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/ CHRIS SHARP
Basel Roundup

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Basel

Bruce Nauman, Model for Trench and Four Buried Passages, 1977.
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Chris Sharp

This Art Basel Roundup comes fresh on the heels of a visit to the opening of the 10th Berlin Biennale. This is significant because, whatever you might say about the current edition, it was conspicuously and refreshingly non-white and non-Western-European centric. As a white-dude viewer, I felt, perhaps for the... continue reading
Cerith Wyn Evans

MUSEO TAMAYO, Mexico City

Cerith Wyn Evans, E=C=L=I=P=S=E, 2015.
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Chris Sharp

I’m not usually a fan of art about art, for the simple reason that it tends to perpetuate the potential solipsism of a perilously self-involved discipline, but something about Cerith Wyn Evans and his consistent ability to transmute art-historical references into quasi-mystical arcana has always struck me as agreeably mystifying.... continue reading
“La vie moderne”

13TH BIENNALE DE LYON, Lyon

View of “La vie moderne,” 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, 2015.
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Chris Sharp

This relatively modest biennial possesses the unique character of being something of an assignment. Invited by Lyon Biennale director Thierry Raspail, curator Ralph Rugoff was given a word—modern—upon which to base his biennial, and Rugoff responded with the title and concept “La vie moderne.” Less a concept than a multifaceted... continue reading
View of Atlas of Harum Farocki's Filmography.
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Chris Sharp

Okay, in the event that you, dear reader(s), are not too tired of the harried Venice musings of the art-agenda corps rearing up in your inbox, here’s a final reflection. Allow me to start with an offensively obvious observation. In case you haven’t noticed, Venice is not particularly adapted to... continue reading
View of "Claes Oldenburg," Green Gallery, New York, September 24-October 20, 1962.
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Chris Sharp

Spaces is a new feature of art-agenda that proposes a thematic examination of galleries based on the analysis of their physical and spatial configurations. Every two months, art-agenda will publish a new reflection on the spatial characteristics of galleries, their architecture, identity, and relation with their historical and geographical context. The... continue reading
Manfred Pernice’s “dosen,cassetten,Zeugs”

GALERIE NäCHST ST. STEPHAN ROSEMARIE SCHWARZWäLDER, Vienna

View of Manfred Pernice, "dosen,cassetten,Zeugs" at  Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, 2015.
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Chris Sharp

What exactly a Scottish bagpipe player was doing performing at a Manfred Pernice opening was not immediately clear to me, nor perhaps to anyone else who was there. And yet, seeing the musician periodically march out and solemnly blow into and kneed his large, bladder-shaped bag among a group of... continue reading

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