Ren Hang ‘Human/Nature’ at Capricious 88

The theme is a twine of two strands: the uncanny connection of human bodies and questionable distinction of humanity from nature.   By Owen Campbell, ASX, March 2015 The fifth floor gallery space of Capricious 88, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is large and airy, with south-facing windows facilitating bright sunlight even on overcast days. […]

Alec Soth on ‘Songbook’

“A lot of the language surrounding Songbook is about community and American culture…and that stuff’s in there, but actually what I wanted to do with it is talk to something more primal, more internal, and more about the human condition than the American condition. It’s the great problem of consciousness.” —Alec Soth   Alec Soth […]

Alec Soth’s ‘Songbook’ at Sean Kelly Gallery

Near Gainesville, Georgia, , 2014 © Alec Soth, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York   By Shahrzad Kamel, February 2015 Following the critical acclaim for Alec Soth’s Sleeping by the Mississippi his oeuvre has become very wide and far-reaching, encompassing work that is either deeply internal, at times more external or editorially-driven assignment work. I was a […]

Nothing But Indifference to Harmony Korine’s ‘Raiders’ at Gagosian Gallery

Perhaps we’re just to take it on good faith or past merit that the artworks in Raiders are somehow quality by association.   By Michelle France, ASX, January 2015 Harmony Korine Raiders Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills January 10—February 14, 2015 Walking into the new Harmony Korine show at Gagosian, my reaction is an unexpected one: […]

Carlo Mollino’s Erotic Photography at Gagosian Gallery (2014)

Is it high art? Well, put something in a museum, as they say. Some viewers are sure to scoff at what might be misconstrued as pin-up girl pics; indeed, in unflattering light, they are nothing but the private fetishistic trove of an ageing man.   The Cult of the Polaroid, or the Work of Art […]

Lewis Baltz on ‘New Topographics and Exhibition ‘Remakes’ (‘A Very Bad Idea’)

39, WEST WALL, SMICOA, 333 MCCORMICK, COSTA MESA © LEWIS BALTZ, IP 39, FROM THE SERIES “NEW INDUSTRIAL PARKS, NEAR IRVINE, CALIFORNIA”, 1974; STEIDL   Interview (excerpt) with Lewis Baltz Conducted by Matt Witkovsky At Baltz’s home in Paris, France. 2009 November 15-17 MR. BALTZ: You aspire to making something – at least at the time, […]

Interview with Wolfgang Tillmans at Fondation Beyeler (2014)

The current exhibition of Fondation Beyeler’s collection presents important new acquisitions, including works by the German artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans was the first photographer to win the Turner Prize (in 2000). In this interview, Wolfgang Tillmans talks about the works on display (among others: Ostgut Freischwimmer, right and Ostgut Freischwimmer, links; Munuwata Sky; Transit of […]

ASX.TV: Richard Prince – “It’s a Free Concert” (2014)

  The American artist Richard Prince is mainly known for his photographs of iconic pictures from pop culture and his text images of chauvinist jokes. The exhibition “It’s a Free Concert” at Kunsthaus Bregenz is the first large-scale solo show by Richard Prince in an Austrian institution. On display are works that revolve around rock […]

“Up, Close and Personal” @ Fuchs Projects

 Ruben Natal-San Miguel Up, Close and Personal Curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel Fuchs Projects, 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn NY April 4 – May 13, 2014 By Ellen Wallenstein for ASX Curating a show featuring 32 artists in a small space can be a difficult task. But in Up, Close and Personal, Ruben Natal-San Miguel […]

“What is a Photograph” @ ICP (2014)

Mariah Robertson, 154 [detail], 2010. © Mariah Robertson, courtesy American Contemporary, New York. THE DREAM OF THE FUTURE By Shahrzad Kamel, ASX, NYC 2014 Recently, I’ve been fascinated with a book I found at the New York Public Library. A Dictionary of Photography, printed in 1867, is something of a relic. Complete with heavy-serif typeface, illustrations of […]

REVIEW: Roe Ethridge at Capitain Petzel – “Sacrifice Your Body” (2014)

“Untitled (Alexis Bittar)“, 2013 © the artist, Courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York & Capitain Petzel, Berlin. Roe Ethridge, Sacrifice Your Body, at Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Feb 1-March 8, 2014. By Fanny Landstrom, for ASX, March 2014 Located amongst the monumental GDR architecture on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin’s district of Mitte is the East German modernist […]