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20140616203247-martyrs__earth__air__fire__water_ Offsite and away from the gallery: contemporary art in a cathedral, a National Trust home and a university   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bill Viola at St Paul's Cathedral June 1st - June 1st, 2015
Posted 6/16/14

White box art galleries are strange places for the uninitiated. Work is denied any visual context other than other artworks. People tend to talk quietly, if at all. Their interiors bear no relation to the world outside their doors. Brian O’Doherty discussed this problem in the 1970s in his book Inside The White Cube: “In this context a standing ashtray becomes an almost sacred object”. Galleries have in the past few years introduced more "offsite" exhibitions to tackle this, but the n... [more]

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Bill Viola at Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) December 5th, 2012 - March 3rd, 2013
Posted 3/12/13

Bill Viola’s “Liber Insularum” is, in a word, powerful.  It brings to mind the transcendental power of Ann Hamilton’s recent Park Avenue Armory show, “The Event of a Thread,” where billowy white curtains coupled with pulley supported swings worked in concert with the monotonous readings of philosophical and spiritual prose.  Here, instead of integrating the viewer into a strange world created through participatory installation, Viola uses digital media as a tool to directly communicate with and ev... [more]

20110503033934-20100904012201-wl On the “Attempt”   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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SOON 3, Eleanor Antin, Rea Baldridge, Olaf Breuning, Chris Burden, Peter d'Agostino, Jaime Davidovich, Douglas Davis, T. R. Uthco & Ant Farm, Paul Forte, Terry Fox, Chip Lord & Phil Garner, Luis Felipe Ortega & Daniel Guzman, Lynn Hershman, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kersels, Paul & Marlene Kos, Noah Krell, Joel Kyack, Stephen Laub, Whitney Lynn, Tom Marioni, Raul Marroquin, Ricardo Rivera, Bonnie Sherk, Barbara Smith, Pierrick Sorin, Mario Garcia Torres, Bill Viola at CCA Wattis Institute April 21st, 2011 - July 2nd, 2011
Posted 5/3/11

I’ve been ruminating about the “attempt.” I’ve been rolling the word and a few of its meanings over in my mind these last days. (Some joke could be inserted here about “attempts to understand attempt,” I’ll let you come up with your own.) In all this cogitation, the word thankfully did not dissolve into meaninglessness (as some words do when you repeat them too many times—spoon… spoon… spoon… spoon… spoon?), instead it gained a new kind of significance for me. The impetus for this rumination on the word began du... [more]

Avedon_monks REVIEW: Peace Initiative at Frost   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Chuck Close, Michele Oka Doner, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum October 9th, 2009 - January 10th, 2010
Posted 11/15/09

In this diverse exhibit, art is being used as a tool for social change with the difficult task of motivating people to pursue peace in their lives using the Dalai Lama as example.  This is no easy undertaking when one considers just some of the reasons we devise to be combative, heavy topics such as territory, religion, race, class division, and gender. In The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, 45 artists reflect His Holiness’ pacific message. Upon entering the Frost Museum... [more]

Hov_mythologies_031_2 You Are What You Keep   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Carlos Amorales, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Tony Cragg, Damien Hirst, Nicholas Hlobo, Emilia Kabakov, Ilya Kabakov, Cai Guo Qiang, Jamie Shovlin, Kiki Smith, Keith Tyson, Bill Viola at Haunch of Venison March 12th, 2009 - April 25th, 2009
Posted 3/28/09

      Haunch of Venison’s first show at Burlington Gardens is a spectacular one—not only for the chance to check out the gallery’s new digs—but for the chance to experience contemporary art through an anthropological eye. It is a group show of epic proportions, featuring eleven themed rooms and works in almost every nook and cranny of the building—in the entrance hall, on the landing and even hanging from the ceiling above the double staircase.     It is in the tradition of collectors l... [more]

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Lyn Blumenthal, Natalie Bookchin, Mark Boulos, Juan Downey, Regina José Galindo, Antonio Muntadas, Pablo Pijnappel, Marshall Reese, Michael Smith, Bill Viola, Artur Zmijewski at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) December 9th, 2008 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 12/16/08

There are not alot of galleries willing to devote this much time and space to ethereal, yet grounded video work.  While most galleries are trying to peddle blue chip secondary sales, or touting the freshest of the undiscovered; LACE puts up the work.  It is great to experience an artists visual product in this urban oasis of space; on just the other side of the wall lives the insanity that is LA/ Hollywood Blvd.  This is the art experience many people look for in museums and galleries, but rarely fi... [more]

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