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Blackwells Oh So Swell Blackwell   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/2/10

Blackwell's Organic Gelato and Sorbet On the corner of 20th Street and 10th Avenue is parked a bright green van. It is adorned with a scrolling light and signage that reads Blackwell’s Organic.  It sounds like magic, but of the gastronomical sort. Go to this green van, buy yourself a delicious cone or bowl of healthy, organic gelato (I recommend the yummy coffee flavor!), indulge, and carry on with your gallery-hopping. It will be even better on the hot afternoons that are sure to come ou... [more]

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Jac Leirner at Yvon Lambert Gallery April 15th, 2010 - May 15th, 2010
Posted 5/2/10

Brazilian artist Jac Lernier’s first exhibition at the Yvon Lambert gallery has its visual appeal, but sadly, no tricks or treats inside the sacks.  Clear acrylic shadow boxes encase and display the objects of Lernier’s affection, plastic shopping bags whose branding and logos have all been cut and “squared” away. Despite these “voids,” they still retain their sack handles and vestiges of colors and design. The artist has also lined them with a thin padding, to give them more bulge and pre... [more]

Interview with Tam Tran  
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4/8/10

New York, Apr. 2010: Artslant Senior East Coast Editor Trong Nguyen poses a few questions for Memphis-based artist Tam Tran. Tam is the youngest artist (age 23) in this year's Whitney Biennial, and her photographs tell a whimsical and noire story of someone caught between east, west, and south. Tam Tran, Battle Cry, 2010; Courtesy of the artist Trong Nguyen: Tell us a bit about your work (Raising Hell) that is in the current Whitney Biennial.Tam Tran: Raising Hell started as a simple act of reco... [more]

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Fabián Burgos, Verónica Di Toro, Marcolina Dipierro, Lucio Dorr, Silvia Gurfein, Silvana Lacarra, Adriana Minoliti, Martín Di Paola, Karina Peisajovich, Pablo Siquier, Andrés Sobrino at Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery November 14th, 2009 - February 6th, 2010
Posted 12/27/09

In this show curated by Eva Grinstein, formalism and structure are emphasized above all else, continuing the strong tradition of geometric abstraction in Latin America.  One enters Beloved Structure: Argentine Legacy and eyes the survey with economic downturn in mind, as if somehow their inspiration and references to a proven tradition were intended to withstand the present upheaval that has reached global shores.  Despite the historical mooring, most of the work in Beloved Structure is i... [more]

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at Bass Museum of Art October 3rd, 2009 - February 21st, 2010
Posted 12/15/09

        The climate this year at Art Basel Miami Beach definitely brightened up from the previous year, with lots of red dots lifting the spirits of dealers, artists, and collectors alike. There were no shortage of parties, star power, or fairs (19 and counting) piggybacking the annual artworld pilgrimage. Some of the random excitement this year included the private Santigold concert organized by Deitch Projects at the Raleigh Hotel, the wacky seizure of works by U.S. marshals from the Gmu... [more]

Disbeliever_evite TimeOut Chicago Review of Dis/believer By Lauren Weinberg  
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CarianaCarianne, Teresa Diehl, Compassionate Action Enterprises, Kysa Johnson, Marci MacGuffie, Joe Meiser, Trong Gia Nguyen, Industry of the Ordinary, The Glue Society, Joshua Thorson, Sandra Yagi at Glass Curtain Gallery November 19th, 2009 - November 19th, 2009
Posted 12/11/09

Art & Design | Critic's Rating Art review “Dis/Believer” By Lauren Weinberg     Glass Curtain Gallery, through Feb 13.   The Glue Society, God’s Eye View: Moses, 2007. Unless one considers every word of the Bible literally true—including the verse about executing neighbors who work on the Sabbath—we think it should be possible to reconcile science and religion. But Columbia College’s thought-provoking “Dis/Believer: Intersections of Science and Religion in Contemporary Art... [more]

