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A Traditional Native Practice, Given Modern Form

by Erin Joyce on December 17, 2014

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SANTA FE — There are many facets to our identities and how we construct and define ourselves; one of the most integral is language.

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In Claude Debussy’s 1910 prelude “La cathédrale engloutie” (“The Sunken Cathedral”), shuddering waves of chords grow and then drown out in tribute to a mythical cathedral rising out of the sea and then disappearing again. In Douglas Gordon’s new “tears become… streams become…” installation at the Park Avenue Armory, the rippling notes are provided each night by pianist Hélène Grimaud, who plays a Steinway encircled by a reflecting pool of 122,000 gallons of water.

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Galleries

The Colorful Past of Huguette Caland

by Hrag Vartanian on December 16, 2014

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For the last four decades, artist Huguette Caland has largely languished in obscurity.

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BATH, UK — The small city of Bath has over time become a symbol of classic English gentility and, at first glance, the Holburne Museum conforms to the pattern. But there is a temporary exhibition on display at the moment of prints by the caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson that undermines that whole myth of “Heritage England.”

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Galleries

Monochrome Sets You Free

by Robert C. Morgan on December 16, 2014

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I discovered the work of Ha Chonghyun in 2000 at an exhibition mounted at the Gwangju City Art Museum, curated by the art critic Yoon Jin Sup.

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Galleries

Jacolby Satterwhite Keeps Reality Virtual

by Alicia Eler on December 15, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — Jacolby Satterwhite’s solo exhibition How lovly is me being as I am is born out of a maternal virtual hive mind.

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Albert Oehlen’s current show at Skarstedt, a selection of 14 “fabric paintings” made between 1992–96, is explosive. Explosive as in a burst or the arrival of a fiery red comet on earth.

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Around the world, the aesthetic of revolt flows unabridged, immediate, and jittery, the revolution in any room. Which makes Maidan, Sergei Loznitsa’s unblinking and stirring documentary of last year’s Ukrainian protests that ended in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych seem like even more of a formal, rigorous outlier.

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Museums

A Long, Strange Group Show Trip

by Joseph Nechvatal on December 15, 2014

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PARIS — Inside, at the Palais de Tokyo, is group show as inner wormhole. The metaphoric theme of this exhibition of videos, numinous wall works, and scenic installation art — curated by Jean de Loisy, Daria de Beauvais, and Katell Jaffrè — is the disturbing inner space of a trip.

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Dorothy Iannone describes her trip to Reykjavík in 1967 as the “journey which seems to have made all other journeys possible.” It was there she met the artist Dieter Roth, with whom she swiftly fell in love and for whom she left her husband and a comfortable life in the United States.

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