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20140320130240-aiyr5_for_joel 12 Residencies in 5 Months: One artist's attempt to redefine patronage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/20/14

Liliya Lifanova received her MFA from SAIC in 2010. Following that, she found herself asking a familiar question to many young artists: what next? Nurtured by the inclusive, critical and supportive, art-centered environment of graduate school, her first post-graduation initiative was a take on the practice of residencies. Called Artist in YOUR Residence, the purpose of the project was to explore concepts of modern patronage and bypass the traditional models for a direct relationship between Artist and... [more]

20140318153929-lassnig_woman_laocoon_1976_oil_on_canvas “Infinite Personality”   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Maria Lassnig at MoMA PS1 March 9th - September 7th
Posted 3/18/14

Maria Lassnig’s brushy oil paintings could work as an antidote to the malady of self-consciousness. They are so potently focused on the body—particularly Lassnig’s body—that they pull you completely out of your own head and take you straight into her’s, which is not often a comfortable place to be. The tremendous exhibition of her work at MoMA P.S. 1 spans her seven-decade career and includes a quartet of films and a room of watercolors in addition to the spread of oil p... [more]

20140312053333-gold_panner__60__x_60___oil_on_canvas__2013 A new and sympathetic masculine mythology   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Robin F. Williams at P.P.O.W Gallery February 13th - March 15th
Posted 3/12/14

It’s clear from looking at Robin F. Williams’s recent work at PPOW that the painter has been busy. “Sons of the Pioneers,” her second solo show at the gallery since 2011, consists of ten oil paintings and one drawing (all created between 2012 and 2014). It’s an ambitious exhibition that builds from her last series of portraits, which featured teenagers hiding behind tough looks and couture armor. The textures and the overly elaborate details of their outfits were thr... [more]

Armory Week #3: Buzzing Solo Booths, The Best from #ArmoryWeek   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/9/14

BUZZING SOLO BOOTHS Charlie Schultz on stunning solo presentations at Volta, the Armory Show and Scope. Crowd instincts kick in at art fairs and curiosity can be a big draw. The first thing I saw walking into Volta, known for its one-artist-per-gallery policy, was an arc of bodies at the last booth of the aisle. Wilmer Wilson IV was performing and his audience was rapt. Phones and tablets were out, capturing him as he inflated brown paper bags, tied them off with twine and roped them to his naked body. You could hea... [more]

20140308155356-wilmer_wilson_connorsmith Buzzing Solo Booths: Report from the Armory Show, Volta, and SCOPE   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/8/14

Crowd instincts kick in at art fairs and curiosity can be a big draw. The first thing I saw walking into Volta, known for its one-artist-per-gallery policy, was an arc of bodies at the last booth of the aisle. Wilmer Wilson IV was performing and his audience was rapt. Phones and tablets were out, capturing him as he inflated brown paper bags, tied them off with twine and roped them to his naked body. You could hear the paper pop with his breath and the snip of his scissors when he cut lengths of twi... [more]

20140307143118-01biennial03 Text in the Expanded Field: The 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th - May 25th
Posted 3/7/14

Among the 103 participants in this year’s Whitney Biennial, the handful that have elicited the most speculation and skepticism are those known for producing not art objects but texts. In addition to publishing-oriented collectives, words take on a visual function in the poetry of Susan Howe, they form the structure of many of David Diao’s paintings and Gary Indiana’s sculptures. Artspace warned us to “Get ready to do some reading.” Carol Vogel, in her New York Times pre... [more]

20140307151612-leonard_photo In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/14

ArtSlant editors Natalie Hegert, Joel Kuennen, and Charlie Schultz met up at Agra, an Indian restaurant on Lexington Avenue, to discuss the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, its surprises, best in show, and disappointments. They touch on trends and themes of scale, archives, lists, dongs, and objectness—parsing the line between artwork and artifact. Charlie Schultz: I guess I’ll start by saying I found this year’s iteration of the [Whitney] Biennial to be far less crowded than in... [more]

Whitney Biennial 2014: First Impressions, Text & Literature, Interview with Elijah Burgher   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/7/14

TEXT IN THE EXPANDED FIELD Ryan Wong reads into the prevalence of texts at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, looking at the relationship between art-making and text-making, curating and publishing. Among the 103 participants in this year’s Whitney Biennial, the handful that have elicited the most speculation and skepticism are those known for producing not art objects but texts. In addition to publishing-oriented collectives, words take on a visual function in the poetry of Susan Howe, they form the structure of... [more]

Armory Week #2: Talking with the Curators and Directors, SPRING/BREAK, SCOPE, and Fountain   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/6/14

