by Contemporary Cruising |

Helen Shaw On Performa 17, NEW YORK

As long as I’ve been going to Performa, I’ve been grumbling about Performa. The framing is usually impossibly broad, the quantity of work overwhelming, and the caliber so varied that the bad stuff can sometimes argue against the excitement of live performance. Yet the biennial is a major, influential event, and—in our Instagram-ready, market-oriented art environment—its shambolic quality can also be refreshing.

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Afternoon by Zuzanna Ratajczyk,with Alistair Watts, Josephine Findeisen and Juan Pablo Cámara, Images: Stefanie Sprinz and Eoghan Ryan, Yvonne Lambert, Berlin, 2015

by Contemporary Cruising |

Body Parts , Claudia La Rocco
THE SUNLIGHT from the circular window high in the wall marks time in a shifting stretching oval on the floor. I am not quite sure what I am looking at, the various piles of construction and design-related materials, also maybe marking time on this long floor. I haven’t yet made the decision to look closely enough, always that decision when you walk into a gallery, like any conversation, whether or not to commit. I’m still getting my bearings at the echt Brooklyn arts-and-science compound that is Pioneer Works on a Sunday afternoon.

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