Articles by Alex Freedman

Allora & Calzadilla, Installation of "Track and Field", © All rights reserved by IMA - Indianapolis Museum of Art

VeniceЯUs

VeniceЯUs

Walking into the Venice Biennale is like traversing into an art-induced headlock set in a labyrinthian wonderland. Slather on enough Vaperetto excursions and optical trickery, and you’ve got a fabricated …

iheartphotograph, screenshot, December 16, 2006

iheartnewhistoriographies: Conversing with Laurel Ptak

iheartnewhistoriographies: Conversing with Laurel Ptak

I met Laurel Ptak three years ago back when she was coordinating Aperture’s educational programming and I was their intern terrible. Running into her a few weeks ago in one …

John Baldessari, "Heel", 1986

How to Explain Sherrie Levine to Your Grandmother

How to Explain Sherrie Levine to Your Grandmother

Museums have spent millions on art education trying to reach out to the young and elderly. But if you have a grandmother like mine, the kind who, despite a PhD …

Glenn Ligon, "Negro Sunshine", 2005.

Disembarking: Christina Knight on “Glenn Ligon: America”

Disembarking: Christina Knight on “Glenn Ligon: America”

I first saw Glenn Ligon’s Negro Sunshine at Harvard’s Fogg Museum in 2007. And for the rest of the exhibition I was trailed by a staff member to keep me …

Marcel Broodthaers, "Berlin oder ein Traum mit Sahne", 1974, filmstill.

Waiting for Fonda

Waiting for Fonda

Ronald Regan: Hi Ed. Call me Ron. Edward Said: Hi Ron, you don’t mind do you. Marcel Broodthaers: Hello Edward. Well I’m told we are waiting for Jane Fonda. — …

Banu Cennetoglu, "CATALOG" and "iheartphotograph," installation view, 2011. Care of the artist.

Sampling the Document or Documenting the Sample: An Interview with Banu Cennetoglu

Sampling the Document or Documenting the Sample: An Interview with Banu Cennetoglu

Banu Cennetoglu’s website has read “meşgul/busy” since the summer. And even after four months of emails, having never meet in person, Banu Cennetgolu is still a source of fascinating mystery …

Cairo International Airport, Terminal 1, January 30, 2011. Photo by Alex Freedman

Egypt Rising

Egypt Rising

On January 31, BA177 hummed with mixed messages. Tourists who’d been vacationing in Cairo’s International Airport sighed with relief. Evacuated expats who left their homes doubled up on tiny vodkas. …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Stage your Melodrama: An Elmgreen and a Dragset

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin | Stage your Melodrama: An Elmgreen and a Dragset

When the art historians start treading through Berlin’s turn-of-the-millennium years to chart artists’ march to Neukölln, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset‘s studio will be a main stop for tea and …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Jaunting to K’ruhe

Lives and Works in Berlin

Jaunting to K’ruhe

When asked a few weeks ago to accompany a friend to Karlsruhe earlier this month for Elmgreen & Dragset‘s opening of Celebrity: The One and The Many at ZKM, I …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Interview with AIDS-3D

Lives and Works in Berlin

Interview with AIDS-3D

Affiliated with a vivacious current of young artists melding techie chops and ’90s graphic aesthetics, the Berlin-based duo, AIDS-3D (Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmos) popped up on the radar last …

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Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: The Sommerpause Art Guide

Lives and Works in Berlin

Lives and Works in Berlin: The Sommerpause Art Guide

Nothing spells houseguest season like late-August in Berlin. With school about to resume and the major art metropolises shut down for summer, the town becomes besieged by the event hungry. …