Author Archives: Barbara A. MacAdam


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David Reed, "New Paintings," 2016, installation view, at Peter Blum Gallery. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PETER BLUM GALLERY

Baroque Noir: David Reed at Peter Blum Gallery, New York

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Beverly Semmes, 'Rabbit Hole,' 2016, installation view, at Susan Inglett Gallery. ADAM REICH, NYC/COURTESY SUSAN INGLETT GALLERY, NEW YORK

Beverly Semmes at Susan Inglett

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Marcel Broodthaers, Pense-Bête (Memory aid), 1964, books, paper, plaster, and plastic balls on wood base, 11¾ × 33¼ × 16⅞ inches. ©2016 ESTATE OF MARCEL BROODTHAERS/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/SABAM, BRUSSELS/COLLECTION FLEMISH COMMUNITY, LONG-TERM LOAN S.M.A.K.

When Is Sense Nonsense?: On Fischli/Weiss at the Guggenheim and Marcel Broodthaers at MoMA

Think and think again. Two history-engaging, European-inflected, cerebral yet very material shows in New York right now take Conceptualism from the droll (Marcel Broodthaers) to the slapstick (Fischli/Weiss), with various stops along the way. It’s the thinking person’s workout—philosophical, political, … Read More


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Elisabeth Kley, 'Ozymandias,' 2016, installation view. JASON MANDELLA/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND CANADA

Elisabeth Kley at Canada

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Tauba Auerbach, A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts (detail), 2015, borosilicate, 3 x 78 x 25 inches. STEVEN PROBERT/©TAUBA AUERBACH/COURTESY PAULA COOPER GALLERY, NEW YORK

Tauba Auerbach at Paula Cooper

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A scene from Alban Berg's Lulu, which Kentridge directed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, 2015. KEN HOWARD/METROPOLITAN OPERA

William Kentridge: Slow Music for Fast Action, and Other Conundrums

The South African giant at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera Read More


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John Singer Sargent, Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife, 1885, oil on canvas, 20¼" × 24¼". ©CRYSTAL BRIDGES, MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS/CRYSTAL BRIDGES, MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS

John Singer Sargent at Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Books
Aaliyah Colon, Manhattanville, 2A, 0103, from Project Lives. PUBLISHED BY POWERHOUSEBOOKS/©AALIYAH COLON

Bringing It Home: For ‘Project Lives,’ Public-Housing Residents Pick Up Cameras

Ever wonder whether kids see the same things we do when looking around their environment? From their diminutive physical vantage point and their experiential one as well, things must look different.Well, George Carrano, Chelsea Davis, and Jonathan Fisher wanted to … Read More


2015 Venice Biennale
Ursula Von Rydingsvard in Yorkshire sculpture park.KATHERINE MCMAHON/ARTNEWS

The Top of the Tree: Ursula von Rydingsvard in Venice

Context matters: proof is looking at Ursula von Rydingsvard’s sculptures in the Giardino della Marinaressa. Set in this small park, the mostly cedar works could have grown in the garden like a native species, so comfortable are they in the … Read More


2015 Venice Biennale Features
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, from here to ear (detail), 1999–ongoing; 5 Gibson Les Paul guitars, 5 Gibson SG bass guitars, 5 pedal effect processors, 8-channel amp, speakers, nests, cables; dimensions variable. Installation view, 'FreePort [No. 007]: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot,' Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 2014. WALTER SILVER/©CÉLESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT/COURTESY PAULA COOPER GALLERY, NEW YORK AND PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

French Pavilion Artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot Teaches the World to Sing

In late February, while in the throes of preparing his project for the 56th Venice Biennale, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was just as purposefully going about daily life at his home in the South of France. As we spoke via hiccuping cellphones, … Read More


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Juergen Teller, Vivienne Westwood No. 1, London 2009, 2012, C-print, 72" x 108".COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LEHMANN MAUPIN, NEW YORK AND HONG KONG

“Future Seasons Past” at Lehmann Maupin

Chelsea and Lower East Side, New York Read More


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Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1985, paint, vinyl, and wood on board, 51" x 81¼" x 7½".©2015 ESTATE OF LOUISE NEVELSON/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/COURTESY PACE GALLERY

Louise Nevelson at Pace

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Armory Week 2015
Searchlight.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND FREDERICKS & FREISER

Some Monsters Loom Large at the Armory Show

At the Fredericks & Freiser booth, dark and striking were paintings by Mark Thomas Gibson, a Yale School of Art grad and Kara Walker’s studio assistant. One painting, Searchlight, blares the words in all caps: “Some Monsters Loom Large.” The lettering is … Read More


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Thomas Houseago, Moun Room, 2013–14, Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 36' x 45'6" x 12', installation view. GENEVIEVE HANSON/©THOMAS HOUSEAGO/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HAUSER & WIRTH

Thomas Houseago at Hauser & Wirth

Sculptor Thomas Houseago created an object/environment that could be construed as all things to many people. Called Moun Room (2013–14), the installation was a huge cubistic maze divided into three chambers. Visitors could walk, climb, and crawl through it, sit … Read More