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(My Working Will Be the Work) Maintenance Art and the Messianic (Mierle Laderman Ukeles)

As it turns out, Jewish ritual, the idea of the holy, informs much of this artist’s work and her thought. They cut against the grain of “messianism” in ways that are at once profound and ordinary. My introduction to her … Continue reading

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Physical Torture & Psychological Stress (Christianity in Valentin de Boulogne)

More than the secular genre scenes of Roman low life, the biblical paintings are almost all over the top at the big  Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio show still on view at the Met. A successor of Caravaggio and himself quite the … Continue reading

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Light & Dark Palette (Mark Rothko)

Isaac Luria would have liked these dark palette paintings by Mark Rothko now on view at Pace.  Against psychological interpretations of art, the point is to argue that there is no direct identity between an artist’s mental state and what … Continue reading

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Abstract Affect (Agnes Martin)

Agnes Martin’s work is an important chapter in “the spiritual in art” in modern western visual art. The fabulous retrospective on her is now on view at the Guggenheim. The first works were biomorphic, but she’s better know for her mature … Continue reading

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Latent Images, Diary of a Photographer, 177 Days of Performance (Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige)

This was at the Guggenheim a bit back. It’s about trauma, erasure and the problematic of large scale social catastrophe. The “photographs” that would have otherwise constituted the visual documentation recorded in these “books” have been effectively closed up, sealed … Continue reading

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Flying Carpets (Nadia Kaabi-Linke)

You can look at it from across the room or directly from underneath it. Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s Flying Carpet was a standout at the exhibition of art from the Arab world at the Guggenheim. The frame is made of aluminum, but … Continue reading

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Hanging Space Modulator (Moholy-Nagy)

Another space modulator, perforated, combining plexiglass and paint and hung on a wall.

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