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How Books Get Banned

Xiaoze Xie, “Objects of Evidence (Modern Books)” (2017), mixed-media installation, (photo by Jeff Wells, courtesy of the Denver Art Museum, Chambers Fine Art and the artist)

DENVER — Artist Xiaoze Xie has made book bindings the subject of his paintings since the 1990s. Pockmarked by bookworms or charred from war (such as the Tsinghua University collection that survived the Anti-Japanese War of Resistance), the books he painted seemed to carry their own epic journeys. In Xie’s new work he unpacks the history of book banning in China. This conceptual inversion of the artist’s relationship with form and content reveals China’s ideological shifts by showcasing what regimes made invisible rather than what they promoted.

Xiaoze Xie, “Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto No.2” (2016),
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Finding Kinship with Witchcraft in the Fight Against Patriarchy

Johanna Breiding, “Liberty Enlightening the World (July 4, 1776)” (2017), gelatin silver print (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — In 1782 Anna Göldi became the last European woman to be executed for witchcraft. The Swiss woman and domestic servant had previously run afoul of authorities and lived as a fugitive before her death. At a younger age, she was held responsible for her firstborn child’s death and sentenced to house arrest. She skipped town and managed to settle in the nearby town of Glarus where she found work as a maid. At 47, she was accused by her employer of trying to magically “poison” one of his daughters with needles, although the true intent of the accusation might have been to … Read the rest

Designs of Wonderfully Weird Women Capture the Mood of the Moment

Lucy Cahill, “Too Many Creeps” (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

DETROIT — If we require a poster image for 2017–18 female experiences, I recommend one by illustrator Lucy Cahill, spotted adorning a T-shirt for sale at her solo exhibition, NOW I WANNA… at Grey Area — an almost unbearably hip mixed-use art and retail space in the Southwest neighborhood. The shirt depicts a woman with a 1940s-style V-neck dress and black hair, pressing her hands to her ears, mouth wide, and eyes furious. Wavy emphasis lines frame her face. “TOO MANY CREEPS” it declares in orange letters trailing gooey serifs. Girl, I hear you.

This image contains everything fans of Cahill have come to expect: engaging, funny, and colorful compositions that owe as much … Read the rest

The Dadaists’ Fevered Dreams of Africa

Man Ray, “Noire et Blanche” (Black and White) (1926) gélatino-argentique photograph, 21 × 27,5 cm Paris, Centre Pompidou, musée national d’Art moderne (© Man Ray Trust © Adagp, Paris, 2017, courtesy Adagp Image Bank)

PARIS — Following on the heels of the Dada centennial, curator Cécile Debray of the Musée de l’Orangerie, in cooperation with the ethnological Museum Rietberg in Zurich and the Berlinische Galerie, double down on the Discordian pychodelic aspects of Dada with Dada Africa, an exhibition that exhumes the collision between the Dadaists’ preconceived notions of Africa and actual African cultural artifacts.

Concurrent with the appalling butchery of World War I, Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings’s Cabaret Voltaire opened its doors on February 5th, 1916, and the tumultuous Dada … Read the rest

Visions of Taiwan and the Powers that Shaped It

Shake, still from “Our Suite de Danses,” 2016. From The Subduction Zones series (image courtesy the Taipei Cultural Center in New York)

As much of the world was reminded last week when an earthquake toppled several buildings in Taiwan, the island sits on the boundary of two tectonic plates. Using the geography of the island as a metaphor for its colonial past and its contemporary identity, Taiwanese artist Shake presents four works in a solo exhibition up through the end of this week at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP).

Curated by ISCP alum Hsiang-Ning Huang, Re-Re-positioning the Present comprises two projectors playing three video works and one wall installation. Although small and contained entirely in the space behind the organization’s front desk, … Read the rest

The Remarkable Early and Late Work of a Lifelong Abstract Expressionist

Michael Goldberg, Untitled (c. 1957, courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)

Michael Goldberg: End to End, The 1950s & 2000s, at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, highlights a large group of paintings and drawings by one of the best second-generation gestural Abstract Expressionists. Michael Goldberg was perhaps less well-known than Helen Frankenthaler (who, like many of that generation, moved on to other things) or Joan Mitchell, but he stayed the Abstract Expressionist course, and in doing so, produced a body of work imbued with remarkable aesthetic and emotional power. I knew Goldberg well, as did many other younger artists, and he made quite an impression. Mike was funny, warm, optimistic, and opinionated — a man with an immense appetite for art, music, books, fine food, wine, travel, … Read the rest

A Film Probes the Legacy of BUTT Magazine

Ian Giles, film still from After BUTT (2018) (all images courtesy Ian Giles)

The tagline, running over the image of an athletic boy masturbating while wearing only a pair of shorts and gym socks, candidly instructs the reader on the content of BUTT magazine, issue #5, Autumn 2002. Inside the issue, in random order: a photo shoot by Slava Mogutin, an interview of — rigorously naked —electronic music duo Matmos, photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans for a feature titled: “No Shock, No Scandal, Just a Gay Couple on Holiday in Lucca, Italy.”

At the beginning of the 2000s Dutch publishers Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom started to edit BUTT … Read the rest