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Review: Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, “Winner Takes All”

alphanova & galerie futura, Berlin. One-percenters, auction flux, freelance precarity, champagne hangovers, gender imbalances, personal well-being sacrificed for fleeting moments of international fame, life guided by passion and aesthetics over stability—sounds a lot like the art world. But these are also defining factors in the world of thoroughbred horse racing, explored in the exhibition “Winner Takes All,” […]

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Review: Liz Larner

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin. Beyond the turgid layers of human construction and waste, the pristine white mountain peaks and deep, dark ocean floors are the tectonic plates that rumble, roil, and buckle on a geologic timescale. The idea of these terrestrial bodies enfolding, slipping over, and sliding beneath one another, their caresses lubricated by bubbling […]

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Review: David Douard, “Slippers of Snow”

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin. “At the center of my ironic faith, my blasphemy, is the image of the cyborg,” writes Donna J. Haraway in the opening paragraph of A Cyborg Manifesto (1991), which might as well serve as a tagline for David Douard’s current exhibition. Industrial meets biomorphic design, with rooms sectioned off with steel […]

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Review: Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, “Pantelleria”

Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin. When it comes to the soul and ethics, on what foundation should we base our measurements? Developing their ongoing interest in psychopathologies and social value systems, Belgian artist duo Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys present selections from a new sculptural series, “White Elements,” 2013–16, which they posit as a baseline […]

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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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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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Review: Viktor Pivovarov, “The Snail’s Trail”

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. Despite the suffocating grip on culture imposed by the Soviet state, a rich literary scene continued to thrive underground. This fecundity was the starting point for artists such as Viktor Pivovarov, whose long-awaited retrospective “The Snail’s Trail” includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and installations. Pivovarov was a founding […]

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Review: Erwin Wurm, “Bei Mutti”

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. Erwin Wurm has a knack for finding eureka moments in the most mundane circumstances. Domestic objects as activated by everyday people define his current exhibition, bringing together three bodies of work ranging from the early 1990s—including printed instructions on paper outlining fattening recipes—to the present, with oversize bronze and polyester sculptures that […]

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