Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fresh Hell at Palais de Tokyo Paris

Posted about this back in Oct, but I've only just had time to read the reviews, which are all shining. Even the Guardian. Jesus.

Bas Jan Ader, Barbara Bloom, Jonathan Borofsky, Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Collier, Martin Creed, Gino De Dominicis, Walter De Maria, Jessica Diamond, Matias Faldbakken, Isa Genzken, Geert Goiris, Dan Graham, Philip Guston, Raymond Hains, David Hammons, Georg Herold, Martin Kippenberger, Michael Landy, Hanna & Klara Liden, Nate Lowman, Sarah Lucas, Ana Mendieta, Henri Michaux, Reinhard Mucha, Bruce Nauman & Frank Owen, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rob Pruitt, Steven Shearer, Roman Signer, Agathe Snow, Rudolf Stingel, Rosemarie Trockel, Valie Export, H. C. Westermann.

Curated by Adam McEwan.

The Guardian on the death theme: "McEwen's show gives us old and new hell: performance artist Ana Mendieta naked and lying on top of a skeleton, Martin Kippenberger's inflatable rubbish skip, and funny little films of Gino de Dominicis failing repeatedly to hurl himself to an early death. You think he's going to disappear over a precipice into a lake. Instead, he's merely hopping off a tussock. De Dominicis repeatedly announced his own demise throughout his career, which was cut short by his actual death in 1998. Mendieta, the wife of sculptor Carl Andre, fell from a balcony in mysterious circumstances in 1985, and Kippenberger is also no longer with us. McEwen, it is worth recalling, was once an obituarist for the Daily Telegraph, and went on to write fake obituaries of living celebrities (including Jeff Koons and Bill Clinton) as artworks."

Through January 16, 2011.

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