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20130619192203-marino_auriti Notes on ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’. A Venetian tour through the Biennale   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kasper Akhøj, Victor Alimpiev, Ellen Altfest, Pawel Althamer, Levi Fisher Ames, Yuri Ancarani, Carl Andre, Uri Aran, Yüksel Arslan, Ed Atkins, Marino Auriti, Enrico Baj, Nikolay Bakharev, Miroslaw Balka, Phyllida Barlow, Morton Bartlett, Gianfranco Baruchello, Hans Bellmer, Neïl Beloufa, Stefan Bertalan, Rossella Biscotti, John Bock, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Geta Bratescu, KP Brehmer, James Lee Byars, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Roger Caillois, Varda Caivano, Vlassis Caniaris, James Castle, Alice Channer, George Condo, Thierry De Cordier, aleister Crowley, Oliver Croy, R. Crumb, Roberto Cuoghi, Enrico David, Jos de Gruyter, Walter de Maria, Tacita Dean, John DeAndrea, Simon Denny, Trisha Donnelly, Jimmie Durham, Oliver Elser, Harun Farocki, Guo Fengyi, Peter Fischli, Aurélien Froment, Phyllis Galembo, Norbert Ghisoland, Yervant Gianikian, Domenico Gnoli, Robert Gober, Tamar Guimarães, João Maria Gusmão, Wade Guyton, Duane Hanson, Frieda Harris, Sharon Hayes, Camille Henrot, Daniel Hesidence, Roger Hiorns, Channa Horwitz, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, René Iché, Hans Josephsohn, Carl Gustav Jung, Bouchra Khalili, Ragnar Kjartansson, Hilma af Klint, Eva Kotátková, Evgenij Kozlov, emma kunz, Maria Lassnig, Mark Leckey, Augustin Lesage, Herbert List, José Antonio Suárez Londoño, Sarah Lucas, Angela Ricci Lucchi, Helen Marten, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum, Steve McQueen, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Marisa Merz, Pierre Molinier, Matthew Monahan, Laurent Montaron, Melvin Moti, Matt Mullican, Ron Nagle, Linda Fregni Nagler, Bruce Nauman, Paulo Nazareth, Albert Oehlen, Shinro Ohtake, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Henrik Olesen, Damián Ortega, John Outterbridge, Pedro Paiva, Marco Paolini, Diego Perrone, Walter Pichler, Otto Piene, Paloma Polo, Eliot Porter, Imran Qureshi, Carol Rama, Charles Ray, James Richards, Achilles G. Rizzoli, Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Pamela Rosenkranz, Dieter Roth, Viviane Sassen, Shinichi Sawada, Hans Schärer, Karl Schenker, Michael Schmidt, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Tino Sehgal, Richard Serra, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Drossos P. Skyllas, Harry Smith, Xul Solar, Christiana Soulou, Eduard Spelterini, Rudolf Steiner, Hito Steyerl, Papa Ibra Tall, Dorothea Tanning, Harald Thys, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, Andra Ursuta, Erik van Lieshout, Stan VanDerBeek, Danh Vo, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, David Weiss, Günter Weseler, Jack Whitten, Cathy Wilkes, Christopher Williams, Kan Xuan, Lin Xue, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Sergey Zarva, Anna Zemánková, Jakub Julian Ziólkowski, Artur Zmijewski at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 6/19/13

That day, the Yellow Emperor showed the poet his palace. They left behind, in long succession, the first terraces on the west which descend, like the steps of an almost measureless amphitheater, to a paradise or garden whose metal mirrors and intricate juniper hedges already prefigured the labyrinth. They lost themselves in it, gaily at first, as if condescending to play a game, but afterwards not without misgiving, for its straight avenues were subject to a curvature, ever so slight, but con... [more]

20110430181349-pm_poster Paul McCarthy - a familiar euphoria   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Paul McCarthy at Charles Riva Collection April 28th, 2011 - October 2nd, 2011
Posted 6/12/11

