Reviews



Patricia Bellan-Gillen. Willful Wondering:  Drawings 2011-2016

Patricia Bellan-Gillen. Willful Wondering: Drawings 2011-2016

Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh

By Kristina Olson
Roaming this large exhibition of recent drawings was akin to stepping into a life-sized children’s pop-up book. Patricia Bellan-Gillen’s prolific output over the last five years comes in three formats included here: smaller colored pencil and collaged works, painterly large-scale pencil and acrylic [...]



Andra Ursuta: Alps

Andra Ursuta: Alps

New Museum - New York
By Kim Power
The spring exhibit “Andra Ursuta: Alps” at the New Museum in New York City feels very much like an abandoned set design from the original Star Trek (1966) series, empty of actors to bring to life a room of props. The entrance to the installation is guarded [...]



Nino Cais: Teach Me How to Dance

Nino Cais: Teach Me How to Dance

Fridman Gallery - New York
By Kim Power
Nino Cais’ first solo show in North America at the Fridman Gallery asks Teach Me How to Dance, openly engaging the viewer to actively participate in the interpretation of a personally visual haiku of objects and their relational meanings. Cais, a Brazilian conceptual artist of humble beginnings, [...]



Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future

Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future

Pérez Art Museum - Miami
Curated by María Elena Ortiz

By Raisa Clavijo
At Pérez Art Museum, New York-based Carlos Motta (Bogota, 1978) presents an exhibition through which he explores extremely contradictory positions about sexuality and eroticism in indigenous and European cultures during the conquest and colonization of Latin America. His research addresses the way in [...]



Christopher Knowles: In a Word

Christopher Knowles: In a Word

Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia
Curated by Anthony Elms and Hilton Als.
By Frederick Gross
The poet John Ashbery once called Christopher Knowles’ typed pictographic works “pure Conceptualism,” and this exhibition, co-curated by chief curator Anthony Elms and guest curator Hilton Als, certainly make a case for Knowles’ inclusion among notable artists of the 1970s [...]



Corinne Wasmuht

Corinne Wasmuht

SCAD Museum of Art - Savannah, GA
By Todd Schroeder
A technological dream space full of paradoxes: repetitions and multiple entrances, a space for narrative that leads nowhere in particular. Hers is a painting in which the flat pattern of pixelated camouflage and the deep depth of Renaissance perspective fight for space, in which the [...]



Lari Pittman: Nuevos Caprichos

Lari Pittman: Nuevos Caprichos

Gladstone Gallery - New York
By Craig Drennen
Lari Pittman occupies a special place in the world of contemporary painting. His exhibitions in the mid-1990s had paintings so energized by their own amphetamine crackle that they looked ready to explode out of their frames. The patterns, pilgrims, books, words (”CUM”), numbers (”69″), credit cards, caution [...]



Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker

Cheim & Read - New York
By Craig Drennen
Jonathan Lasker’s recent solo exhibition at Cheim & Read looks remarkably relevant right now. It’s easy to forget how few painters from the Neo-Geo era survived unscathed into the 21st century without looking dated and overwrought. There’s an even smaller number who’ve gotten continually better over [...]



Pepón Osorio: reForm

Pepón Osorio: reForm

Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art - Philadelphia
By Carla Acevedo-Yates

In every major city in the United States, public schools are closing in disenfranchised neighborhoods at a precipitous rate. The city of Philadelphia is no exception, where 24 public schools were shuttered in 2013 alone. Seemingly a part of a master plan of [...]



Man in the Mirror

Man in the Mirror

Vanhaerents Art Collection - Brussels
Curated by Emma Dexter and Walter Vanhaerents
By Steve Schepens
The concept of the mirror is of great significance for literature, philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis, art, design, architecture and not in the least the construction market for bathrooms. In art, the mirror is the number one subject of all time. The mirror can [...]