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“Sputterances”

METRO PICTURES, New York

View of “Sputterances,” Metro Pictures, New York, 2017.
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Tim Gentles

In artist Sanya Kantarovsky’s latest curatorial venture, an exhibition at Metro Pictures organized around the underappreciated Dutch painter René Daniëls, he continues to examine the mechanics of artistic positioning. Similarly, in his previous curated exhibition, “No Joke” at Tanya Leighton (Berlin, 2015), he grouped together work that, through humor and... continue reading
Trevor Paglen

METRO PICTURES, New York

View of "Trevor Paglen" at Metro Pictures, New York, 2015.
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Laura McLean-Ferris

The evidence that we live in a dystopia is mostly swept out of sight, and kept out of mind. So let’s be clear that Trevor Paglen is engaged in a form of politically urgent visual labor. His work, most notably in photography, has given visual texture to a very real,... continue reading
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
“Bad Conscience”

METRO PICTURES, New York

View of “Bad Conscience,” Metro Pictures, New York, 2014.
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Jennifer Piejko

Over the decades, John Miller has produced a body of work that is semi-ambiguous in concept, yet is—in terms of deadpan humor and wry observation—unwaveringly his own. In the 1980s, he made pieces that appeared to be caked in human waste, like paintings with brown splotches and appropriated objects covered... 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
“Dogma”

METRO PICTURES, New York

View of "Dogma," Metro Pictures, New York, 2012.
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ADAM KLEINMAN

Although dogs are "man’s best friend," no other species has been as manipulated by humans—a strange take on friendship indeed. This tenuous power play between love and dominance lies at the heart of "Dogma," Metro Pictures’s summer group show organized around the very relationships and allusions "forged between mankind and dogs" by Swiss Institute Director Gianni Jetzer.... continue reading

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