Dan Jakubowski

Amalia Pica

The Power Plant

November 2017

Amalia Pica plays with the basic coordinates of sculpture here, presenting monumental objects with opulent volume but no mass, and small prostrate forms that are weighty but seem visually buoyant due to their surface treatment. In the first… READ ON


Jennifer Packer

The Renaissance Society

September 2017

The hands in Jennifer Packer’s paintings are what stay with me. Graceful and obdurate, elegant and knotted, these hands bear strange relationships with their owners, floating into distinct view as the rest of the figure recedes among paint … READ ON


Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

August 2017

Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s paintings exhibit both a generous opulence and a tender grace, taking small moments of intimacy and imbuing them with a meticulously ordered magnificence. Mama, Mummy and Mamma (Predecessors #2), 2014, is exemplary… READ ON


Nicholas Mangan

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

July 2017

Nicholas Mangan’s four video installations explore the overlapping disciplines of economics, geology, ecology, and colonial history, presenting a portrait of a world riven by human intervention but elusive when it comes to humanity’s efforts… READ ON


Tal R

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

June 2017

Tal R’s retrospective bubbles with an inexorable sense of play, as the Danish painter ricochets between abstraction, representation, and all points between. His earlier work from the 1990s and his early 2000s experiments with bold, carnivalesque… READ ON


“Philip Guston and the Poets”

Gallerie dell'Accademia

June 2017

It is a small wonder to see Titian’s final statement, the anxious, sepulchral Pietà, 1576, only a few rooms away from Philip Guston’s late meditation on frailty and death, East Coker-Tse, 1979. The latter painting depicts an emaciated, … READ ON


Maha Maamoun

Sursock Museum

April 2017

This museum is an ironically fitting setting for Maha Maamoun’s Night Visitor: The Night of Counting the Years, 2011, a film constructed from YouTube clips the artist compiled in the months following the initial uprising of the 2011 Egyptian… READ ON


Claire Morgan

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

March 2017

Claire Morgan refigures the tradition of Minimalism and post-Minimalism in the whimsical yet startlingly affecting works in her first solo exhibition in the United States. Using nylon thread to stitch together shreds of plastic, insects, … READ ON


“Rotative Repository of Latin American Video Art: Mono Canal”

El Museo del Barrio

March 2017

This group show from fifteen Latin American artists presents an impressive and sometimes deeply affecting series of video works that is hampered by an ill-conceived and amateurish exhibition approach. Given that the videos rotate over a total… READ ON


Zina Saro-Wiwa

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion

February 2017

Questions of ecology lie at the core of Zina Saro-Wiwa’s exhibition, though her approach to the subject includes more than addressing the natural environment. The show features works produced by the artist since 2013, when she moved from … READ ON