Reviews

Lalla Essaydi: New Beauty at Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Lalla Essaydi. Bullets #5, 2009; chromogenic print; 48 x 60 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco.

From our sister site Art Practical, today we bring you a review of Lalla Essaydi’s photographs now on view at at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco. Author Danica Willard Sachs notes that in Essaydi’s work, “the effect of the ceremonial fabrics and calligraphy is to flatten the women into almost abstract images that retreat into the background like furniture.” This article was originally published on February[.....]

BP Walk through British Art at Tate Britain

Installation view; Robert Peake, Lady Anne Pope, 1615; Oil on wood & Paul Van Somer, lady Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent, c.1619; Oil on wood. Courtesy of Tate Britain. Photo: A. E. Driggs.

Can you remember the last time you were really excited about seeing your local museum’s pre-modern permanent collection? Familiarity is the antagonist for the seasoned art viewer, and growing weary of a permanent collection becomes inescapable. Perhaps this is excusable in the case of a small collection in a provincial museum—but quite a different thing when the collection bills itself as the nation’s definitive authority[.....]

Subverting the Sublime: Wondermountain at Penrith Regional Gallery

Hua Tunan, Fluorescent impression shanshui, 2013, spray paint, 300 x 500, image courtesy the artist

It seemed entirely appropriate that my journey to see Wondermountain at the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest was through rain, a concrete landscape of freeways and overpasses obscured by my windscreen wipers. I arrived beside the swollen Nepean River, the Blue Mountains shrouded in mist, reflecting on the continuing importance of shanshui (mountain/water) painting. A poetic approach to representing landscape evolving from the Tang Dynasty, the[.....]

Multiple Perspectives: New Works by Xie Xiaoze at Chambers Fine Art

Xie Xiaoze. October 19, 2007; Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 60 x 72 in; March 16-17, 2013, I.H.T., 2013; Oil and Acrylic on Canvas; 80 x 93 in. Photo: Adam Monohon.

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, Adam Monohon reviews Multiple Perspectives: New Works by Xie Xiaoze at Chambers Fine Art in New York City. Mass media plays an inescapable role in everyday life. The[.....]

Green Dream at kijidome

Tara Merenda Nelson (with Madge of Honor). Beautiful Secrets, episode 2, 2014; video still.

From our partners at Big Red & Shiny, today we bring you a review of Green Dream at kijidome in Boston. Author Edmond Caldwell notes, “Individually and collectively, the digital videos that comprise kijidome’s Green Dream come to no easy conclusions and issue no final statements. Instead, they leave the audience to continue the collaboration in their thoughts and discussions.” This article was originally published on February 19,[.....]

Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take at the Walker Art Center

Jim Hodges. on the way between places (21 of 21), 2009; charcoal, saliva on paper; 30 × 22 1/2 in. Photo by Ronald Amstutz ©Jim Hodges.

“I love sculpture. Fundamentally, though, I am a ‘drawer.’ But I love spatial relationships and dimensionality. I’m interested in theatrical moments and choreographing experiences in space. I think as a drawer and make as a sculptor.” —Jim Hodges [1] With butterflies, silk flowers, spiderwebs, mirrors, camouflage, and gold, Jim Hodges draws in space. Constantly assembling and disassembling natural imagery and everyday items, he creates objects[.....]

Andy Warhol’s Photographs at the RISD Museum

What, one might ask, remains to be said of Warhol? This perennial darling of the art gallery and the auction house, so irreverent and unpredictable in his own time, increasingly registers as tame, tasteful, and non-threatening in our own. Yet Andy Warhol’s Photographs, a small, focused exhibition at the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, reaffirms the artist’s bracing vitality against the backdrop of his[.....]