The Field Notes Aesthetic: Heidi Norton at the Elmhurst Art Museum

This article was originally published by Artslant on July 24, 2014. Mies van der Rohe is such an historic presence. The aftershock of his innovation is still palpable, reflecting as it does the evolution of an “international style after World War II.” It is hard to imagine, therefore, how one might absorb his architecture into daily life—much less install an exhibition under one of his roofs. That is the challenge... +

Made Not Begotten: Robert Mapplethorpe // Grand Palais

Made Not Begotten: Robert Mapplethorpe // Grand Palais
Robert Mapplethorpe, Belly Button, 1986.
Originally published by The Seen, July 2014. “…Heva, naked Eve. She had no navel. Gaze. Belly without blemish, bulging big, a buckler of taut vellum, no, whiteheaped corn, orient and immortal, standing from everlasting to everlasting. Wombed in sin darkness I was too, made not begotten. By them, the man with my voice and my eyes and a ghostwoman with ashes on her breath. They clasped and sundered, did the coupler’s will.” — James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode Three,... +

After the Hot Mess: Philippe Parreno at the Palais de Tokyo

After the Hot Mess: Philippe Parreno at the Palais de Tokyo
Philippe Parreno. Installation view of Anywhere, Anywhere, Out of the World, Palais de Tokyo, 2013. Philippe Parreno. How Can We Know the Dancer from the Dance?, 2012. Courtesy Esther Schipper Gallery. Photo: Aurélien Mole.
The following review was originally published in Art21 in June, 2014. In the first week of January, I found myself in Paris. It was raining and we had just walked down the Champs Élysées, where endless streams of vendors sold funnel cake, crêpes, spätzle, pretzels, paella, beer, wine, glögg, roasted nuts, chocolate, plastic mobile-phone cases, stuffed animals,... +

Untitled: An interview with Xaviera Simmons

The following interview was originally published by Artslant on April 6, 2014. Xaviera Simmons is a New York-based artist whose practice manifests in performance, photography, sculpture, installation, sound, video and more. That dynamic interdisciplinary material is fueled by research, contemplation and feeling, three modes that enable Simmons to not only reflect the complexity of the human condition but also empathize with it. No subject would seem unconquerable: she tackles history, the... +