Disbeliever_evite Truthful Enthusiasm by Matthew Cunningham  
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CarianaCarianne, Teresa Diehl, Compassionate Action Enterprises, Kysa Johnson, Marci MacGuffie, Joe Meiser, Trong Gia Nguyen, Industry of the Ordinary, The Glue Society, Joshua Thorson, Sandra Yagi at Glass Curtain Gallery November 19th, 2009 - November 19th, 2009
Posted 12/11/09

http://truthfulenthusiasm.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/disbeliever/   Truthful Enthusiasm Discussing Contemporary Issues through The Arts Home About Review by Matthew Cunningham Dis/Believer November 20, 2009Matthew CunninghamLeave a commentGo to comments I am not a religious man.  My spirituality is a mish-mash of a Catholic upbringing (long atrophied) and a large helping of pop culture spirituality (from Yoga to Oprah).  I guess I am more comfortable placing my fai... [more]

Interview with Will Ryman  
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8/28/09

New York, Sept. 2009:  Trong Gia Nguyen in conversation with Will Ryman, whose second solo exhibition with Marlborough Gallery opens September 10, 2009. A New Beginning is an installation of Ryman's sculptures depicting an oversized New York City garden, filled with roses and trash, experienced from the vantage point of the city's other icky, long-tailed, four-legged residents. Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Gallery Trong Gia Nguyen: There is a strong theatrical connection in your sculpture, and you... [more]

Interview with Christopher Davison  
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7/24/09

New York, July 2009 - Christopher Davison's fantastical paintings and drawings excavate layer upon layer of meaning.  Trong Gia Nguyen chats it up with the Philadelphia-based artist, whose first New York solo show, Tabernacle, at Nicelle Beauchene runs from July 30 - August 29, 2009.   Christopher Davison, Give-A-Talkin' (2009), mixed media on paper; Courtesy of the artist Trong Gia Nguyen:  You tend to be pretty prolific with your work output.  Tell us about the selection for your solo show at Nicelle Beauchene. Was th... [more]

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Posted 7/19/09

Chaperone EFA Project SpaceA Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 323 West 39th Street, 2nd FloorNew York, NY 10018Tel: 212-563-5855 x151 Need something to do Wednesday night? Check out Chaperone, the summer series of films at EFA Project Space. Organized by artist Ian Cooper and the gallery's director Michelle Levy, Chaperone invites a different artist each week to select a film that he or she finds "curious, masterful and compelling."  The artists,  who also make live prese... [more]

Guido_2009 From Here to Eternity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Paweł Althamer, Olivier Babin, Johanna Billing, Maurizio Cattelan, Tacita Dean, Pierre Huyghe, William Kentridge, Lars Laumann, Gabriel Orozco, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Struth, Guido van der Werve, Lawrence Weiner, Artur Zmijewski at Marian Goodman Gallery July 1st, 2009 - August 28th, 2009
Posted 7/19/09

Taking its title from a Lawrence Weiner work, As Long As It Lasts comprises works that contemplate impermanence and mortality, often from a personalized, humanist point of view. There is nothing fussy or overly sophisticated about this one. It talks the talk and walks the walk.  The show opens with Maurizio Cattelan's simple photograph of a pen that has just run out of ink, then proceeds to two poetic films  by William Kentridge and Guido Van der Werve, respectively. The latt... [more]

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John Currin at Andrea Rosen Gallery June 19th, 2009 - August 21st, 2009
Posted 7/19/09

I've always feared that there was a bit of invention lacking in John Currin's paintings. Strictly as a painter, he appears to have slid into that category of well-trained academics who found a niche style, but  a la Norman Rockwell, leans too heavily on the side of illustration. The dialogue on figurative painting ends too abruptly, usually with a pair of whopping nipples.  By contrast, other contemporaries like Dana Shutz and Lisa Yuskavage seem more conversant in the conceptual... [more]

Interview with Lisa Ross  
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5/31/09

New York , May 2009 - Artslant's New York editor, Trong Gia Nguyen, talked with Lisa Ross, about her travel to China and her new work.  Ross' solo exhibition, Unrevealed, is on view at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery (April 16 - June 13, 2009). Trong Gia Nguyen: How did you come upon Xinjiang Uyghur? Lisa Ross: I had been interested in the idea of the walk into the desert and the desert as a site for visionaries. A place that priests and monks had gone for centuries in order to attain visions, seek answers. When I went to C... [more]

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Jacob Hashimoto at Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St. May 23rd, 2009 - June 27th, 2009
Posted 5/24/09

