REVIEWS

/ ANDREW STEFAN WEINER
View of Ai Weiwei's “Roots and Branches,” Lisson Gallery, New York, 2016.
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Andrew Stefan Weiner

Whatever one might think of Ai Weiwei, he has made it impossible to simply not think about him. Ai’s will-to-notoriety has led to him to become all but ubiquitous, with much of this publicity deriving from his transformation into the world’s most prominent artist-activist. Critical reactions to this development have... continue reading
View of Simon Denny, “Blockchain Future States,” Petzel Gallery, New York, 2016.
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Andrew Stefan Weiner

Few major exhibitions in recent memory have generated anything like the sort of intensely polarized response that greeted the recently concluded 9th Berlin Biennale, curated by the New York-based DIS, an increasingly notorious group of Gen X and Y “creatives” with close ties to the fashion and advertising industries. A... continue reading
John Akomfrah

LISSON GALLERY, New York

John Akomfrah, The Airport, 2016.
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Andrew Stefan Weiner

It is lamentable and somewhat curious that John Akomfrah is just now receiving his first major exhibition in the US. Despite the critical acclaim Akomfrah has received in the UK and Europe, both for his recent solo output and his earlier work with the Black Audio Film Collective, he remains... continue reading
“David Hammons: Five Decades”

MNUCHIN GALLERY, New York

View of “David Hammons: Five Decades,” Mnuchin Gallery, New York, 2016.
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Andrew Stefan Weiner

Among the many brilliant and confounding works in David Hammons’s current retrospective is one entitled A Movable Object/A Japanese Garden (2012). The piece centers around a wheeled flatbed dolly, a perfectly banal machine bearing strange cargo: chunks of broken asphalt interspersed with unrecognizable articles of clothing and lengths of colorful... continue reading
“Greater New York”

MOMA PS1, New York

Park McArthur, Welcome to PS1, 2015.
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Andrew Stefan Weiner

One of the biggest stories of the year in U.S. literary fiction was the publication of Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel City on Fire, for which the young author received a reported two-million-dollar advance––a startling number, even by the hyperinflationary standards of the contemporary art market. Such a bet seemed... continue reading
Frieze New York

FRIEZE ART FAIR, New York

View of Frieze New York, 2015.
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Andrew Stefan Weiner

Far above the North Atlantic, a plane is flying from Venice to New York. Most of the passengers in business class sleep comfortably in their lie-flat seats, but one stays awake sipping complimentary champagne. His voice barely audible above the jets’ white noise, he muses: “Is there even any difference... continue reading

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