Chelsea Hopper
Taryn Simon: Contraband

Taryn Simon: Contraband

Anna Schwartz Gallery
2 April – 1 June 2019

By Chelsea Hopper

In late November 2009, American artist Taryn Simon photographed objects detained or seized from airline passengers and express mail entering the U.S. from abroad. To do so, Simon spent five days, 24 hours per day at both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility, both located at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Ne...

Chelsea Hopper
Diane Arbus: American Portraits

Diane Arbus: American Portraits

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 21 March – 17 June 2018

By Chelsea Hopper

“You can’t take any photos”, I was told at the front desk. The request was unexpected, as restrictions of this kind for an exhibition seemed slightly dated considering how accessible and abundant images have become in our digitally soaked, super-sharing culture – not to mention how widely available many of the images seen in the exhibition are online. Was this just a cautionary move to avo...

Chelsea Hopper
Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy

Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 4 November 2017 – 3 March 2018

By Chelsea Hopper

When you first start making stuff, finding your voice as an artist can be a bit of a slog. There will always be bad paintings, clumsy drawings of still lifes and failed charcoal figures from the life drawing classes you were forced to take at art school. It can be a case of trying things out and then trying them again and again. After a few years, you ultimately make the decisio...