There is a lot to like in Jacob Hashimoto’s latest show at Mary Boone. A first look at the work reveals what appears to be a simple set of geometry at play, with appealing, controlled lines and patterns of colors contained by rectangular boundaries. But one might not call them merely paintings, or sculptures and yet they touch upon these and many other traditions. Using a loom-like network of dowels and strings, Hashimoto creates layer upon layer of tiny, individual collage elements that are framed by small bamboo fram... [more]

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Posted 5/17/09

  The Gutter200 North 14 StreetBrooklyn, NY 11211718-387-3585http://thegutterbrooklyn.com/ Need a cheap and hip place to play a few games of bowling? At this local joint near McCarren Park, the raised floor containing the vintage lanes are situated behind clear glass that separates it from the bar, providing bowling exhibitionists with a stage while making it a perfect people watching experience for the voyeurs.  if more passive than active, the athletically disinclined can always can always ta... [more]

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Jonathan Schipper at The Boiler (Pierogi) May 15th, 2009 - June 28th, 2009
Posted 5/17/09

At Pierogi's new Boiler space in Williamsburg, the dungeony cube is reminiscent of a makeshift, industrial garage one might see in a superhero's secret lair at the movies.  The mad mechanic comes to life with Jonathan Schipper's latest exhibition with the gallery, titled Irreversibility. In the Boiler cave, we see two contraptions by the artist. First is The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle, a head-on collision of two cars  in slow motion that takes place over the course of exhibition.... [more]

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Jonathan VanDyke at HQ Gallery May 8th, 2009 - June 28th, 2009
Posted 5/17/09

Jonathan VanDyke's Gloved Impediment installation at the "boutique" gallery HQ turns the tiny space into a plumbing paint machine.  A canvas drape covers two-thirds of the walls, and protruding at various points are plastic tubes spewing paint that subsequently drip directly against and down on the cloth surface. An unseen irrigation system behind the canvas appears to randomly release liquid paint at varyingly slow but constant rates that color the drape, leaving trails that resemble Crayola fl... [more]

Interview with Mark Woods  
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4/26/09

Artslant's New York City editor Trong G. Nguyen caught up with photographer Mark Woods. They talked about "intimate distance," what one "confides" in photographs, and Mark's most recent solo exhibition, After Analysis, at the Newman Popiashvili Gallery.   Mark Woods, Inside a of Mass MoCA Gallery Window Whose Outside Is Bricked Over, Fuji Crystal Archive UV-Laminated C-print mounted on Sintra, 41 x 51 1/2 inches;  Courtesy the artist and Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York Trong Gia Nguyen: The quality that I am drawn to the most in... [more]

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Posted 4/5/09

La Lunchonette130 10th AvenueNew York, NY 10011(212) 675-0342 The family-owned, romantic La Lunchonette entices with more than just its sweet venison and tarte Tatin. Besides the regular sultry Sunday night chanteuses, there is also the bistro's little window box that is prime property for emerging artists and art-lovers who don't only wine and dine at regular Chelsea galleries.   [more]

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Marepe at Anton Kern Gallery March 26th, 2009 - May 2nd, 2009
Posted 4/5/09

The title of Marepeʼs exhibition Discompleto comes from the wordplay of disco and complete.  The Brazilian artist references the local traditions, customs, activities, and ingredients from his native Salvador de Bahia, re-mixing them into new incarnations.  He refashions common materials and objects like thread, metal pots, vinyl records, and ice cube trays into "funkified" versions that hope to transcend the original. There are nice touches here and there, like Refri, a wall vitrine displaying... [more]

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Matthew Benedict at Alexander and Bonin April 4th, 2009 - May 2nd, 2009
Posted 4/5/09

As with his previous shows, Matthew Benedict tells a crooked tale with his latest Mystery Stories at Alexander and Bonin. Using an illustrative trompe l'oeil technique, his sculptures and paintings delve into apocryphal narratives that find their kin in maritime piracy and  the masonic brotherhoods, with plenty of symbolism to go around. Comprised of only seven paintings (most of them gouache on wood) in this edition, Benedict's brush unearths hidden histories of the familiar.  He depicts somewhat banal scenes such as hunte... [more]

Interview with Scarlett Hooft Graafland  
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2/19/09

