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Art Basel Miami 2016: Text and/or Textiles

Art Basel Miami 2016: Text and/or Textiles

Bullet Shih December 7, 2016 0

Photos: Claudio Castillo This year was the most rigorous fair anabasis that I have had in the past 15 years; I attended at least 13 fairs and 3 private collections. Overall, both South Beach

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Vienna Art Fair 2014: Part I

Vienna Art Fair 2014: Part I

Bullet Shih December 1, 2014 0

In its tenth year of existence, the Vienna Art Fair or VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary has come into its own as Central and Eastern Europe’s most prominent art fair. Running from the 2nd to

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Art Basel Miami 2013: Sun and W(e)aves

Art Basel Miami 2013: Sun and W(e)aves

Bullet Shih December 11, 2013 0

Art Basel Miami Beach

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Keun Young Park at Accola Griefen

Keun Young Park at Accola Griefen

Bullet Shih February 15, 2013 0

Korean artist Keun Young Park’s exhibition In Between at Accola Griefen features a series of reconstituted photos of herself.  Park painstakingly rips apart her photographic self portraits and glues them onto a blank piece

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Splitsville! Hirst and Gagosian Part Ways

Splitsville! Hirst and Gagosian Part Ways

Bullet Shih December 14, 2012 0

The marriage of the art world’s most hyped artist, Damien Hirst, and the art world’s most powerful art dealer appears to be over.  The Financial Times has reported that Larry Gagosian and Damien Hirst

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Art Basel Miami 2012: The Writing Is on the Wall

Art Basel Miami 2012: The Writing Is on the Wall

Bullet Shih December 13, 2012 0

Another major theme at Art Basel Miami 2012 was the prevalence of text based works. Barbara Kruger carried the day by commanding space in multiple booths with single words or simple sentences blurring the

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Art Basel Miami 2012: Thinking Inside the Box

Art Basel Miami 2012: Thinking Inside the Box

Bullet Shih December 12, 2012 1

As I wrote in the earlier review of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, one of the major themes of the fair was that works based on squares or rectangles were exceedingly plentiful. It didn’t

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Art Basel Miami: Aqua Part 1

Art Basel Miami: Aqua Part 1

Bullet Shih December 10, 2012 0

After being overwhelmed on Thursday at the opening of Art Basel Miami 2012 at the convention center, I opted for a more manageable chunk of art on Friday, visiting the Aqua Fair. Celebrating its

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Art Basel Miami 2012: The Deluge

Art Basel Miami 2012: The Deluge

Bullet Shih December 6, 2012 0

Yesterday Art Basel Miami 2012 opened its doors to VIPs and the Press.  Despite the sheer numbers of moneyed visitors who are expecting to be relieved of close to $1 billion of lucre in

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Art Basel Miami 2012: The Calm Before the Storm

Art Basel Miami 2012: The Calm Before the Storm

Bullet Shih December 5, 2012 1

I have woken up in Miami prepared for the onslaught of art and “other stuff” this week.  I must admit my emotions range from excitement to trepidation as the daunting schedules already have me

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Michal Rovner at Pace

Michal Rovner at Pace

Bullet Shih November 29, 2012 0

Israeli artist Michal Rovner presents her mesmerizing video works in her exhibition Topography at Pace.  Often projecting streams of what appear to be wandering nomads onto rocks, Rovner plays with both organic and inorganic

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Jaye Moon at Newman Popiashvili

Jaye Moon at Newman Popiashvili

Bullet Shih November 8, 2012 0

While many of the galleries in Chelsea are still in recovery mode, as part of our series of presenting exhibitions in Chelsea galleries before they were ravaged by Hurricaine Sandy here is Jaye Moon’s

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Chelsea Attempts to Emerge From Hurricaine Sandy

Chelsea Attempts to Emerge From Hurricaine Sandy

Bullet Shih November 7, 2012 0

As Chelsea recovers from the aftermath of Hurricaine Sandy, many galleries are still struggling with water damaged interiors along with soggy inventory.  Art critic Jerry Salz writes a sobering piece in the Vulture stating,

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Chelsea’s Family Business Back in Business?

Chelsea’s Family Business Back in Business?

Bullet Shih November 1, 2012 0

While many Chelsea galleries are still licking their wounds, it appears that Family Business, the gallery run by artist Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni seemed to have little trouble cleaning up their last exhibitions

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Hurricane Sandy Wreaks Havoc on Chelsea Galleries

Hurricane Sandy Wreaks Havoc on Chelsea Galleries

Bullet Shih October 31, 2012 0

This month we reviewed two exhibitions in Chelsea that carried the theme of water based tragedies.  The show of Mr. at Lehmann Mauphin referenced the tsunami in Japan with the central gallery containing an

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Mi Ju at Freight and Volume

Mi Ju at Freight and Volume

Bullet Shih October 26, 2012 0

New York based Korean artist Mi Ju’s exhibition of eye popping paintings and fabric sculptures at Freight and Volume present the viewer with a burst of color so intense it could be the aftermath

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Natalie Frank at Fredericks and Freisier

Natalie Frank at Fredericks and Freisier

Bullet Shih October 25, 2012 0

New York based Natalie Frank exhibits her grotesque and energetic figurative paintings in her show The Governed and the Governors at Fredericks and Freisier. In works that appear to be an amalgamation of Leon

