Colin Lang

   All photos: Juan Saez

Simone Fattal, The 99 Names (detail), 2020; all photos: Juan Saez

Colin Lang went to a concert, outside, featuring three artists playing music next to the work of another artist, Simone Fattal. Angels, sirens, and guitars, all inside of a bombed-out cloister.

 Ja'Tovia Gary, The Giverny Suite  (2019). 

Ja'Tovia Gary, The Giverny Suite (2019). 

Are photos political, or simply passive containers for the ideologies that produced them? Colin Lang ponders on a tour of the photography triennial RAY 21, now in its fourth iteration around Frankfurt am Main.

 Pencil/Line/Eraser,  John Wood and Paul Harrison, 2008, Courtesy Cristin Tierney Gallery

Pencil/Line/Eraser, John Wood and Paul Harrison, 2008, Courtesy Cristin Tierney Gallery

The Daata fair is here again, but pay attention, the offerings are not for the easily distracted. From formalist experiments to fictional journeys through a painted forest to pranks with a potent political message, the works on offer this year are only up for a few more days.

 Lugas Syllabus, For a Thousand Mrmories , 2020-2021, Brass, Alluminium, Stainless steel 200 x 70 x 30 cm, Courtesy Linda Gallery 

Lugas Syllabus, For a Thousand Mrmories, 2020-2021, Brass, Alluminium, Stainless steel 200 x 70 x 30 cm, Courtesy Linda Gallery 

At Beijing Gallery Weekend, smaller off-spaces and well-established non-profit institutions like UCCA, M Woods, and Beijing Inside-Out alike showcased the enthusiasm, energy, and drive of this propitious endeavour.

 Manfred Pernice, Baum , 2020, metal, iron, 138 x 97 x 93 cm

Manfred Pernice, Baum, 2020, metal, iron, 138 x 97 x 93 cm

Spike editors Colin Lang and Alexandra Germer went 50/50 on Berlin Gallery Weekend, traversing the city in pursuit of art and optimism.

 Left: Vue du torrent du Valentin dans le parc des Buttes Chaumont au sud , 2020 Acrylic on canvas, 197 x 138 cm Right: Capriccio à Paris , 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 250 cm

Left: Vue du torrent du Valentin dans le parc des Buttes Chaumont au sud, 2020 Acrylic on canvas, 197 x 138 cm

Right: Capriccio à Paris, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 250 cm

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy at Museum Frieder Burda – Salon Berlin

BOTTEGA VENETA has found a means to offer a runway show in a bag, complete with photobooks, and a soundtrack on green vinyl.

 Installation View “what fruit it bears” December 4 – January 15, 2021 Peres Projects, Berlin

Installation View “what fruit it bears”, Peres Projects, Berlin; front: Vojtech Kovarik, Laocoon, 2020, Acrylic, spray paint and sand on canvas, 220 x 200 cm 

“what fruit it bears” at Peres Projects, Berlin

 Patrick Panetta, Café Durban , 2020 HD Video and sound 00:04:05 Edition of 3

Patrick Panetta, Café Durban, 2020, HD Video and sound, 00:04:05 min.

COLIN LANG spent a few hours at the Daata Art Fair and thinks you should too!

The 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Various Locations; Matthew Lutz-Kinoy at Museum Frieder Burda – Salon Berlin; and Meriem Bennani at Julia Stoschek Collection

 All images, Stills from Flavio Mogherini, The Pyjama Girl Case, 1977 , 103 min. (Zodiac Produzioni)

All images, Stills from Flavio Mogherini, The Pyjama Girl Case, 1977, 103 min. (Zodiac Produzioni)

COLIN LANG’s on the trail of Gialli, the Italian mystery/horror b-genre that spawned classics like The Pyjama Girl Case (1977). Timely or not, it’s a riot.

 Philip Guston, Riding Around , 1969.

Philip Guston, Riding Around, 1969, Oil on canvas, 137 x 201 cm; Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

There’s been a debate raging about the postponement of a massive Philip Guston retrospective at four different museums. So, naturally COLIN LANG has to throw his yarmulke into the ring.

 Megan Francis Sullivan,  Marie 148 , 2014, c-print, 50 x 62.5 cm; Photo: Renke Klaproth

Megan Francis Sullivan, Marie 148, 2014., C-print, 50 x 62.5 cm; Photo: Renke Klaproth

It was quite a week and weekends in the German-speaking lands, where Munich’s Various Others, Zurich Art Weekend, and Berlin Gallery Weekend all managed to coincide and jointly usher in the start of the season.

Ydessa Hendeles, The Steeple and the People, 2018, detail

From Munich to Berlin, it’s time to celebrate the High Holydays with a few jaunts to non-commercial spaces, and an apologetic butt-dial or two.

 Precious Okoyomon, Angel of earth; Resistance is an atmospheric condition , 2020. Installation view

Precious Okoyomon, Angel of earth; Resistance is an atmospheric condition, 2020. Installation view

Precious Okoyomon at ZollamtMMK

 Protesters pulling down monument of Andrew Jackson, June 22, 2020.

Protesters pulling down monument of Andrew Jackson, June 22, 2020.

The US, Germany, and the world have a Swiss cheese consciousness about history: filled with holes. No righting the ship here, just some stories, and jokes, and some more jokes.

 Still from The Poseidon Adventure , 1972, 20th Century Fox, dir. Ronald Neame

Still from The Poseidon Adventure, 1972, 20th Century Fox, dir. Ronald Neame

Spike’s Senior Editor COLIN LANG’s weekly column “FALLING OUT”is hitting the rocks. Shipwrecks are on the dockett, and we don’t mean the Titanic film. 

 Anton Lehmden, Vogelflug , 2001, watercolor on paper, 30 × 42.6 cm

Anton Lehmden, Vogelflug, 2001, watercolor on paper, 30 × 42.6 cm

Spike’s Senior Editor COLIN LANG’s weekly column “FALLING OUT” is all about birds. Really. 

Spike’s Senior Editor COLIN LANG’s weekly column “FALLING OUT” takes a look back at a primal scene of his, which involved underground zine culture. Read to the end to find out about a new project at Spike and why you’re reading this to begin with. 

 Young reader following the air raids in 1940, London

Young reader following the air raids in 1940, London

Spike’s Senior Editor COLIN LANG's weekly column "FALLING OUT" is falling in, on itself, like a collapsed library. From new bathroom rituals to keeping distance, it's a burning mess! 

 Banh Mi from Banh Mi Stable in Berlin Mitte

Banh Mi from Banh Mi Stable in Berlin Mitte

By Kenny Schachter, Thea Westreich Wagner, Kasper König, Colin Lang, and Verena Dengler

Spike’s Senior Editor COLIN LANG looks back at his first Passover Seders and wonders what the current one will look like. This time, "FALLING OUT" is taking a trip down memory lane. You're invited!

 L to R: Scott Funderburk, Ethan S. Lee, Colin Lang with Barkmkaret CD insert, c. 1994

left to right: Scott Funderburk, Ethan S. Lee, Colin Lang, with Barkmkaret CD insert, c. 1994

Spike’s Senior Editor COLIN LANG went on a voyage … around his apartment. He was not alone – there were devices, music, and his laptop to keep him company. With not much else to see, enjoy the FIRST INSTALMENT of his COLUMN “FALLING OUT”. Hold tight!