Toronto’s Design Xchange is an institution dedicated to the pursuit of design excellence across all different art forms from furniture, architecture, fashion, industrial design. This Is Not A Toy was co-curated by Pharrell Williams, and brings to the forefront of popular culture design and art a collection of sculptures and figurines. With artists like Kaws, Huck Gee, the driving force of the Art Toy movement.
Revok, a Los Angeles native and renowned graffiti artist made a special presentation at the MOCA LA for the release of his book Made in Detroit. The artist spray painted and stickered the cover of these limited edition copies live in front of a huge crowd of fans.
Actual Size is a small space with a compelling program tucked away in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. The show Rogue Locomotives paired sculptor Benjamin Reiss with abstract paintings by Conor Thompson. An articulate maze of cartoon like elements at once imbedded while simultaneously moving through the sculpture’s cogs. A contemporary nod to the Futurists mechanics with vibrant colours.
Most impactful beautiful pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia was, for me, Vadim Zakharov’s Danae. Only women were allowed downstairs where gold coins rained down upon us. These coins were hoisted up through the levels of the pavilion with a crude bucket, into an intricate conveyor system to rain and repeat. Ai Weiwei’s installation of 886 handcrafted wooden stools stacked and suspended in the pavilion. British Pavilion showed works by Jeremy Deller, highlighting all good things British with a […]
The Rennie Collection, nestled in Vancouver’s Chinatown district, is one of Canada’s largest contemporary art collections. Admission is free, but visits are strictly by appointment only (book it online). The private collection shows emerging contemporary artists, both Canadian and international, and the visits are lead by their engaging, insightful and articulate staff. The space is beautiful, with high ceilings and intimate gallery space that encourages a more intimate connection with the work then what you usually experience in a museum or commercial […]
Six Things at the Jewish Museum brings together video and sculptural works by the design team Sagmeister and Walsh known for their identity branding work, and especially their unique and dynamic typography. The duo use everyday materials like cups of coffee, sugar cubes, and cream to create these engaging narratives of everyday mantras to increase daily happiness. The six things are : If I Don’t Ask I Won’t Get Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development Be More Flexible It Is Pretty Much […]
One of the greatest surrealists of all time, I was so excited to visit the Musée Magritte in Brussels. Not surprisingly most of Magritte’s iconic works are owned by international institutions, but it was worth the trip to learn about his early history and see his evolution through his early works on display. Keep your eyes open in the elevator… it’s a very cheeky ride. If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation […]
Ron Mueck makes hyperrealistic human figures in distorted and uncomfortable scale. From very small man on a tiny pool mat, to a larger than life couple under a beach umbrella. I wrote my graduating thesis on the exploration of Ron Mueck’s sculptures through Slavoj Žižek and Lacanian psychoanalysis… yes dark, deep, and very analytical. It was a great pleasure to visit his new works; seemingly relaxed vacation mis-en-scène intimate, serene, yet surreal and uneasy.
