Installation

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[…..]

Andrew Birk: Callejero at Anonymous Gallery

Andrew Birk. Callejero, 2016; installation view, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City. Courtesy the artist and Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City.

Andrew Birk is a gringo. I don’t mention this as an insult—I’m one too, after all—but to give some context to his work. The Portland, Oregon, native has lived in Mexico City since 2011 and has a clear affinity for the cacophony and vibrancy of this dense, sprawling metropolis. It is with the fresh eyes of an outsider that Birk is able to translate the[…..]

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[…..]

Mónica Mayer: Si Tiene Dudas… Pregunte at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo

Mónica Mayer. Lo normal, 1978 (detail); print intervened with stamps, 10 cards. Courtesy of the artist and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo.

Si Tiene Dudas… Pregunte [When in Doubt… Ask] at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) is a retrocollective of works by feminist art pioneer Mónica Mayer (b. Mexico City, 1954). “Retrocollective” isn’t a very well-known term[1] and certainly not one that many artists would choose to designate their career retrospective, but Mónica Mayer isn’t like other artists. Since the late ’70s, Mayer has been[…..]

David Ireland at Walter and McBean Galleries

David Ireland. David Ireland, 2016; installation view, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute. Courtesy of San Francisco Art Institute. Photo: Gregory Goode.

Wry humor, mystery, and entropy: Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Danica Willard Sachs’ review of David Ireland’s work at the Walter and McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute. The author notes, “Throughout, Ireland draws our attention repeatedly to the material conditions of each object, the where and how of every action, rooting them in real time and space.” This article was[…..]

Kota Ezawa: Gardner Museum Revisited at Christopher Grimes Gallery

Kota Ezawa. Gardner Museum Revisited, installation view, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery.

In 2013, Kota Ezawa once gave a presentation at the California College of the Arts about a man in Japan. As he explained it, Ezawa saw a man talking on CNN, with the name of “Kota Ezawa” printed in the bumper graphic at the bottom of the screen. This onscreen Ezawa was a scientist, and as Ezawa watched the interview, he became intrigued. The name[…..]

From the Archives – Art in Limbo

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty (1970).  Image copyright Danielle Sommer.

On Tuesday, February 9, Utah’s House of Representatives will vote on whether to make Robert Smithson’s iconic land art, Spiral Jetty (1970), the state’s official work of art. If the legislation passes, Utah will become the first state to have an official work of art. Today we bring you Danielle Sommer’s reaction to the state’s initial acquisition of the work from the Dia Foundation. This[…..]