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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
This remarkable retrospective of American conceptual artist John Baldessari spans the diversity and evolution of his career in a poignantly well curated show. In 1970, for Baldessari’s Creamation Project, he incinerated all his works created before 1966. It was great to see a few of the surviving pieces in this show.Spanning all his major thematic movements, including my favorites, the photocompositions like Kiss/Panic and the red dot series. As well as some of his video works:
MOVE! was a two-day event at PS1 where fashion and art merged through the collaboration of designers and artists, organized by V Magazine’s Cecilia Dean and style journalist David Colman Spectacular Olaf Breuning and Cynthia Rowley. Rowley created bespoke denim outfits, and the models had paint poured on them by Breuning. A photographer captured the performative aspect of the pouring and the presentation of the new work of art, while the garment became the unique art object. Conveniently hosted Halloween […]
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is a non collecting museum in scenic Ridgefield Connecticut. The Aldrich is featuring grafitti artist Brian Donnelly a.k.a Kaws first solo museum show. The survey highlights the ambiguity of grafitti art and artist in the museum world. How illegal tagging has risen in the esteem of the establishment and the commodification of art transgressed into the profitablity of merchandise. Featuring original paintings, sculptures in scale from museum large to pocketsized merchandise, Kaws presents pop culture […]
The first integrally comprehensive show of New York based artist Roni Horn, ashow which negotiations perception, memory, passage of time, identity and representation. Often working in pairs and series and the use of water as reflections of identity is Horn a thematic predominant in her work, be it her photographes or her large cut glass sculptures. Still Water, like the River Thames, is a stunning photo series of water underlined by footnotes which give anecdotes and refrences from films and […]
The Whitney present’s Omer Fast’s three part video installation Nostalgia, which combines dark fictitious dramatizations with documentary and futuristic fantasy. Fast also has a concurrent show at Postmasters Gallery in New York.
Miami in New York: Artlog Party at the Chelsea Art Museum was a glam event to celebrate at once Artlog’s launch of “Artlog Live” mobile platform, pre-party for PULSE art fair’s up coming Miami fair, in conjunction with the opening of Jean Miotte: Spirit of Defiance exhibit. Three great parties rolled into one fun night at the Chelsea Art Museum. Looking forward to checking out the Artlog Live at PULSE booth P-03, some kind of navigation come GPS Twitter iPhone […]
A tongue in cheek… rather tongue in wall dialogue about art, society, commodity culture and how we negotiate through this in art and in contemporary life. Going back to Robert Morris’ Mirrored Cubes towards Urs Fischer’s mirrored cubes distorts the scale and the impact of these daily objects, food, and items that surround us.
The name of Ron Arad immediately conjures up pieces such as the Bookworm bookcase (1993) and the Tom Vac chair (1997), but his surprising work goes beyond any easy classification and expresses a free creative spirit working without constrictions or frontiers in design, architecture and the plastic arts. Ron Arad defines himself as belonging to “No discipline”. No Discipline is the title of his current retrospective at MoMA. Seen here at the opening, Arad humour and spirit is posted confidently […]
Sculpture Center Long Island City summer show In Practice features new works. The creepy dank basement of the Sculpture Center at once houses and compliments the artist’s works bringing a sculptural environment to these works. Michael Ashkin’s project consists of a miniaturized model of a fictional urban agglomeration at a scale of 1:128. Built entirely of found cardboard, stretching the length of the central basement tunnel at SculptureCenter the piece emulates a stretch that would extend for two miles and […]
I Kitty Kraus revisited the New Museum Younger Than Jesus and decided that I really like Kitty Kraus Robert Morris-esque sculptures, Mark Essen super old school technology video game (ps boys…. share with others), and water colour video installation by Wojciech Bąkowski.