What makes the SPRING/BREAK Art Show So Different, So Appealing? Natalie Hegert chats with three SPRING/BREAK curators about their projects and what makes this show an Armory Week stand out. The SPRING/BREAK Art Show inevitably feels like a huge art school party. Maybe because it’s held in a school. But also because of the almost cliquish camaraderie among the exhibitors, the artwork packed halls, the crowded downstairs bar area, and the perennial pack of artist-types chain-smoking outside. Having gone to grad schoo... [more]

20140305051402-3_drivein What Makes the SPRING/BREAK Art Show So Different, So Appealing?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SPRING/BREAK Art Show March 4th - March 9th
Posted 3/5/14

The SPRING/BREAK Art Show inevitably feels like a huge art school party. Maybe because it’s held in a school. But also because of the almost cliquish camaraderie among the exhibitors, the artwork packed halls, the crowded downstairs bar area, and the perennial pack of artist-types chain-smoking outside. Having gone to grad school in NYC, it seems like I always run into people I know at SPRING/BREAK, either exhibiting, curating or just checking it out (because they know someone else who is exhibiting... [more]

20140305151100-1_bertrand_gilling_gallery_-gal-gillig_ayline_olukman_the-curtain-2011 On the Changing Culture of the Art Fair: SCOPE's Katelijne De Backer Pulls Back the Curtains   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SCOPE New York March 6th - March 9th
Posted 3/5/14

It's undeniable that the proliferation, expansion and emboldening of the art fair is a distinct characteristic of our contemporary art world. The art fair industry over the last decade has grown exponentially, becoming a crucial part of the art landscape, developing from mere trade shows into elaborate events and necessary meeting grounds for art professionals. Charlie Schultz talks with Katelijne De Backer, the Director of Exhibitor Relations for SCOPE about the evolution of art fairs, her tenure as director of the Armory Show,... [more]

20140227154754-double_fly_art_center__save_the_world__screenshot__2012-02_-_copy From Realism to Radicalism: Speaking with Philip Tinari, Curator of Focus China 2014   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at The Armory Show March 6th - March 9th
Posted 2/27/14

The first Armory Show in 1913 introduced European avant-garde painting and sculpture to the American public. Roughly a century later the New York fair has chosen contemporary works from China to be its focus. Sixteen galleries will travel to New York from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong next week and about half of them will be bringing the work of a young generation. This year’s curator for the Focus section is Philip Tinari. Formerly the Chief Editor of LEAP magazine, Tinari i... [more]

Armory Week #1: Interview with Armory Commissioned Artist Xu Zhen, The Armory Show's Focus on China   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/27/14

From Realism to Radicalism Iona Whittaker speaks with Focus: China curator Philip Tinari about contemporary Chinese art at The Armory Show. The first Armory Show in 1913 introduced European avant-garde painting and sculpture to the American public. Roughly a century later the New York fair has chosen contemporary works from China to be its focus. Sixteen galleries will travel to New York from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong next week and about half of them will b... [more]

20140225063512-41-image-1080-966-fit ArtSlant's Armory Week Art Fairs and Events Guide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/25/14

Armory Show March 6-9Opening Day: Mar 5, 12-8pm Early Access, 5-8pm MoMA vernissage ticket holdersPublic Hours: Mar 6-9, 12-7pm It’s grand, it’s gorgeous, and it’s a pretty significant hike from the train or a long queue in a cab to roll up to the entrance. But of course worth the trip, worth the time, and worth the investment for collectors. The Armory Show is full of enthralling things, from the 20th century modern works on Pier 92, to the contemporary works on Pier 94. This... [more]

20140224160428-1 Lowbrow Stuff in a Vitrine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Andy Coolquitt at Lisa Cooley January 31st - March 9th
Posted 2/24/14

It's as if the artwork decamped from the gallery and took refuge amongst the luxury wares in the nearby designer outlet. I probably would not have noticed Andy Coolquitt’s installation in Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s hip boutique if I hadn’t been looking for it. The work’s prolix title, no I didn't go to any museums here I hate museums museums are just stores that charge you to come in there are lots of free museums here but they have names like real stores, suggests this Texas based... [more]

20140219102231-sddzshow Funk and Revolution: Stan Douglas Recreates the 70s in Music and Politics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Stan Douglas at David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th January 9th - February 22nd
Posted 2/19/14

Stan Douglas’s mesmerizing, deceptively simple Luanda-Kinshasa floats somewhere between music video, installation art, and historical reenactment. The square-format video is projected at movie theater dimensions in one cavernous, blacked-out gallery of David Zwirner. In the video, cameras pan around a recording studio full of musicians in the middle of a jam session. They are conjuring the African-infused funk-jazz of the 1970s, full of hand drums, guitar scrapes, electric piano, and strong... [more]


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