Video / Film

Fan Mail: Celeste Fichter

Celeste Fichter. Significant Others series: Pop, 2010; canned spinach, c-print; 7 x 10 x 2 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

A close-up shot of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s face, Prince Charles atop his horse playing polo, and Dom DeLuise in drag pouring wine: What do these three things have in common? Nothing really, except that images of them, as well as many other well-known people, places, products, and tropes, appear in the uniquely humorous and witty compositions of artist Celeste Fichter. In her three serial[…..]

Pierre Huyghe at LACMA

Pierre Huyghe. Untitled (Human Mask), 2014. Film. Courtesy of the artist; Hauser and Wirth, London; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Anna Lena, Paris. © Pierre Huyghe

There is a scene in Pierre Huyghe’s shadowy, dreamlike film The Host and the Cloud (2010) in which a woman produces a black rabbit from an unmarked box. No magician, she handles the unexpected animal with a mixture of bewilderment and acute apprehension. Later in the film, she confronts the event during hypnotherapy; then, in a key conversion, she watches her own analysis session performed[…..]

From Beijing: Beijing Voice and Zhang Xiaotao at Pékin Fine Arts

Beijing Voice 'Unlived By What is Seen' installation view courtesy Pace Beijing

There has been noise of late about the supposedly derivative nature of contemporary art, about questionable curatorial practices, and about the piratical behavior of the art market. “Zombie Formalism” and “Crapstraction” are glib, voguish—although, it must be said, amusing—terms that have been thrown around. Whatever you may think about this critique of current tendencies in abstract painting, it seems that all is not well in the world[…..]

Pierre Huyghe at LACMA

Pierre Huyghe. This is not a Time for Dreaming, 2004 (film still); transferred from 16mm film, 24:00; Courtesy of the Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York. Photo by Michael Vahrenwald.

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, Scott Norton reviews Pierre Huyghe’s solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Entering the retrospective exhibition Pierre Huyghe at the Los Angeles[…..]

From the Archives – Interview with Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprez, still/installation view of Double Take at Sean Kelley Gallery (2009).

Opening today at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, It’s a Poor Sort of Memory That Only Works Backwards is a solo exhibition of four films by Johan Grimonprez. To accompany the beginning of this exhibition, today we bring you an interview with the artist from 2011, when he memorably said, “… every kiss is a political act.” This article was originally published on March 23, 2011. Johan[…..]

William Kentridge’s Poetic Cinema

William Kentridge. Drawing for the film Other Faces, (Crowds in city streets), 2011;
Charcoal and colored pencil on paper, 27.5 x 48 in.

“Other Faces” assumes the feel of reportage, as if we are witnessing certain events from the struggle against colonialism in South Africa’s turbulent past.

José León Cerrillo and Ilja Karilampi at Kiria Koula

José León Cerrillo and Ilja Karilampi, 2014; installation view, Kiria Koula, San Francisco. Courtesy of the Artists and Kiria Koula.

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, Marion Cousin reviews  José León Cerrillo and Ilja Karilampi at Kiria Koula in San Francisco. Founded by Colombian curator Juana Berrío and Mexican duo Leticia Vilalta and Rodrigo[…..]