Critical Review

Critical Review

Three Baltimore exhibitions worth a visit this week

Bill Schmidt and Jan Razauskas’ Spatial Fabrications at MONO Practice, Color and Illusion: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris at the BMA, and Rania Matar’s She at C. Grimaldis Gallery.

"Laurie Anderson: The Weather" presents more than fifty works from across a renowned career

Featuring sculptures, installations, videos, and photographs, and juxtaposing pieces from across her career with a host of recent works , "The Weather" is a dazzling display of what the art historian RoseLee Goldberg once called Anderson’s “powerful inventive drive.

This group exhibition of contemporary Black Baltimore- and DC-based artists plays on personal and collective histories

The show’s larger focus is material culture, specifically Black material culture featuring objects that contain history and tradition.

A rewarding show of rarely seen prints that examines gynophobia in early print culture to the eventual rise of first-wave feminism

This show is richly rewarding, due in large part to a range of rarely seen objects and some truly clever juxtapositions.

Downtown gallery Resort ends its three-year run with solo shows featuring Sophia Belkin and Sasha Fishman

There is much to consider about depletion and extraction in a low- or no-budget art space within a gentrifying city.

Bradford’s Mother Paintings feel like deep breaths exhaled into a changed world

The figures populating the Mother Paintings live among slabs of heavy, humid air, hypersensitized in their responses to claustrophobic and caustic atmospheres.

A conceptually crisp and sharp critique of American xenophobia and racism

The stock icon has yielded to something darker and more ominous.

Some of these records inevitably confront themes that are pertinent to our present circumstances and upheavals, some take the listener to places subterranean or extraterrestrial, and many others pull off an inventive combination of all the above. 

On the border of poetry and prose, 'Be Holding' interrogates collective and personal histories through Julius Erving's legendary move

Dr. J’s aerial exploits become the associative catalyst for explorations as wide-ranging as pickup-basketball, photography, the slave trade, familial history, and flight of all kinds.

Timothy App: States of Mind at Goya Contemporary

In discussing his work, App likes to allude to his lifelong attempt to find what he calls authentic ways of making a painting.

Studying Bourgeois next to Maghazehe, the theme of rupture emerges again and again

Both women are primarily known for their work in sculpture, and that tactile sensibility easily translates to these textured two-dimensional pieces.

Making sense of a "torrent of content" at von ammon co

The exhibition is framed as a “gravitational field” of signs and symbols in which our relationship to the production of meaning is precarious by design. 

The exhibition title, Skully, comes from a popular game Owens played as a child in Druid Heights, just a mile away from Bolton Hill, the site of CPM, a new art gallery

Viewed as movements, these abstracts are maps that retrace Owens’ process, the steps he took to arrive at the finished series.

A White Artist Examines A Personal and Collective Legacy of White Privilege

This artwork skips the fraught emotionality of white people’s coming into consciousness about the constructs of race and the iterations of racism, and instead leads the viewer straight into an intellectual headspace.

'Black Futures’ explores what it means to be Black and alive right now

While forward-thinking, Black Futures is simultaneously about Black pasts and Black presents.

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