Author Archives: Barbara Pollack

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Meridith Savona photographed at FBI headquarters in New York City on February 26, 2016. KATHERINE MCMAHON

Anything Can Break Bad: An FBI Special Agent Has Learned the Difference Between the Art World and the Mafia

With a gun in her holster and her mind in art history, FBI Special Agent Meridith Savona has been investigating art crimes for the FBI’s New York office major-crimes unit since 2010. She has seen her fair share of fraudsters … Read More

Installation view of "Alberto Giacometti: Retrospective," 2016, at Yuz Museum, Shanghai. ALESSANDRO WANG/©2016 YUZ MUSEUM, SHANGHAI; FONDATION GIACOMETTI, PARIS; AND ESTATE GIACOMETTI

Shanghai Museums Grow Up: At the Long Museum and the Yuz Museum

Two years ago, when Shanghai first announced its five-year plan to develop into a cultural capital, many people were dubious about plopping museums into a metropolis overnight. But now that the West Bund Development in the Xuhui District is well … Read More

Xavier Cha, abduct (still), 2015, color video with sound, 12 minutes, 13 seconds. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND 47 CANAL, NEW YORK

Xavier Cha at MOCA Cleveland

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Back to the Future: 50 Years of Video Art at the Broad Art Museum, MSU

October 17, 2015 to February 14, 2016 Read More


Zhang Dali at United Art Museum

Wuhan, China Read More


Walid Raad at Museum of Modern Art

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Mark Bradford, Rebuild South Central, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 43" x 96". JOSHUA WHITE/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HAUSER & WIRTH

Mark Bradford at Hammer Museum

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Did Instagram Kill Photography’s Stars?: ICP Confronts Today’s Image Revolution

In an age when more than 880 billion photographs are taken each year—with more than 1.8 billion uploaded to the Internet every day—how can museums keep up? That is a question now facing the International Center of Photography, New York’s … Read More

Judith Bernstein, Birth of the Universe #4, 2012, 

Judith Bernstein at Mary Boone

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Joan Semmel, Purple Diagonal, 1980, oil on canvas, 78" x 104". ©2015 JOAN SEMMEL/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/COURTESY ALEXANDER GRAY ASSOCIATES, NEW YORK

Joan Semmel at Alexander Gray Associates

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Wang Gongxin, Whose Studio, 2014, 9-channel video installation, 9 minutes. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Wang Gongxin at OCAT

Shanghai Read More

2015 Venice Biennale
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled, 2014–15.MARK BLOWER

East, West, Home’s Best: At China’s Pavilion, and the Collaboration Between India and Pakistan

While the Venice Biennale is over 100 years old, participation in this global event is strictly a 21st-century development for many of the countries now here, including China and India. China only had its first official pavilion in 2003, and … Read More

2015 Venice Biennale News
Heri Dono's Voyage-Trokomod for the 2015 Venice Biennale. Credit Luciano Romano.

In Deep Water: The Pavilions of Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and Tuvalu in Venice

The Venice Biennale, with its global array of national pavilions, allows visitors to make like Marco Polo and sail east, while remaining rooted in the West. The Korean and Japanese pavilions in the Giardini are a good place to start, but … Read More

2015 Venice Biennale Dispatches

His Future Looks Bright: Okwui Enwezor on the 2015 Venice Biennale

What can you say about a Venice Biennale that features a public reading of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital? Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor, who organized the exhibition, has referred to Marx’s work as “our holy book,” which gives some insight into the … Read More