Articles by Max Weintraub

El Anatsui, "Earth’s Skin," 2007. Aluminum and copper wire, 177 x 394 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photograph by Joe Levack, courtesy of the Akron Art Museum.

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Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

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Transcendent Tapestries: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum marks the first solo exhibition in a New York museum of Anatsui’s art. Featuring over thirty works by …

Richard Serra, "To Lift," 1967. Vulcanized rubber 36 x 80 x 60 inches. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery. Photo by Peter Moore © 2013 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Alchemy: Richard Serra’s Early Work

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Alchemy: Richard Serra’s Early Work

David Zwirner Gallery revisits early works by Art21-featured artist Richard Serra. Columnist Max Weintraub says this show is “not to be missed.”

Jon Kessler, "The Web" 2013 at Swiss Institute. Courtesy the artist and Métamatic Research Initiative, Amsterdam. Photo: Daniel Perez

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On View Now | Welcome to the Pleasure Dome: Jon Kessler’s “The Web”

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On View Now | Welcome to the Pleasure Dome: Jon Kessler’s “The Web”

“Kessler turns to contemporary visual culture, and specifically Apple Inc., to examine the impact of popular and commercial imagery and products on society’s desires…”

Nan Goldin, "Gilles and Gotscha, Paris," 1992-93. Cibachrome print. Courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York/Los Angeles.

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On View Now | Time Warp: “NYC 1993″ at the New Museum

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On View Now | Time Warp: “NYC 1993″ at the New Museum

Some works “seem as powerful and provocative today as they were twenty years ago,” writes Max Weintraub in our second review of “NYC 1993.”

Cyprien Gaillard, "Desniansky Raion," 2007. Video with sound, 30:00 min. @ Cyprien Gaillard. Courtesy Bugada & Cargnel, Paris.

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On View Now | Cyprien Gaillard: Video in an Age of Doubt

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On View Now | Cyprien Gaillard: Video in an Age of Doubt

Max Weintraub reviews “Cyprien Gaillard: The Crystal World,” now on view at MoMA PS1.

Christian Marclay. Video still from "The Clock," 2010. Single-channel video with sound, 24 hours. © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

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On View Now | Christian Marclay’s “The Clock”

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On View Now | Christian Marclay’s “The Clock”

Columnist Max Weintraub reviews Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” (2010), calling it a “tour de force of contemporary art” and “a cinematic wonder.”

Mark Bradford, "Father, You Have Murdered Me," 2012. Mixed media collage on canvas, 102 x 144 inches. © Mark Bradford / Image courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

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On View Now | Mark Bradford and the Revival of Abstraction

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On View Now | Mark Bradford and the Revival of Abstraction

Max Weintraub on Mark Bradford’s monumental new works, on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York.

Lin Tianmiao, "Bound and Unbound", 1997, dimensions variable (detail). White cotton thread, 800 pieces of household objects, video projection, sound. Courtesy Asia Society Museum.

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On View Now | Cryptic Objects: Lin Tianmiao at the Asia Society Museum

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On View Now | Cryptic Objects: Lin Tianmiao at the Asia Society Museum

Max Weintraub reviews Lin Tianmiao’s exhibition “Bound Unbound” at the Asia Society Museum in New York.

Andy Warhol's window display at Bonwit Teller department store, 1961

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On View Now | Andy Warhol and the Anxiety of Effluence

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On View Now | Andy Warhol and the Anxiety of Effluence

Max Weintraub reviews the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” which aims to account for Warhol’s influence on other artists.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, “Elizabeth II,” 1999. Gelatin silver print, 58 3/4 x 47 in. (149.2 x 119.4 cm). © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Pace Gallery, New York

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On View Now | The New Normal: Photographs from the Traina Collection

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On View Now | The New Normal: Photographs from the Traina Collection

Max Weintraub reviews “Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Rineke Dijkstra, "Kolobrzeg, Poland, July 26, 1992." Chromogenic print, 117 x 94 cm. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris © Rineke Dijkstra

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On View Now | Arresting Development: Rineke Dijkstra’s Retrospective Exhibition

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On View Now | Arresting Development: Rineke Dijkstra’s Retrospective Exhibition

Max Weintraub reviews the Rineke Dijkstra retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Michael von Graffenried, "Riot Police," 2007. Photographic c-print on dibond, 112.5 x 49 inches. © Michael von Graffenried, courtesy Parker's Box Gallery, Brooklyn.

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On View Now | Going Inside Cairo: The Photography of Michael von Graffenried

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On View Now | Going Inside Cairo: The Photography of Michael von Graffenried

Max Weintraub reviews Michael von Graffenried’s “Inside Cairo,” a photographic series focusing on the quotidian activities and daily rituals in Egypt’s capital city.

