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Ian Bourland

Ian Bourland is a critic and an art historian at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA. He is a contributing editor of frieze

At Casey Kaplan, New York, the South African artist transforms everyday materials into colossal tapestries inspired by movements that characterize the dances of his homeland

BY Ian Bourland | 22 NOV 22

The auteur inverts Hollywood genre tropes in an alien invasion romp that questions what we see and believe

BY Ian Bourland | 17 AUG 22

The artist’s monument Antelope (2022) – a tribute to Pan-Africanist and anticolonial rebel John Chilembwe – simultaneously reinstates the genre while tweaking its meaning

BY Ian Bourland | 03 AUG 22

At the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City, the art/activism group presents a large installation in support of Indigenous rights

BY Ian Bourland | 25 MAR 22

Kellen Johnson speaks to Ian Bourland about how his work on the museum’s security staff has informed his decisions for curating a show at the BMA

BY Kellen Johnson AND Ian Bourland | 18 MAR 22

Ian Bourland speaks to the writer about the persistence of university narratives and what it means to write novels in 2022

BY Ian Bourland AND Julia May Jonas | 02 MAR 22

The series reboot is a solemn reminder of the tribulations that come from being under the voluntary and constant scrutiny of the roving lens

BY Ian Bourland | 21 JAN 22

At Alexander Gray Associates, New York, the artist presents a suite of new mixed-media canvases that continue her formal and social investigations into geometric abstraction

BY Ian Bourland | 07 OCT 21

A promising new gallery showcases the artistic vitality of Maryland’s industrial seaport city

BY Ian Bourland | 23 SEP 21

At the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, the artist presents a site-responsive project that looks at the fraught history of post-slavery labour practices across the Virginia countryside

BY Ian Bourland | 14 JUN 21

How contemporary Native artists are evading recognition and visibility for a more 'speculative indigenous futurism'

BY Ian Bourland | 15 MAR 21

Skaka King's film on the life and assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton exceptionally examines the ever-present interplay between race and capital

BY Ian Bourland | 16 FEB 21

With the US spy agency’s web redesign, Ian Bourland looks at the revolving door between the arts, entertainment and US policy

BY Ian Bourland | 18 JAN 21

The LA gallery partners with TRII to present an online show on the ‘counterhistories’ of Black experience, but should we ask more of galleries in their antiracist efforts?

BY Ian Bourland | 13 NOV 20

At von ammon co., Washington, D.C., the artist presents a series of new-media works that further his ‘New Peace’ polemics against the West’s exploitation of the natural world 

BY Ian Bourland | 09 NOV 20

The gothic tales of notorious racist H.P. Lovecraft provide source material for HBO’s new show about ‘the hauntedness of Black life’

BY Ian Bourland | 11 SEP 20

In the director’s sweeping new Vietnam War film, it is never clear ‘who is the colonizer and who is the colonized’ 

BY Ian Bourland | 19 JUN 20

The fifth season of Billions is a queasy portrait of inequality in the US, but it can be hard to look away

BY Ian Bourland | 21 MAY 20

The new HBO series imagines a celebrity, Nazi-sympathizing president and election fraud in the 1940s 

BY Ian Bourland | 09 APR 20

From The Walking Dead to Stranger Things, frightening revivals ‘captured a bit of lost magic in a disenchanted world’ 

BY Ian Bourland | 26 DEC 19