Art Review

Review: Michael Rakowitz, “The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours”

Graham Foundation & Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. Tracing and assembling fin de siécle architectural decor and cultural artefacts from cataclysmic events of the era, Michael Rakowitz unmasks the enduring imprints of collective trauma. For this exhibition, he constructs a reliquary and a craftsman’s workshop dedicated to the sordid history of the Armenian genocide, relating historical events […]

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Artforum

Review: Amy Sillman, “the ALL-OVER”

PORTIKUS, Frankfurt. Crackerjack painter Amy Sillman kicks the bucket (of paint, that is) in her current exhibition, conjuring AbEx ghosts so she can slay them with her spirited, calligraphic line work. Her version of abstract painting is more than alive—it is animated. A humorous digital video, Kick the Bucket (loop for Portikus), 2016, echoes from […]

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Review: Andrey Bogush, “When Everything Is Over So We Can Discuss”

Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. Data to computer scientists is as concrete as atoms to nuclear physicists or DNA to biologists. Although generally considered in abstract terms, these elements function as the foundational building blocks of our perceptible world. Take digital images for example: What we see on screen are not apparitions but tangible visual […]

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Modern Painters

Review: Ryan Gander, “The Connectivity Suite (and other places)”

Esther Schipper, Berlin. Art can, at times, feel like magic: Mix materials with a sleight of hand, master the showmanship, distract with a story, and voilà!—you’ve created something from nothing. But to pull off the trick, one must conjure an audience’s imagination. To similar effect, the constituent parts of multi-media artist Ryan Gander’s exhibition “The […]

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Review: Débora Delmar Corp., “*Headquarters*”

DUVE, Berlin. Liquids and liquidity are the targets for Mexican artist Débora Delmar, self-branded as Débora Delmar Corp., in this exhibition—an addendum to her commercial juice-bar project at the Akademie der Künste for the Ninth Berlin Biennale. Riffing on the “Silicon Allee” start-up culture permeating the city, Delmar turns the gallery into fictitious corporate marketing […]

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Review: Claire Fontaine, “May our enemies not prosper”

Galerie Neu, Berlin. Reflecting on complicity with the status quo and the necessary role of political art, the artist collective Claire Fontaine takes on the refugee crisis in Europe, economic exploitation, and environmental collapse for the current exhibition here. Symbolic gestures in painting and sculpture are presented as counterpoints to the general mood of resignation […]

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