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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Art in America

Review: Gülsün Karamustafa, “Chronographia”

Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. Gülsün Karamustafa’s work explores the processes of modernization, political turbulence, and civil rights issues that have arisen in Turkish society in a period that spans, among other events, the military coups of 1960, 1971, and 1980. Her retrospective at the Hamburger Bahnhof consists of videos, sculptures, installations, and paintings from the 1970s […]

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Artforum

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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Artforum

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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Artforum

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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Art-Agenda

Review: “Madrid Roundup”

Various Location, Madrid. In 2015, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared that the financial crisis, which began when global markets collapsed in 2008, was over, but that its legacy still endured.(1) When recession hits, luxury goods dealers are among the first to panic, and the art market is no exception; but luckily for Spain, government […]

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Artforum

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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Flash Art International

Review: Nathalie du Pasquier, “Big Objects Not Always Silent”

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. Integrating thirty-five years of production in painting, sculpture, drawing and pattern design, Nathalie du Pasquier’s survey charts an exercise in object permanence. Compositions of simple household items like cups, plates, bottles, tools and motors are assembled with abstract geometric forms in repeated permutation, neutralizing their hierarchy. Left in their raw state or […]

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Modern Painters

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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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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