Art + Design

Christopher Williams at the MoMA

Now through November 2nd, the Museum of Modern Art is hosting a retrospective of Christopher Williams’ 35-year career in an exhibition titled “The Production Line of Happiness.” Williams, who got his start back in the ’70s as a student of the California Institute of the Arts alongside fellow conceptual...

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Welcome to the Future: MAD’s Makers

Biennial shows are always a mixed bag. You hope that all the ideas will be well executed because the curators routinely assure you that the work you will see is the most innovative and exciting. In reality, while there are some brilliantly intriguing ideas and works of art, there are others...

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The Seductive Illusion of Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter is one of those artists who seemed to explode into the art scene on both American coasts during the mid-aughts. In 2005, she had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2006, she was included in the Whitney Biennial and, in collaboration with Creative...

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‘Here and Elsewhere’ at the New Museum

On the fifth floor of the New Museum in the “Here and Elsewhere” show, a viewer can see parts of Arab civilizations full of hope and promise–traits rarely portrayed today. But almost fifty years ago, the people who lived in these countries were preparing for an industrial boom, filled with...

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Garry Winogrand: A Retrospective

It’s hard to imagine a time when our society depended almost exclusively on a photographer to tell them what was happening in the far, unseen corners of their own country and even closer to home, in their own city. Of course there were magazines and newspapers to relay news, but to really...

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“Go With The Flow” at The Hole

When you first walk into the Go With The Flow exhibition at The Hole gallery, you instantly notice there is no one motif that connects the artists’ subjects. The brightly colored works range from digitally produced images featuring digitally produced gradations, to multi-paneled stenciled compositions, to geometric designs, to dilapidated looking interiors, to...

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Beatriz Milhazes’ Beautiful Journey

Imagine a hypnotic Brazilian drumbeat–a beat that is slow and steady and then, suddenly, jumps into a high-speed chant. Close your eyes and see the bold colors and excitement of Carnival combined into a visual body of work; an overwhelming tropical palette of overlapping circles, stars, intricate designs of...

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The Quiet Madness of Dean West

If you’re someone who prefers extreme subtlety in their photography, you might not be interested in the work of Dean West. Australian-born, Brooklyn-based West specializes in a kind of garishly lit, overblown, hyper-stylized type of aesthetic, each image oftentimes not dissimilar to a video game that has been put...

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The Great and Powerful Koons

When Jeff Koons’ retrospective first opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Internet was abuzz with photographs of balloon dogs and early sculptures of ready-mades. Photos of Koons himself–a permanent wide grin spread across his his face–posed in front of these sculptures for the press depicted less a...

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Finding Truth: The Photography of Pieter Hugo

In a world where so many photographs are manipulated to portray false reality, South African-born Pieter Hugo’s approach to the medium is a breath of fresh air, notable not just for its beauty and charm but for its unusual honesty. I was introduced to Pieter Hugo’s photography several years ago....

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