The Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota started out as a painter but felt trapped in its traditions. “I have to make art in space,” she said in early 2019, explaining her decision to create installations in museums and galleries. And what installations! One series saw Shiota stringing and tangling thread like a Freudian spider interpreting dreams, turning rooms into scary insterstitial spaces: from red threads she created huge corporeal vaults; from black threads, frenzied synapses singed and stilled. Her biggest solo show ever, “The Soul Trembles” presents 25 years of Shiota’s work, from sculptures to installations, and drawings to photographs. —L.J.
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