New York City, June 2015: I remember despising the revamped, restyled strip malls that proliferated in the late 1990s, replacing dilapidated 1960s-era kitsch elegance with chunky stucco postmodern monotony in various shades of taupe, terracotta, and teal. These non-places had names conjured from corporate boardrooms—“The Shoppes at Villa Terraces,” “Sycamore Plaza Town Centre” and the like—a nomenclature almost offensive in its disavowal of history and specificity... [more]
My southern California Debut ;-) by Lightning Bolt Wonder Mike R Baker, Michael Burr, Martin Eggiman, Frankie Greco, JII, Connie DK Lane, Andrew Levine, Emily Maddigan, Noel Madrid, Kenny McBride, Heather McMillen, Katie Philips, Emily Quest, Caprice Spencer Rothe, Anna Schoendorfer, J. Renee Tanner, Lightning Bolt Wonder at Enter Through the Gift Shop
July 10th - August 28th
I have been looking for the right space and group of people to share my work with for the last 2 years. I have now found that space and am excited to share a new body of work that includes, the beginning of many new series of works. The planetary series, The Vision Quest series, the Lazer series, new miniature art books and of course some of my classics, Pixel Perfect, Angel Hearts and if time permits perhaps a new mermiad and new ballerina. The clock is ticking - Namaste. [more]
Wood is the base of the striving for an appolonian balance between form and content of the in 2014 by Robert Kaleta and Artur Steiner founded studio GEOMETRYART in Kielce, Poland.
Their unconventional creations were presented until now only to a private clientele on occasion of exhibitions in private settings.
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Are sculpture parks a thing of the past? Just like Disneyland for the art world, sculpture parks are popular tourist attractions often funded by billionaire art collectors (in the case of more than a few, they are couples with their own foundations). Have these types of elitist locations faded in recent years? And in the broader spectrum, what is their function as art spaces?
While Europe has some of the coolest sculpture gardens (find a great list of international sculpture gardens here), t... [more]
Fire and Forget: Artists Respond to Modern Warfare by Vanessa Gravenor Marina Abramovic, Ron Amir, Roy Brand, James Bridle, Luis Camnitzer, Mircea Cantor, Joan Castro, Marcelo Cidade, Jem Cohen, Martin Dammann, Chto Delat, Öyvind Fahlström, Harun Farocki, FRANK&ROBBERT/ROBBERT&FRANK, Daniil Galkin, and Keren Yeala Golan, Rudolf Herz, Damien Hirst, Clara Ianni, Emily Jacir, Hunter Jonakin, Joachim Koester, Korpys/Löffler, Barbara Kruger, Armin Linke, Robert Longo, Jazmin Lopez, Kris Martin, Michael Müller, Timo Nasseri, NEOZOON, Katja Novitskova, Tal R, Pipilotti Rist, André ROBILLARD, Julian Röder, Henning Rogge, Martha Rosler, Hrair Sarkissian, Ori Scialom, Timur Si-Qin, Santiago Sierra, Javier Téllez, Ulay, Julius von Bismarck, Sharif Waked, Gillian Wearing, He Xiangyu, Amir Yatziv, Ala Younis at KW Institute for Contemporary Art
June 14th - August 30th
Entering Fire and Forget. On Violence, the viewer passes through two of the four rotating gates in Daniil Galkin’s installation Tourniquet. Beyond this eerie passage, a provocative text speculates on the impact of technology on modern warfare. Its thesis can be characterized as follows: since modern technology has largely emancipated warriors from a traditional active sense of duty—allowing them to literally fire and forget—does this change in confrontation halt the production and inev... [more]
June 2015, there are 2 more balls cast and 1 more wax in line, to complete the set. Why make balls? As one critic who was trying to be nice wrote, "Yet again, another ball..." and then went on to (kindly at least) attribute some symbolism to it that I certainly never intended.
And so I asked myself, yeah, why am I making balls? Not that I like to let critics dictate my directions, but I do admit they can get you thinking about your art. In this case I wasn't able to argue my favorite: "... [more]
Walking to the Museum Für Gegenwartkunst is, unavoidably and of itself, a romantic passage. Located just off the Rhine River, the experience of water is embedded into the ethos of building—both figuratively and practically within the architecture of the space—as viewable from the glass hallways between the museum’s galleries. The river, a fittingly meandering foil to the small path that leads to Martin Boyce’s current exhibition, offers an experience of aesthetisized n... [more]
International artist Tom Estes has been invited by curator Rebecca Feiner to act as Honorary Mayor of DEN-City1. Estes describes himself as a “Sci-fi inspired Carnival Sideshow Conceptualist, combining a bare-bones formal conceptualism with an eternally adolescent, DIY comic-prank approach”. Organised with Middlesex University, DEN-City1 is part of The London Festival of Architecture, a month long celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice.
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While all eyes are on Basel, there’s a different crowd who are skipping the annual summer commercial art fair route altogether. Some of them might have been at the opening of the Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art this weekend, Momentum. The 8th edition opened its doors with live video of a performance from a Kurdish-Swedish pop songstress, Oculus Goggles, and an installation made of synthetic hair.
Shoplifter's hair sculpture, Installation View. Photo: Nadja Sayej
Such things are alw... [more]
The 40th Anniversary Show was remounted at the spacious Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. Women Artists over the decades (since 1972) Over 50 women spanning generations participated in this legendary exhibit. Myself, a current Affiliate, and former President/Director in 99-2001. It is very special and a Chicago Gem.
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation of Chicago is at Beverly Fine Arts Center! celebrating 40 years- and only getting better!
ARC 40th Anniversary Exhibit--- Reception May 2, 7-9pm Ea... [more]
Art or Not? "An intellect says a simple thing in a hard way, an artist says a hard thing in a simple way" Bukowski once said. The art world is full of both. Each week, we ask our readers to have some fun figuring out what is art, what is intellect, and what is just potted plants.
This week: One of the images described below is the perfect artwork for a health goth's home. Can you tell which?
The Cuban artist's temporary installation El huerto di mi abuelita (2008) is a Proustian ouevre e... [more]
Roughly one sixth of the Netherlands was once covered by water and has over the centuries been reclaimed with dikes and windmills. The latest addition to this growing mass of new land is the so-called Centrumeiland (Center Island), a slender strip attached to Haveneiland (Harbor Island) of Amsterdam's new IJburg housing estate. Some 800,000 cubic meters of sand were deposited, layer upon layer, to create space for much needed homes to accommodate the city's rapidly increasing population. Construct... [more]