Reviews

2013 Carnegie International: Critical Perspectives in Context

Sarah Lucas, installation view at the 2013 Carnegie International, with works by Henry Taylor in the background. Courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Greenhouse Media

From our friends at the Boston-based Big Red & Shiny, today we bring you Angelina Zhou‘s assessment of the most recent iteration of the Carnegie International, which is on view in Pittsburgh through March 16. Zhou notes that, “beyond the accessibility of certain works and themes… viewers find moments of dissonance that are truly quite dark, critical, and political—without being overly self-important.” This article was originally[.....]

Ramiro Gomez: Domestic Scenes at Charlie James Gallery

Ramiro Gomez. Woman Cleaning Shower
in Beverly Hills
(after David Hockney’s
Man Taking Shower in
Beverly Hills, 1964), 2013. 
Acrylic on canvas. 36 x
36 inches. Courtesy the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Osceola Refetoff.

Ramiro Gomez’s show at Charlie James Gallery has been gaining a lot of attention for his topical use of visual politics to introduce labor and immigration issues into the art discourse. Most notably, Gomez appropriates the image of David Hockney’s iconic painting A Bigger Splash (1967) and a group of smaller Hockneys from the same period in his own paintings. The jubilant splash of Hockney’s[.....]

Annie Lapin: Various Peep Shows at Honor Fraser

Annie Lapin, Various Peep Shows (Through), 2013; Oil and acrylic enamel spray-paint on canvas; 82 x 72 inches. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Brian Forrest.

Whenever it seems that painting has run its course, an exhibition like Various Peep Shows comes along to restore our faith in the medium. For her third solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery, Annie Lapin presents a series that contains within each work the broad spectrum of paint’s physical and representational possibilities. These are much more than postmodern pastiches, however, as they show a sincere[.....]

Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

Cai Guo-Qiang, Heritage, 2013. 99 life-sized replicas of animals, water, sand, drip mechanism; installed dimensions variable
 commissioned for the exhibition ‘Falling Back to Earth’, 2013; proposed for the Queensland Art Gallery collection with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation.

Ninety-nine animals stand in a circle, heads bent, drinking from a clear pool of impossibly blue water. Predators and prey are lined up in peaceful harmony: lions and tigers together with giraffes, zebras, and antelope; a big black bear with small furry creatures. What utopian vision is this? In Cai Guo-Qiang′s allegorical installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, he has abandoned his usual[.....]

From the Archives – Jacob Hashimoto: The Other Sun

Today from our archives we bring you Margaret Zuckerman‘s review of Jacob Hashimoto‘s 2012 exhibition at Ronchini Gallery in London. Hashimoto has a new exhibition opening in February at Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles, hopefully as “buoyant, ethereal, and celebratory” as the work reviewed here. This article was originally published on July 19, 2012. American-born Jacob Hashimoto’s eye-catching exhibition, The Other Sun, at London’s Ronchini Gallery in[.....]

John Sparagana: Crowds & Powder at Corbett vs. Dempsey

John Sparagana. Crowds & Power: The Revolutionaries, 2013; archival inkjet prints with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper; 58 x 92 in. Courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

John Sparagana fatigues images by manipulating them. First he scans pictures and runs off inkjet prints, then he crumples the pictures in his pocket and kneads the glossy paper for days or weeks until the sheet’s fibrous structure is loosened. The result is a soft fabric more than double in size, with its original image lightened and diminished on the new surface, appearing like a[.....]

Sofia Leiby: The Drama of Leisure at Devening Projects

Sophia Leiby. Untitled, 2013; mixed media on canvas, 22 x 18 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago.

Sofia Leiby‘s first solo exhibition in Chicago, titled The Drama of Leisure, consists of fourteen paintings and three runs of screen prints. Now on view at Devening Projects + Editions, Leiby’s paintings and drawings are clearly influenced by her experience as a printmaker. In most works, the artist paints as if the brush were a thick, wet crayon, and she sketches and fills with rapid[.....]