The entrance of the MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Rome is stunning angular interior designed by French architect Odile Decq. At once dark with strong metal surfaces balanced by glass and bright lights the space very much complemented to the expansive exhibition space within. Jimmie Durham’s exhibition titled Streets of Rome and Other Stories uses materials like Romanesque furniture, smashed glass, bring symbols of nature, civility and human presence. I especially liked the cast dog sculpture sat patiently watching a silver cast bone hung […]
Art of Another Kind is a sweet tribute to the Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim‘s inaugural show. As the then new Gugg was opened in 1953, this show highlighted the pivotal works that were collected by then director James Johnson Sweeney. As a big fan of Ab-Ex, I really liked this show for exhibiting the complexity and expansiveness of the non-representational movement; from the movement’s famed heroes like Rothko, Klein, Pollock, to the flat panels of Ellsworth Kelley, the raw textures of Tàpies, […]
Gartner Productions hosted a brilliant exhibition titled Artists in Advertising. Granted, they’re not called Creative Directors for nothing, they work at New York’s best and most lucrative advertising agencies by day, and by night they make gorgeous art work. Created and curated by Oritte Bendory, hosted in a gorgeous Soho loft, this show brought together brilliant work by in a variety of media. Stylized drawings by Lee Trice, and colourful abastracted photography Jonathan Flaum, Amazing photo of […]
The New Art Dealers Association of America hosted it 2nd annual NADA Hudson July 28-29. This event is less a fair but rather a site specific presentation, where 48 galleries and NADA members come together in this massive collective space to present one work by one artist. The location, Basilica Hudson, is a beautiful repurposed factory, within which the massive space harmoniously presents each work without typical “art fair booth dividers” giving each work its due intimacy and approachability. Highlights […]
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Presented by Art Miami, the inaugural Art Southampton fair by far exceeded my expectations. This fair was very relevant, and hosted a great range of local Hampton artists and galleries as well as national and international galleries. Hesitantly, I was expecting kitschy beach art to match the summer home drapes echoing Sippery Topsider’s colour trends. Art Southamptons presented a very compelling range of art, from blue chip big names (Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, etc) to a array of fun […]
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A brilliant installation that combines my two favorite things – Art and the Beach. Miami based performance artist Misael Soto is touring his giant terrycloth beach towel up the east coast, and will be installed in New York’s Rockaway Beach on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Measuring 17x 9 meters (56 x 29 feet) Soto’s Beach Towel becomes a collective space inviting beach-goers to share the towel and the communal space in this interactive art experience. ArtJetSet is loving the Museum-meets-beach […]
Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern, was beautiful over view of this oeuvre. The room filled with live butterflies was a beautiful compliment to his butterfly paintings. The dead animals, the pharmacy installations, the pills and instruments, the glitter and the skulls, was all richly articulated and stunningly curated.
This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was created by Herzog & de Meuron with Ai WeiWei – the team also responsible for the Beijing Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium. The structure is build into the ground, and crowned with a floating pond of water. The interior is furnished with seating and stools made of cork, while the exterior gives an incredible visual perspective on to the pond which is surrounded by a luscious green lawn. Note, you cannot walk on the grass, […]
For a gorgeous hot summer afternoon, a must see is this season’s Met Roof Top installation is by Argentine architect Tomás Saraceno titled Cloud City. The reflections of the glass surfaces mirror sky and tree tops as they intersect with windows and metal rivets creating a stunning illusion of land and sky hovering above you. On the clever marketing angle, the offer the Cloud City cocktail, a toxic blue drink that comes with a dry ice stirstick!
By far the best work I saw during the Bushwick Open Studios was by Ross Tibbles. His work of mixed media and found objects, insist on something familiar and airy – yet eerily dark. Something about his aesthetic really appeals to me. The ripped paper mounted on half painted board, just the hood of a grey sweatshirt hanging. I just could not take my eyes off the unbalanced yellow level with some kind of gas tank covered in yearbook portrait […]
The Bushwick Open Studios is an amazing opportunity to see and experience new works by local artists in their own studios. Bushwick is a mega industrial district that is gently moving towards gentrification as the artists studios are filling up and new residences and restaurants are moving in. The best part is the community aspect, as this festival is self-organized by the neighbourhood and featuring more than 4500 participants. I hit only 2 hubs (1717 Troutman and 566 Johnson), out […]
