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20130519032530-299259_10151360879612951_1310282937_n A Landscape After the Storm   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Dan Flavin at Norton Simon Museum March 6th, 2013 - August 19th, 2013
Posted 5/19/13

John Coplans’ essay, “Pasadena’s Collapse and the Simon Takeover: Diary of Disaster” written for Artforum in 1975, unravels the mirages and problems that the Pasadena Art Museum faced before being essentially purchased by ketchup mogul Norton Simon. Architects Lad + Kelsey's plan rode over the balance of architecture and beneficial exhibition space for their own design vision. The new building and location opened in late 1969 with a chaotic flurry of anticipation from the staff and artists, a re... [more]

20120701083337-_ Minimal Myth   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ben Akkerman, Carl Andre, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Larry Bell, Mel Bochner, Nicola Carrino, Marieta Chirulescu, CHRIS CORNISH, ad dekkers, Ger Van Elk, Dan Flavin, Lydia Gifford, Raphael Hefti, Martijn Hendriks, Nathan Hylden, Donald Judd, NICHOLAS KNIGHT, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, François Morellet, Robert Morris, Marc Nagtzaam, Kenneth Noland, Nick Oberthaler, Tomas Rajlich, Kilian Rüthemann, Jan Schoonhoven, Monika Sosnowska, Peter Struycken, Oscar Tuazon, Giuseppe Uncini, Ned Vena at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen June 2nd, 2012 - September 16th, 2012
Posted 7/1/12

Minimal art is to art what art is to things at large. Respected, but somehow standing out as a little too elitist, an easy way in the complexity of a larger universe. After the first round of sixties minimalism has been fully incorporated by institutions all over the world, even somebody who appreciates abstraction and is privy to art history might be caught frowning upon an industrially-manufactured monochromatic cube. Tackling minimal aesthetics today requires a little more sophistication than the faux n... [more]

20120417084117-bruce Illuminating   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Adel Abdessemed, Saâdane Afif, Jean-Michel Alberola, He An, Stephen Antonakos, John Armleder, Fiona Banner, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Pierre Bismuth, Monica Bonvicini, Nathalie Brevet, Stefan Brüggemann, Marie José Burki, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Hsia-Fei Chang, Chryssa, Stéphane Dafflon, Cédric Delsaux, Frédéric Develay, Carlos Cruz Diez, Laddie John Dill, Tracey Emin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Daniel Firman, Dan Flavin, Sylvie Fleury, Claire Fontaine, Lucio Fontana, Michel François, Kendell Geers, Gun Gordillo, Douglas Gordon, Laurent Grasso, Jeppe Hein, Bethan Huws, Alfredo Jaar, Anne Marie Jugnet, Jeff Koons, Gyula Kosice, Joseph Kosuth, Piotr Kowalski, Brigitte Kowanz, David Kramer, Sigalit Landau, Bertrand Lavier, Thomas Lélu, Claude Lévêque, Glenn Ligon, Jill Magid, Pierre Malphettes, Xavier Mary, Adam McEwen, Tse Su Mei, Mathieu Mercier, Mario Merz, Eric Michel, Jonathan Monk, Francois Morellet, Thomas Mulcaire, Maurizio Nannucci, Bruce Nauman, Ivan Navarro, Melik Ohanian, Fritz Panzer, Laurent Pernot, Mai-Thu Perret, Martial Raysse, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Delphine Reist, Jason Rhoades, Hughes Rochette, Sarkis, Franck Scurti, Frank Scurti, Alain Séchas, Miri Segal, Keith Sonnier, Vassiliki Tsekoura, jan van munster, Alan Suicide Vega, Giancarlo Zen at La Maison Rouge February 17th, 2012 - May 20th, 2012
Posted 4/17/12

On the face of it, this exhibition, Néon. Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue? is just plain fun. With the Maison Rouge all lit up in different colored neon lights, both industrially produced and hand-crafted  tubes bringing the walls to life, inviting us to walk into spaces saturated in impossible colors. A visit to Néon is ostensibly a joyful, light way to spend an afternoon. Then as we quickly realize, neon has more to it than meets the eye. Neon lights may look pretty, but they are... [more]

20110321212143-abstract-irwin Abstraction Also Sometimes Means Dealing in Ideas   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Carl Andre, Eleanor Antin, Rudolf de Crignis, Jay DeFeo, Jim Drain, Chris Duncan, Dan Flavin, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Suzan Frecon, Kori Gerard, Adolph Gottlieb, Daniel Higgs, Robert Irwin, Xylor Jane, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Lee Mullican, Ron Nagle, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Kyle Ranson, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Rosie Lee Tompkins at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive February 16th, 2011 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 3/21/11

Thumbing through my dog-eared dictionary (site of too many tongue-tied beginnings), abstraction is firstly a “duality of dealing with ideas rather than events” and secondly, probably in some ways more accurately for our purposes, “freedom from representational qualities in art.” Just like “modern” gets handily replaced by “contemporary” even if they sort of mean the same thing, “abstraction” gets knocked out by “conceptualism,” even if, through at least one definition, they also mean sort of the s... [more]

Mondrian Thirty Years On   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Brice Marden, Claes Oldenberg, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Antoni Tàpies at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. November 15th, 2009 - May 3rd, 2010
Posted 11/24/09

        MoCA’s current exhibition of its permanent collection proves that the museum isn’t just a vital institution for the city in its relationship to this place and its artists, but also to the history of art. A bold statement to be sure, but when the Centre Pompidou did its landmark exhibition of art in Los Angeles, Birth of an Art Capital, it ended in 1980, just as MoCA was suffering birth pangs and the LA was truly coming into its own. Still a bold proposal, the artists and the comm... [more]

10146600 Open-ended Statements   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joseph Beuys, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd at Walker Art Center May 15th, 2008 - July 12th, 2009
Posted 1/9/09

Having lived in Minnesota until I went to college, I have always known that the Walker Art Center was a good museum; it’s easily accessible from anywhere in the Twin Cities and throughout my life I have been on numerous field trips there.  However, it was only after beginning my professional art career that I came to appreciate the Walker as a great museum, with one of the best contemporary art collections in the country and with an especially good collection of conceptual and minimalist art. The Walker's... [more]

On and Off Art  
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Dan Flavin at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art May 13th, 2007 - August 12th, 2007
Posted 6/16/07

The tragic implications, such as they are, occur to Flavin early on in a meditation concerning wounded Apollinaire, he imagines light poles manifesting an “on and off art” (Flavin at this time is a great abstract painter somewhere between Motherwell and Francis). The first step (always on paper, documented upstairs) is a 45° Constructivist homage to Brancusi in a single yellow (“gold”) neon tube with its bare fixture. The transitional works literally take off from the canvas plane with light bulbs... [more]

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