I, you, we
« “Ah! Only a madman would believe that I am not you!” wrote Victor Hugo in the preface to his Contemplations in 1856. A century and a half later, Markus Hansen's photographic series Other People's Feelings Are Also My Own invites us to consider this statement once again, and to give it our full attention. »
« Few forms, simple forms, powerful forms: the works of Vincent Lamouroux demonstrate just how uncompromisingly attached to form this artist is. »
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Vantablack, curated by Eric Verhagen and Jocelyn Wolff at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
This review was initially published in art press - October 2017 (print)
« Le Vantablack est une matière constituée de nanotubes de carbone gris qui coïncide avec une couleur, un noir très profond. Cette substance - fragile, onéreuse et patentée- qui est en réalité une non-couleur car elle absorbe la lumière, opère à la fois comme l’ancrage et le contrepoint de cette exposition (commissaires: Erik Verhagen et Jocelyn Wolff) où elle n’apparaît pas. Contrepoint, car la couleur, au sens large, occupe une place centrale dans la pratique de chacun des artistes présentés. Ancrage, car de nombreuses oeuvres incluses ici se situent à la lisière de la peinture et de la sculpture.
Vantablack. Galerie Jocelyn Wolff.
Exhibition view. Courtesy of galerie Jocelyn Wolff
Ayana V. Jackson at Mariane Ibrahim gallery — Artforum
This review of Ayana V. Jackson at Mariane Ibrahim gallery was initially published on https://www.artforum.com
« In the photographs for this exhibition, Ayana V. Jackson takes on the role of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a nineteenth-century Yoruba princess who, when she was only seven years old, became a goddaughter of Queen Victoria in the United Kingdom and remained close to her until Forbes Bonetta’s death in 1880.Though several images of Forbes Bonetta still exist today, included here is a small copy of only one of them, in which she appears poised and reserved in a pale, elegant gown. »
Ayana V. Jackson. Sarah Forbes, 2016.
ink-jet print, 51 x 30".- courtesy of the
artist and Mariane Ibrahim gallery.
Jennifer West at the Seattle Art Museum — Artforum
This review of Film Is Dead . . . by Jennifer West at the Seattle Art Museum was initially published on www.artforum.com
« One can circulate around Jennifer West’s latest installation, Film Is Dead . . ., 2016, but it is most potent when you are standing in front of it. A giant static curtain of 70-mm filmstrips comes down to the floor and spreads toward three seamlessly joined horizontal monitors positioned on the ground, creating a peculiar silent landscape. »
Jennifer West. Film Is Dead . . . Installation view. 2016. 16-mm, 35-mm, and 70-mm filmstrips, dye, ink, food coloring, spray paint, nail polish, salt, mud, HD video, color, silent, 58 minutes.
Noah Davis and Kahlil Joseph at the Frye Art Museum — Artforum
This review of Young Blood: Noah David, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground Museum the Frye Museum was initially published on Artforum.com 05/06/2016
« Filiation and legacy both symbolic and tangible are pervasive in “Young Blood,” a title derived from a greeting Kahlil Joseph used for his younger brother, Noah Davis. The exhibition of the two siblings’ work is a rigorous yet tender examination of their individual practices. Not a retrospective, it is rather an intimate tribute, curated by their longtime friend and Seattlebased artist Maikoiyo AlleyBarnes, that reveals the interconnectivity and shared experiences of the two artists. »
Franz Erhard Walther at the Henry Art Gallery — Artforum
This review of Franz Erhard Walther: The Body Draws at the Henry Art Gallery was initially published on Artforum.com - 01/02/2016
« With its 300 works, “Franz Erhard Walther: The Body Draws”—the first American survey of the pioneering German artist—offers an interesting reassessment of his work. As the title suggests, the show is intended to consider the extent to which drawing—broadly speaking —has always been at the core of the artist’s practice. Focusing on works on paper, the extensive exhibition foregrounds the importance of the line, in a body of work at the crossroads of painting, sculpture, architecture, the conceptual, and the performative. »
Eugène Leroy’s Nudes at Michael Werner gallery — Huffington Post
This review of Eugène Leroy, Nudes at Michael Werner gallery in New York was initially published in the Huffington Post 12/17/2012
« For now almost thirty years, Michael Werner has continuously shown the work of French painter Eugène Leroy. In a new exhibition in New York, the gallery delights us with an outstanding selection of the artist's luminous nudes, one of his favorite subjects. Most were executed in the late eighties and nineties, an important time for the artist: Michael Werner began representing him in 1983 and he met Marina Bourdoncle in 1986, the artist with whom he shared his life until his death, in 2000. »
Still Life as Landscape : Dawn Clements' New Exhibition at Pierogi's — Huffington Post
This review of Dawn Clements, New works with sculptures by Marc Leuthold at Pierogi gallery in Brooklyn was initially published in the Huffington Post 01/19/2012
« Dawn Clements is known for her detailed large scale works on paper, drawn with sumi ink or ballpoint pen, depicting interiors her own, other's or the ones she captures from movies. This carefully staged exhibition at Pierogi advances her work into new territory.»
