts writing and its connection to art making. He touches on a few sore points in the hierarchical status of both listening and being heard…[Read More…]

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Curator Neery Melkonian died of cancer on the evening of July 2nd yet no power structure dare silence what death itself fails to accomplish! Blind dates may be in mourning but strategies of (un)silencing continue to unfold…[Read More…]

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“Dots and Dashes, Crumbs and Ashes: Traces of Trauma’s Abstraction” is Liz Park’s and Kathleen MacQueen’s contribution to volume II of Intervalla (2014/15), featuring the art of Maria Elena Álvarez and Gwenessa Lam. [Read More…]

Still life: Rocks and Feather, photo © Kathleen MacQueen.

In the late 1970s, Milan Kundera – in the cynical equivalent to Joseph Beuys’ mantra, “We are all artists!” – bemoans the advent of hack writers: a mania, which stems, according to Kundera, from social isolation, excess leisure, and “the absence of dramatic social changes in the nation’s internal life”… [Read More…]

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Jaime Davidovich, Analia Segal, and Patricia Villalobos Echeverría – three artists from Latin America – discuss surface in relation to abstraction and how its complexity contradicts any presupposed notion of flatness… [Read More…]

Ramin Haerizadeh, Carrot Cake, Carrot Cake, Do You Have Any Nuts? 2014. Courtesy the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York.

In spite of an overwhelming profusion of monumental abstraction this gallery season by the expected array of STARtists, a number of shows offer stubborn resistance to predictability. Ironically, two stalwart anti-establishment artists are showing at one of the most prestigious galleries in the market today…[Read More…]

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Who is Suha Traboulsi? Jerry Saltz once wrote that Walid Raad’s work was like a “communiqué from a secret agent.” Isn’t it more like a witness protection program fabricating new identities around ones lost to historical disadvantage? … [Read More…]

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21st-century Baudelairean tactics would feel like a Kamikazi assault coupled with the reassurance of Gestalt therapy. They would place no one above the fray but recognize (his) her own role in a circulation of images that are lying in wait… [Read More…]

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The Moving Image art fair features a wide range of artists including Eric Dyer, Peggy Ahwesh, and Leslie Thornton. Shifting Connections highlights the meticulously rendered drawing animation by the Finnish collective IC-98… [Read More…]

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An artist yields to the expanse, selecting just enough – no more, no less – to entice you into the space…as if walking across the bare floor were to create an act of recollection (so reliant on the relation of memory to images)… [Read More…]

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I do not believe that Ed Snowden is just an ordinary person as he insists. He is exceptional as are Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald. Yet it is equally difficult to translate that truth to the realm of the ordinary; that is, to foster the kind of support that builds the indefatigable Hydra that Snowden alludes to in describing his own role… [Read More…]

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If the art world had its own Academy awards, Welcome to My World, an exhibition of artworks by students from PS140 Nathan Straus and MS324 Patria Mirabal at Artists Space Books & Talks, might well be the sleeper hit from 2014! … [Read More…]

Laura Poitras speaking at Artists Space on January 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of Artists Space.

“I go to places before they become news. I don’t follow the pack and I don’t look in the same direction as others,” says filmmaker Laura Poitras. Artists Space has provided a unique opportunity to place her most recent film, CITIZENFOUR, within the context of her 9/11 Trilogy that renders transparent the filmmaker’s interest in the story beside the story[Read More…]

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White dots form a strange constellation on a dense black wall – the outline of a zodiac raft – referring to a horrific event from 2011 by which migrants from Africa were cast adrift in the Mediterranean and left to die. Drift is a journey into the primal fear of abandon and abandonment…to be lost, to be without reckoning… [Read More…]