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Thomas Hirschhorn at Gladstone

Thomas Hirschhorn at Gladstone

Bullet Shih October 23, 2012 2

The past decade has been wrought with the theme of human displacement both as the result of financial hardship such as the foreclosures during the housing bust and those caused by force majeures such

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Ahmed Alsoudani at Haunch of Venison

Ahmed Alsoudani at Haunch of Venison

Bullet Shih October 19, 2012 0

Iraqi-American artist Ahmed Alsoudani’s colorful jumbled canvases at Haunch of Venison in many ways echo the strong influences national crisis displayed in the concurrent exhibition of Japanese artist Mr. at Lehmann Maupin with each

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Kwang Young Chun at Hasted Kraeutler

Kwang Young Chun at Hasted Kraeutler

Bullet Shih October 18, 2012 0

Korean born Kwang Young Chun presents his sublime Aggregation works made out of little triangles wrapped in Korean mulberry paper at Hasted Kraeutler.  The works are deceptive as they appear to have very earthy

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Thordis Adalsteinsdottir at Stux

Thordis Adalsteinsdottir at Stux

Bullet Shih October 16, 2012 0

New York based Icelandic artist Thordis Adalsteinsdottir presents her fourth exhibition of whimsical paintings and papier maché sculptures at Stux. Adalsteinsdottir puts forward what the press release refers to as “reductive visual distillations” and

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Mr. at Lehmann Maupin

Mr. at Lehmann Maupin

Bullet Shih October 12, 2012 1

Lehmann Maupin presents the massive installation/exhibition of Japanese artist Mr. in an exhibition that seems to include eveything including the kitchen sink.  While Mr. can be seen as a parallel to Swiss based artist

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Maria Martinez-Cañas at Julie Saul

Maria Martinez-Cañas at Julie Saul

Bullet Shih October 10, 2012 0

Miami based Cuban artist Maria Martinez-Cañas presents her fifth solo show at Julie Saul.  Martinez-Cañas left Cuba at three months of age and when talking to Donald Kuspit about her parents and their collective

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Rothko Painting at Tate Modern Defaced

Rothko Painting at Tate Modern Defaced

Bullet Shih October 9, 2012 0

Reports are in that a vandal has defaced one of the Mark Rothko paintings at the Tate Modern in London.   Black on Maroon which was one of the paintings originally commissioned for the Four

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Sarah Oppenheimer at PPOW

Sarah Oppenheimer at PPOW

Bullet Shih October 4, 2012 0

Sarah Oppenheimer who is a professor at Yale School of Art has focused on creating works that are considered “architectural interventions” using holes, mirrors, and parallel rooms, she causes the viewer to become disoriented

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Andro Wekua at Gladstone Gallery

Andro Wekua at Gladstone Gallery

Bullet Shih October 3, 2012 0

The Gladstone Gallery presents a complete show by Andro Wakua titled Dreaming Dreaming.  Wakua  who is currently based in Zurich, was born in Sochumi, Georgia which is a coastal city in the center of the

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Viennafair 2012 Flexes its Central Eastern European Muscles

Viennafair 2012 Flexes its Central Eastern European Muscles

Bullet Shih October 2, 2012 0

This year the Viennafair brought in two young artistic directors to help reposition the fair as a vital gateway between the West and Central/Eastern Europe.  Both Christina Steinbacher, a native of Kazakhstan and Christina

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Regine Schumann at de Buck Gallery

Regine Schumann at de Buck Gallery

Bullet Shih September 28, 2012 0

German based artist Regine Schumann presents her minimalist acrylic flourescent artworks at de Buck Gallery.  Citing both Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as strong influences, her works can be seen as an almost literal

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Leonardo Drew at Sikkema Jenkins

Leonardo Drew at Sikkema Jenkins

Bullet Shih September 25, 2012 0

Leonardo Drew presents his massive site specific pieces that wend their way therough Sikkema Jenkins.  Drew’s flat black sculpture Number 161 made from charred wood walks the line between destruction  and construction, appearing to

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Asuka Ohsawa at Nancy Margolis

Asuka Ohsawa at Nancy Margolis

Bullet Shih September 21, 2012 0

Asuka Ohsawa’s Space Invaders: Genesis at Nancy Margolis presents lovely series of gouache on paper works.  The Genesis paintings are the third installment in the series of an imaginary alien species and represent the

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MOMA to Exhibit Munch’s $120 Million Scream

MOMA to Exhibit Munch’s $120 Million Scream

Bullet Shih September 19, 2012 0

Often when art masterpieces come up for auction there is a public outcry that museums being unable to compete dollar wise with the resources of wealthy individuals will always lose out. The museums loses

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Tony Smith at Matthew Marks

Tony Smith at Matthew Marks

Bullet Shih September 18, 2012 0

Matthew Marks flexes its muscles as a big box space in Chelsea with the monumental show of minimalist sculptor Tony Smith’s Source.  Tony Smith who passed away in 1980, was born on September 23,

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Al Taylor at David Zwirner

Al Taylor at David Zwirner

Bullet Shih September 14, 2012 0

Al Taylor’s  Pass the Peas and Can Studys at David Zwirner represent a dada and art povera approach to geometry and mathematics.   His minimalist loops spirals, and rays are made out of common household

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