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FELIX GONZALEZ–TORRES

“I believe that irony is still a very useful tool to create meaning. For me, irony stops information in its tracks and makes it unravel.” — Felix Gonzalez–Torres* A visitor to FELIX GONZALEZ–TORRES (at David Zwirner in New York), confronted by a room-dividing wall of glass beads hanging from the ceiling, sticks out his hand and runs […]

DOUGLAS CRIMP — BEFORE PICTURES

“What I had hoped to do from the beginning was to complicate the narratives that we have about the art that was made in New York in the 1970s and about the political developments of the gay scene and public sexual culture in that period of time….The queer world and art world complicate each other, […]

DEANA LAWSON AT THE WHITNEY

DEANA LAWSON—NEW PHOTOGRAPHS, at Rhona Hoffman in Chicago, closes this weekend, but there are still a couple weeks left to see Lawson’s new work in New York City.   DEANA LAWSON—NEW PHOTOGRAPHS, through May 26. RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY, 118 North Peoria Street, Chicago DEANA LAWSON—2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL, through June 11. WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, […]

VANESSA ANSPAUGH — THE END OF MEN, AGAIN

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In 2016, Vanessa Anspaugh’s The End Of Men: An Ode to Ocean answered the questions, “What does feminist work look like without women as the subject? What happens when men are directed (by me) to embody their intimacies, and are then left to their own devices?” A year—and a lifetime—later, choreographer/performance artist Anspaugh presents THE END OF MEN, […]

VISCONTI AND MASTROIANNI

Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell in Le Notti Bianche, 1957, directed by Luchino Visconti

Between 1949 and 1956, Luchino Visconti directed Marcello Mastroianni onstage seven times, mostly in Rome. Reflecting the early years of what David Thomson called “Visconti’s taste for high–minded literary thunder,” Mastroianni played the younger son in Death of a Salesman, Michail Astrov in Uncle Vanya, and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, among others For their […]

CONTEMPORARY ART AND WALTER BENJAMIN’S ARCADES

THE ARCADES: CONTEMPORARY ART AND WALTER BENJAMIN, a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum, “brings together contemporary art works inspired, consciously and unconsciously, by Walter Benjamin, one of the twentieth century’s most original and enigmatic thinkers. Benjamin’s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is an undergraduate art-history staple, but true Benjaminiacs […]

TAYLOR MAC AND KRISTY EDMUNDS

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Over the last few years, a consortium of institutions and patrons from across the United States have come together to ensure the production of Taylor Mac’s ongoing, international sensation A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. In Los Angeles, one of Mac’s most committed—and eloquent—supporters is Kristy Edmunds, the executive and artistic director of the Center […]