Lately we feel conflicted singing the virtues of America — but if you think we have it bad, try working for the federal government.
Plus: the Münster Sculpture Project and recommendations for Basel, Paris, Istanbul, New York, Hydra, Montreal, Munich, and Chicago.
Jewish Museum, New York
In her disdain for exhibitions, Stettheimer is a model — one easier to follow if you’ve got the cash, we concede — of artistic autonomy. Make only the art you really need to see, and if people don’t like it, shop.
Athens and Kassel
The unprecedented decision to deterritorialize Documenta is not just a bitter retort to the bureaucrats of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Brussels. It reboots Bode’s conception of the first Documenta as a civic enterprise, rooted in international calamity and committed to a better future.
Grand Palais, Paris
Rodin may not have considered the consequences of proliferating his own works. In his lifetime, he authorized at least 319 editions of his embracing couple in The Kiss — which looked rather more romantic in a standalone format than in its original position on The Gates of Hell.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Twirl your leg around, twirl it right back; bend at the hip, come back upright. Lunge forward, bend down, lunge forward, stand stock-still. And pay no attention to the music behind you: a plunking piano score, played live, that seems to have as little discernible grammar as the dance you’re performing.