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/ KEVIN MCGARRY
57th Venice Biennale “Viva Arte Viva”

57TH VENICE BIENNALE, Venice

Rasheed Araeen, Zero to Infinity in Venice, 2016-17.
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Kevin McGarry

There was widespread suspicion about “Viva Arte Viva” even before Christine Macel’s 57th Venice Biennale opened last week. This year’s edition fell short of gender parity with almost two-thirds of the participants male, fomenting heated critiques on social media upon release of the artist list. Racial metrics were worse; case... continue reading
Jordan Wolfson

DAVID ZWIRNER, New York

Jordan Wolfson, Colored sculpture, 2016.
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Kevin McGarry

At the apex of art and money, the air is thin and the atmosphere is replaced with rarified pain. Rather than terrestrial life, only blood fortunes are endemic here, whose constituent lifestyles are at least as abstract as the most totemic artworks that give this place meaning. All the vectors... continue reading
“All the World’s Futures”

56TH VENICE BIENNALE, Venice

View of “All the World's Futures,” Giardini, 56th Venice Biennale, 2015.
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Kevin McGarry

A 2015 exhibition titled “All the World’s Futures” is more likely than not to be bleak (in tone). Earth, in curator Okwui Enwezor’s curatorial statement, is “shattered and in disarray, scarred by violent turmoil, panicked by specters of economic crisis (…) Everywhere one turns new crisis, uncertainty, and deepening insecurity... continue reading
“Social Factory”

10TH SHANGHAI BIENNALE, Shanghai

View of “Social Factory,” 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, 2014.
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Kevin McGarry

The 10th Shanghai Biennale is sited inside one of Earth’s most colossal art containers, The Power Station of Art, a 42,000-square-meter decommissioned coal power plant used as the Urban Future Pavillion of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and converted into China’s first and only state-run contemporary art institution in 2012. Entitled “Social... continue reading
“Burning Down the House”

10TH GWANGJU BIENNIALE, Seoul

Minouk Lim, Navigation ID, 2014.
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Kevin McGarry

When Jessica Morgan made “Burning Down the House” the title of her Gwangju Biennale, who could have predicted the sinking of the Sewol ferry in April? Or that the censorship of Hong Sung-dam’s mural satirizing South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye—whose administration has been criticized for bungling the crisis and putting... continue reading
Whitney Biennial 2014

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York

Bjarne Melgaard, Think I’m Gonna Have A Baby, 2014.
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Kevin McGarry

The most streamlined mythology of the past two decades of the Whitney Biennial goes something like this: 1993 represented the Big Bang of art and identity politics, and since then, the curve has bobbed up and down like a sine wave, going above and below the axis of overthought mediocrity... continue reading

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