Paul McCarthy's (1945) career, spanning over forty years of production, can at once be summarized as chaotic, grotesque, and provocative. His work stems from an adolescence in American popular culture saturated with corn syrup, ketchup, and coca cola, childrens' toys and Disney - materials and references which act as sweetened and cheapened metaphors for the very most basic elements of human life: sweat, blood, sex, desire, feces. McCarthy's world -as represented through his work- is cru... [more]

20100929004733-2010-09-17_gasworks_gallery_hydrarchy_53w0488 Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Goldin+Senneby, Laura Horelli, Melanie Jackson, Paul McCarthy, Uriel Orlow, Femmy Otten, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, João Pedro Vale at Gasworks September 18th, 2010 - November 7th, 2010
Posted 10/10/10

      The concept of ‘hydrarchy’ used to “designate two related developments of the late seventeenth century: the organisation of the maritime state from above, and the self-organisation of sailors from below” is complex and manifold, as is the current exhibition at Gasworks. Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea is comprised of a group show, including screenings at Tower 42 in the City, a conference at UCL and a performative talk at London Zoo. The exhibition is layered and loaded from the disco... [more]

20101005011441-mccarthyatlandm4 The Pathetic Art of Paul McCarthy, Part II   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Paul McCarthy at L&M Arts, Los Angeles September 25th, 2010 - November 6th, 2010
Posted 10/5/10

All this said, I get to the L&M show. McCarthy at L&M, perhaps most shockingly, appears pretty tame, and two of the works, Ship and Apple, come across as almost collegial, despite their lumpen masses of rips and tears. Train Mechanical, though graphic with its portraits of W giving it to a group of pigs, comes across, at least to me, as far less disturbing than your average, sincere Disney animatron. But to say that these sculptures are tame, though a criticism, is not a proper crit... [more]

20101005004853-mccarthyatlandm2 The Pathetic Art of Paul McCarthy, Part I   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Paul McCarthy at L&M Arts, Los Angeles September 25th, 2010 - November 6th, 2010
Posted 10/5/10

I wonder if there could be a book length treatment of the pathetic. Books on the abject, sincerity, authenticity, the uncanny, and other elusive descriptors exist, but nothing I can find on the pathetic. You would think it would be fodder for a class warrior Marxist critic who could point to moments of sympathy, pity, and sadness that arise in person of privileged position due to the actions of someone in a low state or lower class, someone overly earnest, overly awkward, someone... [more]

100621_webbanner_640x260px_s Utter Madness   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Franz Ackermann, Paweł Althamer, Heike Aumüller, BARarchitekten, Matti Isan Blind, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Brandlhuber+, Björn Braun, Pavel Büchler, Andreas Bunte, Matthew Burbidge, Nina Canell, Franziska Cordes, Björn Dahlem, Sean Edwards, Martin Fletcher, Saul Fletcher, Karsten Födinger, Heiner Franzen, Mathew Hale, Raimund Harmstorf, John Hejduk, Gregor Hildebrandt, Anuschka Hoevener, Vinyl Terror & Horror, Sergej Jensen, Stefan Kern, Martin Kippenberger, Harald Klingelhöller, FAT KOEHL, Lachenmann, Ludwig Leo, Sergio Leone, Klara Lidén, Adrian Lohmüller, Lone Haugaard Madsen, Paul McCarthy, Sandra Meisel, Isa Melsheimer, Meuser, Matt Mullican, Ascan Pinckernelle, Julian Rosefeldt, Jane Russell, Michael Sailstorfer, Albrecht Schäfer, Christoph Schlingensief, Armand Schulthess, Andreas Slominski, Discoteca Flaming Star, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Sven Temper, Rirkrit Tiravanija, And Also The Trees, Kara Uzelman, Edgar Varèse, Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, JOHANNES WALD, Franz West, Ingrid Wiener, Iannis Xenakis, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Heimo Zobernig at Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin July 2nd, 2010 - August 31st, 2010
Posted 8/10/10

For FischGrätenMelkStand – the final project at Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin – the artist John Bock has developed a masterful meta-structure within which he installs works by 63 artists. An eleven-meter-tall walk-in steel construction creates a range of spatial situations over four levels, linking the individual works into a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk, or total artwork. Unlike the classic white cube, this scenario offers the works on show anything but a neutral setting. Within a structure t... [more]

