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posted by September 22, 2017


Arden Decker visits Si tiene dudas . . . pregunte: Una exposición retrocolectiva de Mónica Mayer / When in Doubt . . . Ask: A Retrocollective of Mónica Mayer, which was on view at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, from February 6, 2015—July 31, 2016. Read the full review at

Maggie Taft discusses Danish Modern: Between Art and Design by Mark Mussari. Read the full review at

Michael D. Carrasco reads Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation by Carolyn E. Tate. Read the full review at

Mark Alan Hewitt reviews Mind in Architecture: Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Future of Design, edited by Sarah Robinson and Juhani Pallasmaa. Read the full review at

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posted by September 15, 2017

Sheila Barker reads Painting as Medicine in Early Modern Rome: Giulio Mancini and the Efficacy of Art by Frances Gage. Read the full review at Read the full review at

Karil J. Kucera discusses A Companion to Chinese Art edited by Martin J. Powers and Katherine R. Tsiang. Read the full review at

Nathan J. Timpano reviews Mona Hatoum, on view at Tate Modern, London, May 4–August 21, 2016. Read the full review at

Karen Eileen Overbey discusses Early Medieval Stone Monuments: Materiality, Biography, Landscape edited by Howard Williams, Joanne Kirton, and Meggen Gondek. Read the full review at

Michaël Amy visits Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 9, 2015–January 6, 2016. Read the full review at

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posted by September 08, 2017

Alessandra Raengo discusses Travel and See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s by Kobena Mercer. Read the full review at

Lisa Newman reviews It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells edited by Deirdre Heddon and Dominic Johnson. Read the full review at

Maria Stavrinaki reads Revolutionary Beauty: The Radical Photomontages of John Heartfield by Sabine T. Kriebel. Read the full review at

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posted by September 01, 2017


Patrick Hajovsky reads Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza: From Primordial Sea to Public Space by Logan Wagner, Hal Box, and Susan Kline Morehead. Read the full review at

Fredo Rivera reviews Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933–1959 by Timothy Hyde. Read the full review at

Marnin Young discusses Modernism and Authority: Picasso and His Milieu around 1900 by Charles Palermo. Read the full review at

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posted by August 25, 2017


Pascale Rihouet discusses A Feast for the Eyes: Art, Performance, and the Late Medieval Banquet by Christina Normore. Read the full review at

Morgan Thomas visits Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, which was on view at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, from February 5–September 18, 2016. Read the full review at Image credit: Tommy Watson, Wipu Rockhole, 2004. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. © Tommy Watson/Courtesy of Yanda Aboriginal Art.

Heather Madar reviews Daughter of Venice: Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus and Woman of the Renaissance by Holly S Hurlburt. Read the full review at

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posted by August 18, 2017

Katja Müller-Helle reads Die Tode der Fotografie II: Tod, Theorie, und Fotokunst by Katharina Sykora. In the second volume of The Deaths of Photography series, the author argues that “the interplay between photography and death engenders language and images powerful enough to produce a ‘multiplication of ideas,’” focusing “on the history of theories of photography’s death in relation to artistic positions.” Read the full review at
Nadja Rottner discusses Elena Shtromberg’s Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s and Irene V. Small’s Hélio Oticica: Folding the Frame. Both “propose a new social-art history, which posits art as the gateway onto knowledge,” but “key differences” between them “can be traced back to alternative readings of the notion of the system and how communication is imbricated by and constructs circuits of sociality.” Read the full review at
Jessica Bell Brown reviews Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk, an exhibition catalogue from Serpentine Gallery. Featuring the artist’s “stunning painterly and writerly interrogations of fictional characters and black figures in her paintings, etchings, short stories, poems, and essays, along with texts by” Glenn Ligon, Hilton Als, and Amira Gad, it asks viewers to unravel “what it means to represent a body in space.” Read the full review at
James F. Osborne examines two books by Ömür Harmanşah: Cities and the Shaping of the Memory in the Ancient Near East and Place, Memory, and Healing: An Archeology of Anatolian Rock Monuments. These “thoughtful and provocative monographs” focus on different topics—cities and landscape monuments—but both reveal “an urgent concern” for scholars “to embrace the socially constructed nature of the built environment.” Read the full review at
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posted by August 11, 2017

Deanna Pytlinski visits Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum. “There is much to celebrate about the exhibition,” and “the mood of the show was decidedly exuberant in its design and content.” “Paying overdue attention to the presence of women in a movement long understood to be inherently masculinist,” it makes “the reasons for Abstract Expressionism’s success come alive once again.” Read the full review at

