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A Pan-American Alchemy: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons at the PEM

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Alchemy of the Soul, Elixir for the Spirits, 2015. Peabody Essex Museum. © 2016 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker.

From our friends at Big Red & Shiny, today we bring you a review of Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Author Leah Triplett Harrington offers a thoughtful, revelatory perspective on Campos-Pons’s work, exploring its relationship to themes of memory, exile, and labor. Triplett Harrington states, “Sugar is produced from backbreaking labor, and its ubiquitous popularity cultivated a taste for brutal control and economic dominance among the merchants[…..]

Who Among Us… The Art of Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle at the Museum of the African Diaspora

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle. The Sower, 2015; India ink, acrylic paint, and polyfilm on wood panel; 11 x 14 in. Courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery and the Artist.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Matthew Harrison Tedford’s review of Who Among Us… The Art of Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. The author notes, “[…] I came to see the entire exhibition as Kentifrica—not just an imaginary place, but a dream, a revision, or a projection of a continent that could have been or[…..]

LOVE IV: Cold Shower at the Schinkel Pavillon

Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne. LOVE IV: Cold Shower, 2016; installation view, the Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin. Courtesy of the Artists and the Schinkel Pavillon.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Amanda Ribas Tugwell reviews LOVE IV: Cold Shower at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin. The fourth iteration of Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne’s LOVE series, Cold Shower packs[…..]

Unbreakable: Interview with Larissa Sansour

Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind. In The Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain, 2015 (film still). Courtesy the Artists and Lawrie Shabibi.

From our friends at REORIENT, today we bring you an interview with Palestinian video artist Larissa Sansour. Author Abdellatif R. Abdeljawad talks with Sansour about rewriting histories, science fiction as a vehicle to explore the Palestinian condition, and the inherent political nature of art. Abdeljawad says of Sansour’s most recent work, In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain, on view at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai through March 3: “Sansour’s film (made in[…..]

From the Archives – Fan Mail: Wendy Given

Wendy Given. On Myth and magic No. 14: Chrysalis, 2010: C-print; 40” x 60” inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Today we’re looking back at our Fan Mail series to reconsider the work of artist Wendy Given, who “uses the component parts of a visual language used for telling folkloric tales that are, as the artist says, ‘inspired by narrative literature from all over the world.’” Given recently had work in an exhibition at the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University, and in April 2016[…..]

Printed Matters – Daniel Coburn: The Hereditary Estate

Daniel Coburn. The Matriarch, from The Hereditary Estate, Kehrer Verlag, 2014.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Larissa Archer’s review of the photography book The Hereditary Estate by Daniel Coburn. The author writes, “It’s the eyes of Coburn’s subjects that will haunt you. The elders seem to have seen everything, leaving them with marked brows and broken hearts. The younger adults seem by turns thoughtsick and mistrustful to downright hardboiled and malicious. The children, however,[…..]

Ellen Berkenblit at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Ellen Berkenblit. Pantherella Fine English Socks, 2015; oil, charcoal and paint stick on linen; 92 x 76 in. Courtesy of the Artist, Anton Kern, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles. Photo: Adam Reich.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Claire Colette reviews Ellen Berkenblit at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles. On view now at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Ellen Berkenblit’s new paintings[…..]