Reviews

'Eden's Edge: Fifteen LA Artists' at Hammer Museum

'Eden's Edge: Fifteen LA Artists' at Hammer Museum

Christopher Bedford

Though Los Angeles is now considered a center for artistic production in the United States second only to New York, the burgeoning contemporary art scene here is by any normal measure still in its infancy...

Chen Xiaoyun at MC

Chen Xiaoyun at MC

Danielle Adair Correll

In Chen Xiaoyun's first US solo show, 'Faint', the artist seems to ask us to consider how we derive meaning from narrative. His video work has a literary quality, though his use of overly wrought symbols empties this underlying narrative desire of any moral reward...

'The 80s: A Topology' at Museu Serralves

'The 80s: A Topology' at Museu Serralves

Pedro de Llano

Eight years after it opened, Porto's Museu Serralves has organised an ambitious historical survey that occupies its whole gallery surface. Following in the steps of 'Circa 1968', the exhibition of works from the late 1960s and 70s that inaugurated the building in 1999...

Robert Beavers at Tate Modern

Robert Beavers at Tate Modern

'I think of filmmaking like architecture,' Robert Beavers writes in the program notes for his month-long retrospective at Tate Modern, where the complete cycle of his films were shown in a rare series of screenings

Judy Fiskin at Angles Gallery

Judy Fiskin at Angles Gallery

Christopher Bedford

In her recent show at Angles Gallery (2006), Judy Fiskin showed a grainy, black and white Super-8 film titled The End of Photography (2006). As the declarative title suggests, much is at stake in this project...

John Noel Smith at Fenderesky Gallery

John Noel Smith at Fenderesky Gallery

Christopher Bedford

The paintings in John Noel Smith's most recent exhibition at Fenderesky Gallery each display an obdurate commitment to a narrow set of formal problems, recalling the practice of Smith's renowned countryman, Sean Scully...

Feelings Are Facts: A Life, by Yvonne Rainer

Feelings Are Facts: A Life, by Yvonne Rainer

Ian White

Yvonne Rainer was a key figure in New York throughout the extraordinary cultural re-evaluations that occurred during the 1960s, experimenting actively within the new paradigms of minimalism and conceptual art as a dancer, choreographer and filmmaker...

Harrell Fletcher at LAXART

Harrell Fletcher at LAXART

Arthur Ou

War memorials bear the constant duty to point towards fragments of the past, framing and reifying that which we sanction as official history. Although these monuments stand in for our memories, there is often a determined effort to forget - to misremember and to disremember the past.

Vija Celmins at the Hammer Museum

Vija Celmins at the Hammer Museum

Christopher Bedford

With every scrupulously placed graphite stroke, Vija Celmins's deceptively analytical drawings bear down on the question of representation and throw into high relief both the power and the limits of the drawing medium...

John Bock at Regen Projects

John Bock at Regen Projects

Andrew Berardini

Just as the young Cy Twombly's foray into military cryptology later informed his gestural abstraction and childlike scribbles, John Bock's double degree in art and economics now seems inextricably linked to the understanding of his practice..

'If I Can't Dance...' at De Appel

'If I Can't Dance...' at De Appel

Bart van der Heide

Curators Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher have been exploring their desired synergy between 'celebration' and 'the ability of art to take a political and critical stance' in a series of performance projects that operate in response to Emma Goldman's declaration, 'If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution'...

Mike Kelley at the Louvre

Mike Kelley at the Louvre

Jian-Xing Too

Mike Kelley's show at the Louvre is in the Salle de la Maquette, down below with the medieval moats.1 His installation Profondeurs Vertes ('green depths') coincides with the exhibition 'American Artists and the Louvre', presented two floors above...

Lorna Simpson at LA MOCA

Lorna Simpson at LA MOCA

Andrew Berardini

Lorna Simpson's mid-career survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles dazzles and disappoints in equal parts...

Reconsiderations: Robert Henri

Reconsiderations: Robert Henri

James Welling

Robert Henri (1865-1929) is acknowledged as America's greatest art teacher of the first half of the 20th century. His students are legion: George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Arthur Dove, even Arshile Gorky...

Coco Fusco at MC

Coco Fusco at MC

Julie Brown

Coco Fusco’s recent exhibit at MC included the photographic series Bare Life Study #1, a fictional military interrogation training manual for women, an enigmatic presentation of real manuals on a desk...