Jillian Russo is a Brooklyn-based curator and art historian.
Leonardo DrewBy Jillian Russo
Leonardo Drews exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co. pairs a monumental site-specific installation with nine recent sculptures, creating a magical, immersive environment. The works on view reflect Drews various approaches to his materials, including wood, cotton fabric, and aluminum, which he cuts, distresses, and paints, giving them the quality of found objects. Drew is known for repurposing previous sculptures to create new ones, mirroring natural cycles of decay and transformation.
Will Ryman: New York, New YorkBy Jillian Russo
Will Rymans exhibition New York, New York at Chart Gallery celebrates the citys absurdity, vitality, grittiness, and beauty with ten sculptural works conceived as vignettes of street life.
Wandamba yalungka.../Winds change direction...By Jillian Russo
An exhibition of 13 video works addressing todays most pressing global concerns, Wandamba yalungka/Winds change direction, takes its title from the traditional language of the Waanyi aboriginal people of Queensland. The language is on the verge of extinction, spoken by only 16 people as of 2016. Expertly curated by Maura Reilly for the Performa website, the exhibition brings together an international and multi-generational group of artists.
Angela Davis: Seize the TimeBy Jillian Russo
Thoughtfully co-curated by Gerry Beegan and Donna Gustafson, a selection of posters, print media, courtroom sketches, artwork, and photographs document the construction of Angela Daviss public image by mainstream and alternative media. Interspersed with the archival material are works by contemporary artists who continue to build upon Daviss philosophies of freedom.
Roxy Paine: Normal FaultBy Jillian Russo
The exhibition Normal Fault at Kasmin Gallery features thirteen relief paintings and one small diorama, all created in 2021, exploring ecological and geological systems.
Yashua Klos: Our LabourBy Jillian Russo
Eliminating many of Riveras intricate details, Klos leaves empty space in which the figures float. As a result, the composition doesnt read as entirely resolved. This is possibly suggestive of the bonds still forming between Klos and his family, but it also gives the collage a Dadaist quality.
The Unreliability of Primary SourcesBy Jillian Russo
Parsing out what you know and what you don’t know from archival material is an intrinsic part of research. Archives and other primary sources are generally considered more reliable than secondary sources, such as art criticism, theoretical studies, and historical texts, because they are first-hand accounts.