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Lauryn Hill has just been sentenced to three months in jail for tax evasion. Two months earlier, the youngest Baldwin brother, Stephen, was given probation for the same offense.

A Museological Dilemma

Is it possible to stage acts of genuine transgression from within the museum or is transgression inevitably swallowed up by the institution?

“Infringement of a law, command or duty: Transgress.”

But, Officer, this is where I want to live. Beyond barbed wire, unencumbered by quarterly taxes, too much a badass to ever again recycle.

The Lesbians

A huge candle-lit space in a former Soviet chocolate factory. Oblong tables draped in white silk. Men and women in Prada and Gucci. In Moscow, access is everything. To get into the factory, you have to get past three different squads of lumberjacks in too-small suits.

Socialist, Digital, and Transgressive Objects

When Christina Kiaer first translated and discussed Productivist theoretician Boris Arvatov’s essay “Everyday Life and the Culture of the Thing” in 1997, the conditions for reconsidering the production of a “socialist object” seemed far from ideal.

Big Bird Made Me Watch

Video is a filthy medium. The trade tool of porn and piracy. The first peek at the scene of a crime. The final lecherous glimpse at a night of debauch. Immediate gratification is the essence of its stock.

Marginally Transgressive Painting

For anyone familiar with Alan Uglow’s paintings, “transgression” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. Uglow is an English artist who moved to New York City in the late 1960s and spent most of his career here.

Reflections on Filmmaker Kurt Kren and the Vienna Actionists

When the police intervene in a work of art, there’s a good chance something transgressive is happening.

Art World Voodoo

Los Angeles in the late 1970s. “Hotel California” on the radio. Ponytails, bell-bottoms, and psychedelic sex.

Network of Relative Objects: Transgression+Painting

What codes of painting remain to be transgressed? With today’s flexible and permeable boundaries, how is it possible to infringe upon or go beyond? Are we at a point where painting has ceased to adapt?


Collaborative woodcuts made on paper and mounted on canvas, sculptures, collages, and drawings from twins Gert & Uwe Tobias occupy the ground floor of the Whitechapel Gallery.

The Gallery of Lost Art

One of the first works a visitor to the Gallery of Lost Art encounters is a drawing by Willem de Kooning. Most would not immediately think of this drawing as “lost,” or even worthy of art historical consideration in its own right.

ANSELM KIEFER Morgenthau Plan

With the words “The quality of mercy is not strain’d,” Portia lays out the principle that mercy is a one-size-fits-all concept; that charity and forbearance are to be shown to innocent and guilty alike; that mercy, like justice, is blind.

STANLEY WHITNEY Other Colors I Forget

Breaking boundaries is basic to our notion of creativity.


My initial encounter with the work of Bruce Conner happened in the mid-’60s when I was invited to see the short film A MOVIE (1958), screened in a church basement somewhere off a highway near Wellesley, Massachusetts.


Jonathan Schorsch is a walker between worlds. As an academic, socially conscious environmental activist, and a man keenly attuned to religious traditions, his artistic work often revisits the connection between the microcosm (our bodies, our minds) to the macrocosm (the planet, the universe).


Under the auspices of the exhibition series Raw/Cooked, Michael Ballou presents a smart and challenging installment within the Brooklyn Museum’s institutional walls.

Metonymy, Mortality, and Wang Keping’s Women

Its theme might be older than the Venus of Willendorf, but Women proves that the female form can simultaneously reference tradition and cast it aside for an aesthetic suspended between rusticity and urbanity.

MAYA LIN Here and There

Maya Lin has long been known both for her protean practice, which spans the fields of architecture, memorial design, environmental earthworks, and studio art, and for the eloquence of her understated aesthetic.


Inside the Gary Snyder Gallery, a woman struck up a friendly exchange with another viewer about the current exhibition. They were strangers to each other but the connection seemed natural.

ELENA SISTO Between Silver Light and Orange Shadow

What to make of Sisto’s paintings of young women? They are titled “Self-Portrait” although, unlike her, the subjects wear their hair cropped short, are somewhere in their 20s, and in general bear no resemblance to the artist.


Paul Delvaux (1897 – 1994) at Blain|DiDonna is a mini retrospective of a major Belgian Surrealist whose last exhibition in New York was at the Julien Levy gallery in 1946 and culminated in scandal.

MARK GREENWOLD Murdering the World, Paintings and Drawings 2007–2013

One of the profound pleasures of encountering great art is the detangling of endless threads of reference in one’s mind.


Makoto Fujimura’s recent paintings exist on the cusp of paradox.


The paintings in Don Voisine’s latest show at McKenzie Fine Art follow guidelines already established in his earlier work.

Eating Apollo’s Cattle

Hermes is a cattle thief, messenger, trickster, boundary crosser, and a god who represents a lot of artists.

CUI FEI Tracing the Origin

Fei has worked continuously over the years on three separate but related series: Calendar, Manuscript of Nature, and Tracing the Origin.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2013

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