Thomas Demand, "Control Room," 2011.  Diasec-mounted C-print, 78 3/4 by 118 inches.  © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society, New York, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

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On View Now | Thomas Demand’s Photographic Memory

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On View Now | Thomas Demand’s Photographic Memory

Max Weintraub reviews an exhibition of Thomas Demand’s new photographs at Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.

Tim Hetherington, "Nevalla, Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan," 2008. Digital C-Print. © Tim Hetherington, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

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On View Now | Tim Hetherington and the Photographic Experience of War

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On View Now | Tim Hetherington and the Photographic Experience of War

Photographer Tim Hetherington captures the war experience through symbolically ambiguous images that resist generalization.

Anne Truitt, "Remember No. 5," 1999. Acrylic on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Copyright Estate of Anne Truitt / The Bridgeman Art Library. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

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On View Now | Chelsea Lately: Anne Truitt and Fred Sandback in New York

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On View Now | Chelsea Lately: Anne Truitt and Fred Sandback in New York

Max Weintraub reviews current exhibitions by Anne Truitt and Fred Sandback, two of the more under-appreciated artists that emerged in the 1960s.

Adrián Villar Rojas, "A Person Loved Me," 2012. Clay, wood, metal, cement, Styrofoam, burlap, sand, paint. Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Photo: Benoit Pailley

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On View Now | The Ungovernables: The New Museum’s Triennial Exhibition

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On View Now | The Ungovernables: The New Museum’s Triennial Exhibition

Max Weintraub looks at highlights from the New Museum’s Triennial exhibition “The Ungovernables.”

Damien Hirst, "Zirconyl Chloride," 2008. Household gloss on canvas, 84 inches diameter. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

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On View Now | Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings and the “Joy of Color”

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On View Now | Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings and the “Joy of Color”

Max Weintraub argues that Gagosian Gallery’s exhibition provides convincing evidence that Damien Hirst is indeed an extraordinary colorist.

Carsten Holler," Mirror Carousel," 2005. Installation view. Courtesy Juliana Balestin

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On View Now | Experience Required: Carsten Höller at the New Museum

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On View Now | Experience Required: Carsten Höller at the New Museum

Höller’s provocative exhibition turns the art-going experience into an extreme sport.

Roy Lichtenstein, "Paintings: Mirror," 1984. Oil and Magna on canvas, 70 x 86 inches. Courtesy the Roy Lichtenstein Estate and the Leo Castelli Gallery

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On View Now | I See A Darkness: Warhol and Lichtenstein, Shadows and Mirrors en Abyme

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On View Now | I See A Darkness: Warhol and Lichtenstein, Shadows and Mirrors en Abyme

  “People are always calling me a mirror, and if a mirror looks into a mirror, what is there to see?” – Andy Warhol In the current exhibition at the …

Exterior view of Bunker Berlin.  Courtesy The Boros Collection

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On View Now | Art as Palimpsest: The Boros Collection and Bunker Berlin

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On View Now | Art as Palimpsest: The Boros Collection and Bunker Berlin

Located on a relatively quiet street in fashionable Berlin-Mitte stands a hulking, imposing building known as Bunker Berlin.  With its stark concrete façade, the daunting structure contrasts sharply with the …

Bryan Crockett, "Gluttony", 2002. Cultured marble, 12 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery and Julian LaVerdiere

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On View Now | The Curious Case of “Night Scented Stock”

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On View Now | The Curious Case of “Night Scented Stock”

Halfway through Night Scented Stock, an exhibition currently on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery’s uptown space in New York City, I found myself standing before an oversized, hairless (save for …

Richard Prince, "Untitled (Covering Pollock)," 2010. Collage and acrylic on c-print. 40 x 52 1/2 inches. Courtesy Richard Prince and Guild Hall Museum

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On View Now | Marlboro Men: Richard Prince Covers Jackson Pollock

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On View Now | Marlboro Men: Richard Prince Covers Jackson Pollock

  “I am nature.” –Jackson Pollock “We are all a combination of constructions and inventions, a mixture of truth and lies.”  —Richard Prince Richard Prince’s new body of work at …

Xu Bing, "The Living Word," 2001 (partial installation view). Cut and painted acrylic. Courtey The Morgan Library & Museum

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On View Now | Back to the Future: Xu Bing, “The Living Word,” and the Legacy of 1989

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On View Now | Back to the Future: Xu Bing, “The Living Word,” and the Legacy of 1989

Perhaps the most seminal and certainly the most seismic moment in the history of Chinese contemporary art transpired at the National Gallery in Beijing in early February 1989.  On the …

Ashley Bickerton, "TITNW7" (detail), acrylic, digital print and plastic laminate on wood, 2010-2011. Courtesy Lehmann Maupin Gallery

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On View Now | An East Wind Swirls in Chelsea, Lately.

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On View Now | An East Wind Swirls in Chelsea, Lately.