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi reviews Twins in African and Diaspora Cultures: Double Trouble, Twice Blessed, edited by Philip M. Peek. The book challenges “existing African arts and culture scholarship’s disproportionate attention on how twin births constitute a problem to parents and communities,” instead taking “a dialectic approach to show how twins embody ambiguity” and “complementary duality.”  Read the full review at

Eric M. Frank discusses the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy, which opened in 2015. The “spectacular new” institution is “a modern manifestation” of the “same Enlightenment principles that inspired the creation of the public museum,” as well as “an extensive pedagogical installation focused on historical context and religious belief that intentionally aspires to educate and spiritually transform each visitor.” Read the full review at

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posted by August 04, 2017

Amy Buono reads Peruvian Featherworks: Art of the Precolumbian Era, edited by Heidi King. The volume is “an important contribution to a profoundly complex yet largely overlooked artistic genre: Andean featherwork.” It “highlights both the difficulties of interpreting ancient Andean featherworking and its rich scholarly potential” and “is a superb resource for understanding how featherwork fits into the larger arena of Andean artistic practices.” Read the full review at





Rhonda L. Reymond reviews Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality and African American Women, both edited by Laura Coyle and Michèle Gates Moresi, which are part of a series published by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “These volumes deserve a place on library bookshelves enriching the photographic section in general and adding to the significant number of books examining or reproducing images of African Americans.” Read the full review at





Anne Leonard discusses Interiors and Interiority, edited by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Beate Söntgen. Featuring “twenty-two essays, mostly by German and U.S. scholars,” the book argues that “the relationship between interiors and interiority is not limited to private spaces and individual psychology but engages just as ineluctably with complex dynamics of performativity, cultural mobility, technology, and material agency.” Read the full review at








Jenny Lin examines Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade by Winnie Won Yin Wong. The author “not only overturns accounts of Dafen as a factory full of exploited assembly-line painters, which she successfully reveals as strategically crafted fictions, but also unsettles contemporary art’s unspoken hierarchies and topples modernist and postmodernist assumptions about originality, authenticity, and authorship.” Read the full review at

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posted by July 28, 2017

Kris Cohen visits Josh Kline: Freedom at the Portland Art Museum. “The first work in a projected five-work cycle,” Freedom imagines “a future that extends out from the present’s particular techno-economic landscapes.” The artist “takes the technologies and labor economies of neoliberalism not just as the context for his work but as the medium,” and the show is “far more esoteric than Kline admits.” Read the full review at

Elaine K. Gazda reads Designing for Luxury on the Bay of Naples: Villas and Landscapes (c. 100 BCE–79 CE) by Mantha Zarmakoupi. The author “argues that by appropriating selected elements of Hellenistic and Roman architecture designers created a new architectural language for Roman luxury villas.” The book’s “primary contribution” lies in its “analyses of the physical components of this language.” Read the full review at







Jessica Stephenson reviews Shannen L. Hill’s Biko’s Ghost: The Iconography of Black Consciousness. The author “offers a convincing reconsideration of the contributions” that Black Consciousness and Stephen Biko’s “meaning and legacy” give “to a visual culture of liberation in South Africa.” Presenting “an impassioned redress,” she argues that this history has previously been marginalized and willfully misread. Read the full review at

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posted by July 21, 2017

Edith Wolfe visits Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.  The exhibition is “charged with a political urgency at odds with the artist’s restrained forms,” yet “the triumph—and challenge—of Pendleton’s language-based enquiries reside in their capacity to interrogate system and process as provocatively as they explore the African American experience.”  Read the full review at

Erin M. Rice reviews African Textiles: The Karun Thakar Collection with contributions by Duncan Clarke and Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga. While “the text itself does not provide the groundbreaking research the authors call for, it does highlight parts of a collection with great potential for future in-depth, object-based research,” and “the book is superbly illustrated with quality, color photographs.” Read the full review at







Elisa A. Foster reads Toledo Cathedral: Building Histories in Medieval Castile by Tom Nickson. The author “endeavors to untangle the complicated and often tacitly accepted ‘building history’ of the cathedral’s construction.” “A wonderfully interdisciplinary study,” the “impressive” volume “is a significant contribution to recent scholarship on medieval Spain as well as Gothic architecture more broadly.” Read the full review at

Tirza True Latimer discusses the reopening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Although the architecture, which “more than doubles” the galleries, offers “the tacit promises of disruption,” “the artworks exhibited in SFMOMA’s inaugural year are predominately canonical.” Only “time will tell what stories can be told and how the holdings can be differently expanded, displayed, and contextualized.” Read the full review at

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