Contemporary Magazine

Small Mischiefs

Small Mischiefs” is a group show presenting playful, sometimes sinister, interventions combined with an air of almost sickly sweet sensibility. At times the effect is of entering a slightly disturbed child’s bedroom, or the set of comic horror movie Child’s Play, in which the evil Chucky doll comes alive. Read more…

The Artist with Two Brains

Curated by Chris Hammond, “The Artist with Two Brains” was a wide-ranging group show aiming to celebrate the concept of the creative duo through the work of established and emerging artists. Read more…

Marilyn Minter

New York-based artist Marilyn Minter uses highly polished photorealist approaches to create enamel-on-metal paintings, and painterly techniques in photographic works. Exploring the reciprocal relationship between the two, the paintings and photographs are almost indistinguishable. They are all high-gloss, hyperreal and engrossing, brashly encouraging scopophilic desire. Read more…

Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan’s “Survey” is an expansive and airy show. The power of alchemy is at work in these large imposing spaces. Donovan’s transformative processes are at times beguiling and require closer and closer inspection to detect them, at others they are comically heart-on-sleeve. Read more…

Thing

Thing” is a group show of 20 LA-based artists working in three dimensions. It is a very cohesive show, with tight curating and careful juxtapositions. As can be gleaned from the title, objecthood is key – much of the work is decidedly sculpture, not installation. Read more…

Constructing Realities

The story of the staging and subsequent manipulation of the photograph Leap into the Void (1960) exposes a compelling interplay between truth and fiction, and photography’s rocky relationship with the “real”. Yves Klein appears to be jumping from a building into an empty street, with no apparent care for the impending damage this will almost certainly cause him. Read more…