Alexandra Pechman

Tho Mercier

MARSO

November 2017

The title of Théo Mercier’s first solo exhibition in Mexico, “Phantom Legacy,” refers to relics of a time that never existed. The show largely features more than a dozen assemblages made by the Mexico City–based artist during a residency at… READ ON

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Flora and Fauna

The 13th edition of ArtBo

October 2017 BOGOTA

IN COLOMBIA,everything grows. All flora seems to flourish in its environment of extremes.  Yet the area of deforestation jumped 44 percent in 2016 from the previous year. This was, ironically, due to historic deals with the FARC rebel group.… READ ON

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Julia Haft-Candell

Parrasch Heijnen Gallery

July 2017

A glossary that accompanies this exhibition opens with lines from Ursula K. Le Guin’s introduction to her 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness: “I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.” … READ ON

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Sea Change

The 1st MECA art fair in San Juan

June 2017 SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

SAN JUAN, DESPITE ITS RECENT BILLING as one of the art cities of the future, has none of the splashy hallmarks of a twenty-first-century art hub. That is, there are no grandiose private museums, no sterile government-funded arts districts, … READ ON

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Lauren Greenfield

Annenberg Space for Photography

May 2017

This survey, titled “Generation Wealth,” is promoted as a morality tale, but it’s more of a master class in dramatic irony. For twenty-five years, Lauren Greenfield has photographed those who see money and fame as vehicles to happiness—celebrities,… READ ON

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No Time Like the Present

The 13th SP-Arte in So Paulo

April 2017 SO PAULO

“SÃO PAULO IS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN if New York threw up on LA,” Alex Cuadros wrote in last year’s Brazillionaires, about the meteoric rise and fall of the country’s rich from the aughts to the 2016 Rio Olympics. I thought of the line often during… READ ON

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Weekend Update

The 1st Gallery Weekend Beijing

March 2017 BEIJING

THE WEEKEND BEFORE the fifth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, a rivalry of sorts peaked between the Beijing and Shanghai art scenes. Expecting to divert the art world en route to Hong Kong, amid lifted visa requirements to allow visitors … READ ON

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Leap of Faith

August 2016

ART AND THE OLYMPICS have a long, intertwined history. The ancient art created in competition to memorialize the earliest games eventually defined the vision of its modern iteration. In the early twentieth century, there were also art matches:… READ ON

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Party Politics

The 12th SP-Arte

April 2016 SO PAULO

IN BRAZIL, when things go badly you make it into a party. Take the infamous 1919 carnival after the Spanish Flu, or the recent protests calling for impeachment—or protests of those calls for impeachment—which often devolve into long, beer-soaked… READ ON

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X-Files

The fifth anniversary of Studio-X Rio

March 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO

RIO DE JANEIRO WAS INUNDATED. On March 16, the night the Cultural Secretary of São Paulo spoke at Studio-X Rio, I was elsewhere, shin-deep in rain-mud before my bus got stuck in traffic as water and protests surged. #OcupaBrasil had exploded.… READ ON

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