Reviews

Question Bridge: Black Males in America

Question Bridge: Black Males in America (Aperture/Campaign for Black Male Achievement, 2015)

Today we bring you an excerpt from Art Practical’s Printed Matters column. Roula Seikaly reviews Question Bridge: Black Males in America, the published companion to a project, platform, and installation that regards identity and representation. Seikaly notes, “Asking a question […] can be difficult; it can imply lack of knowledge and experience, rendering the asker vulnerable. No one wants to be caught out, least of all when the questions address identity, community, and most urgently,[…..]

Alice Könitz: Commonwealth at Commonwealth & Council

Alice Könitz. Kiosk, 2016; wood, wood stain, PVC pipe; 76½ x 96 x 96 in. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth & Council.

Just as a bar’s allure resides not in its efficient exchange of money for alcohol, but in its ability to be a pleasant setting for individuals to be together, a gallery’s strength resides in its ability to become a social space, where the art becomes a campfire around which people can mingle, chat, and maybe even have fun. Yet, from the ugly sterility of the[…..]

Gabrielle Teschner: In the Offing at Irving Street Projects

Gabrielle Teschner. In the Offing, 2016; installation view. Courtesy of the Artist and Irving Street Projects.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Vanessa Kauffman’s review of Gabrielle Teschner’s In the Offing at Irving Street Projects in San Francisco. The author notes, “Teschner’s works epitomize a high standard of craft, but by the same turn they destabilize ready-made, rigid perceptions of architectural perfection.” This article was originally published on March 29, 2016. “The offing” is the farthest point the eye can see when[…..]

Five Emerging Artists from Bangladesh

Rasel Chowdhury. Railway Longings, 2011-2015. Courtesy of the Artist, Dhaka Art Summit, and Samdani Art Foundation. Photo: Jenni Carter

In Bangladesh, the 2016 Samdani Art Award exhibition (one of seven shows that was part of the Dhaka Art Summit) provided a survey of some of the most engaging young artists working there. Daniel Baumann, director of Kunsthalle Zürich, selected thirteen artists from over 300 applicants. In his introduction to the show, Baumann wrote that he had the sense that “something was going on there”[…..]

Invisible Presence: Bling Memories at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Ebony G. Patterson. Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014; installation view, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Courtesy of the Artist and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

On May 8, 2001, the funeral of William Moore, aka Willie Haggart, was a raucous affair. Abandoning the somber mood of a typical funeral, the ceremony was a giant party at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica. Labeling it a “celebrity event,” Donna P. Hope writes that the style of Haggart’s funeral “ruptured the sobriety and mourning associated with traditional funeral rites.”[1] With this, the[…..]

William Koone: 10:10 at City Limits

William Koone. 10:10, 2016; installation view, City Limits, Oakland. Courtesy of the Artist and City Limits. Photo: Kristine Eudey

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, Colin L. Fernandes reviews William Koone’s solo exhibition 10:10 at City Limits gallery in Oakland, California. For his exhibition at City Limits[…..]

Anthony Discenza Presents A Novel: An Exhibition by Anthony Discenza at Catharine Clark Gallery

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Maria Porges’ review of Anthony Discenza Presents A Novel: An Exhibition by Anthony Discenza at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. The author notes, “Achieving a successful understanding of the many layers [of the exhibition] yields a devious satisfaction.” This article was originally published on March 22, 2016. When or why does art become the idea of art:[…..]