The avant-gardes have shuffled off to the retirement home, pluralism is the art world’s only watchword. Why, then, do we still think “folk art” is a thing?
Plus: A Dutch treat from Neo Rauch, and exhibitions in Basel, Bratislava, Los Angeles, Metz, New York, and Shanghai.
Film Picks for January
Museu de Arte de São Paulo
A retrospective of one of Brazil’s steamiest artists comes as local politicians have waged war against the freedom of artists, notably women and queers. Beyond the erotics, though, Tunga was among the most erudite of sculptors — and there might be something salutary in embracing an art that starts with the body but ends in the mind.
Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence
Eisenstein and his colleagues edited differently, stringing together discordant shots for maximum emotional impact. Their discovery of montage was a cinematic revolution — and another kind of revolution was going on just outside the studio.
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
As for the women, they rarely smile, but whether they appear in gritty monochrome or supersaturated color, in a low-lit love hotel or on a concrete-choked Tokyo street, they are never victims.
Pacific Standard Time
All over Southern California
Whatever the future of the Mexican-American border, southern California’s latinidad is already a fact. The most promising components of this year’s PST examine Latin America as a region in constant motion, whose meanings and statuses don’t easily correspond to lines on maps or languages spoken.