Maurizio-cattelan-untitled-opera-per-la-xiv-biennale-internazionale-di-scultura-di-carrara-ph Another Biennale? This time in marble...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nevin Aladağ, Carl Andre, Libero Andreotti, Asymptote, Vanessa Beecroft, Huma Bhabha, Rossella Biscotti, Leonardo Bistolfi, Monica Bonvicini, Carlos Bunga, Aldo Buttini, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Valentin Carron, Maurizio Cattelan, Marcelo Cidade, Nemanja Cvijanović, Arturo Dazzi, Sam Durant, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Norman Foster, Yona Friedman, Massimiliano Fuksas, Cyprien Gaillard, Frank Gehry, Antony Gormley, Cai Guo-Qiang, Zaha Hadid, Thomas Houseago, Liu Jianhua, Grigor Kepinov, Daniel Knorr, Terence Koh, Grzegorz Kowalski, Daniel Libeskind, Wu Maoquan, Arturo Martini, Paul McCarthy, Fausto Melotti, Ohad Meromi, Gustav Metzger, MVRDV, Deimantas Narkevicius, Kristina Norman, Jean Nouvel, Yerbossyn Meldibekov and Nurbossyn Oris, Damián Ortega, Santiago Sierra, Alina Szapocznikow, Dymitr Szwarc, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kevin van Braak, Bogulov Veniamin, Ingal Vladimir, Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev, Gillian Wearing, Adolfo Wildt, Artur Żmijewski, Zorka Wollny     at INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE BIENNALE OF CARRARA July 26th, 2010 - October 31st, 2010
Posted 7/6/10

Monuments represent power and are generally speaking stand-ins for national identity; in a word, they are authoritarian. Monuments-as-objects have had their sense and meaning radically changed with an array of failure and crises across the modern historical and political panorama. We are presently plagued with the decay of monuments, a de-monumentalization of symbols and historical icons often replaced by other varieties, less governmental, more icon: TV personalities, general phemera and the omni... [more]

Da3 Crash: Homage to J.G.Ballard   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, JG Ballard, Hans Bellmer, Glenn Brown, Chris Burden, Jake & Dinos Chapman, John Currin, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Paul Delvaux, Cerith Wyn Evans, Cyprien Gaillard, Douglas Gordon, Loris Gréaud, Richard Hamilton, Roger Hiorns, Damien Hirst, Dan Holdsworth, Carsten Höller, Edward Hopper, Allen Jones, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Vera Lutter, Florian Maier-Aichen, Paul McCarthy, Adam McEwen, Dan Mitchell, Malcolm Morley, Mike Nelson, Helmut Newton, Cady Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, Steven Parrino, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, George Shaw, Cindy Sherman, John Hilliard and Jemima Stehli, Piotr Uklański, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, Christopher Williams, Jane and Louise Wilson, Christopher Wool at Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street February 11th, 2010 - April 1st, 2010
Posted 3/14/10

‘The choreography of mediatised reality’   --Will Self, ‘The Bounds of Inner Space’ Gagosian Gallery Catalogue 2010 We are not living in the real world, but merely exist in a virtual dimension, held like flies in aspic by shifting screens and filters which drip feed sensations of experience: violence, pleasure, the monstrous, the curious. These filters are precisely created episodes of a world theatre, a continuous and totally involving soap opera. ‘CRASH: Homage to... [more]

