Uncovering a sense of presence through an implied absence, these drawings and paintings explore a peculiar, discontinuous narrative.
May 9, 2008 at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York R.C. Baker, Carly Berwick and Peter Plagens joined David Cohen to review the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Squirmy, steadfast, and biologic in their surging rhythmic climax, Bluhm’s forms bulge and push up against the edges of his support, creating an explosive pressure. His use of bilateral symmetry heightens this effect.
The waterfalls promise to be impressive and quite the sensation, but they will also reveal Eliasson’s main strength – the skill to turn a generous gesture into a subjective experience, which even in a city of millions can be as personal as it will be communal.
Using few footnotes, this collection of Boris Groys’s essays offers a compulsively original account of contemporary art and the political systems that support it. Educated in the former USSR, now a professor in Germany who also teaches at NYU, he brings to contemporary art theory a highly original perspective. Groys discusses fundamental topics: the nature…