Category Shifting Connections

Between nothing and everything

“The Last International” takes up the utopian impulse that transported the First International from Europe to New York City in 1872. Sidestepping theatrical convention through a mélange of genres from symposium to improvisation to multimedia and storytelling, Raqs Media Collective upends time and space from the moment one hands over a ticket and enters… [Read More…]

Who is listening?

Artist Suzanne Lacy seeks to rectify the absence of women’s voices by creating platforms for their speech. In mid-October just as the days felt shorter and the late afternoons were cooling considerably, she initiated a performance of over 300 feminist participants for “Between the Door and the Street”…. [Read More…]

Fall Variations: Shows by women artists

Art critic Deborah Solomon announced on WNYC recently that canonical white male artists were prominent on the scene this fall in New York’s major museums but these exhibitions don’t occlude the presence of some outstanding women artists in installations scattered throughout the city… [Read More…]

Virtual Venice

I fully intended to view this year’s Venice Biennale but care-giving took precedence over profession and I had no choice but to content myself with reading (rather than writing) the reviews…that is, until I downloaded Dutch artist Jonas Staal’s free app and went on my own virtual tour, a perusal of the ideological nature of national pavilions… [Read More…]

Benches – Pure and Simple?

For the sculptor Francis Cape, benches are where We Sit Together and he often organizes group talks in the various venues where he exhibits this work. But sitting on a bench is not as agreeable as it first seems and, as Rossella Biscotti shows us in The Trial, not always a welcoming proposition… [Read More…]

Summer Shorts II

Imran Qureshi creates an image of immemorial dying – the unremitting onslaught of cruelty – covering the rooftop tiles of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In an intervention of reduced form, he assuages an emotional outpouring of abstract expressionist torment with subtle brush strokes… [Read More…]

Summer Shorts

Call it a gender thing but I don’t find Paul McCarthy’s WS – spilling out over the vast drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory – either cathartic or amusing. I have a completely different take, however, on Robert Irwin’s Scrim Veil – Black Rectangle – Natural Light at the Whitney Museum. This space of almost nothing is more than enough for dialogue… [Read More…]

Strange Pilgrims

On any given day, hundreds and if not thousands of visitors climb the steps to enter the nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Among the worshippers this summer is a strange flock descended like figures of the Antichrist poised to engender fear while others like fallen angels plead for forgiveness through glistening eyes… [Read More…]

Questionable Consensus

Protests over a park in the heart of Istanbul are the culmination of a series of non-consensual urban initiatives that have taken place in the past decade under AKP leadership. They reflect the anger and frustration of Istanbullites, who want more public debate on major urban projects… [Read More…]

Documentary Uncertainty

Within a structure that resembles an itinerary, with an introduction as check in and section headings outlining three different potential departure plans, T.J. Demos sets out, in The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis, to chart the relationship between art, documentary, and a post-1989 global economy… [Read More…]

Nayda Collazo-Llorens: An Exercise in Numbness & Other Tales

An Exercise in Numbness & Other Tales, exhibited last fall at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, was Nayda Collazo-Llorens’ largest solo exhibition to date. It included Unfolding the Triangle: Lake Michigan as the 3rd and final installation that maps where the artist has lived and worked – New York, Pittsburgh, and now… [Read More…]

Winter Notations

For WINTER NOTATIONS, Shifting Connections highlights two color-intensive exhibitions – Suzan Frecon at David Zwirner and Alighiero Boetti at Gladstone Gallery. [Read More…]

In Sight/In Mind: Yevgeniy Fiks

Yevgeniy Fiks‘s 3rd solo exhibition at Winkleman Gallery – Homosexuality Is Stalin’s Atom Bomb to Destroy America – derives its title from a 1953 article by Cold War pundit Arthur Guy Mathews. There is no mistaking the homophobic intent of Matthews’s remarks, nor Fiks’s irony by layering images of the first Soviet atom bomb tests with Cold War rhetoric… [Read More…]

Nancy Spero: Tell it slant

Since the late 1960s and early 1970s when Nancy Spero created the War Series, Artaud Paintings and Codex Artaud, she strove for the validity of the poor image before its appearance in a new millennial discourse of resistance: the image that is hastily executed and viewed from peripheral vision – “slant” – glanced at rather than observed from a fixed and diagnostic point of view. [Read More…]

Francis Alÿs: Suspended interference

For Francis Alÿs: “Poetic license operates like a hiatus—an agent provocateur, a short circuit—into the apathy of a situation that finds itself in the state of political, social, confessional, ethnic, economic or military crisis or lethargy.” He incorporates walking into his practice to navigate the relation between mental, physical, and aesthetic realms… [Read More…]