Modern Painters

Review: Marianne Vlaschits, “a disturbance travelling through a medium”

DUVE, Berlin. The reawakened rally cry “The Future is Female” has been picking up steam; and a speculative vision of this future is exactly where Austrian artist Vlaschits transports audiences in this exhibition. Combining her long-standing interests in astrophysics and cosmic research with feminist politics and flamboyantly kooky fantasies, Vlaschits converts the exhibition space into […]

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Review: Magali Reus, “Quarters”

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. Uniting a play on scale with quirky interior-versus-exterior artifacts, Magali Reus’s exhibition “Quarters” showcases two meticulously produced and heterogeneous series. On low-lying plinths, the series “In Place of” (all works 2015) consists of thematic floor sculptures cast from street curbs and adorned with miniaturized, domestic, or found objects, taking on the […]

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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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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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Review: Taryn Simon, “Action Research/The Stagecraft of Power”

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. This exhibition brings together two recent bodies of taxonomic work by New York–based Simon—“Paperwork, and the Will of Capital” (2015) and “Black Square” (2006–ongoing)—each comprising a series of photographs and a single accompanying sculpture. As an artist, Simon prides herself on her ability to catalogue sociopolitical issues generally hidden […]

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Review: Christian Jankowski, “Retrospektive”

Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. In a perverted display of sincerity and vanity, prankster darling of the art world Jankowski invited German actress Nina Hoss to curate a midcareer retrospective of his work. This kitschy spectacle of hiring a famed performer as novice curator— although in line with his interest in role reversals, referenced within the exhibition by […]

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