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Logo of Documenta 14.
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iLiana Fokianaki and Yanis Varoufakis

Created in 1955 by artist and curator Arnold Bode, Documenta sought to advance the cultural reconstruction of Germany within the postwar European order. Reoccurring every five years, it has since unfolded into a periodic forum for contemporary art. When Adam Szymczyk was appointed artistic director of Documenta 14 in November 2013, he proposed... continue reading
Mel Bochner’s “Voices”

PETER FREEMAN INC., New York

View of Mel Bochner’s “Voices,” Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, 2017.
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Kim Levin

At a moment when all kinds of anxieties can be tweaked by a tweeting president, Mel Bochner—a highly respected first-generation Conceptualist—has found his voice. Or perhaps I should say, these uneasy times have caught up with Bochner’s word-based art of language and ideas. Other founding Conceptualists of the late 1960s— Robert... continue reading
Dara Birnbaum’s “Psalm 29(30)”

MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY, New York

Dara Birnbaum, Psalm 29(30), 2016.
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Leo Goldsmith

Six years in, Syria’s Civil War has been the subject of a vast quantity of information—in the form of user-generated video, reportage, news analysis, social media updates—and yet we seem no nearer to an adequate means of representing it. Representation and resolution are often intertwined: the clarity of a representation,... continue reading
“Quiet”

BARBARA SEILER GALERIE, Zürich

View of “Quiet,” Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich, 2017.
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Aoife Rosenmeyer

According to the exhibition’s introductory text, “Quiet,” curated by SALTS director and Art Basel Parcours curator Samuel Leuenberger, is inspired by Susan Cain’s 2012 book of the same title, which champions introverts in a world skewed in favor of the ebullient extrovert. It is an odd premise for an exhibition,... continue reading
View of Eva Kot’átková’s “Diary of a stomach,” Meyer Riegger, Berlin, 2017.
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Ana Ofak

“What have you eaten today?” a metallic voiceover inquires. The reply, uttered by a child, hesitantly, is “nothing.” Yet in the course of the transitory interrogation that unfolds in the middle of Eva Kot’átková’s most recent film Stomach of the world (2017), currently being shown by the Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative at... continue reading
New York City Roundup

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, New York

Robert Longo, Untitled (Raft at Sea), 2016–2017.
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Orit Gat

As I missed out on international art events this season because New York is so far away, all I could think of was how unlucky their curators are. You work on Venice or Documenta for a year or two or four. You start out researching when there’s a somewhat liberal... continue reading

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