When you read ‘About Tom Sachs’ the explanation is usually along the lines of “innovative re-examination, re-construction and exploration of capitalist cultural icons and systems of daily life.” For Space Program Mars, Sachs recreated his own version of NASA space mission to Mars and astronaut protocols in a series of videos, sculptures, and performative installations. The most important part of the experience at the Armory is emphatically the ‘indoctrination.’ Participants are ‘indoctrinated’ through watching a series of videos, and then […]
Storm King Art Center is the most spectacular park, located just 150 km north of Manhattan. Featuring a breathtaking collection of monumental sculptures, from the iconic Mark Di Suvero, Daniel Buren, Alexander Calder to David Smith, Richard Serra, and many more, there are over 500 acres of plush grass and rolling hills to explore and discover. Kadishman’s Suspended is one of my favorite sculptures at StormKing. From a distance the perspecive gives the appearance that there are two sculptures one […]
The newest art work on New York City’s Highline is a billboard by the sardonicly hilarious artist David Shrigley. How Are You Feeling? Remarks “I’m Feeling very unstable and insecure” as the billboard continues on to ramble about feeling anxious and inadequate. Shirgley inverts and redirects the rhetoric around marketing and self image – marketing tries to convince of unrealistic ideals only making the target demographic insecure and anxious about not being able to attain those billboard looks. At this […]
New York Art Fair Week: March 7-11 New York Art Fair week starts today. With the arrival of new fairs to the North American market the fairs have divided into two seasons. May 3-6 we have Pulse, NADA, Frieze and Verge to look forward to. March 7 -11 we have Armory Week with the fairs : The ADAA – Art Dealers Association of America Park Avenue Armory – Park Avenue at 67th Street Featuring 72 blue chip quality galleries who are members of […]
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I loved these works by New York based artist Erik Patton, seen at his solo show at Amos Emo in Dumbo. Patton photographes models while projecting video scenes on them during the shoot. He then layers paint onto the printed images -creating a layering of not only media but of gender and charged emotion. As the title of the show is Metasexual, the harmony and dichotomy is emphasized both visually and metaphorically. We see a beautiful blond woman with a […]
I had the immense and delicious pleasure of attending a night hosted by Butter and Egg Road. Butter and Egg Road hosts tasting programs in international cities as foodie-travel inspired private members’ club. Founder Ivy Ackerman, has put together an amazing program in conjunction with Armory Week – as a blend of pleasures for all the senses. The evening starts with a Chef’s tasting at a delicious coveted NY resto, followed by Armory related gallery tours and opening parties. Check out the […]
I had the great pleasure of attending the preview vernissage of the Cindy Sherman exhibition, opening tomorrow at the Museum of Modern Art. With all the favourite Untitled Film Stills, and the grotesque series, renaissance portraiture, to the most recent Italian housewife series – the most charming part of this retrospective is the visual narration of the maturity of her characters. I had a fond memory revisiting her teenage girl series – a series which I saw for the first time at the Art […]
The collaged canvases incorporating photography and blocks of solid coloured paint by Kunié Sigiura’s work on view at Leslie Tonkonow really speaks to Greenberg-Benjamin discourse of what is painting and art in the age of mechanical reproduction. I especially appreciated the preliminary sketches and colour blocks works presented alongside the final paintings, as true insight into the labourous explorative techniques of these works created in the 1970s . Visually, it reminded me of one Ian Wallace’s works, https://artjetset.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/ianwallaceatyvonlambert23.jpg
Grey Area, an online concept store specializing in artist made consumer goods, hosted a party to inaugurate their new space in SoHo. The space was packed full of amazingly humourous art pieces, great music, and a gorgeous crowd that would not leave even when the bar ran out of cups. From clothing, jewellery, housewares, sculptures, and random Oldenburg-esque pop goods made in to stuffed toys, Grey Area is the destination for the perfect treasured gift. I want this RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA towel RYAN HUMPHREY Ghettoblaster EV Day Mummified Barbie
The MoMA’s Contemporary Drawing department hosted their annual lecture with guest speaker artist Scott Treleaven. ArtJetSet first saw works by this talented Canadian artist at NADA Miami 2008, https://artjetset.com/2008/12/24/nada-fair-miami-2/ The lecture explored the direction of how the definition of drawing is evolving. As a young artist Treleaven created zines – most notably Salivation Army, cut and pasted Xeroxes of photos and stories. This greatly shaped his maturer works, as he evolved his practice towards collage, and most recently abstracted collaged paintings. Another concept […]
Carsten Höller, scientist-come-artist, hilariously delightful exhibition at the New Museum presents the familiar in a way that challenges our preconceived notions of experience. The Mirror Carousel is strikingly beautiful but spins at an impossibly slow speed. Not only changing the expected velocity of fun but allowing the viewer to experience riding a carousel not as a joyful carnival ride by rather at a pace to savour every elongated second of the ride. Höller’s work centres around the reinterpretations of sensory experiences, specially enjoyed the Rabbit on […]