Christopher Williams at AIC

Recently I had the opportunity to review LA native Christopher Williams’ retrospective at its first stop, the Art Institute of Chicago. Williams’ wide-ranging career is well represented, in a setting that showcases his conceptual attitude to photography. The retrospective will travel to MoMA and the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Click here to read the review.


Journal of Comparative American Studies: Special Issue

I’m proud to announce the launch of a CAS Special Issue featuring new essays on New York, with work by myself and co-fellows from the 2010 NYU Fulbright Summer Institute. You can download it here. The issue was guest edited by my awesome colleagues, and it’s a great testament to the cohort and the program. This is us:


We really are this cool.

Cyprien Gaillard

My review of Cyprien Gaillard’s solo New York show The Crystal World is now live on this is tomorrow. It was my first time visiting PS1, my first James Turrell, and my first Cyprien Gaillard show, and it was a beautiful snowy February day for doing new things. One especially nice thing was that Gaillard’s polaroid mosaics included images of my own home in Northern Ireland, the Bishop’s Gate and Dunluce Castle, among the post-Soviet dystopias and beer cans.

Click here to read.



Ed Ruscha at LACMA

I recently reviewed the Ed Ruscha retrospective Standard at LACMA, which you can read here. It drew from LACMA’s collection of his work, and as such gave a pretty idiosyncratic overview of his development, at the expense perhaps of reiterating some of his most famous pieces. Plus, I’ve been in Special Collections at the Getty recently pulling up old Ruscha photo books, and it’s great to see them in context here.