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/ TOM JEFFREYS
Diana Lelonek, Center for Living Things (detail), 2016-18.
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Tom Jeffreys

The inaugural edition of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) presents work by 104 artists with the intention of “taking the temperature of the human condition at the present moment.”(1) The Anthropocene looms appropriately large, as do capitalism, technology, migration, work, time, identity (be it individual, regional, or... continue reading
View of Abigail Reynolds, Lost Libraries at Shoreditch Library, London, 2018.
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Tom Jeffreys

“Many artists consider books and libraries to be oppressive hierarchies of knowledge, dogmatic and hectoring,” writes artist Abigail Reynolds in her new book Lost Libraries. But Reynolds does not agree: “I consider them the gates of freedom.”(1) Three simultaneous exhibitions in east London exemplify this fascination with books and their... continue reading
View of "The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind," Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2018.
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Tom Jeffreys

To shit on a book—surely only an animal could do such a thing? In a former farm building, now home to Hauser & Wirth Somerset, lies an early edition of a book by Mark Twain: A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur (1889), a satire of medieval European chivalry... continue reading
Corin Sworn, Temporal Arrangements (detail), 2010.
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Tom Jeffreys

Flowers fade at different rates. In the November chill of a Glasgow art gallery, cut flowers—carefully arranged in a vase on the floor, their silhouette cast against the wall by the light from a projector—are taking their time to die, or to appear dead. (When exactly do cut flowers die?)... continue reading
Paris Roundup

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Paris

View of Galerie Karsten Greve's stand at FIAC, Paris, 2017.
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Tom Jeffreys

The wide eyes and open mouth of a child are a reminder that, even at art fairs, there is still space for the occasional moment of wonder. The girl has good taste: she’s enthralled by Endless (2012), a sculpture by Claire Morgan at the FIAC booth of Galerie Karsten Greve.... continue reading

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