Modern Painters | may 2016
Saskia Noor van Imhoff
De Appel Arts Centre // February 6–April 10
There is no effort made here to erase any traces of the installation process: sawdust, screws, plugs, and tape that were used to construct a large white podium have been left behind. The podium is used to showcase all kinds of constructions and statues, and the result is a very hip show, with a mixture of found everyday objects and paintings and installations. Van Imhoff’s fascination with series and collections is omnipresent and highlights new relationships between objects and artifacts.
Niek Hendrix and Navine G. Khan-Dossos
Galerie Roger Katwijk // February 20–March 26
The murals in this exhibition bring to mind the colorful screens of TV-broadcast test patterns. Layered with references to the Islamic state flag adopted by ISIS—whose terror is transmitted daily into Western households via screens— they remind us of how mass media transmits values as well as images. In these works, Khan-Dossos and Hendrix collaborate to investigate these effects in the context of the flag, painting their own version, stripped of its symbols, on the gallery walls. The turmoil of the rectangular frames is both hopeful and intimidating.
Stedelijk Museum//December 12, 2015–April 17 2016
Known as an organizer of the earliest exhibitions of Conceptual art—and never identifying as an artist himself—Siegelaub, who died in 2013, drew radical conclu- sions, advocating for ideas to be considered artworks. The stedelijk Museum has reconstructed the gallerist, curator, publisher, researcher, archivist, collector, and bibliographer’s first exhibitions, and the outcome is a beautiful homage: a selection of documentation in the form of books and textiles. Take, for example, the Xerox Book, 1968. Siegelaub called it his “first ‘big’ group show,” and it includes substantial works on paper by the likes of Sol LeWitt and Lawrence Weiner.