REVIEWS

/ PADDY JOHNSON
David Altmejd at Andrea Rosen Gallery

ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY, New York

David Altmejd, The Swarm, 2011.
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Paddy Johnson

“Property itself has become a more social endeavor,” Wired Magazine co-founder Kevin Kelly wrote three years ago. The now famed blog post describes the dematerialization of raw materials and other saleable objects as a social phenomenon, citing shared music, books, and movies, as among the goods on their way out. Instead, they will all be part of “the cloud,” a vast digital... continue reading
Kai Althoff's, "Punkt, Absatz, Blümli" (period, paragraph, Blümli), at Gladstone Gallery, New York
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Paddy Johnson

There’s something slightly strange about walking into an installation designed to look like a homemade living room in every way but the lighting. In the case of Kai Althoff at Gladstone Gallery, the cement floor painted bright yellow doesn’t exactly scream domesticity either, but the artist has integrated enough interior design elements that the florescent lights hanging from the lowered ceiling is disconcerting. Why arrange a raised nappy rug, a series of paintings... continue reading
Art Basel, NADA, PULSE and SEVEN, Miami

MIAMI CONVENTION CENTER, Miami

Art Basel, NADA, PULSE and SEVEN, Miami
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Paddy Johnson

Affectionately referred to as the Borg ship amongst some bloggers, Basel's floor plan is basically a large grid of white cubes inside the Miami Convention Center. This format has the ability to make all art look the same, and this year was no different: a rather stale viewing experience. As always, the Modern and postwar art booths are located at the front of the building, while contemporary settles for the back. Probably not such a bad layout tactic—but I expect this... continue reading
Luc Tuymans's "Corporate" at David Zwirner, New York
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Paddy Johnson

Luc Tuymans's paintings set a somber mood at David Zwirner: a ship at sail with its stern to a cloudy horizon; a conspiratorial faceless portrait; a panel discussion dissolving as its participants are cast in blinding light. The 11 works in his latest show titled "Corporate" darkly depict corporations as the new feudal lords. This means a series of portraits, interiors, and landscapes in shades of gray line Zwirner's walls, along with a girl on horseback and some knightly... continue reading
Rob Pruitt's "Pattern and Degradation," at Gavin Brown's enterprise and Maccarone, New York
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Paddy Johnson

Rob Pruitt's joint exhibition at Gavin Brown's enterprise and Maccarone, "Pattern and Degradation," presses a few of my buttons. Even before stepping into the gallery I had some concerns—the notion of filling over 8,200 square feet with two years of new work without compromising quality seems a stretch, so naturally the show's theme is about excess. According to the press release, the work is informed by the Amish tradition of Rumspringa, a two year rite of passage in... continue reading
"Jill Magid: A Reasonable Man in a Box," the Whitney Museum, New York
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Paddy Johnson

When Jill Magid wrote "What is a reasonable man in a box?" on the Whitney's wall I suspect she already knew the answer. The text references the "Bybee Memo," a leaked 2004 memorandum from the US Justice Department prescribing legal means for the CIA to employ illegal torture techniques such as confinement with insects.... continue reading

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