Photography

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery

Jean-Ulrick Désert. Negerhosen2000 / The Travel Albums, 2003. From a series of forty digitally printed images, pigmented inks, and pencil on archival paper with mixed media collage. 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. Courtesy the artist.

How is Blackness performed?  Most African American contemporary artists will admit in confidence that they are often expected to perform their Blackness for the power players of the art mainstream, regardless of their choice of artistic medium. Artists working in two dimensions such as Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Wangechi Mutu have gained currency by creating work that makes the construction of black identity[.....]

Newsha Tavakolian at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

From our friends at Artillery magazine, today we bring you a review of Newsha Tavakolian‘s work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Author Ellie Shoja notes: “…Tavakolian’s women seem to use their societal limitations to trigger an internal process of private empowerment…” This article was originally published on November 20, 2013. Since she began her career as a photojournalist at the age of 16, Newsha[.....]

Tracey Moffatt: Spirit Landscapes at Tyler Rollins Fine Art / Spectrum Queer Media at New Parkway Theater

AS I LAY BACK ON MY ANCESTRAL LAND NO. 2, TRACEY MOFFATT, 2013
DIGITAL PRINT
49 X 72 IN. (125 X 184 CM), EDITION OF 8

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. This week, we have two Shotgun Reviews for our readers! In the first, Bansie Vasvani reviews Tracey Moffatt’s Spirit Landscapes at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in New York City. In the second, Felicia Hayes[.....]

Sophie Calle: Absence at Paula Cooper Gallery

© 2013 Sophie Calle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 
Courtesy of Sophie Calle and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert

In 2005, Sophie Calle’s mother found out she had breast cancer. In 2006, as her mother lay dying, Calle set up a camera at her deathbed and recorded the entire process. “I wanted to be there, to hear the last word,” she told ARTINFO. “I didn’t know if she would have something to tell me at the last minute.” She did. In Absence, Calle’s current[.....]

Fashion Photographer Treats Old Negatives With Chemicals To Create Surreal Distortion

High Society,

From our friends at Beautiful/Decay, today we bring you a look at the chemically manipulated photographs of Rohn Meijer, whose work combines happy accidents with a trash-to-treasure approach to art making. Author Jené Gutierrez notes: ”Meijer claims that 90 percent of each batch he creates is trashed, but apparently he has a large arsenal of film that he doesn’t mind tossing, as they were most likely going to end up[.....]

If the World Changed: Singapore Biennale 2013

Teamlab. Peace Can Be Realized Even Without Order, 2012; interactive digital installation; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the Artist and Singapore Art Museum.

Premised on the obliquely hypothetical question “What if the world changed?”, the Singapore Biennale 2013 (SB2013) is presented as a deconstructed entity centered on allusive keywords—or “tags” in internetspeak—such as “histories,” “intervention,” and “materiality” in order to highlight the transmutative and the transformative qualities of the art produced in the region. With a collaborative team of 27 curators instead of an artistic director helming the show,[.....]

Clarissa Bonet’s Somber Reconstructions Of The Urban Landscape

Clarissa Bonet. City Space, n.d.; photograph, 24×30, edition of 6. Courtesy of the artist.

Today from our friends at Beautiful/Decay we bring you the photography of Clarissa Bonet. Author Victoria Casal-Data notes, “One of the most interesting elements in this body of work is [Bonet's] ability to transfer what would seem to be a mundane act on the streets to a scene that speaks of the human psyche, and emotion in general.” This article was originally published on October[.....]