Anderson Scandalous! Subversive! Transgressive!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marina Abramovic, Jose Alvarez, Susan Anderson, L.C. Armstrong, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Andy Avini, Natalia Benedetti, Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Isaac Brest, Nancy Brooks, Brody Carolyn Carr, Michael Combs, Will Cotton, Heather Cox, Martin Creed, E.V. Day, Peter Dayton, Stephen Dean, Yandin DeFay, Wim Delvoye, Jonny Detiger, Michele Oka Doner, Louise Erhard, Phillip Estlund, Margaret Evangeline, Alesha Fiandaca, Arlene Florence, Dana Funaro, Doyle Hancock, David Haxton, Mary Heilmann, Lee Hovnanian, Airan Kang, Marina Karella, Deborah Kass, Richard Klein, Kinke Kooi, Lee Krasner, Jason Kraus, Sang Kyoon, Rachel Lachowicz, Cary Leibowitz, Zane Lewis, Tim Liddy, Dylan Lynch, Burton Machen, Helen Marden, Will Ryman Martin, Paul McCarthy, John McCracken, Patrick McMullan, Jason Middlebrook, Christopher Milne, Marilyn Minter, Maynard Monrow, Takashi Murakami, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe Nelson, Ruby Neri, Saar Noh, Jen O'Malley, Vincent Olinet, Camilo Ontiveros, William Pagano, Kembra Pfahler, Jack Pierson, Randy Polumbo, Nir Hod Rachel, Pipilotti Rist, Kathy Rudin, David Schafer, Frank Selby, Bruce Sherman, Hunt Slonem, Spinski Steven & William George Stoll, Kirsten Stoltmann, Hallonquist Trenton, Juan Usle, John Sonsini Victor, Bob Wade, Debora Warner, John Waters, Rob Wynne, Liu Ye at Gavlak February 13th, 2010 - April 4th, 2010
Posted 3/11/10

        Of course nobody’s shocked anymore. Well…maybe a few of the oldest of Old Guard Palm Beachers. Worth Avenue, their Via Condotti-like turf has suffered some bone-chilling temperatures recently, and then there are those stock market reversals. If that’s not shock enough, along comes the Gavlak Gallery to heat things all the way up to sizzling with Think Pink, a new show curated by formidable New York collector, curator and art-party hostess, Beth Rudin DeWoody. Sarah Gavlak, a Style Sectio... [more]

Mccarthybgpiggies McCarthy's Mob   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Paul McCarthy at Botanische Tuinen, Fort Hoofddijk July 4th, 2009 - September 13th, 2009
Posted 8/8/09

  Something is afloat this summer in Universiteit Utrecht’s Botanical Gardens. I first became aware of Utrecht’s bloated visitors the day my partner returned from the University where he works atop the city’s tallest building and announced excitedly: “There are giant inflatable penises in the field outside my window!” These phallic ephemera were, in fact, not penises but butt plugs – one black and erect like a sleek totem pole or space ship, the other flesh-colored and hoisted 24.5 meters (80 feet) in the air by a garden gnom... [more]

411_927258001218480905 Artist Books   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, Lars Arrhenius, Darren Bader, John Baldessari, Lothar Baumgarten, IAIN BAXTER&, Thomas Bayrle, Larry Bell, Dara Birnbaum, Marcel Broodthaers, Fernando Bryce, Luca Buvoli, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Merlin Carpenter, Matthew Chambers, Shaoxiong Chen, Larry Clark, Sean Dack, Hanne Darboven, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Marcel Dzama, Yara El-Sherbini, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Neil Farber, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robbert Flick, Tom Friedman, Liam Gillick, Pamela Golden, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Ann Hamilton, Robert Heinecken, Arno Hintjens, Patrick Hoet, Dennis Hollingsworth, Rebecca Horn, David Horvitz, Adam Janes, Brian Kennon, Robbie Kinberg, Edwin Klein, Alison Knowles, Jutta Koether, Harmony Korine, Barbara Kruger, Brendan Lott, Nick Lowe, Euan Macdonald, Christian Marclay, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Monahan, Robert Morris, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Jorge Pardo, A. R. Penck, Asher Penn, Raymond Pettibon, Tom Phillips, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Michael S. Riedel, Pipilotti Rist, Dieter Roth, Francesc Ruiz, Raul Ruiz, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Peter Schmidt, Lara Schnitger, Jim Shaw, David Shrigley, Jorge Simes, Michael Snow, Haim Steinbach, Telfer Stokes, Calvin Sumsion, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Richard Tuttle, Jan Voss, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, David Weiss, Fischli & Weiss, Benjamin Weissman, Pae White, Christopher Williams, Bobbi Woods, Christopher Wool at MOCA Pacific Design Center October 19th, 2008 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 1/5/09

