Reviews

Post image for “The Ephemeral Moment of Exchange” in Barbara Bloom’s Wrapping Papers

Bloom’s papers mine the histories of gift rituals, interrogate the meaning objects are endowed with as gifts, and place value on an object that is meant to be used once and then discarded.

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Post image for A Psychological Portrait of Eva Hesse

Telling the story of Eva Hesse’s life and work presents one major challenge: as a narrative arc, it is necessarily truncated.

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Post image for A Show About Delacroix’s Influence Is Sorely Missing His Work

LONDON — Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art suffers from too few of Delacroix’s works and far too much of the “modern art.”

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Post image for New Portal Art Fair Fails to Make the Most of a Lower Manhattan Landmark

Most tourists who wander into the rotunda of Federal Hall on Wall Street likely won’t be there for this week’s Portal Art Fair, but the three floors of mixed-media art may cause them to linger longer in the 19th-century space.

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Post image for Holograms, Robots, and 3D-Printed Masks at a New Art Center in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Highlighting six HCMC-based contemporary artists and featuring several large works all incorporating new media, this exhibit would feel at home in any global arts city, from NYC to Beijing.

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Post image for An App Turns the Failures of Image Recognition into Whimsical Text

When I was a little girl, I always wondered what my Teddy Ruxpin mechanical bear would say if there wasn’t a cassette tape commanding his interactions with me.

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Post image for Experimenting with Sound in an Artist-Built Pool

There’s a large pool taking up most of the floor space at Recess.

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Post image for ‘Antigone’ Meets 1970s Radical Detroit in a Work of Immersive Theater

DETROIT — The oft-repeated thesis statement of this interactive theater performance is: “The only war that matters is the war against the imagination; all other wars are subsumed in it.”

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Post image for A Dance of Constant Movement, Propelled by Light

MINNEAPOLIS — There are some performers who are so focused, so attentive, so magnetic, that they could just stand on stage, not even moving, and still keep an audience rapt.

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Post image for From an Oakland Muralist to a Failing Goat Farm, Artful Highlights from Boston’s Indie Film Festival

BOSTON — The Independent Film Festival of Boston started out earnestly and enthusiastically in 2003, blowing the minds of locals and filmmakers by being a polished, world-class (and yet 100% volunteer-run) operation from the get-go.

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