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We Went to Lisa Cooley and Thierry Goldberg: Good Painting, Bad Painting

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on April 30, 2015
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One show we liked. The other, not so much.

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We Went to the LES: Neil Goldberg at PARTICIPANT INC

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on April 30, 2015
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I don’t know how much thought about this is really warranted though. I mean, what is there to say about the relationship of dog-shit commerce to microphone butt-fucking?

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At the Whitney: Industry, Advertising, and Death Makes America Hard to See

by Paddy Johnson on April 27, 2015
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A closer look at the Whitney’s permanent collection exhibition America Is Hard to See.

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Art in Need of a More Open Engagement

by Corinna Kirsch on April 23, 2015
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I’m an art critic; I don’t often get asked about how I’m working toward revolution. Looking around the city’s museums and galleries, it’s hard to figure out how optically pleasant paintings enact social change. Outside the galleries, there’s activist groups like Occupy Museums or W.A.G.E. that nod to revolution by targeting institutions. Either way, the focus remains on art and art institutions, which can leave the soul feeling empty.

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Romancing the Stone: Sara VanDerBeek at the Baltimore Museum of Art

by Michael Anthony Farley on April 22, 2015
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In her new solo exhibition, Sara VanDerBeek considers neoclassical architecture as a link between the museum and memories of her hometown.

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The Unsparing Vision of Alice Neel

by Paddy Johnson on April 17, 2015
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How much can a portrait or landscape tell us about a person or a time period? A shocking amount, if the Alice Neel exhibition at David Zwirner is any indication.

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Feminism Revisited: Regina Granne at A.I.R. Gallery

by Corinna Kirsch on April 14, 2015
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Walking into Regina Granne’s show at A.I.R. Gallery, ABOVE THE CLOUDS AND UNDER THE RADAR, might make you ask questions you hadn’t ever planned on asking, like: Who was Regina Granne, and why did she make paintings that look like I’m looking at the world through the eyes of a lopsided dog?

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In Praise of the Virus: Anicka Yi’s You Can Call Me F at the Kitchen

by Corinna Kirsch on March 24, 2015
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Artist Anicka Yi’s You Can Call Me F takes our obsession with feminine cleanliness to a science-fiction extreme: Women have been reimagined as a “virus,” as a deadly problem. But it’s really hard to know that, if you don’t take a look at the press release first.

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As Violent as Chimps: Alison Ruttan at the Chicago Cultural Center

by Robin Dluzen on March 19, 2015
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Alison Ruttan’s work is about genetic destiny. Inside the three Michigan Avenue galleries of the Chicago Cultural Center, we see how human nature plays havoc with communities through two parallel series.

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Notes on the 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on February 26, 2015
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In which Paddy and Corinna discuss the Triennial in thousands of words.

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