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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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Modern Painters

Reviews In Brief: Berlin

Various Locations, Berlin. Steve Reinke Isabella Bortolozzi // March 15–April 9 With his postcard-size needlepoint works and found Polaroids of masturbating men, Reinke revisits the parallels between an artist’s “creative act” and la petite mort (“the little death”), or the moment of orgasm. Themes of self-exposure continue in two films that mix archival footage with video […]

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