Reviews

Nature/Revelation at the Ian Potter Museum

Berndnaut Smilde, 
Nimbus D'Aspremont
2012
digital C-type print mounted on diabond
75 x 110 cm 
Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery, London

Entering Nature/Revelation, in the rather hushed surrounds of Melbourne University’s Ian Potter Museum, the first thing visitors encounter is an enormous sperm whale. Looming in the darkened space, it has a startling presence and gravitas, even more so when you realize it’s a graphite drawing. Its skin is pitted, marked and scarred by travels through a world still mysterious to us, and its tiny eye regards us mournfully.[…..]

Josh Greene: Bound to Be Held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Josh Greene. Bound to Be Held: A Book Show, 2015; installation view. Courtesy of the Artist and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Photo: Johnna Arnold.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you a Shotgun Review of Josh Greene’s Bound to Be Held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Author Adriana Rabinovitch notes that the exhibition “allows for visitors to grasp, and possibly reciprocate, a relationship that a stranger has with a literary work.” This review was originally published on April 18, 2015. Josh Greene’s Bound to Be Held: A Book Show[…..]

From the Archives – David Schutter: What Is Not Clear Is Not French at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

David Schutter, L LB dc 59, 2011-2014; chalk and crayon on paper; 13.375 x 9.375 inches. Courtesy Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

The 2015 Rome Prize winners include artists Mark Boulos, Emily Jacir, Senam Okudzeto, and David Schutter, and today from our archives we bring you a review of Schutter’s last show at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago. Author Steve Ruiz notes, “The strongest tension in David Schutter’s paintings is between their historical referents and their contemporary interpretation.” This article was originally published on May 28, 2014. At first appearance,[…..]

Todd McDonald: Visual Feedback at Redux Contemporary Art Center

Todd McDonald. Go In to Get Out, 2014; oil on panel; 48 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

The gesture which we would reproduce on canvas shall no longer be a fixed moment in universal dynamism. It shall simply be the dynamic sensation itself. — Umberto Boccioni, et al, 1910 Todd McDonald’s Visual Feedback at Redux Contemporary Art Center addresses new modes of processing and viewing digital images as part of a painting practice. McDonald collects photographs of architectural elements and urban landscapes in[…..]

Mark Steinmetz: South at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Mark Steinmetz. Off I-40, Knoxville, TN. 1993. Silver gelatin print. Image: Courtesy of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans.

Mark Steinmetz’s current exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has narrative ambition, but also asks difficult questions about the meaning of “straight photography” and its relationship to the documentary tradition. In what sense are documentary photographs social records, deadpan descriptions, or allegorical explications of the artist’s worldview? Are they a series of facile maneuvers, or as critic Garry Badger once claimed, “an existential[…..]

Ann Hirsch: Playground at JOAN

Ann Hirsch. Playground, 2015 (performance still); 65 minutes. Courtesy of JOAN, Los Angeles, . Featuring AnneMarie Wolf and Gene Gallerano. Runtime . Photo: Ruben Diaz.

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, Anastasia Tuazon reviews Ann Hirsch’s Playground at JOAN in Los Angeles. Ann Hirsch’s Playground, a 65-minute play originally commissioned by Rhizome and performed at the[…..]

Miriam Böhm: At On at Ratio 3

Miriam Böhm. Equally III, 2015; chromogenic print; 23 x 29 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you a review of Miriam Böhm’s current solo show at Ratio 3 in San Francisco. Author Danica Willard Sachs notes that the work has “a surreal dimensionality, with lines and planes that intersect in unusual ways, suggesting a simultaneous depth and flatness that refuses to resolve neatly into one or the other.” This article was originally published on April 14,[…..]