Photography

Isa Genzken: Retrospective at MCA Chicago

Installation view, Isa Genzken: Retrospective, MCA Chicago. April 12-August 3, 2014. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of Isa Genzken: Retrospective—an expansive four-decade survey of the German artist’s work at MCA Chicago featuring sculpture, film, installation, painting, and photography—is the fact that it was all made by the same person. Over the course of her career, Genzken has successfully assimilated a wide array of styles without losing sight of a handful of core concerns: architectural structure, the[…..]

Sze Tsung Leong: Horizons at Yossi Milo Gallery

Sze Tsung Leong. Lake Michigan, 2012; Chromogenic Color Print; 28” x 48”. Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery.

Mexican-born, British-American photographer Sze Tsung Leong photographs vast, spare landscapes from around the world in his ongoing series, Horizons, on view at Yossi Milo Gallery. The arrangement of photos hops from place to place while remaining visually cohesive due to the shots’ shared composition: The horizon line bisects the image at the same point in each photograph, producing the perception of a single line unrolling along the[…..]

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at Brooklyn Museum

Sam Gilliam. Red April, 1970; acrylic on canvas, 110 x 160 in. Courtesy of the Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of the Longview Foundation.

As someone born two decades after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I received visual access to the civil-rights era predominantly through photographic documentation. Black-and-white photos in history books, documentary films, and microfilm of front-page newspaper stories shaped my understanding of the period, suggesting a more or less linear sequence of events. Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, now at the Brooklyn Museum,[…..]

Katia Kameli: The Situationist Effect at Taymour Grahne Gallery

In The Situationist Effect, Katia Kameli’s first solo show in New York at Taymour Grahne Gallery, nine photographs and a short film, Futur, capture the alternately serene and crumbling landscape of Marseille, France. Images of velvety black skies and rich blue oceans contrast with scratchy fields of dead grass and stone. Many include a looming nuclear reactor in the background. Futur plays in the center of the gallery, unfurling[…..]

Will Rogan: MATRIX 253 at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Will Rogan. Erase, 2014; still from video, silent; 8:10. Courtesy of the Artist, Altman 
Siegel, San Francisco; and Laurel Gitlen, New York.

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, Maria Porges reviews Will Rogan’s exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. Viewing Will Rogan’s MATRIX show at the Berkeley Art Museum leaves one with[…..]

Eleanor Antin: Passengers at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art

Eleanor Antin, Classical Frieze; 2008; Video; 21.33 minutes. Courtesy of the Artist and Diane Rosenstein Fine Art. Photo: Lenae Day.

Passengers where are you going? from here to there? do you ever get there? i don’t know why not? i’m only a passenger—just like you (from an Egyptian tomb) As you round the corner of the entryway at Diane Rosenstein where this phrase is visible, the first works on view in Eleanor Antin’s Passengers are two massive photographs from her 2004 series Roman Allegories. Going[…..]

Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Carrie Mae Weems. Guggenheim Bilbao, 2006; Digital Chromogenic Print; 72 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Currently at the small Studio Museum in Harlem, visitors will find several black-and-white photographs by Carrie Mae Weems, each of which captures the artist dressed in a simple, long black dress. Her pose—tall and regal, with strong shoulders and a long, straight spine—rhythmically repeats itself throughout the gallery. These photographs depict Weems standing outside some of art’s most celebrated institutions, including the Louvre, the Tate[…..]