Gallery Lakeeren is a spare, compact space. But over the years one has come to expect to spend a longer time at the gallery than the time it should take to negotiate this small space. Gallerist Arshiya Lokhandwala brings her training in art history into every show she curates, making this one of the handful of galleries where the vision and execution of ideas come cohesively from within.
In the current show, ‘Transcendental Evocations’, the first show of contemporary Mexican art in t... [more]
The Guggenheim’s Early Treasures at AGO by Kate Addleman Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso at Art Gallery of Ontario
November 30th - March 2nd, 2014
Before even getting to a description of this exhibition I am advising you to see it. At the risk of exposing my tastes as those of an old white man, “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918” curated by the Guggenheim’s Tracey Bashkoff and on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario until the 2nd of March, is among the best major museum shows I’ve seen in the past few years. Granted, I’m into the canon, and furthermore, the exhibiti... [more]
Did you know that in the 1920s a con artist sold the Eiffel Tower – twice? Or that Spain and Portugal once claimed discovery and settlement of the same nonexistent island? That MoMA might own an artwork by Marcel Broodthaers that isn’t an artwork at all? Collecting this sort of fun factoid is all in a day’s work for Agnieszka Kurant, the New York-based Polish artist who is equal parts scholar, editor, necromancer, and philosopher. In her interdisciplinary practice, stories, rumors, and... [more]
Imagine Santa Claus. How he appears in your mind. A bearded old man with red clothing, arriving around Christmas time, leaving presents for children while they sleep. With some variation, it seems this is the general formula in most countries officially celebrating Christmas: a cultural icon of countries historically connected to Christianity; fashioned in a specific way, greatly beneficial for the purpose of profit, but claimed as tradition.
The Dutch version of Santa Claus is called Sinterklaas,... [more]
Mike Cockrill has a way of tweaking his audience. I first saw Cockrill’s work at Semaphore Gallery in the East Village of New York, when he was collaborating with Judge Hughes some thirty-odd years ago. In those days, with the resurgence of narrative/figurative painting solidly in the fray, Cockrill and Hughes still managed to shock their audience with all sorts of violent and sexually charged vignettes in which no taboo was left unchurned. In fact, every time I leaf through the ground breaking... [more]
This review was originally published on ArtSlant New York in June 2011.
The Storefront for Art and Architecture’s collapsible/exploding/intruding space, where walls pivot out onto the sidewalk, is currently hosting an exhibition of Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn. Like the space that hosts their work, the duo’s projects, enacted in the favelas of Rio, are imposed onto the fabric of the city, blurring the boundaries of public and private.
Taking advantage of the unregulated dynamics of the gh... [more]
You know if you asked me honestly why I went to the LV cultural space I hope I'd be honest enough to tell you something about a certain sardonic sensation, and the presentiment that somewhere in the whole experience I'd find some kind of grist for the mill of this review. Just something about the gallery that sits above what I believe – and I may well be wrong – is the most profitable store in Paris, if not the world. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I have heard that the LV store on C... [more]
For the holidays, exhibitions of small, collectable works are the way to go. These exhibitions are a great way to support artists and find affordable works for gift giving or just for your own collection. Mercury 20, an artist run gallery in Oakland, is offering their Small Works: Delectable and Collectable exhibition starting December 19th, and sent us a few preview shots of the works that will be shown. We're especially loving the paintings by Kerry Vander Meer.
Kerry Vander Meer, Does She?,18"x18"; Co... [more]
Now on view at Helsinki's Make Your Mark Gallery, Finnish writer ROM is showing these gritty mixed media assemblage works no doubt inspired by his vocation on the streets.
ROM from the Finnish graffiti crew FTC got hooked on graffiti in 1986, when he met TRAMA and RASTER painting at his local trainstation. Years of vandalizing went on, until ROM had to lay low, because he was wanted by the authorities. He was on the run for many years and then re-emerged to the graf scene, once the police charges exp... [more]
Thomas Zipp’s exhibition with the title Task Dependence of the Effect of Standards on the Perception of a Series of Objects at the gallery SVIT in Prague narrates to several spheres in our society. In this installation Thomas Zipp thematizes his long-time interest in the research in the area of psychophysics, specifically in the relationship of man to plants. The exhibition transform human (life) cycles to basic elements such as feeding; plants as eatable form, instrument as entertainment. The... [more]
The words “Native American ceramic vessel” most likely bring to mind images of earthy red clay painted with elaborate patterns in black and white, or perhaps incised. The images the words conjure, it could be said, are stereotypical. However, the ceramic vessels created by contemporary Native American artist Cannupa Hanska Luger are stereotypes of an entirely different order: for one, they are actually stereos. Specifically, they are sculpted boomboxes adorned with “Indian&rdqu... [more]
Carnage is proud to announce the release of Lost in Shibuya, available at a special release event at City Reliquary on Saturday, 12/14 from 7-9pm and available online at carnagenyc.bigcartel.com on Monday, 12/16 at noon. Lost in Shibuya is limited to 300 copies, comes with a screenprinted, hand-finished cover and features 60 pages of the gnarliest illegal graffiti from Tokyo, including hits by Wanto, Sect, Rust, MQ, Soduh, Tom, Shaka, CQ, Kuma, False, Lush, Zombra, Adek, Hype, Resq, Buket and man... [more]
Sambre is part of the French underground collective 1984. Together, they take over derelict places by using installations and paint. Sambre developed this contextual concern over the years, through carpentry, wood carving and graffiti writing. In December, along with the 1984’s, he’ll intervene in La Manufacture 111 (Paris), an old car-garage-turned-cultural-center. We took this opportunity to ask him a few questions.
You graduated in wood carving. How did you choose this type of study?
I grew up in the country, near the fores... [more]
This interview was originally published on ArtSlant London, Mar. 2012 - There are many facets to INSA. As an artist, his work polarizes audiences. His latest installation project that opened for one night only on the 29 March in East London – queues of fans lined up in the spring sunshine, hoping to be one of the first fifty guests through the door to pick up a free limited edition print – was no less divisive or provocative than previous works.
Inside the installation, Self Reflecti... [more]
Sign. Sensation. Meaning. The conveyance of subjective experience has always been, if not at the heart, then in the blood of art. I Cannot Repeat What I Hear, Natalie Czech’s new exhibition at Capitain Petzel is an eloquent experiment in mediation and interpretation coupling the conceit of synesthesia with her signature combination of text, collage, and photography. As the title suggests, the running theme questions an artist’s ability to convey her reception and interpretation of the w... [more]
Dianna Molzan's La Jennifer contains all the abject fervor and polite surprise-tinged curiosity of a high school reunion. Is it longing? Is it shock? Is it ardor? An emotion like organized chaos? I asked the paintings, ‘What are we doing here?’ The paintings just shrugged, scrunching the black canvas wrapping a rectangle of stretcher bars (all the paintings maintain their anonymity, each dated 2013 and namelessly Untitled).
A cyclops quintet met my gaze first thing, spotting me from... [more]