Also, a Dora Maar portrait by Picasso sold for $6.8 million, and Christie’s will sell the first “Mixed Reality performance artwork,” by none other than Marina Abramović.
At Performa, Huang Po-Chih and Su Hui-Yu each staged theatrical productions concerning collective mourning and memorialization. Yet while Su built upon his own relationship to a story of loss, Huang seemed to impose himself upon someone else’s.
In its first performances since 1965, the recent Performa revival of Rainer’s Parts of Some Sextets prompts considerations of how we can safeguard the choreographer’s visionary oeuvre while staying true to her vision.
Also, the New York Public Library purchased 153 Virginia Woolf-related items, an 18th-century Senegalese saber has been returned by France, and more.
Declaring a pro-sex, pro-porn stance off the bat, On Our Backs presents diverse notions of intimacy, in sex work and the communal art and advocacy that spring from it.
Fischli and Weiss’s sprawling retrospective creates a viewing experience that is funny, frustrating, belabored, and, ultimately, I think, productively unsettling.
In 1867 Timothy O’Sullivan headed out West.
I originally considered writing in a standard review format, but Carsten Höller’s retrospective Decision, currently on view at London’s Hayward Gallery, is more amenable to the listicle form.
LONDON — “Looks” is a slippery word.
LONDON — “Nagorno” is a Russian word for “mountain,” while “Karabakh” is a word of Turkic and Persian origin meaning “black garden.” When joined by a hyphen, the two words denote the boiling point of the Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed enclave — one of post-Soviet Europe’s “frozen conflicts” — that doubles as a mountainous graveyard.
LONDON — Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, on view at London’s Barbican Centre, draws on the common desire to make sense of people through their objects.
LONDON — At the heart of artist, writer, and technologist James Bridle’s project is the notion that the images that we are not shown are just as carefully selected as the ones we are: in this day and age, visual concealment is tactical, not accidental.