  MOCA at the Pacific Design Center currently has an exhibition of artist books.  Unfortunately the books are under glass vitrines, but you CAN watch the pages turn through MOCA's website at: http://www.moca.org/openbook/sequences.php - a virtual read. The exhibition features books by Sigmar Polke, Keith Haring, Olafur Eliasson, Michael Snow, Ray Johnson, Andy Warhol, Hans-Peter Feldman, Paul McCarthy/Jason Rhoades and more.   This exhibition does point out the issue with showing artist books.  O... [more]

Schmid Second Time Around – One Curator’s Year Regurgitated   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Genpei Akasegawa, Ron Amstutz, David Askevold, Robert Beck, Nayland Blake, Thomas Chimes, Loren Connors, Liz Craft, Jaime Davidovich, Michaela Eichwald, Richard Foreman, Robert Grenier, K8 Hardy, Matt Hoyt, Alex Hubbard, Gareth James, Rolf Julius, AKIRA KANAYAMA, Mike Kelley, Kate Manheim, Paul McCarthy, Dave Miko, Masaya Nakahara, R. H. Quaytman, Hannes Schmid, Olivia Shao, Food Shop, Michael Smith, Tom Thayer, Lee Williams, Martha Wilson, Marian Zazeela at White Columns November 5th, 2008 - December 13th, 2008
Posted 11/9/08

Typically, if one sees work that she/he likes, they are not likely to get a second chance to see such work again for quite some time, since the unspoken rule of our beloved galleries is to avoid anything that is not making its debut. I suspect, for this reason, the non-profit space White Columns inaugurated their Looking Back annual, three years ago. Each installment is selected by a NYC-based curator who gets to round together their favorite works seen about town in institutions, gallery setti... [more]

C-puppet3001x Puppets!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Survival Research Laboratory, Cindy Loehr, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons, Doug Skinner, Kiki Smith, Michael Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Charlie White at Santa Monica Museum of Art May 24th, 2008 - August 9th, 2008
Posted 6/14/08

Puppets, puppetry and the like are often relegated to being an obscure subgenre of the theater or sometimes of the art world but the exhibition, The Puppet Show, currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, points out the fact that puppets frequently infiltrate popular culture and bring along with them issues that loom large like agency, control, miniaturization and manipulation. These issues are explored by a wide range of internationally recognized artists who have created work that i... [more]

Felix Portraits and Mass Culture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yasser Aggour, Jennifer Dalton, Vitaly Komar, Sherrie Levine, Ligorano, Paul McCarthy, Bill Owens, Reese, Muntadas and Reese, Julia Wachtel, Karen Yama at carriage trade February 28th, 2008 - March 30th, 2008
Posted 3/16/08

The Cult of Personality is the inaugural show of the Soho space Carriage Trade, and as such embodies the gallery’s mission to celebrate and contextualize socially engaging work of established and lesser-known artists, while presenting a timely reflection on the state of our culture. This exhibition explores the manner in which public figures are disproportionately deified by mass media. It links the methods the media employs in order to imbue an individual with a sense of authority and relia... [more]

4_hedrick_christmastree_1955_webready Low Slow Life   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Altoon, Bob Arentz, Joseph Beuys, Stan Brakhage, Malcolm W. Browne, John Cage, Bruce Conner, Paul Cotton, Jay DeFeo, Marcel Duchamp, John Heartfield, Wally Hedrick, Mike Henderson, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Allan Kaprow, Yves Klein, Tetsumi Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Mallary, Paul McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, Allan Midgette, Henry Moore, Saburo Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Al Payne, Raivo Puusemp, Kazuo Shiraga, Tony Smith, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Stan VanDerBeek, Irby Walton, Andy Warhol at CCA Wattis Institute February 7th, 2008 - April 12th, 2008
Posted 3/14/08

Low Life Slow Life, an exhibit curated by Paul McCarthy at the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts is billed as showcasing “a wide range of artists and artworks related to memories from McCarthy’s career.” In this sense, the result is very true to its word. Vitrines filled with ephemera from McCarthy’s own collection are scattered throughout the Wattis’s downstairs gallery. Included are record albums by Karlheinz Stockhausen, coffee-table size books on Happeni... [more]

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