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20110321075621-ww Places Strange and Quiet   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wim Wenders at Haunch of Venison April 15th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 4/24/11

Wim Wenders’ photographs are like establishing shots: the wide angle images at the beginning of film scenes that locate the action to follow. This is no surprise since they were taken as the filmmaker scouted for locations in countries including Brazil, Japan, Italy, Germany and the US, taking the roads less traveled to seek out the enigmatic, evocative places that haunt these large-scale images. The forty photos, spanning 1983 to 2011, play out over the walls of the Haunch of Veni... [more]

20110301164522-004__3 Art that takes Risks   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gao Brothers at Walsh Gallery March 4th, 2011 - May 7th, 2011
Posted 3/14/11

In the United States, you can make a sculpture of former President George W. Bush’s head atop a phallus without fear of governmental reprisal, as was demonstrated recently at Western Exhibitions.  In the recent Westboro Baptist Church judgment, the United States Supreme Court has ensured that even the most disgusting and worthless acts of free speech are protected.  And if as an artist your freedom of speech and expression is stifled, the art world will not be silent about it, as the recent David... [more]

20110205044701-pomegranates A Long-Expired Bacchanal   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeanne Dunning at Donald Young Gallery February 18th, 2011 - April 9th, 2011
Posted 3/7/11

Since the late 1980s, Chicago photographer and filmmaker Jeanne Dunning has used abstraction and other techniques to transform objects, the body, and food into something deceitfully grotesque, in a style akin to Edward Weston’s famous pepper. In her new work at the Donald Young Gallery, Dunning arranges classical still lifes of ripe fruits and vegetables on dark, rich-looking drapery and then waits, leaving the transformation up to nature, and photographing the decay. The main gallery space is... [more]

20110228233429-joeldean-ss3 Painting within Paintings: Part 1   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joel Dean at Sight School February 11th, 2011 - March 13th, 2011
Posted 2/28/11

I sat down this week with Joel Dean the co-director of Important Projects, an alternative exhibition space run out of his home, to discuss his recent solo exhibition Damn Your Eyes currently on view at Sight School in Oakland. The show is comprised of a series of sculptures and site-specific installations that ultimately function as a single painting.This is Dean’s first solo showing since graduating from SAIC in Chicago and I was interested to hear his thoughts on the installation and a bit about... [more]

20110228230033-joeldean-ss2 Painting within Paintings: Part 2   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joel Dean at Sight School February 11th, 2011 - March 13th, 2011
Posted 2/28/11

Parker Tilghman: In terms of vocabulary, even though your forms seem abstract or arbitrary I definitely see them being used continuously in other paintings as a way to call attention to the space that is being created. Joel Dean: Absolutely. I think another thing that is important is that everything has the show has some sort of narrative. Like the large shapes, X with Friends, for instance just being that sound of an x. Like a stupid reference to text. Or like the A form on the stage, like th... [more]

20110109222517-img_4333-zw Roy Villevoye, The Histories   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Roy Villevoye at Motive Gallery January 15th, 2011 - March 5th, 2011
Posted 1/24/11

At the last Venice Biennale, Elmgreen & Dragset put a bored art collector floating face down in the swimming pool of his fancy house (that is, the Nordic Pavilion at the Giardini). You could tell the guy was dead, but you couldn't get close to see his face. Roy Villevoye's installation at the Motive Gallery, on the contrary, hits you harder. Not only are the two bodies lying on the gallery's floor so close you can touch them (don't, though – hyperrealist art is expensive), but you have... [more]

20110114190905-hortongallery001169 Agitation, Aggression, Compulsion, Regression   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bryan Zanisnik at Horton Gallery - Chelsea January 13th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 1/16/11

Bryan Zanisnik’s latest solo show at Horton Gallery consists of a series of new large-scale C-prints and a five-minute video, which, in short, depict the chaotic inner workings of a crowded consciousness. The photographs show, in brilliant color, various studio installations of collections of objects: clocks, baseball cards, soap bottles, toy cars, greeting cards.  Objects are melted together, tied up, hanging suspended.  In Off Season, a triptych of filing cabinets appear to be in mid-explosion,... [more]

20110114184838-01320110115 Chance/Covert Operations   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Seth Price at Friedrich Petzel Gallery (West 22nd Street) January 7th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 1/16/11

One of the most delightful aspects of Seth Price’s show of new video works at Petzel Gallery is the element of chance.  Unless you’re by yourself in the gallery, the movements of your fellow art viewers dictate your progress through the exhibit.  In Non Speech, Fire & Smoke, each video work is presented as a solo experience and can be viewed by only one person at a time, in separate viewing booths—recalling both the earliest days of cinema at penny arcades and the contemporary condition of solitary int... [more]

20101117161402-001__11 High Modern Candy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Josiah McElheny at Donald Young Gallery November 13th, 2010 - January 28th, 2011
Posted 1/10/11

Candy. Lots and lots of brightly packaged eye candy in infinite planes, forcing comparisons across colored contrasts. McElheny is one of those artists who produces work that can be enjoyed without a background in art, but it’s fun to throw words at it too. Complex-simplicity seems to be his operating system. Light-refracting glass objects are placed in monotone cabinets like so many deco pill bottles, in the respective Czech, Finnish, and Italian Modernism series, 2010. Or perhaps a cityscape of... [more]

