Ryan Wong

Articles

I Am Joe Scanlan

by Ryan Wong on June 17, 2014

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Now that the Whitney Biennial is over and the critical debate around it has subsided, I feel it’s time to put this project to rest: I created Joe Scanlan.

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In one of those useful coincidences of the New York art scene, two current exhibitions discuss global commerce and history, labor and money through one peculiar entry point: sugar.

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The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Brucennial has excited and divided the art world for the past 10 years. On the occasion of the fifth and final Brucennial, and inspired by the open classrooms of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, we offer you a teacher-student discussion guide to the exhibition.

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Museums

Rashaad Newsome Is Having a Ball

by Ryan Wong on March 11, 2014

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Five passages on Rashaad Newsome’s “FIVE (The Drawing Center).”

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Reviews

A Tale of Two Gallerists

by Ryan Wong on February 3, 2014

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The two coincidental exhibitions in New York, on the gallerists Ileana Sonnabend (1914–2007) at the Museum of Modern Art and Holly Solomon (1934–2002) at Mixed Greens, make for engaging historiography, selective histories within the established art narratives.

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Books

Poetry for 49 Days of Grief

by Ryan Wong on January 24, 2014

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There are surprisingly few poetry collections built around the experience of loss. One of them, published just last year, is Time of Grief: Mourning Poems, selected by poet and New Directions editor Jeffrey Yang.

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LOS ANGELES — Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland are to queer pop culture something like Picasso and Braque are to 20th-century abstraction: shocking then but still rich and surprising.

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Articles

The Year of Rain and Cronuts

by Ryan Wong on December 19, 2013

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The New York art world was thrown a free joke when, over the summer, people waited in the rain to get into the Museum of Modern Art’s Rain Room, a project by the studio Random International. The line was a capstone to a year of big projects with big draws, one more peak in a now-familiar rhythm: every few months some arts institution offers the “must-see” project of the season.

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Theaters

A Visual Concert of Gestures

by Ryan Wong on November 25, 2013

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Audience members for Tori Wrånes’s “Yes Nix” performance had to sidestep the artist, who was lying on the floor at the entrance to SIR Stage 37, as they walked in. Her feet were tied in rope, which was strung up to a running track in the ceiling. It was the most confrontational part of the 30-some-minute performance, an otherwise structured and slick series of gestures — a sort of operetta without words.

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Museums

Mixing Racial Messages

by Ryan Wong on October 30, 2013

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Starting with its title, the group exhibition War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art at Seattle’s Wing Luke museum asks a provocative question: how do those seen by Americans as products of either colonial domination or subversive desire move past those categories?

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