Song Dong’s Waste Not— describes a generation of Chinese people who grew up during the Cultural Revolution with the experience of displacement, poverty and the constant shortage of goods. Exhibited in the atrium of the MoMA in New York, the installation occupied a massive space, and stood as a monument of this period in Chinese history, a record of his mother’s life, as well as a tribute to his father’s death. Exhibited in Vancouver Art Gallery through several rooms, the […]
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:
2010 Commissioning Program and the PowerPlant, showing stunning wallsized woven tapestries of textured smoke and paper, by Pae White titled : Pae White: Material Mutters At the closing of this show, the PowerPlant will undergo a massive re-looking. Including renovations to the physical building interior, refreshing the branding strategy, and online personality. Looking forward to the relaunch March 2011.
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 AGO opened Julian Schnabel: Art and Film in conjunction with the premier of his new film titled Miral at the Toronto International Film Festival. Julian Schnabel is famous for is vibrantly beautiful biographical films Basquiat, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and the one of my most favorite films Before Night Falls. His skill is in capturing the creative energy of his subjects and then building captivating and vivid visual imagery. His masterful cinematography is enhanced by engrossing narratives […]
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 installation features a 30 foot long palm tree, cast in fiberglass and resin, surrounded by 44 glass framed painting compositions. True to Keifer’s pallet of using earth, organic matter, roots, and flowers in his vitrine like paintings, conveying spiritual and mythical territories.
This spectacular David Altmejd installation was featured for Canada at the 2007 Venice Biennale. The assembled spaces are a mix of mirrors, organic and man-made found objects, building towards what Altmejd calls “narative potential” Kelly Richardson is another young emerging Canadian artist working in the theme of man vs. nature technology in her video installation. ArtJetSet saw this piece at Birch Libralato a few years ago, and it was very happy to revisit it at the AGO.
MassMoca, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is an amazing and massive space. Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s project Gravity Is a Force to be Reckoned With, based on Mies van der Rohe’s 50×50 House project.The entire space is inverted, suspended from the ceiling… except a coffee cup and saucer which has come crashing down from the table. The phone rings and a narrative is played from within the glass house. A frustrated couple trying to sort out the story. Guy Ben-Ner: Thursday […]
MassMoca, located in North Adams Massachusetts, opened in 1999 hosting monumental works and performances. Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic – Tree Logic, the art of the piece is not found in its condition at any single point in time, but in the change of the trees over time. Trees are dynamic natural systems, and Tree Logic reveals this dynamism. The familiar, almost iconic shape of the tree in nature is the result of gravitropic and phototropic responses: the tree grows away […]
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 […]
Pulp Fiction at the MOCCA, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi, brings together a group of fourteen artists from across Canada as a means of examining this phenomenon of art practice. Because the work bypasses the space, systems and many of the concerns of Canada’s established institutions, this show developes as an unintelligable dialogue between regional artists with museum standards speaking to a commercial gallery with a strong Canadiana thematic. Little dolls by Jennie O’Keefe. James Kirkpatrick, the talking that influences everything […]
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 […]
Santa Fe, New Mexico has a huge art community featuring predominantly regional – South Western Art. Not just cowboys crossing the mountains, in Santa Fe you can find all kinds of treasures in the over 300 galleries. A must see is Site Santa Fe, a contemporary non-profit non-collecting space. Current show Pretty is as Pretty Does, featuring this enticing wall installation fur and teeth like bubbled through welts and scars in the walls by Ligia Bouton, and stunning embroidered silk […]
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 […]
Visited the Brooklyn Museum, and it is immense! It is a multi experiential space showing traditional American paintings, design of furniture and interiors, jewellery, cultural artifacts, contemporary art, feminist art, you name it they have a department. The feature exhibits of the moment is The Black List Project, photos by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, portraits of influential African-Americans in contemporary society ranging from musicians, politicians, artists, writers, and activists. Burning Down the House, a feminist art collection. Over fifty feminist artists, housed […]
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 […]
The Art Gallery of Ontario reopens Over a year of renovations the Art Gallery of Ontario reopens post Gehry facelift. The exhibitions feature all the favorites from the collection that we have missed dearly. Also a very interesting photo exhibition by Edward Burtynsky documenting the stages of the renovation process. Not to far away is the other recent monumental facelift, at the Royal Ontario Museum.
The PowerPlant summer show titled Not Quite How I Remembered It, was a humorous show with depth. Featuring various artists and media, from sculpture to video, the two I liked the most were Sharon Hayes and Dario Ribleto. Hayes slide projector on the wall flashing photos of her holding picket signs amidst great crowds of people. The slogans were not so much protesting, but rather ubiquitus statements. Ribelto hung from the ceiling a mobile of little airplanes made from candy […]
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 […]
The Musee de l’Art Contemporaine held a superstar show of THE hottest Quebecois artists on the bloque!! Favorites were Michael Merrill whose small paintings about art and the places where they are exhibited. Working from photographs he has taken, Merrill creates small paintings after the works of great modern artists. He uses scale as an intimate form of understanding to construct a survey of personal meaningful events. Michel de Broin who creates in toying with paradox by inviting competing references […]
Yes, we loved Prenez Soin de Vous at the Venice Biennale, we loved it when it followed us to the Bibliotheque National in Paris, and we love it even more that its being exhibited at the DHC in Montreal. The DHC/ART Foundation is a contemporary art centre in a beautiful historic building in charming Old Montreal. The space is nice, the exhibitions are compelling, entrance is FREE, the only disaster is their website…. WARNING – the DHC website will cause […]
Since Richard Prince’s VERY successful collaboration with Louis Vuitton for their S/S 2008 collection, it only makes sense that his art works are exhibited not only in the Vuitton boutique windows but also in great art galleries like The Serpentine one in London.
The MOCCA‘s Contact exhibition titled From the Epic to the Everyday is a panoramic dialogue that stretchs accross the world, through different periods, themes, and cultures, discussing their unique identity through image. From Robert Burley’s documentary photos of the destruction of Kodak Park, Nan Goldin’s hauntingly intimate portraits, Luc Delahaye’s disaster scapes. A phenominal contrast between the redundantly ironic Martin Parr who exhibits middle class England at its worst to Bert Teunissen who photographed elderly couples in their homes, granting […]
Finally went to the Centre Culturel Suisse, in the heart of the marais, its a space dedicated to art culture and performance with lots of interestings thing happening all the time. I saw a disaster sculpture show, looks like it was run by toddlers of hardcore folkart enthousiasts!!! horrible horrible scarrrrrry pottery. I LOVED the banana peel sculpture and the snowman. Naive but it says something about temporality, banal jokes, and banana/carrot/ mmmmmm smoothie!!! I’m hungry, and I LOVE cake!!! […]
Cellar Door has two phases, ON and OFF. I had had the unfortunate yet sublime pleasure to experience Cellar Door on OFF. The entire of the Palais de Tokyo is assumed by the works of Loris Greaud. There is an industrial garage door, you stand in front of the motion sensor, and the door lifts. Combination of sound and light installations, I’m sure its spectacular when ON. The dark forest felt straight out of Tim Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas. Paintings […]