Author: Christopher French

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Bruce Nauman: A Rose Has No Teeth

I don’t know Bruce Nauman, but I have spent long and productive hours getting to know him in absentia via the many poses he strikes […]

Bruce Nauman: A Rose Has No Teeth

Luis Fernando Roldán: Drawings

Columbian artist Luis Fernando Roldán’s title for his latest suite of drawings at Sicardi Gallery is Sueños [Sleep], which suggests a correspondence between the insistent […]

Luis Fernando Roldán: Drawings

Interview with Robert Chaney

Collecting is a family affair for Houston collectors Robert, Jereann and Holland Chaney, who began assembling their diverse collection of cutting-edge art over 15 years […]

Interview with Robert Chaney

Balenciaga and his Legacy

I am not a devotee of haute couture, but I will always cross the street to see anything designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Mostly this means […]

Balenciaga and his Legacy

Hélio Oiticia: The Body of Color

I own three art dictionaries, references published in the late 1980s by such reputable houses as Thames and Hudson, Penguin and Random House. Each has […]

Hélio Oiticia: The Body of Color

Lauren Kelley / Impossible Exchange

Big Gurl is the centerpiece of the exhibition Lauren Kelley: Collect Them All! Soft Brown Narratives. This 12-minute video projection features African-American Barbie-style dolls filmed […]

Lauren Kelley / Impossible Exchange

Alfredo Jaar

One of the most provocative works in the current Fotofest biennial uses the medium of photography — light — to sculpt a scenario detailing the […]

Alfredo Jaar

Janaki Lennie: Breathing Space

Representation is a process of enumeration, a series of descriptions of people and things that seeks to establish a coherent narrative or a sense of […]

Janaki Lennie: Breathing Space

Hedonistic Imperative

Perhaps I pay too much attention to the news. Somewhere between the NSA eavesdropping revelations and the bombing of the Al-Askari Mosque I began to […]

Hedonistic Imperative

Mel Chin: Do Not Ask Me

The mouth is an orifice that features prominently in Mel Chin’s work. Viewers to the exhibition are greeted by an open mouth, tongue outstretched.

Mel Chin: Do Not Ask Me

African Art Now: Menil, CAM, and TSU

If group shows are only as strong as their curatorial concept, group shows of one person’s collection succeed or fail as expressions of that collector’s […]

African Art Now: Menil, CAM, and TSU

Texas in Paris

Sometimes the best test of an artist’s work is how well it translates into a foreign setting. Visiting Paris recently, I had the opportunity to […]

Texas in Paris

Ronald Reagan: Our Greatest Postmodernist

was no great fan of Ronald Reagan, but the recent wall-to-wall memorials and testimonials got me thinking about what had been omitted from the weeklong […]

Ronald Reagan: Our Greatest Postmodernist