Jan. 2009 -  New York City Editor, Trong Gia Nguyen, speaks with New York-Amsterdam based artist Scarlett Hooft Graafland, who has shows up currently at Autocenter Berlin and Michael Hoppen Contemporary (London). Trong Gia Nguyen: You have traveled a lot for your projects. How do you think photography as a medium connects and lends itself to this sense of exploration and "exoticism?"Scarlett Hooft Graafland: At first, it was not my intention to become a photographer. I am trained as a sculptor, wi... [more]

Interview with Tamara Kostianovsky  
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1/11/09

ArtSlant's New York editor, Trong G. Nguyen, speaks with Brooklyn-based artist Tamara Kostianovsky, whose sculptures are currently on view in the imMATERIAL exhibition at Black & White Gallery. Trong Gia Nguyen: You were born in Jerusalem, raised in Buenos Aires, and now reside in New York City.  How does your own migration contribute to your understanding of the current “globalist worldview?” Tamara Kostianovsky, Mitosis (2004), Articles of clothing belonging to the artist, steel, cloth hanger, 15 x 16 x 12 inches; Co... [more]

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Posted 12/8/08

Plum TV Miami Beach     If you thought there were problems in the art world... Taking a break at my hotel room from all the action, I turned the tube on for a few moments of escapism, only to find... The Juice. The Juice is a local cultural and lifestyle program on the Plum channel.   In short, the show is hosted by four pretentious local starf%^^ers, who have as much business discussing taste as Bush did running the presidency, trying to sound hip and smart chatting to equally pretentious... [more]

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Posted 12/8/08

Rather than nitpick what was bad or which works were underwhelming at the fairs, we take a detour to the multiple Miami-based foundations and private collections that were also captivating fare during the fairs. Many of these, including the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Margulies Collection, and Rubell Family Collection re-curated their collections or produced high caliber, topical exhibitions.  At the latter, and though not evident in its title, a show of Thirty Americans highlighted the works of contemporary African... [more]

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Posted 12/8/08

The twenty plus art fairs this year at Art Basel Miami Beach made for sensory overload once again. With their dispersion from South Beach to the mainland, the task of seeing everything was monumental, especially with the notorious extracurricular schedule of functions, brunches, private previews, sunsets and partying that comes along with it. Whether by luck or resignation that sales would be slim and hence, "why not bring better work?", the  general quality level at the fairs were surprisingly... [more]

Interview with Marc Ganzglass  
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12/1/08

Opening during Frieze New York week 2012, Science on the back end, an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth curated, or rather selected, by artist Matthew Day Jackson features Larry Bamburg, Rosy Keyser, Erin Shirreff, Nick van Woert, and Marc Ganzglass. Jackson writes, "During a conversation at his studio, Marc Ganzglass described an object he created to closely resemble a wheel. He said ‘It’s kinda like science on the back end.’ He was being funny but there is always a quiet insightfulness in Marc’s... [more]

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Posted 11/16/08

    Warehouse Wines & Spirits735 BroadwayNew York, NY 10003(212) 982-7770   Between Chelsea and the Lower East Side, there is a great liquor store on Broadway between Astor Place and Waverly in NoHo, where one can pick up a few (or 50 cases) excellent bottles at recession-conscious prices.  The staff are generally of good help, considering the massive selection. Try not to get overwhelmed and thank the gods this isn't prohibition. So many bottles, so little time!   [more]

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Mr. at Lehmann Maupin November 6th, 2008 - February 21st, 2009
Posted 11/16/08

The Japanese artist Mr.'s second solo show at Lehmann Maupin contains photographic work, one large painting, and a film whose title is eponymous with the exhibition's, Nobody Dies.  Well, after seeing the actual show, I may very well wish otherwise. This predictable work from another member of the Murakami clan continues the artist's examination of Japan's Otaku subculture, obsessive males who fetishize cuteness ("kawaii") in the form of technology, manga, sci-fi literature, anime, and video ga... [more]

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Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures November 15th, 2008 - December 20th, 2008
Posted 11/16/08

All artists should be so fortunate as Cindy Sherman. I am not referring to fanfare and blue-chip gallery representation here, but rather the longevity of a distinguished career and her ability to maintain a rigid standard of quality that, though there are certainly  ups and downs in the oeuvre, has produced body after body of work that seemingly hit the right contemporary note.  One can't help but appreciate the professional (yes, that word can be applied to art-making) staging and perfectionis... [more]

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