Art in hotels falls into two major categories: black-and-white photographs of the city you are in, and bright reproduction watercolors of flowers, boats, or beaches. It is a tricky space: we know how austere a room of empty walls feels. At the same time, no one who stays in a hotel wants that space to be strange, challenging, surreal, or otherwise upsetting; so many of the things art often offers are antithetical to the hotel experience.
So with its visual arts program, the Wythe Hotel is following i... [more]
When I first sat down to write, I felt an uncomfortable compulsion to defend the work of photographer Daniel Arnold against comments posted on his Instagram. Three weeks later, after his one-day sale reported on by Forbes, there's much more to defend. It's anathema to me to have to defend art. With no inherent purpose, art exists outside of both defense and recrimination. Besides, to defend art is to give credence to the accusations levelled against it, and in the case of Arnold, the accusations and a... [more]
Keep everything on the surface, even with the knowledge that the surface fades and can’t be held together forever—take advantage before the expiration date appears in the nearing distance.
Bret Easton Ellis, Imperial Bedrooms
During this test you will be shown a series of inkblot images. Look at each inkblot for a moment then select the appropriate response(s). At the end of the test your responses will be analyzed and scored, and a summary of the test evaluation will be presented to... [more]
Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010 at Dia Beacon is the first retrospective to consider the full spectrum of Carl Andre’s art. The exhibition is grouped into three parts: sculpture, poetry, and Carl Andre’s unclassifiable productions, from the enigmatic assemblages known as Dada Forgeries to his wide-ranging ephemera. In this video, Yasmil Raymond (Curator, Dia Art Foundation) provides us with an introduction to the exhibition and Carl Andre’s work.
Carl Andre: S... [more]
Ken Price passed away weeks before his first retrospective opened at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012. Last year, it travelled to the Metropolitan Museum, while a show of his works on paper opened at Drawing Center. For New York, the two exhibitions were an overdue exposure. Price didn’t fit neatly into its narrative of contemporary art: his sculptures are concerned with the materiality of surfaces, color (bright ones!), shape (both organic and geometric), the play of light, and a wh... [more]
As I approach the exhibition at The Curator Gallery and peer through the front wall of glass, the art inside reminds me of a modernist painter. Maybe someone who began their career as a Clyfford Still fan and has now pushed their palette past complex chromatic correlations to a more condensed and minimalist black and white expression. To my surprise they are not paintings at all, but nine color photographs captured in large format through the lens of a view camera, all created in 2013. They sho... [more]
Friezer Burn: Frieze, ArtExpo, and the paradox of taste
When artist and veteran Frieze visitor Darren Jones attended ArtExpo last month he found a parallel art world with its own culture and convictions.
Depending on one’s relationship to art fairs such as Frieze, the social and professional rituals associated with attending them can cause fevered excitement, or make the blood run, well, cold. Visit often enough and those galleries and artists that have been admitted to this carefully guarded system reveal the p... [more]
Al's Grand Hotel and Public Fiction Bring LA Hospitality to Randall's Island
Who wants to spend the night in an art fair? By Allison Kuo
A lucky few attendees of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair will be spending the night on Randall’s Island as a part of Frieze Projects’ re-staging of Al’s Grand Hotel, a work from 1971 in which the LA artist Allen Ruppersberg ran a fully functioning hotel out of a converted home on the Sunset Strip. This is the first, and maybe only time for the art f... [more]
A lucky few attendees of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair will be spending the night on Randall’s Island as a part of Frieze Projects’ re-staging of Al’s Grand Hotel, a work from 1971 in which the LA artist Allen Ruppersberg ran a fully functioning hotel out of a converted home on the Sunset Strip. This is the first, and maybe only time for the art fair to keep overnight guests, and in order to do so they have arranged for a dedicated bathroom and shower, extra securit... [more]
Depending on one’s relationship to art fairs such as Frieze, the social and professional rituals associated with attending them can cause fevered excitement, or make the blood run, well, cold. Visit often enough and those galleries and artists that have been admitted to this carefully guarded system reveal the political hierarchies of this particular art world. While each fair has its own approach, thousands of works, and new artists each year, the perennial experience can be one of creeping... [more]
PULSE Art Fair is getting a makeover this year as it welcomes contemporary art market vet Helen Toomer. Toomer is known for her former Lower East Side gallery Toomer Labdza (now closed), her role at the helm of the Collective Design Fair, and her development of international lifestyle blog Artlog. The newly appointed Director will be shaking things up as PULSE enters its 10th year on the scene. We spoke with Toomer to get the inside scoop on what’s on the docket this year for PULSE NYC. ... [more]
This weekend the art circus comes to New York City. On Friday the annual Frieze Art Fair opens on Randall’s Island for four festive days along with a smorgasbord of satellite fairs scattered throughout the city. Trying to see everything almost always means you’ll remember next to nothing, which is certainly a bummer when the circus leaves town. But with a good strategy and the trusty guide we’ve assembled you should be able to navigate the madness, catch some interesting p... [more]
So you may have heard a little story about MoMA’s plans for 2015… and, well, they’re not true. Yes our story about MoMA showing only women artists for the year, in temporary exhibitions and in the permanent collection, was an April Fool’s hoax, published alongside stories about Putin’s new vocation as a painter, Gagosian opening a new location on St. Bart’s and Jemima Kirke quitting the HBO series Girls in order to focus on art. (Read the original post here.)... [more]
Presently, the walls of the Venus Over Manhattan gallery are covered in every oceanic shade of blue, aqua, and green, drenching the concrete space with waves of intense cool. More than forty frames—some larger than chalkboards, some the size of table menus—fill Are Your Motives Pure?, an exhibition comprised solely of the surfer paintings Raymond Pettibon has made since 1985. Somewhere in the all the watery pigments small figures make their way across massive curls. Poised and up aga... [more]
The title says it: Do you want the cosmetic version or do you want the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department, 1985-2014. When John Malpede founded the LAPD (a play on the police department’s name) thirty years ago and began collaborating with the homeless and formerly homeless to stage performances and confrontational theater, it was a decade before relational aesthetics was coined by Nicolas Bourriaud, and more than two decades before MFA programs in ‘social practice’ began spr... [more]
It would be ridiculous to discuss gender issues, stereotyping, objectification, fetish, or fantasy in contemporary art without Laurie Simmons. For nearly four decades, using a variety of subjects and settings that include toys, costumes, collage, puppets, and people, Simmons’ photographs have created an indelible interpretation of how perception is formed.
The current exhibition at Salon 94, Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See*, features Simmons' latest series of pigment prints. The bulk of... [more]