Resembling by Touching: Daniel Turner's Beautiful Ring at The Journal Gallery — Huffington Post
This review of Daniel Turner, Mariana at The Journal gallery in Brooklyn was initially published in the Huffington Post 11/29/2011
« Mariana is the name of the deepest trench of earth's oceans, and it is also the title of Daniel Turner's current exhibition at The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn. Although the artist doesn't necessarily claim an affiliation between the work and the trench, it is mentioned furtively. Patiently, the artist has stroked the gallery walls with steel wool, leaving subtle grey marks on them. »
I Haven't Seen a Butterfly Here, Tania Mouraud's Haunting Return to New York — Huffington Post
This review of Tania Mouraud, I haven’t seen a butterfly here at Cueto Project in New York was initially published in the Huffington Post 07/13/2011
« With only five strong and emblematic pieces completed within the past ten years shown in three different rooms, she manages to create an extremely contrasted sounding and pictorial environment, quite disturbing and unpleasant at first. »
Encounter at the Beginning of a World: Helen Beckman's Paintings — Huffington Post
This review of Helen Beckman, Tell it Slant at Newman Popiashvili gallery in New York was initially published in the Huffington Post 06/22/2011
« In Helen Beckman's paintings, the subject catches you by surprise and never really leaves you: A bird, a horse, a woman... These fundamental themes, recurring in her work, are not always visible at the first look. You encounter them often swimming in light. But although they can be seen as each painting's cornerstone, you quickly realize that other battles are going on here : There is much more than the pastoral here. »
Street Art Revisited : Drawings in Motion in New York City — Huffington Post
This review of Drawings in Motion organized curated by Rachel Liebowitz and Joanna Kleinberg at The Drawing Center in New York was initially published in the Huffington Post 05/25/2011
« Walking by 200 Lafayette Street (between Broome and Kenmare) in Soho, you come across a beautiful though partly hidden by a scaffolding projection of videos in the window of an abandoned store, a nice surprise of a different kind of street art in a neighborhood where art used to be so prominent. »
Highly Specific : Julien Gardair's Installation at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn — Huffington Post
This review of Julien Gardair, Camera Locus: La Chevelure at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn was initially published in the Huffington Post 03/15/2011
« Gardair delved for a couple of weeks into the building's remains and history to gather ideas and visual elements in order to give life to new stories in this highly site specific work. »
Remaking Kubrick and Fassbinder: Artist Brice Dellsperger Reveals New Opus of His 28 Parts Oeuvre — Huffington Post
This review of Brice Dellsperger, Refreshing Fassbinder ...and others Team gallery in New York was initially published in the Huffington Post 02/09/2011
« French artist Brice Dellsperger continues to surprise and fascinate us with two new films from his ongoing series, Body Double a title referencing both Brian de Palma's movie and its literal meaning. »
Worth Seeing Side Fair During Armory Week in New York: Salon Zürcher — Huffington Post
This review of Salon Zürcher at Zürcher Studio in New York was initially published in the Huffington Post 03/01/2011
« Attending the opening of Salon Zürcher last night on Bleecker street was a great way to start a week that will be hopefully exciting and for sure insane. The ambiance was warm and low key in this little art fair initiated and hosted by Zurcher Studio in its own space: It is such a brilliant idea to gather seven galleries from the Lower East side and Brooklyn (Audio Visual Arts (AVA), Feature Inc., The Journal Gallery, The Proposition, Parker's Box, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, Zürcher Studio) in one. »
MAKER : A New Paper Magazine to Look For(ward). An interview with Alyse Archer Coïté, Editor in Chief of MAKER.
« AC: his magazine feels like a very personal dream becoming true.
A AC: It most definitely is. A dream I could never have articulated on my own. With the help of the editorial team, and the artists' works, the magazine has come to life in a way I could have never anticipated. In its original materialization, it was an 18 page 'zine... now at 200plus pages, it is much bigger, more beautiful and inspiring than I could have ever dreamt. »
Artists on Diaries by Mary Temple, about Day to-day
« This is the final installment in the Artists on Diaries series curated by artist Mary Temple,in which guest authors comment on contemporary diary practices. »