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Claudette Schreuders occupies an intriguing place in the contemporary art world. Born in South Africa in 1973, before the end of apartheid, but in the center of its crumbling, her work has always elegantly danced the line between the personal and the political. Mention … Continue reading
The show tells a success story not often heard in the world of Indigenous art and culture, chronicling how the Boas/Hunt book has acted as a guide for contemporary Kwakiutl peoples. Melissa Stern March 14, 2019 Settee back, unknown Kwakwaka’wakw maker, … Continue reading
September 14, 2018 in Hyperallergic Originally defined as an academic museum of Anthropology and World Archeology, the Pitt Rivers Museum has morphed into something much more extensive and meaningful. The Pitt Rivers Museum (all images by the author for Hyperallergic) … Continue reading
Published July 3 in Hyperallergic The Wellcome Collection in London introduces four mixed-media installations in an immersive, collaborative show between artists and scientists. Maria McKinney, Sire series, C-print, 147 X 220 cm. (all photos courtesy of the author for Hyperallergic) … Continue reading
published April 11, 2018 in Hyperallergic A gallery show that turns the form of the grid inside out, shedding more light on this iconic 20th-century favorite. Arshile Gorky, “Still Life” (c.1930s), oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″ (all photos by … Continue reading
published March 13, 2018 in Hyperallergic The artists in Piecework embed intriguing, coded messages into their quilts. Vanessa German, “Delia Quilt 1” (2015), silkscreen on found quilt (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) Pavel Zoubok gallery is currently hosting … Continue reading
In Hyperallergic-January 23, 2018 The Shekhawati region covers almost 5,000 square miles and hosts an estimated 2,000 frescoed buildings built from the 17th to the early 20th century. A ceiling fresco in a haveli in India’s Shekhawati province (all photos by … Continue reading
Do to some technical weirdness only half of the review posted. Please ignore that- here’s the full piece. Sorry about that!!! At MASS MoCA, sculptures by Lonnie Holley and Dawn DeDeaux reflect the environmental and political state of the … Continue reading
In his current exhibition TERRAoptics at Sepia Gallery, Vivan Sundaram has created tableaux with ceramic pottery shards from an archeological dig at Pattanam, in the Indian state of Kerala. Melissa SternJune 13, 2017Vivian Sundaram, “Terraoptics Split Open” (2016), 30 x 30 … Continue reading
posted on May 12, 2017 in Hyperallergic In his show at Garvey Simon Art Access, Timothy Hursley presents photographic investigations into Southern funeral homes, Mormon sects, and empty brothels. Timothy Hursley, “Joe and Sally Conforte Suite, Mustang Ranch” (1987/1991), dye … Continue reading