REVIEWS

/ STEPHEN SQUIBB
View of Claire Fontaine, "Stop Seeking Approval,” Metro Pictures, New York, 2015.
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Stephen Squibb

At the center of Claire Fontaine’s new show, “Stop Seeking Approval,” is a series of monochrome paintings, in gray, a burnt red, and black. They have been painted using anti-climb paint, their colors dictated by price and availability. Anti-climb paint never dries, so in addition to making its object hard... continue reading
Chris Marker’s “Koreans”

PETER BLUM GALLERY, New York

View of Chris Marker, “Koreans,” Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2014.
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Stephen Squibb

A sequence of photos by Chris Marker on display at New York’s Peter Blum Gallery features a little girl. The 51 images are mostly snapshots; matte, legal-pad-sized prints hung evenly at eye level around the four walls of the gallery. Some appear to have a kind of incidental chronology, following... continue reading
Michael E. Smith

CLIFTON BENEVENTO, New York

View of Michael E. Smith, Clifton Benevento, New York, 2013.
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Stephen Squibb

Michael E. Smith has left the gallery nearly empty. Entering the space of Clifton Benevento, my first impression was one of absence, in sharp contrast to its location. Finding the show on the sixth floor of a building in the center of New York’s boutique-saturated SoHo commercial district, I could... continue reading
“ambient”

TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY, New York

View of “ambient,” Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 2013.
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Stephen Squibb

The title of the group show currently on view at Tanya Bonakdar, “ambient,” invites historical speculation. Where does ambience settle as an interpretive framework? The show even designates an event, of sorts, that puts forward ambience as an artistic strategy. The press release opens with an anecdote from the liner... continue reading
Trevor Paglen

METRO PICTURES, New York

View of Trevor Paglen at Metro Pictures, New York, 2013.
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Stephen Squibb

Politics is similar to art in that both are often reduced to questions of representation. The question of who or what is being represented by who or what; the question of whether this representation is legitimate or effective; and most importantly, the belief that the most important work is simply... continue reading
Walid Raad & David Diao

PAULA COOPER GALLERY, New York

Walid Raad, Appendix XVIII: Plates, 2009-2012.
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Stephen Squibb

A friend once complained that contemporary curating is too conceptual. The goal, he said, ought to be the collection of suggestive affinity—this reminds me of this. If the conversation between works is too clear, or too overdetermined by the frame of the show, the energy dissipates, and individual pieces become... continue reading

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