Gentrification and new building developments are rampant in the city of Toronto, which has given way to a very exciting (while tragic) opportunity for art activations in these defunct and scheduled to be demolished sites. This summer we saw the Luminato festival at the abandoned Hearn Generating Station, and now Toronto for Everyone – a 4 day arts festival hosted in the iconic Honest Ed’s department store. Toronto For Everyone, an initiative by the Centre for Social Innovation, invited artists to build out […]
In/Future is an arts experience festival showcasing sculpture, film, music and immersive installations held at the now defunct Ontario Place theme park. Having grown up in Toronto, I have vivid childhood memories of summers spent in the waterpark and running through the neon punching-bag obstacle course. I didn’t know that the theme park had closed in 2012 and the entire site is being revitalized, and In/Future is an exciting expression of the revitalization effort. The silos, each pavilion and along the […]
The Dia : Beacon is one of my favorite institutions because of their commitment to site-specific large scale installations, the spectacular gallery space, and the serene setting. Dan Flavin’s works are perfectly held in zig zag walls and enclaves that allow his work to glow with intensity and brightness. Famous Richard Serra Torqued Ellipses envelope you in a perfect balance of dark and light, warm and cold, silent and peaceful, calm and hopeful. This summer’s temporary exhibition is Robert Irwin’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
On of my favourite contemporary spaces, the Palais de Tokyo, is undergoing massive renovations, and during this time are hosting selective exhibitions in the atrium and main auditorium. John M Armleder curated a All Of the Above, by presenting a variety of art works by 20 different artists (including sculptures, videos, and paintings) in an non-traditional manner. He staged the works on a multilevel platform allowing the viewer only a frontal viewpoint. This intriguing display method gave me a whole different perspective […]
The Creators Project is a festival of art and technology featuring interactive works, massive installations, and progressive ideas. A highlight was undeniably the massive LED sculpture titled Origin by United Visual Artists and Scanner. Glazer + Spaceman created a cathedral like setting in interpreting the Spiritualized track “Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space. The warm radiating beams of light, soft fog, and the speakers embedded in the floor created a total encompassing experience. Life on Mars Revisited was a […]
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The French Institute:Alliance Française invited Sophie Calle to participate in this year’s Crossing the Lines Festival of contemporary Art. Sophie Calle’s body of work engages in an intensely autobiographical exploration generally centered around intimate memories and failed love. For this installation, title Room, Calle has occupied a suite in New York’s Lowell Hotel where she has narrated stories through installed objects. Burnt mattress drapped with a taffeta red dress, a Polaroid camera with a picture posed on the bedside table. […]
Transfinite is a noise and video immersive installation by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda. The baseline for the work is the visual mathematics of binary code, which as an abstract language is the base for all computer media and technological processes. The Park Avenue Armory is a perfect venue to highlight the polarities of the installation’s story – A historic building where the sound of beeps and pings resonnate and the binary codes and barlines flash upon the massive screens.
Flash:Light brings site specific sound and light installation to the streets with the Festival of Ideas for the New City. Video projections and performance transformed the city, as art filled the streets and venues around the Lower East Side. Aida Ruilova media performance featured a pair of twins dressed as nurses, that simultaneously filmed and broadcasted their performance live with iPhones as a reflection of social networks and technology in interactions in the city. Let Us Make Cake is a […]
In conjunction with the Post-War & Contemporary sales starting on May 11, Christie’s will be installing Urs Fischer’s Lamp/Bear in midtown Manhattan. This 7-meter high bronze teddy bear will be snuggled under a black bedside lamp on display for the next five months.
Christian Boltanski’s No Man’s Land fills the interior of the Park Avenue Armory with thousands of pieces of used clothing, and creating a 40-foot-high mountain. A huge clawed crane grabs clumps of clothing from the top of the pile and then the pieces flutter back down to the floor. The floor is gridded off into sections where coats are laid out, animated by the pounding sound of human heartbeats. Visitors have the opportunity to contribute their heartbeats to the piece […]
Christian Boltanski has been invited to present an installation for Monumenta the annual exhibition at Paris’ Grand Palais. Personnes is an exhibition that discusses society, religion, and humanity, in the notions of destiny, death, memory, and chance.
The Lever House building at 54th + Park Ave is a brilliant example of corporate art in the public sphere. With Tom Sachs Hello Kitty sculptures out doors, the lastest exhibition, a black and white ceiling to floor Barbara Kruger installation titled Between Being Born and Dying. As high as 17 feet tall, Kruger uses striking Helvetica type to cover the entirty of the floors windows and walls, interior and exterior of the Lever Building. Curated by Richard Marshall, the […]
Since its inauguration 1983, strange and wonderful things have been growing in Toronto’s Sculpture Garden. The current exhibition is a giant mushroom, of which the interior serves as the artist Katie Bethune-Leaman’s studio space. Mushroom Studio, is a vague reference to the phenomenon-tradition of towns construct emblematic objects as tourist attractions (yeah…. we all have photos of the Big Apple off the 401West bound), which was recently parodied in beer commercial.
Director of Artists Space New York, Benjamin Weil and French fashion house Hermes, pair up in launching HBox, which was on view at Paris’ Centre Pompidou and will travel throughout Europe. In the Hbox, are presented video works by artists from various cultural backgrounds, discussing those exact issues, cultural diversity. Alice Anderson, Yael Bartana, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Dora Garcia, Judith Kurtag, Valerie Mrejen, and Su-Mei Tse. After Chanel and Hermes, do we see a future collaboration in fashion houses superseding […]
Everyone is excited about Chanel Contemporary art Container by Zaha Hadid. Its mobile art looks like a spaceship, and houses artworks by Nobuyoshi Araki, the Russian Collective Blue, Sophie Calle, Jean Cocteau, Lipchitz and Diaghilev. Designed by the hot architect of the moment Zaha Hadid, it is inspired by the “mattlasse” quilting of the iconic madamoiselle chanel bag. First landing in Star Ferry Car Park in central Hong Kong, and then travelling around the world.
Daniel Buren ‘s black and white marble columns were installed in the Cours de Palais Royale in 1986. C’est beau. A dominant theme in his works, a dialogue between the art in the museum confines and out, a modernized mirror of the columns and arcades which surround the works. In 1986 when the work was comissioned for the space, as typical French tradition, it created a scandal, modern art’s place within the cours behind the Comedie Francaise. Now, 2008 the […]
The Grand Palais is stunning, the domed ceiling and the intensity of the day light adds a quality to everything it houses. So stunning and immence as Kiefer’s Sternenfall. The combination of the architectural structures and the housed spaces with walls filled from top to bottom with paintings is exemplified by the title of this series Monumenta. Anselm Kiefer was inspired by the poetry of Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann whose writings reflect on the horrors and sentiments oaround Auschwitz […]