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.

  • Maike Cruse at abc
    by Lisa Kosak, 19 Sep 2014
    The seventh edition of abc art berlin contemporary kicked off yesterday morning. And it's all about art. To such an extent that even the press conference with Maike Cruse, director of abc now for the second time, took place surrounded by an artwork by Julian Göthe. 3 halls, 21 countries, 111 galleries and 115...
  • by Cyrus Smith, 12 Aug 2014
    While the other galleries have closed for summer holiday, there remain a few die-hards that have opted to stay open during these beautiful Berlin summer days in order to deliver the goods! Here are a few worth your time. Beat the heat by enjoying cool art. Hortus Semper Virens – Christiane Möbus und Ihre...
  • by Adela Lovric, 5 Jun 2014
    If you are not familiar with Arne Schreiber and his work, and you are trying to find out something about the artist by 'googling' his name, all you will see are stripes in many variations. There will be more than just stripes, but this simple pattern overpowers all of the other elements. Well, it is no wonder...
  • by Adela Lovric, 29 May 2014
    A week after seeing the "David Bowie" exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau, I was still humming (sometimes screaming) refrains from Bowie's "Starman", "Space Oddity", and "Man Who Sold the World". My flatmate gently warned me about it, commenting how I must have been deeply...
  • by Adela Lovric, 27 May 2014
    All hail to the wonders of technology! You will hardly ever hear that from me, but I do admit if something leaves me thinking: why did nobody come up with this before? How did we manage to live without this for so long? Let me introduce you to one of such seemingly simple inventions that make life as smooth as David...
  • by Adela Lovric, 15 May 2014
    Berlin's regular partygoers probably know Markus Manowski as Daze Maxim, the Berlin-based musician, producer, and performer in the field of electronic music. You can often see this name on the pages of Resident Advisor, in the line-ups of various club nights. Recently it became more likely for Markus' name to...
  • by Sarah Brophy, 6 May 2014
    I had heard about Berlin’s Gallery Weekend through my art classes pretty early on in my trip, and had collected multiple gold-foiled advertisements I had seen lying on the desks of galleries, so I was always aware that it would be something I would get to experience during my time here. I figured it would...
  • by Sarah Brophy, 5 May 2014
    On Friday May 2nd, KIK opened its second show, “An die Freunde”, curated by Anna Erickson. We met with the creators to discuss the KIK 2 project and a lively conversation ensued, covering everything from the difficulties brought on by stiletto heels and co-curator diva moments, to the past, present, and...
  • by Sarah Brophy, 2 May 2014
    Complete with installation, wall painting, sculpture, and even performance, Christopher Kline’s show O.K. takes a multimedia look at the history and culture of his hometown Kinderhook, New York. Kinderhook is rich with folklore and cultural history, staking its claim as the site of origin for The Legend of...
  • by Adela Lovric, 1 May 2014
    Gallery Weekend just turned ten! I will not try to hide the excitement and enormous expectations I had at the yesterday's press converence and the gallery tour. The organisation (this year with Maike Cruse in charge) made it more fancy and intimate, inviting relevant press to Pauly Saal. No lunchboxes, no...
  • by Nathan M., 25 Apr 2014
    Faced with a too-big apartment for the two of them, Hannes Schroeder-Finckh of Sprueth Magers and NickKoenigsknecht of Peres Project did what came naturally: turned it into an art space. The result is Open Forum (formerly, the eponymous KSF Project Space), and the duo are ready to debut Berlin-based Steffen Bunte...
  • 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 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 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 '...

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