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Frances Stark

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Over a cappuccino in the lobby of Hotel Savoia Jolanda in Venice, Frances Stark sat in a flower-print sun dress with spaghetti straps. It was the preview week of the 56th Venice Biennale and familiar faces came in and out of the hotel. She greeted friends with a warm smile, while showing pictures of her 12-year-old son on her iPhone. Upon first glance, L.A.-based Stark could pass for any other suburban mom—but sit down with her for a coffee and you’ll believe the opposite. As the winner... [more]
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WallCats   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Michele Abeles, Rita Ackermann, Antonio Adams, Bill Adams, Laura Aldridge, Graham Anderson, Araki, Cory Arcangel, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Matthew Barney, Will Benedict, Olaf Breuning, Janet Burchill, Kathe Burkhart, Carter, Antoine Catala, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Cole, David Colman, Lauren Crahan, Cynthia Daignault, Lucky DeBellevue, Jake Ewert, Bella Foster, Magdalena Frimkess, Jeff Funnell, Rainer Ganahl, Paul Georges, Eric Ginsburg, Karin Gulbran, Tamar Halpern, June Hamper, John Hartman, Daniel Heidkamp, Robert Heinecken, John Hiltunen, Ann Cathrin November Hoibo, Jonathan Horowitz, Marc Hundley, Gary Indiana, Matt Keegan, Mike Kelley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Barbara Kruger, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Sadie Laska, Elad Lassry, Mark Leckey, Cary Leibowitz, Rhonda Lieberman, Beca Lipscombe, Cassandra MacLeod, Alissa McKendrick, Lucy McKenzie, Ryan McNamara, Siobhan Meow, Marilyn Minter, Dave Muller, Takeshi Murata, Eileen Neff, Laura Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Eileen Quinlan, Jennifer Rochlin, Sam Roeck, Ruth Root, Kay Rosen, Jason Rosenberg, Theo Rosenblum, Gus Van Sant, Joe Scanlon, Chelsea Seltzer, Steven Shearer, David Shrigley, Patti Smith, Frances Stark, Amy Taubin, Nicola Tyson, Andy Warhol, Gia Wolff, Jordan Wolfson, B. Wurtz, Rob Wynne at White Columns June 14th, 2013 - July 27th, 2013
Posted 7/9/13
The Cat Show was inevitable: an art exhibition devoted to the feline as internet meme, domestic partner, and kitsch icon. Contemporary cat tropes were as bound to spill into art spaces as the boom of advertising was irresistible fodder for the “pictures generation” forty years ago. The temptation is to dismiss The Cat Show, now on view at White Columns, as pandering: like a motorcycle exhibition or Harry Potter at the Discovery Center. The Walker Art Center presented a wildly popular Int... [more]
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The Parts of the Parts Do End Up Making Up All of the Parts   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Frances Stark at Mills College Art Museum September 15th, 2011 - December 11th, 2011
Posted 10/11/11
I forgot most of it. And I’m going to resist looking over any notes and exhibition literature here, because The Whole of All the Parts as Well as the Parts of All the Parts is quite concerned with my forgetting. It was made clear from the start that I would forget most of it, and though I’ve forgotten whether it was articulated in a tone of bitterness or resignation or celebration, I remember somewhat a question that was asked of us there, shuffling around the darkened gallery, chasing moving screens... [more]
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Soul Doubt/Sold Out: Unsold Inventory and Leftovers from the First Decade of the Millenium. Part 1   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Anne Collier, Brian Fahlstrom, Luisa Lambri, Jason Meadows, Carter Mull, Frances Stark, Mateo Tannatt, Jennifer West at Marc Foxx July 10th, 2010 - July 31st, 2010
Posted 8/3/10
Any work of art or exhibition may be interpreted through almost any lens. It may be judged on any criteria. That being said, when I write about art I look for the work of art or the show to set some terms by which I can make judgments. I try to see an internal logic to the thing—just because a show of Color Field paintings can be discussed in terms of the social and political conditions of modern life, doesn’t mean it’s always the best way. I start looking, however conservative this might... [more]
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Bored. Old. Tired. Horse   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Carl Andre, Matthew Brannon, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Alasdair Gray, Philip Guston, David Hockney, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Janice Kerbel, Christopher Knowles, Ferdinand Kriwet, Liliane Lijn, Robert Smithson, Frances Stark, Sue Tompkins at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) June 17th, 2009 - August 25th, 2009
Posted 7/17/09
A jostle for priorities appears to be going on at the ICA’s summer show, between public relevancy and the investigative capabilities of display. Whilst navigating its way around the curatorial dangers of showing avant-garde artwork in a free museum on The Mall, Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. seems to spread itself too thinly across the chronological range that’s been set out for itself. Nonetheless, like all essays whose hoard is slightly too broad, this exhibition touches upon and enco... [more]
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Fama and Fortune Bulletin   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Paweł Althamer, Thomas Baldwin, Herbert Brandl, Gilbert Bretterbauer, Helmut Draxler, Kim Gordon, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Peter Kogler, Liz Larner, Timothy Martin, Albert Oehlen, Frances Stark, Haim Steinbach, Catherine Sullivan, Franz West, Christopher Williams, Christopher Wool, Vadim Zakharov at 2nd Cannons November 21st, 2008 - January 10th, 2009
Posted 12/1/08
The current exhibition of catalogues entitled Fama and Fortune Bulletin at 2nd Cannons is sexy. Partially because of the design: brown, recycled paper, soft covers with uniformed layout and matte pages. Somewhat because of their presentation: aligned on four white shelves with warm spotlights.  But mostly because of their content: every issue one or two artists are invited to design, write and format the contents of the publication. Albert Oehlen, Franz West, Martin Kippenberger, Frances Stark an... [more]
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