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The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts appoints James Voorhies as Director

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts appoints James Voorhies as Director

February 5, 2014 at 7:11 am / 0 comments

We are delighted to announce the appointment of James Voorhies as the first John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, effective February 5, 2014. He will be responsible for the development and presentation of exhibitions and public programming, and will […]

 
Notes on The Marienbad Sessions

Notes on The Marienbad Sessions

October 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm / 0 comments

The Marienbad Sessions is part of the exhibition Last Year at Marienbad redux, which I curated for the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. It is a physically and conceptually integrated component, defined by a 500 square-foot area in a 2100 square-foot gallery playing host to a series of […]

 
Simon Fujiwara, “Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex)” in New York

Simon Fujiwara, “Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex)” in New York

August 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm / 0 comments

In the video a man’s voice describes the “King Kong Komplex” as a fear of dark-haired mammals characterized by destructive forces associated with, as we are told, the “rise and fall of colonialism.” The video and statement are part of Berlin-based artist Simon Fujiwara’s Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex), an […]

 
“Under My Shoe” Guillaume Leblon at MASS MoCA

“Under My Shoe” Guillaume Leblon at MASS MoCA

June 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm / 0 comments

Visitors to MASS MoCA inevitably comment on the impressive architecture of this former factory complex once home to manufacturers like Sprague Electric and Arnold Print Works. Artists exhibiting at MASS MoCA inevitably remark on the challenges posed by said architecture: its massive scale, numerous pillars, wood-beamed ceilings, walls of windows […]

 
Annelies Štrba in Leipzig, Germany

Annelies Štrba in Leipzig, Germany

April 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm / 0 comments

This winter before leaving Germany, frieze d/e asked me to write a review of an exhibition by Annelies Štrba at Galerie EIGEN+ART in Leipzig. The exhibition took place at the Spinnerei, an immense 19th-century factory complex where raw cotton was once turned into fine thread. Today, the Spinnerei is home to a vibrant scene […]

 
“Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault” in Basel

“Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault” in Basel

March 1, 2013 at 1:43 am / 1 comment

My review of Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault at Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland is now online at frieze.com.

 
h = 400 cm by Karin Sander at Esther Schipper in Berlin

h = 400 cm by Karin Sander at Esther Schipper in Berlin

January 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm / 0 comments

In a recent exhibition at Esther Schipper, an interior wall with exposed metal studs and gray gypsum panels lies horizontal on the gallery floor. Another wall that once enclosed an office is also pulled down and now a horizontal plane. As a result, an administrator’s desk and large windows overlooking […]

 
“If it looks like art it probably isn’t” at Archive Kabinett in Berlin

“If it looks like art it probably isn’t” at Archive Kabinett in Berlin

December 27, 2012 at 10:27 am / 0 comments

That is the statement in bright white neon script that visitors see at the entrance to Archive Kabinett on Dieffenbachstraße in Berlin. It is a work by Warren Neidich and a fitting introduction to Archive, which isn’t exactly what it looks like. Archive takes the form of a bookstore. But […]

 
“Attraction and Repulsion in What it All Means” in Texte zur Kunst

“Attraction and Repulsion in What it All Means” in Texte zur Kunst

December 14, 2012 at 8:33 am / 0 comments

The focus of Texte zur Kunst #88 is “The Question of Value.” This edition features essays by Isabelle Graw (“The Value of the Art Commodity”), André Orléan (“What is the Economic Value Worth”), Diedrich Diederichsen (“Time, Object, Commodity”) and, fittingly, an artist edition by Jeff Koons that examine the underlying […]

 
Toleration Deluxe by Nihad Nino Pušija

Toleration Deluxe by Nihad Nino Pušija

December 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm / 0 comments

Duldung Deluxe (Toleration Deluxe) is a photographic research and publication project by the Berlin-based, Bosnian artist Nihad Nino Pušija. It explores living conditions under which Roma youth from Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia exist in Germany today. Pušija’s subjects, like himself, came from the states of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s […]