The Broad is an incredible art museum founded by wealthy philanthropist Eli Broad. The building is spectacular, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Admission is free, so it is absolutely necessary to reserve a ticket weeks in advance because the standby line moves very slowly (see for yourself on their StandbyLine Twitter feed). The collection is presented almost like an encyclopedic narration of the best works by the most relevant artists. Rooms are dedicated to great contemporary masters like Robert Rauschenberg, […]
This exhaustive exhibition of Doug Aitken’s multichannel, audio, video, and sculptural works is a spectacular presentation of his unique immersive approach. Visitors are greeted into the exhibition by a large circular partition titled Song 1, originally created to be projected on to the rounded facade of Washington DC’s Hirschhorn Museum. The soundtrack is the 1930s song by The Flamingos ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ and visually is a series of cinematic moments of people singing the song in different contexts. Dreamy, smooth, […]
Franz Erhard Walther’s sculptural work at The Powerplant explores the relationship of the viewer, their body, space, and the intimacy of interactions between. The room is piled with 58 precisely folded packages of cotton fabric. The sculptures only materialize once ‘activated’ by the viewers. There is a meditative quality to the unrolling / folding of the fabric. Once activated and inside the material you feel enveloped in a strange sense of quiet and focus of the intimate space you are occupying.
The permanent collection is home to a trove of powerful works of art that engage you physically within this massive space in the presence of encompassing works. Work by Louise Bourgeois, Sol Lewitt, Fred Sandback, On Kawara, Robert Smithson, John Chamberlain, Michael Heizer and more.
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 […]
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is a remarkable space and it is such a pleasure to see curatorial dedication to local artists. Just behind the museum is Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, a replica of the home in the Detroit suburbs where Mike Kelley grew up. Mobile Homestead hosts artists to interpret the interior in temporary installations and create a dialogue about community, private and public space, and the American dream. Carlos Rolon created a hilariously fun, shag carpeted, macramé wall hanging […]
The Design Museum of Holon is easily accessible and worth a visit, as it just a quick bus ride away from central Tel Aviv. Just the experience of entering the hollow central courtyard then flowing up the ramp, and feeling the gentle warmth radiating off the building as you enter the main exhibition hall is really special, and slightly reminiscent of being in a Richard Serra sculpture. Jamie Hayon’s work filled both gallery spaces, bringing forward an exhaustive collection of his glassware, […]
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an expansive compound comprised of three buildings. The Herta and Paul Amir building is a modern angular building designed by architect Preston Scott Cohen. Once inside the stairways and halls give way to multiple levels of light filled gallery spaces. The museum programming supports a perfect balance of Israeli artists as well as internationally renowned arts. The portrait show on view gave an interesting variety of traditional portraiture like Pinchas Litvinosky from early 1920s, to more […]
I have dreamed of visiting The Hirschorn for many many years, and when I finally arrived with great pleasure to see this work by Shana Lutker. At The Hub of Things brought together the best work from the Hirschorn permanent collection, marvellously curated the donut shaped building.
Sounds, lights, noise and film, Philippe Parreno fills the Park Avenue Armory with a visceral experience. At different stages the lights would dim, certain sculptures would flash, others would chime. The piano keys would magically move and dance on their own with no music to accompany the phantom performer.
To mark the demolition of Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar factory, Kara Walker built a giant sphinx-like sculpture from sugar, surrounded by little childlike melting candied figures. The impact came from not only the sheer size of the sculpture, but how it filled the dark hollowed abandoned space with radiating glow. There is a very clear narrative of the labourers working the sugar cane fields, the factory workers that refined the sugar, and the irony of the grueling work to produce such a […]
It’s always a good thing when your outfit matches the artwork. Not quite as chic as PariDust Fashion-Meets-Art Instagram, but diving on these acid washed denim cushions was as much fun as it looks. Korakrit Arunanondchai installation repurposes denim as a discourse between history, current times, appropriation of western culture and Thai youth culture.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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!
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 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 […]
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 brilliantly curated Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the Collection, contextualizes works from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago permanent collection with thematics of the great assemblage sculptor Joseph Cornell. Cornell’s body of work is characterized by the found objects he installed in little simple boxes which evoke nostalgia, memory, and time. Divided into chapters, each room’s theme juxtaposed contemporary works with themes that mirrored Cornell’s undercurrents. Highlights included Feathered Fantasies which paired works by Nick Cave, The Voyeur which […]
MoMA PopRally presented a three night performance featuring the collective SSION at MoMA PS1. Performing songs from their new album Bent, the absurdest spectacle combined fantastic video backdrops, costumes, and props. The thematic content hysterically touched on subjects on feminism, a few classic grunge rock covers, dieting and purgatory. SSION is a group collective lead by front man Cody Critcheloe, and an entourage of drag queens, performance artists, and musicians that to likes of Huizenga, Alexis Blair Penney, Colin Self, […]
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 […]
Charles LeDray installation titled workworkworkworkwork recreates a thrift store sorting facility and sales floor at a shrunken scale. The awkward perspective sets the viewer above the ceiling. This all encompassing eerie field of view makes the objects seem not like children or doll clothes but a sad real life Gulliver’s Travels. The remarkable part is that each piece of clothing is meticulously hand sewn, and each artifact from the garment bags to the hangers are all hand crafted.
Street art and grafitti has proliferated in Australia with support of the arts councils and city support, especially in Melbourne.A spectacular presentation of Australia’s street arts showcased at the Space Invaders show at the National Gallery of Art in Canberra.
Is Only the Mind Allowed to Wander from the Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition looks at ways artists have approached the human body as a site in which identity is shaped and a register of our inescapable progression toward mortality. Featered are works by Larry Fink, Liz Magor, Mina Totino, Patrick Traer and Theodore Wan, among others.