Maddie Klett is an art writer and researcher living in the U.S.A.
Dave McKenzie with Maddie Klett
Disturbing the View at the Whitney is an ongoing performance throughout the summer by New York-based artist Dave McKenzie. McKenzie activates the museums many floor-to-ceiling windows by using window-washing instruments to repeatedly, and rhythmically, apply a chalky substance. This action indeed disturbs the view to the museums many stunning vistas overlooking Lower Manhattan.
Tomashi Jackson with Maddie Klett
Maddie Klett speaks with Tomashi Jackson about her love of printmaking, her collaborative methodology as a social historian, and how cares her artwork into existence.
Sam Gilliam: Full CircleBy Maddie Klett
The late abstractionist Sam Gilliams obsession with painting is well documented in the artists 2019 interview with Tom McGlynn in the pages of the Brooklyn Rail. Gillaim spoke about how he was both influenced by, and positioned himself in relation to, his contemporary Color Field painters Thomas Downing and Kenneth Noland. He also cites the draping studies by Albrecht Dürer and the improvisational jazz compositions of John Coltrane and Miles Davis as formative to his art making. In the 1960s he recalls beginning to stain canvases and applying acrylic paints before crumpling them upwetand re-stretching.
Tiffany Sia: Slippery When WetBy Maddie Klett
Sia’s ontological approach to the glocal (although she never mentions the term in the showmaybe it died out in the early aughts?), spectacle, and landscape at/from/through her home of Hong Kong recalls this same a-historical, locality-driven condition.
Nicole Eisenman and Keith BoadweeBy Maddie Klett
Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee is an unexpected pairing and exhibition format. There is a lot of work on view. As a result, there are many opportunities to find both affinities and issues with whats therea quality that straddles both artists practices and that recalls the troubling, yet self-aware, late figurative work of Philip Guston.
Bodys Isek Kingelez: City DreamsBy Maddie Klett
In theorist and historian Partha Chatterjee’s 1991 essay “Whose Imagined Community?”, Chatterjee challenges Benedict Anderson’s argument made in his book, Imagined Communities, that politicians in Africa and Asia selected their post-liberation national forms from existing models in the United States, Western Europe, and Russia.1 Chatterjee responds: if postcolonial nations are restricted to these models, then what is left for them to imagine? The late Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s works can provide an answer to Chatterjee’s question.
Fernanda Laguna: As EverybodyBy Maddie Klett
As Everybody includes works Laguna has made over the past 10 years; her handwritten notes enable the whole exhibition to feel cohesive and particular to its Richmond localesomething I appreciate at a time when seeing art in person is a rarity.
Abbas Akhavan: cast for a follyBy Maddie Klett
In the cavernous front gallery of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, Abbas Akhavan has reconstructed the eerie scene of the National Museum of Iraqs lobby after its looting following the American invasion of the country in 2003.
Dewey Crumpler: The Complete Hoodie Works, 1993–PresentBy Maddie Klett
Dewey Crumpler is a painter living in the Bay Area. His solo exhibition The Complete Hoodie Works, 1993Present at Cushion Works in San Franciscos Mission District features over 100 small paintings on canvas made over the past 28 years.
The Project of IndependenceBy Maddie Klett
The history of how the region has been portrayed at MoMA explains why and how The Project of Independence looks the way it does: transnational, organized by both in-house curators and external experts, and featuring a mix of national and individual imaginings of post-independence design. Each of these seems like a decision by MoMA leadership to create a foil to the museums orientalist past.
Colter Jacobsen: EssaysBy Maddie Klett
Despite living at the center of tech development and corporatization, Jacobsen gravitates towards untrendy, outdated means of production—copy stores and drugstore photo counters.
A VoidBy Maddie Klett
Ramirez Jonass artwork and essay shape this exhibitionary exploration of loss—how artists reckon with it, or even attempt to restore or repair it.