In his recent show at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Chelsea, Ashley Bickerton, a founding member of the 1980s “Neo-Geo” movement alongside Jeff Koons and Peter Halley, continued his exploration of …

Maxwell Snow, "Untitled," 2011. Photograph. Courtesy Maxwell Snow

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On View Now | From Ritual to Romance: The Photography of Maxwell Snow

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On View Now | From Ritual to Romance: The Photography of Maxwell Snow

In Black Magic at Serieuze Zaken Studioos in Amsterdam, New York-based photographer Max Snow continues to pursue themes that have become the central preoccupations of his photography: beauty, fantasy, mortality.  …

Kota Ezawa, "City of Nature" (2011). Video still. Courtesy the artist and Madison Square Park Conservancy

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On View Now | Re-Animating Nature: Kota Ezawa’s City of Nature

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On View Now | Re-Animating Nature: Kota Ezawa’s City of Nature

  Christopher Nolan’s film Inception (2010) opens with a slow-motion shot of waves washing upon a sandy beach.  The camera then pans to the protagonist Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo …

Rachel Whiteread, "Long Eyes," installation view, 2011. Courtesy Luhring Augustine Gallery.

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On View Now | Rachel Whiteread: Light Matters

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On View Now | Rachel Whiteread: Light Matters

In the vast inventory of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there is a painting that I seek it out whenever possible.  It a painting of modest size, yet it is …

True Grit Movie Poster

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On View Now | The Truth in “True Grit”: Or, Everything I Really Need to Know about Postmodernism I Learned from Joel and Ethan Coen

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On View Now | The Truth in “True Grit”: Or, Everything I Really Need to Know about Postmodernism I Learned from Joel and Ethan Coen

In the lead up to this year’s Academy Awards, I found myself on a few occasions defending Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit as something other than simply a good …

Piotr Uklanski: Discharge! Installation view. Courtesy Rob McKeever and Gagosian Gallery

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On View Now: Piotr Uklański’s “Discharge!”

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On View Now: Piotr Uklański’s “Discharge!”

In the main gallery of Discharge!, Piotr Uklański’s current show at Gagosian Gallery, fourteen vibrantly colored large-scale paintings hang unusually close together on walls covered in equally dynamic wallpaper.  The …

John Baldessari in "Art in the Twenty-First Century," production still 2009 © Art21, Inc.

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On View Now | The Spaces Between: John Baldessari at the Metropolitan Museum

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On View Now | The Spaces Between: John Baldessari at the Metropolitan Museum

Every so often, there comes along a retrospective exhibition or mid-career survey that puts to rest whatever doubts I may have had as to where a particular artist sits in …

Binh Danh, “Ghost of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum #2,” 2008. Daguerreotype. Copyright and courtesy of the artist

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On View Now | Mirrors with Memories: The Photographs of Binh Danh

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On View Now | Mirrors with Memories: The Photographs of Binh Danh

Binh Danh: In the Eclipse of Angkor at the North Carolina Museum of Art reveals Vietnamese born artist Binh Danh’s search to imbue photographs with meaning not only through subject …

Tony Oursler, "F/X Plotter #2," 1992; installation; cloth and video projection, dimensions variable. Courtesy SFMoMA

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On View Now: Tony Oursler’s Uncanny Bodies

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On View Now: Tony Oursler’s Uncanny Bodies

The video artist Tony Oursler is perhaps best known for his video projections of human faces onto the heads of small doll-like bodies.  Lying on the ground or hanging limply …

Yoshitomo Nara, "The Girl with the Knife in Her Hand," 1991. Acrylic on cotton Dimensions: H. 59 1/16 x W. 55 1/8 in. Image courtesy the Asia Society Museum.

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On View Now | Rock and Roll Fantasy: Yoshitomo Nara at the Asia Society

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On View Now | Rock and Roll Fantasy: Yoshitomo Nara at the Asia Society

For those who enjoy Yoshitomo Nara’s mischievousness characters and pop-culture inspired iconography, or those who are not yet familiar with them, the current show at the Asia Society in New …

David Ndambuki, "The Maasai," oil on canvas, 2006. Courtesy Real African Art Gallery, Zanzibar

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Tanzanian Reflections

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Tanzanian Reflections

It was an odd feeling going on my first-ever safari during my recent trip to Tanzania.  Odd because even though I had never been on one, I already had a …

Bruce Nauman, "Days." Mixed media installation. 2009. Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York & Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society

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On View Now: Bruce Nauman and the Days of Our Lives

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On View Now: Bruce Nauman and the Days of Our Lives

Having written my dissertation on the art of Bruce Nauman, I often find myself fielding questions from confused, even perturbed friends or acquaintances seeking to make sense of his art.  …

mind the gap

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On View Now | Mind the Gap: Thoughts on Representing the Holocaust through Comics

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On View Now | Mind the Gap: Thoughts on Representing the Holocaust through Comics

The act of codification that is enshrined in the International Declaration of Human Rights has ensured that the unspeakable has been cut down to size at the very moment that …