Reviews

How does text function as part of visual language? What is the value of criticism? We're not cynics and we like to believe criticism is a practice in critical thinking that leads to a voicing of opinions, constructive suggestions, a few punches on the shoulder, and/or much needed recognition. See which exhibitions and events were worth dwelling on.

  • by Sarah Brophy, 23 Apr 2014
    In this new series bpigs will highlight artists and their work in progress just before their openings. An insider's scoop to an artist studio practise and the many many irrelevant thoughts that go through one's mind before the proverbial 15 minutes of fame. Artist-to-artist, Berliner-to-Berliner - these are...
  • by Cyrus Smith, 29 Mar 2014
    One thing is certain when you walk into "The Disappearance" at Galerie Judin. Alisa Margolis can clearly paint. This is definitely a painting show for painters. But her works delve deeper than the lusciously colorful surfaces of explosive paint. They appear to say a lot in their silence.  At...
  • by Adela Lovric, 13 Mar 2014
    „This Sweetness Outside of Time. Objects, Books and Films from 1959 to 2014“ is an extensive retrospective addressing all aspects of Dorothy Iannone’s opus, focusing on one of the most unusual women artists of the 20th/21st century. It is an overview of her multimedia work, from the fifties when she...
  • by Nathan M., 25 Feb 2014
    There were many worst parts of art school: everything was either a poignant gesture or a unique juxtaposition; everyone wanted to play "Home" by Edward Sharpe behind footage of their hometown; half the class left the critique early to go to the local vegan buffet and sip cosmos and light...
  • by Maria Santos, 21 Feb 2014
    What is to be found at ARCOmadrid 2014? The good, the predictable, the slightly uncomfortable -yet correct- and all that glitters at the Spanish fair. Yesterday, Bpigs brought you a sneak peek of ARCOmadrid. Today, the fair finally opens to the general public, and as of day two, this is what we saw and commented on...
  • by Kate Brown, 20 Feb 2014
    When you search Paul McCarthy online, Google first drives you to images of the Beatles singer (“Did you mean Paul McCartney?”), which seems fitting. It’s this kind of subversiveness that McCarthy works with: the kind that leads you, sometimes blindly, to criticality. Albeit an awareness of...
  • by Débora Delmar, 13 Feb 2014
    The first edition of the Material Art Fair happened at the same time as MACO’s eleventh edition. This exciting new opportunity represented more than a booth at a fair for many of us; it was the codifying act of a community of young artists and art spaces coming together and exposing new ideas to a yearning...
  • by Kate Brown, 11 Feb 2014
    You have about a week to see this group exhibition (on until the 23rd of February) and, while it is in Kassel (a rather quiet place between dOCUMENTAs), I couldn't emphasize enough how worth it is to get on a train if you have a free day to take yourself on this small trip. Unlike the abstractly poetic titles...
  • by Adela Lovric, 6 Feb 2014
    Last week the transmediale festival gathered some brilliant minds to celebrate our contemporary post-digital culture, while critically valorizing its latest outcomes and repercussions. In its current state that is shifting insecurely between trash and treasure, transmediale proposed the post-digital moment of '...
  • by Kate Brown, 4 Feb 2014
    It’s a peculiar feeling to see Brad Troemel’s work in real life. Brad Troemel is best known from the hyper-productive tumblr The Jogging, his Etsy Shop of semantically playful sculptures (he has 189 sales and counting), and for his essays in The New Inquiry last year. Brad’s internet-based art...
  • by Nathan M., 28 Jan 2014
    It is that time of the year: snow is on the ground, a biting dryness is in the air, and transmediale 2014 is on the brink of opening. This year, the festival centers around the idea of residual afterglow - "The [digital] revolution is over. Welcome to the afterglow," artistic director Kristoffer Gansing...
  • by Nathan M., 22 Jan 2014
    Of the latest trends in op/ed journalism today, the list is topped by anxiety culture, the Generation Y/Millenials, and the morality of using unpaid interns (Hi! That's me!). KLEMM'S latest exhibition - which opened last Friday - seemed to toy with similar ideas of self-importance, self-awareness, and...
  • by Nathan M., 11 Dec 2013
    "There is a light that never goes out," sings Morrisey in The Smith's 1992 single of a similar title. In Kunst-Werke's most recent exhibit honoring the late Christoph Schlingensief, it is clear that there's still some volt of energy running through everything he touched. At the auditory center...
  • by Nathan M., 5 Dec 2013
    I wonder what we will tell our grandchildren about “the good old days”—has the foundation of late-in-life nostalgia already passed us by, or are these overcast days spent huddling over our laptops and coffee mugs the “golden days” we will never forget? Or is - as Gertrude Stein would say...
  • by Adela Lovric, 26 Nov 2013
    Recently I have been cheating on Bpigs with a Späti. My new workplace from Monday til Friday, from 10am til the boss wakes up and takes over the shop. Why go out for a döner when I have a steak at home, you might ask. Well, it turned out to be perfectly possible to have both, which is starting to show on the...
  • by Nathan M., 12 Nov 2013
    Whether you visit Berlin for a week, the weekend or an hour. Here is a selection of shows you should not miss.   Bejna Sachau – There Were Rumors @ Soy Capitán   Sachau himslef is furious ball of energy, al the more rare and precious does his current show appear. I am loving the Klemms...
  • by Joanna Papazoglou, 1 Nov 2013
    For the most of us Berlin Art Week may be an euphoric art experience somewhere back in September. Yes, we all went to the ABC art fair to catch up with the galleries’ freshest, attended openings – the more the merrier – and got silly drunk at Augustraße street festival. Pivotal figures in this...
  • by Elena Gilbert, 22 Oct 2013
    Coming out of ABC Berlin, and headed to FIAC Paris, we stop in London for one of the iconic art fairs that is part of the Frieze Foundation projects, Frieze Art Fair London. The Frieze fair, celebrating its 10th anniversary, while still semi-resembling a fashion show (perhaps Chanel's art inspired S/S 2014...

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