7 days ago | Visual Arts
It's a withering irony of the human condition that decimation often lays the foundation for progress. In the early twentieth century, as it endured the ruinous repercussions of brutal and unrelenting political and ideological struggles, Russia als...
13 days ago | Visual Arts
"The world is a ruin, but we go on living in it," wrote British-born, Berlin-based artist/writer Hannah Black as the punctuating thought to a bracing Artforum review of last year's 9th Berlin Biennale. Although she graduated with an MFA in experim...
21 days ago | Visual Arts
The great German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven (1941–2009) believed herself first and foremost to be a writer. As she told her friend Sol LeWitt in a letter from 1973: "I write/I don't describe/writing writing/there is nothing to describe." Alt...
1 month ago | Visual Arts
As an exhibition, the Whitney's "Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016" is a real disappointer. Its premise is unwieldy, unfocused: to trace the ways in which moving-image technologies have changed how artists present (and represent) the...
2 months ago | Books
February 10, 1971, on a Wednesday night in the East Village, a full moon glowed in the wintry sky over St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery. Inside, a group of New York's most cutting-edge scene-makers gathered at the Poetry Project to hear a reading b...
2 months ago | Visual Arts
Turner Prize–winning artist Mark Leckey has always been possessed of the mischievous spirit of Pop — "pop" as in "the popular," of course, but also as in "to puncture," "to let the air out." Of the same generation as the notorious "Young British A...