Archive for March, 2020

Katarina Burin

Reading to the letter is the ancient lie of fundamentalisms everywhere. As Michel de Certeau has written, the dream of a “‘literal’ meaning is the index and the result of a social power, that of an ... | Read More

Douglas Watt

On summer nights, all the windows at the PumpJack Pub open up onto Davie Street. Nostalgic dance remixes flow out into the road, blurring the border between public space and community gay bar. Deeper ... | Read More

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Tiril Hasselknippe

The New York–based Norwegian artist Tiril Hasselknippe channeled the apocalyptic doom that pervades our awful present in “Braut” (Bride), her solo exhibition at Magenta Plains. Two hulking sculptures—which ... | Read More

Christopher S. Wood on Saturn and Melancholy

Saturn and Melancholy: Studies in the History of Natural Philosophy, Religion, and Art, by Raymond Klibansky, Erwin Panofsky, and Fritz Saxl. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019. 632 ... | Read More

Helène Aylon

In 2012, Helène Aylon published Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist, which gives some indication of both where her life started (she was ... | Read More


Comprised of thirty-four modestly sized collages and a pair of huge, panoramic paintings, Galerie Perrotin’s exhibition of works by the octogenarian Icelandic artist Erró was like a grand expedition ... | Read More

Ruth Asawa

We talk of weightless things: conversations, responsibilities, the bodies of those we love. We talk of them as if they are exempt from reality and rationality, as if they orbit our physical world, their ... | Read More

Daniel Marcus on Danielle Aubert’s Detroit Printing Co-op

The Detroit Printing Co-op: The Politics of the Joy of Printing, by Danielle Aubert. Los Angeles: Inventory Press, 2019. 240 pages.A YEAR AFTER the May 1968 uprisings in France, essayist Maurice ... | Read More

Troy Brauntuch

Dreadful visions can yield beautiful afterimages, as confirmed by the art of Troy Brauntuch. For more than four decades, the artist has produced spectral, infrathin pictures qua pictures: works that ... | Read More
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