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by Andrea Alessi
First, a note on scale: In archival photos of Egyptian ruins and monuments, there’s generally a little dude and/or camel in there functioning as a yardstick. Like these little dudes and/or camels, my partner appears in a lot of my photos of art for scale. Recently he came in handy at Katharina Grosse’s show at De Pont, and again in the Louvre’s hall of large-format paintings (David’s , for example, measures twenty by thirty-two feet). But never has a painting so dwarfed my agreeable model as in... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 7/17/13

Elmgreen & Dragset, The One and The Many

by Nicola Bozzi
When I think of Scandinavian contemporary art duo Elmgreen & Dragset the words in my head are: “Party's over.” Their environments are almost always vacant – making exception for the odd hyperrealist sculpture -- yet used up to a point of exhaustion. You get the feeling things have happened, a certain point has been reached, and then everything has deflated. Or maybe no point has ever been reached, and you're witnessing the only state of things ever: a lazy abandonment. At the last Venice... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 6/20/11

Atelier Van Lieshout: Infernopolis

by Andrea Alessi
      “Infernopolis” is an apt name for an exhibition of work from Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), the Rotterdam-based studio and team of Dutch artist Joep Van Lieshout. It inaugurates a five-year partnership between Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Rotterdam’s repurposed Submarine Wharf, presenting a sort of dystopian city populated by man-as-machine sculptures, blending the organic and grotesque with the sleek and mechanical. It is equal parts The Matrix and Soylent Green with subverted... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 7/26/10