Matthew Brannon's "Wit's End" at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Tyler Coburn

Matthew Brannon's letterpress works felt delightfully and deceptively anachronistic in the early decade, resurrecting motifs of mid-century American advertising with pithy captions on the cosmopolitan set. Forged in the margins of ad copy and commodities, the artist's alter egos appeared forever prey to the doubts, inadequacies, and frustrations that even a glitzy, gin-soaked veneer can barely disguise. Little stretching was needed to see the resemblance these fast-lane... continue reading
Galerie Peter Kilchmann in residence at Marktgasse 4 & 6, Niederdorf, Zurich

Aoife Rosenmeyer

The entrance is through a ramshackle furniture shop; I walk between tables into the back and up the stairs. We're in the middle of Zurich's old town, where cheek-by-jowl buildings with uneven floors and low doorways are de rigueur; having the opportunity to snoop around one is an unusual treat. An Adrian Paci photograph is propped up against the wall in the ground-floor shop, the first of more than 60 artworks positioned around dozens of rooms in the two adjoining... continue reading
All That Glitters: Merlin Carpenter at Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club

Adam Kleinman

Wishing for respite from the throngs at Art Basel Miami Beach, I walked over to the Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, a new gallery launched not in the obligatory blighted-cum-gentrifying Wynwood "gallery" district, but nestled in a former shoe store on one of South Beach's rather banal shopping strips. As the unusual name and strategic locale may suggest, the venue, run by Columbia MFA holder, Clayton Deutsch, is going for something a little different. And with the owner's... continue reading
Art Basel, NADA, PULSE and SEVEN, Miami


Art Basel, NADA, PULSE and SEVEN, Miami

Paddy Johnson

Affectionately referred to as the Borg ship amongst some bloggers, Basel's floor plan is basically a large grid of white cubes inside the Miami Convention Center. This format has the ability to make all art look the same, and this year was no different: a rather stale viewing experience. As always, the Modern and postwar art booths are located at the front of the building, while contemporary settles for the back. Probably not such a bad layout tactic—but I expect this... continue reading
Jimmie Durham's "Arts, Media, and Sports" at Sprovieri, London

Colin Chinnery

One enters the modest exhibition space of Sprovieri through what looks like a homemade security gate. The title of the show, "Arts, Media, and Sports," hails from atop of this eponymous work, throwing visitors into a realm of Durhamian logic. What do these three realms—art, media, and sport—have in common, and what connects the title to the objects in the show? The show is dominated by two groups of colorful oil drums, Spring Fever (all works 2010) and Crude... continue reading
Pierre Huyghe at Marian Goodman, Paris


Pierre Huyghe at Marian Goodman, Paris

Filipa Ramos

The Host and the Cloud, the most recent work of Pierre Huyghe, is an overwhelming mise-en-scène of the contemporary imaginary. The action (of the film) takes place in the former building of the Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires. Built by Jean Dubuisson-a disciple of Le Corbusier-and located in the Bois de Boulogne, it was an innovative experiment, conceived to offer a synthetic vision of the traditional French society and constituted as a... continue reading


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