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Issue 16: January


DAVID WEISS // SWISS INSTITUTE
by Tara Plath

The collection of works on paper by Swiss artist David Weiss, most prominently known as half of the collaboration Fischili/Weiss, grant the viewer fresh insight into the artist’s process and interests. Where Fischili and Weiss’ more popular work together rests on odd-ball conceptualism and, often playful compositions of found material in video and photography—with David Weiss: Works 1968–1979, currently on view at Swiss Institute, sketches and quips wander into darker territories.

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PIERRE HUYGHE // LACMA
by Natalie Hegert


Finding Human

As we sidled up to a parking spot just off Wilshire Boulevard, I saw a white dog on a leash out of the corner of my eye, taking care of business, as dogs are wont to do out on public sidewalks. Opening the passenger door I got a better look at the dog, noting how her skin seemed to cling to her bones, revealing each vertebra along the spine. I then remembered the disclaimer included in all written materials about the Pierre Huyghe retrospective at LACMA: “The dog’s appearance is consistent with her breed. She has been examined by local animal safety agencies and is in excellent health.” Could this be…?

ANNE COLLIER // MCA CHICAGO
by Ruslana Lichtzier


Open me like a book

Anne Collier photographs reinvent the galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as a sacred modernistic white cube, a frequently imagined space, but one rarely accomplished. Amidst the holiday cacophony and the David Bowie Is exhibition, Collier’s show is set apart in silence. At once enigmatic and revealed, it stimulates cool and yet intense seductions.

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HIROSHI SUGIMOTO // PACE LONDON
by Kostas Prapoglou

“The first time I saw a diorama I was overwhelmed by the fragility of existence that it captured. Being models of nature, dioramas include many of the world’s constituent parts.” This was one of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s earliest statements that he made following his visit to the American Museum of Natural History when he first moved to New York in 1976. This second solo show of the Tokyo-born artist at Pace London showcases seventeen large scale works produced between 1976 and 2012 as part of his ongoing Diorama project series.

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REPRESENT: 200 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
by Joshua Michael Demaree

One must ask—as we do with any exhibition—what for? What is it to represent and what exactly are we representing and why? I can feel power in the portraits, the power and audacity of existing and feeling and creating in defiance of an industry and history that actively attempts to hide you. All of the artists in Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art tap into this question in some way.


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THEASTER GATES // ARTES MUNDI
by THE SEEN Staff

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates wins the 6th Artes Mundi Prize, the leading prize for contemporary art in the UK, and shares the £40,000 award with the nine other shortlisted artists.


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Image up top: David Weiss, installation view. Image courtesy Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art, 2015.
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