REVIEWS

Ralph Eugene Meatyard’s “American Mystic”

FRAENKEL GALLERY, San Francisco

View of Ralph Eugene Meatyard's "American Mystic," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 2017.
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Brian Karl

Capturing the unseen has been a taking-off point for photographic ambition since the medium’s inception. Ephemeral moments, underlying truths, and the supernatural have all been teased out through choices around opening and closing shutters. Featuring small-format photographs produced from the mid-1950s through the early ’70s, this exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery,... continue reading
View of Malick Sidibé’s “Chemises,” M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, 2017.
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Jennifer Piejko

Only someone with a lying mouth, according to Yoruba oral tradition, would speak first and look for visual confirmation second.(1) Untold centuries later, the expression retains its value: photography’s maneuvers depend on the fact that truth is determined by the eye. The complete history of photography is inextricable from colonialism in... continue reading
View of Josh Smith's "You Walk on Ahead, Go as Fast as You Want. I'll Follow Along Slowly. I Know the Road Well," STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, 2017.
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Kjetil Roed

The visitor to Josh Smith’s show at STANDARD (OSLO) is faced with 11 Grim Reapers painted in oil on canvas, all of them equipped with the customary black robe and scythe. Smith’s angels of death are not solitary, otherworldly figures, but a motley crew rendered in a seemingly slapdash manner,... continue reading
“Sputterances”

METRO PICTURES, New York

View of “Sputterances,” Metro Pictures, New York, 2017.
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Tim Gentles

In artist Sanya Kantarovsky’s latest curatorial venture, an exhibition at Metro Pictures organized around the underappreciated Dutch painter René Daniëls, he continues to examine the mechanics of artistic positioning. Similarly, in his previous curated exhibition, “No Joke” at Tanya Leighton (Berlin, 2015), he grouped together work that, through humor and... continue reading
Documenta 14

ATHENS CONSERVATOIRE / ATHENS SCHOOL OF FINE ART / BENAKI MUSEUM / MUSEUM OF ANTI-DICTATORSHIP / NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART / PARKO ELEFTHERIAS, Athens

Gordon Hookey, Solidarity, 2017.
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Ben Eastham

The fourteenth edition of Documenta takes place, for the first time in the institution’s history, across two locations. By staging it in Germany and Greece, and expressing the hope that an exhibition bankrolled by the former might effectively critique the infrastructures of power that have immiserated the latter, curator Adam... continue reading
View of Contour Biennale 8, “Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium,” Mechelen, 2017.
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Colin Perry

What could be more pertinent to today’s helter-skelter mudslide into the political abyss than a reflection on the idea of justice? The eighth edition of the Contour Biennial is dedicated to this most noble of themes. Both thrilling and frustrating, the biennial offers vertiginous perspectives by artists and theorists, as... continue reading

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