20101108083709-lam Lamentations   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rachel Kneebone at White Cube, Hoxton Square November 19th, 2010 - January 22nd, 2011
Posted 12/20/10

White Cube presents a selection of Rachel Kneebone’s new works as a play in two acts: Lamentations, a group of plinth based works on the ground floor, counter positioned against Shields in the first floor gallery. In both parts Kneebone has continued her reworking fragments of human anatomy into compositions in porcelain. Reminiscent of the contortions present in a Hieronymus Bosch painting or a Goya etching the imagery is curiously more uneasy than horrifying. The shock of seeing mu... [more]

20101013125024-00420101014 God is in the Details   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alex Ball, Leah Bradford, James Brooks, Gary Colclough, Tom Cookson, Erica Dorn, James Musgrave, Damien O'Connell, Rose Turner, Emma Wieslander, Miyo Yoshida, Gong Yu at Gallery Primo Alonso October 28th, 2010 - December 5th, 2010
Posted 12/5/10

Now that the snow is thawing and it’s safe to go out onto the streets again, Primo Alonso’s God is in the Details, whose run has been extended for another week, is definitely worth a visit. This small and unpretentious Hackney gallery, set away from the gauntlet that is nearby Vyner Street, has struck gold with this captivating exhibition. Stepping through the door is like walking into a borrower’s version of Narnia. As the name would suggest, it’s art that points to the otherworldlin... [more]

20101121210722-pic_b1 Synthetic by Nature   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ellen Harvey, Jason Middlebrook at DODGE Gallery November 13th, 2010 - December 23rd, 2010
Posted 11/21/10

          They seem like voids, as though a cavity had mysteriously opened to reveal picturesque landscapes dwelling beneath the urban fabric. These minute paintings cohabit the surfaces on various urbanscapes along with anonymous graffiti and random detritus. What can only be called the preciousness of these painstakingly rendered ideal sceneries recall a certain cliché. They might make you think of the idyllic landscapes one is likely to encounter in the gallery of a suburban shopping mall.... [more]

20101116004012-sc13_3 Showcased   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Zarouhie Abdalian, Bill Albertini, Alpha60.com, Emanuele Becheri, Taha Belal, Carlos Bevilacqua, Elisheva Biernoff, David Buuck, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Brandon Walls Olsen, Nicolas  Boulard, Malak  Helmy, Jason  Kalogiros,   Cameron  Kelly,   Juozas  Laivys,   Michelle  Lopez,   George  Maciunas,   Benoît  Maire,   Lauren  Marsden,   Joshua  Martinez,   Nicolas  Matranga,   Giovanni  Oberti,   Mauro  Vignando at SC13 at the San Francisco Antique & Design Mall August 1st, 2010 - December 31st, 2010
Posted 11/16/10

Entering San Francisco Antique & Design Mall is like stepping out of the wardrobe into a land full of haphazardly placed objects and wares, trinkets, tchotchkes, and worlds upon worlds of aged interiors, all of which manage to simultaneously disorient and excite the savvy adventurer. Located a little past Industrial Street and the just-built Lowe’s that is sure to threaten the extant home-building depots and emporiums en route, SFADM is (at best) unconsidered by devotees of con... [more]

20101108065413-lizziescott2377 Lizzie Scott   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lizzie Scott at John Tevis Gallery November 6th, 2010 - December 18th, 2010
Posted 11/8/10

The shapes of the urban landscape are really also those of the countryside, a series of pyramids, ovals, squares that create patterns for our eye to ignore or delight in. Only, generally, the city features manmade rather than the natural vistas most of us like to believe we prefer. Few people actually delight in the way the city landscape shifts. For the bulk of us, a sidewalk is an obstacle course of sifting detours from drains, grates, bumps. Everything gets in the way of our getti... [more]

20101107155338-matthew_day_jackson Death Does Its Part   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Matthew Day Jackson at Peter Blum Gallery- Soho September 17th, 2010 - November 13th, 2010
Posted 11/7/10

From the perspective of the empiricist, it’s not often once finds oneself walking underneath an artwork, neck craned back for an upward gaze, shoulders brushing hulking wooden sculptures. Even in the realm of installation art the narrow corridor isn’t a common spatial creation, but it’s precisely what Matthew Day Jackson evokes in his new large-scale work, The Tomb, at Peter Blum’s Soho Gallery. The Tomb is more than just a passageway; it’s a freestanding sculptural piece large and complex enough... [more]

20101007020034-ds Douglas Sirk   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Urs Fischer at Sadie Coles - New Space October 6th, 2010 - December 11th, 2010
Posted 11/6/10

Adjacent to the festive consumerist glitz of Regent Street, the Sadie Coles gallery is inaugurating a brand new space with an exhibition of Urs Fischer mirror sculptures as dazzling as any designer shop window. Fischer has littered the space with a variety of giant mirrored boxes with views (front, back, sides and top) of everyday objects screen printed onto each side in hyper-real digital detail. Giant cigarette packets, high heeled shoes and oversized chairs dwarf viewers like a Pop... [more]


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