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Review: Jérôme Bel, “Gala”

HAU, Berlin. Enter downstage centre: a projection of a theatre nearly identical to the one in which you sit. In the image, decorously arranged rows of empty, red velvet seats face a red velvet curtain draped from ceiling to floor. The image then disappears and is replaced by another empty theatre, followed by another. A […]

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Focus: Daniel Gustav Cramer, “Time Travels”

A pale, closed book lies on a walnut table,its tattered page edges facing the viewer. The table is set low in the frame, leaving a vacuous space above. This still life photograph, Untitled (Eusebius – Jerome) (2009) by Berlin-based artist Daniel Gustav Cramer, takes as its subject one of mankind’s earliest attempts at a universal […]

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Review: Roman Liška, “Research ‘N Motion”

DUVE Gallery, Berlin. Research ‘N Motion was the self-describing title of Roman Liška’s first solo show atDUVE. Liška is a young painter, fresh from graduate school, who uses mixed media collages, comprising abstract printed media and textured surfaces, to critique art world economies. In lieu of a press release, a letter-headed handout simply stated, ‘This […]

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Review: Bernard Piffaretti, “Mitte”

Klemm’s, Berlin. For Mitte – French abstract painter Bernard Piffaretti’s first Berlin solo show – ten large, enigmatic and flirtatiously bright paintings hung conservatively in a row along the walls of the main gallery: a variety pack of formal studies composed of geometric blocks of color, bold intersecting lines and letterings, equally balanced across canvases […]

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Review: Ed Atkins, “Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths”

Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths (2013) – the main piece and title of Ed Atkins’ solo show at Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie – begins with the parting of a curtain of luscious computer-animated hair to expose a fantasy world of synthesized computer graphics. Projected onto a large screen propped in the corner […]

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