Younger than Jesus at the New Museum, This exhibition is an excercise in endurance.Featuring fifty artists from 25 countries, all are under the age of 33. This generation has been categorized by sociologists, marketers, and social anthropologists as the iGeneration or Generation Me… a generation distinguished by technology and their consumption patterns. Granted this was the main theme that translated through the show. The New Museum has consistently presented “challenging” shows. There are some elements of in Younger than Jesus […]
The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project, a part of the Generational: Younger than Jesus exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Los Angeles artist Liz Glynn and the help of volunteer artists (including myself and my unsuspecting brother) used found materials to chronolgically reconstruct the Rome. The construction began at 6.30pm April 6 and at 6.30pm April 7 – Rome was destroyed.The only elements remaining are displayed polaroids of the succsive building that took place. Here is the wall […]
The Museum of Modern Art presents Measuring Your Own Grave, a retrospective of South African painter Marlene Dumas. The dark expressive paintings present intimacy in a raw crude way. From the diversity of people, races, expressions, and faces comes naked bent over figures, massive over sized babies, and highlights of colour dotted throughout a predominantly dark show. Dumas is asking questions of gender, identity, race, religion, and sexuality. The viewer is challenged, as indicated by the title, how deeply do […]
New Museum hosts a interesting show discussing inhabitation and our living environment, our constructed surroundings. Mathias Poledna’s Crystal Palace is a stunning 35mm film showing a lush rainforest landscape with gentle rain and winds blowing through the foliage. The intense soundtrack, suggests the physiological experience of abstract and structural film. Contrasting with Agathe Snow decoupage installation Master Bait Me, a cage with blue magnetic balls, surrounded by decoupage of found images, celebrities from magazines. Be(com)ing Dutch at a Distance Blum’s […]
NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith is a stunning sculptural, visual, and olefactory experience discussing ritualism, spiritualism, and artistic production of a great display of talented artists. NeoHooDoo, a phrase coined by the poet Ishmael Reed in 1970, celebrates the practice of rituals, folklore, and spirituality in the Americas beyond the scope of organized religion. The endurance of these centuries-old traditions of magic and healing. Radcliffe Bailey’s sculpture of a ship plunging through a wave of piano key arms. Rebecca […]
P.S.1 is the Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary affiliate. It is really not that far out of the city, it is 3 stops east of the MoMA on the V train.From the exterior it looks like Art Jail, immense concrete walls that box in vast baren courtyards of gravel… you wonder who they are trying to keep out, or what they are trying to keep in.Each room of the interior, including the basement and the stairwells houses artworks.Norwegian artist Borre […]
The Guggenheim got a long deserved facelift, and is now sparkling new!!! theanyspacewhatever is the perfect title for this show. Scattered and not at all cohesive, with areas underconstruction, empty spaces, one space for a work whose only presence was in the audioguide (thank you Philippe Parreno) there was a lot of SPACE and a fair amount of WHATEVER. Overall it was a pleasure to be in the Guggenheim. A not serious, witty, ironic, group of compelling contemporary artists, seemed […]
In Paul McCarthy’s Central Symmetrical Rotation on realized as an installation at the Whitney, uses architecture to create perceptual disorientation in the viewer through spinning mirrors, rotating walls, projections, and altered space. In Bang Bang Room (1992), the space almost seems to come alive as the walls of a free-standing domestic room move slowly in and out, the doors in each wall wildly slamming open and shut. The violent thundering echo of the slamming doors harmonized by the disjunction of […]
Such a pleasure to see an exhibition by David Rokeby, I went to see a lecture given by him when I was a university student at York University.Profiling is an interesting commentary on ‘the war on terrorism’ and the use of technology and survielance videos and photography to create digital profiles. Commenting on privacy and identity. The space with two large screens, one traces ghostly shadows by a camera which registers heat emmisions within the room. This projection is looped […]
Rudolf Stingel an awe inspiring exhibition at the Whitney in New York is a visually tactile experience. Stingel interogates the surface and integrity of painting in several forms, creating an exhibition that at once reflective, velvety, dull, punctured, yet vibrant and constantly radiating. Golden wall paper of a sultry velour like texture prints, mirrored floors, large black sultry portraits titled Portraits of Sam. Soiled carpets for wall paper. Abstract paintings of silver varnish layered on red and white grounds. Aluminum […]