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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys, April 7, 2018 – July 2020, Art Gallery of Ontario “Such retroactive and remote anointing is far more difficult in the context of contemporary art, which for the past century has often been the product of speech acts. I am an artist because I say I am an artist. This is art because I say it is.” “It’s …

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The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 – 1965

Five years in, The Whitney has become thoroughly at home in its spacious new digs and primo downtown locale. This is the second substantial collection re-installation since the new building’s inaugural extravaganza. This rotation and attention to expanded contexts for a few renowned works that have remained on view in shifted juxtapositions is notable. The salon-style hanging in a dark …

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A Ferro e Fuoco

Retrospective dedicated to Jannis Kounellis, Ca ‘Corner della Regina, Venice, 11 May / 24 November 2019, curated by Germano Celant As soon as I entered the vast hall on the first noble floor of Ca ‘Corner della Regina (headquarters of the Fondazione Prada Venezia), I was struck by an array of hats, shoes, dark coats: I thought of people moving …

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Magnum’s First

Diocesan Museum, Milan, May 9 – October 6, 2019 It’s truly inexplicable how the first exhibition of the Magnum photo agency, which was presented in five German cities between 1956 and 1957, has been forgotten for fifty years. The artwork was found by sheer chance only in 2006 inside two boxes which contained, in addition to the photographs, coloured panels …

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Genderless Faces

‘Themself’, new portrait paintings by Sarah Ball, at Anima Mundi, St Ives, 26 July – 6 Sept 2019 Entering the gallery and confronted immediately by the arresting portrait of ‘Izzy’, I was half-prepared for a dazzling exhibition of beautifully-painted portraits, accompanied by intriguing back stories. Sarah Ball’s practice relies on gathering found images from the media and from historical archives, …

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Unusual Forms

Leach Pottery and Anima Mundi in St Ives, 29 June – 11 August 2019 Andile Dyalvane has been in residence at the Leach Pottery in St.Ives,, Cornwall, UK and his work is seen there before he returns to South Africa. He was at the private view, resplendent and expansive, shaking hands with everyone and wearing African looking face paint. His …

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Drawn to Life

Drawn to Life An Exhibition of a Life Drawing Class – Redwing Gallery, Penzance 29 May – 12 June, 2019 It’s no secret that behind every successful artist there are hours of hidden practice and bins full of frustrations that never see the light of day. I reluctantly climbed the stairs to the Drawn to Life Exhibition at the Redwing …

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Domestic Bliss

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 8 March – 31 December 2020 When did the curator’s imperatives gain supremacy over the artist’s agenda? In the case of Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, the current exhibition ‘Domestic Bliss’ is the brainchild of a creative in-house curator with no budget. Katie Bruce raids the gallery’s collection to produce an attractive and quirky show, …

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Lo Fi Glamour

My wife and I are driving down Yonge Street on a midsummer’s trip to Toronto in our almond colored, Honda Civic hatchback (our first vehicle) with the windows rolled down blasting out Kool Thing on our cassette deck as we meander to our campsite on the edge of town. The blood surging through my veins, super hyped, I am on …

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Royal Passes

The majority of artists in the exhibition ‘City Prince/sses work out of Tehran, Mexico City, Manila, Lagos or Dhaka. Aside from a few exceptions, Western cultural capitals like Berlin, Paris, London or New York are only mentioned in passing. This is refreshing, since the geographic diversity of artists exhibiting in major contemporary institutions in Europe and across the Atlantic in …

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