EXHIBITION REVIEWS


Ways of Seeing: Manifesta 11 and the 9th Berlin Biennale
Zurich + Berlin - 2016
The Exhibitionist Blog

June witnessed the opening of two important European biennials. Manifesta 11, curated by the artist Christian Jankowski and titled What People Do for Money, opened in Zurich on June 11; the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by the DIS collective and titled The Present in Drag, opened in Berlin on June 6. These exhibitions propose to explore the present, yet employ profoundly different strategies and intentions to do so, starting with their titles. What People Do for Money implicates multiple actors and embraces an active, sprawling, questioning stance. The Present in Drag, by contrast, deliberately embodies a singular present, one whose glamorous surfaces produce a cloying yet somehow captivating field. (Full Review Here)


Matthew Barney: River of Fundament
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles - 2015
Studio International


Film, opera, sculpture, ancient Egypt, contemporary industrial America, Normal Mailer – this exhibition has it all. But making sense of Matthew Barney’s five-hour, epic film and the works inspired by and made for it, is not easy – nor is it meant to be. (Full Review Here)


Noah Davis: Imitation of Wealth
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles - 2015

Studio International

The opening of this exhibition, which should have been a day of celebration, sadly became a day of mourning marking the death of the artist at the age of 32. In what has become Davis’s final completed project, his intellect and passion for art and ideas shine through.
(Full Review Here)


April Street: Lay Down Your Arms
Various Small Fires - 2015

Studio International

April Street’s solo exhibition Lay Down Your Arms, currently on view at the West Hollywood gallery Various Small Fires, is both visually engaging and spatially distinct. The show includes a range of artworks in varying forms — sculptural installation, five-channel audio, painting, bronze, and painted and stretched sheen hosiery. (Full Review Here)


Cut to Swipe
Museum of Modern Art, New York - 2014

Studio International

With works from the 1980s to the present that appropriate, and sometimes manipulate, images and sound from television, film, the internet and radio, MoMA’s Cut to Swipe explores the rapidly changing nature of visual culture across digital and social media. 
(Full Review Here)


Robert Gober: The Heart is Not a Metaphor
Museum of Modern Art, New York - 2014

Studio International

Robert Gober is perhaps best-known for his deceptively simple sculptures – in particular his sinks – but this large-scale survey of his work at MoMA, including drawings, print and photographs, draws us in to the intricacies of the artist’s storytelling. 
(Full Review Here)


Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York - 2014

Studio International

In Düsseldorf, West Germany, amid the tumultuous aftermath of the Second World War, two German artists—Heinz Mack and Otto Piene—founded Group Zero in 1957. Later joined by fellow German artist Günther Uecker in 1961, the three sought to reinvent art in the postwar era and create a vision toward a transformed future through myriad artistic forms: performance, painting, sculpture, exhibition, publication, film, and installation.  (Full Review Here)


An Exhibition, Postpartum
Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg
Et al. - 2013

Art Practical

Located in the basement of a very small Chinese laundry, Union Cleaners, on the border between Chinatown and the Financial District, the relatively new commercial-arts space Et al has presented an interesting program of group and solo exhibitions with a number of artists varying in age and medium.  (Full Review Here)


An Exhibition, Postpartum
Fault Lines
Kadist Art Foundation - 2013

Art Practical

The Kadist Art Foundation has become known for its robust and dynamic events-based programming. In March of this year, Kadist introduced a new element to its programming called the 24 Hour Exhibition. (Full Article Here)


An Exhibition, Postpartum
Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - 2013

Art Practical

Time and again, Zarouhie Abdalian changes her work in radical yet contextually appropriate ways. While many artists become wedded to the expression of one idea or one medium, Abdalian’s flexibility and inclusively critical engagement with the world around her is emerging as a trademark of her work.  (Full Article Here)


An Exhibition, Postpartum
External Combustion
di Rosa - 2013
Art Practical

Subversion is sometimes about things left unsaid, and that inspiring and educated art is made on the periphery. External Combustion: Four Sacramento Sculptors, in the Gatehouse Gallery at di Rosa in Napa, is refreshingly unpretentious and simple in its presentation of four Sacramento artists, each of whose work follows the lineage of California Conceptual art. (Full Article Here)


No Medium: Craig Dworkin
SF Camerawork - 2013

 
Craig Dworkin’s No Medium is an alternately confounding yet strikingly lucid review of artworks that explicitly push against yet are indelibly marked by their form, or more appropriately, their medium. The categorization of No Medium resides somewhere among the subjects of art history, critical theory, and Zen Buddhism and employs a touch of formal experimentation of its own. (Full Review Here)


Elisheva Biernoff: Look Out
Eli Ridgway Gallery

Art Practical - 2013

In her newest exhibition, Look Out, at Eli Ridgway Gallery, Elisheva Biernoff delivers the delicacy, nostalgia, and execution we have come to expect from her. Between the small photorealist paintings—copies of decades-old found photographs—and the work House of Cards (2012–13), which references both painting and famous cultural icons (less celebrity and more historically significant), Biernoff impresses with her penchant for the miniature and the meticulous. (Full Review Here)