Category: Press

February 14, 2013 Press

Review of Amanda Valdez in Idiom, “A Sweet Tooth & Some Cavities” by Jeffrey Kirkwood

Link to read on Idiom. In a meditation on the ‘seductiveness’ of the big toe, Georges Bataille wrote in 1929 — “human life entails, in fact, the rage of seeing oneself as a back and forth movement from refuse to ideal, and from the ideal to refuse — a rage that is easily directed against an organ as base as the foot.” Against this caliginous member of Acéphal’s tendency to luxuriate in real abjection, Amanda Valdez’s finely executed assemblages discover the joyous excesses of…Read More


January 23, 2013 Press

Review of Amanda Valdez in Dossier

Link to read on Dossier Journal Amanda Valdez: Taste of Us An abstract painter is situated strangely in relation to the history of her medium. On the one hand, very little in a given work bears a direct and obvious connection to common social life – a situation that has always made interpreting an abstract painting uncomfortable. By definition, it cannot picture its theme, and this makes it seem too distant from the languages in which we usually express our…Read More


September 23, 2012 Press

On Top of The Rubble: Recent Work by Wendy White in Hyperallergic

Installation view, “Wendy White: Pix Vää” at Leo Koenig, Inc. (all images courtesy Leo Koenig, Inc.) What do you call Wendy White’s most recent works, which are made of two or more panels that rest on the floor, hug the wall and at the same time protrude from it? Combines and hybrids are the obvious answers, but those familiar designations hardly tell the story. There is something fresh about White’s work that these familiar designations don’t account for. The panels…Read More


July 03, 2012 Press

Nikolai Ishchuk in London Evening Standard “Meet the new SmartArtists”

Read on London Evening Standard A preview of the work of five young artists in Whitechapel Gallery’s relaunched London Open exhibition reveal a snapshot of contemporary art at its most cerebral in years, says Ben Luke.


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