Above: Pablo Helguera'scartoon at ArtWorld Salon pretty much sums up my feelings about the upcoming Art Fair season. If you're in Los Angeles, be sure to check out the Mixed Greens booth at the PULSE LA Fair, September 30th - October 3rd at the Event Deck at LA Live.
The American Folk Art Museum has been saved. And it didn't even have to (gasp) deaccession anything.
NYMag posted this little gem of a video. For me, the jury is still out on whether or not Franco's character "Franco" is simply a fun side-job for him, or if it is some kind of extended performance piece. Only other whispering performance art that comes to mind is Tino Sehgal. And that's pretty legit.
Artist Pippin Barr has created a hilariously frustrating website/game--an interactive "visit" to Marina Abramovic's The Artist Is Present, within a virtual version of MoMA. Play the game here! As Pippin states on his website, "Are games art?! This one definitely is!" I couldn't agree more.
It's only 11:39am and the line is pretty long already.
I tried to cross over the line and the guards totally yelled at me.
I'm currently at the end of the line. I plan to wait all day if I have to.
All the waiting will be worth it if my picture winds up on that website...
SHOUT OUT to Artinfo.com for bringing this to my attention today.
Ahhh, Venice, your humidity was overwhelming. Your vaporettos achingly slow. But your Pavilions, a joy. There are a LOT of pavilions, so I'm listing my Top 5 below:
Dutch Pavilion. Group Exhibition Opera Aperta / Loose Work
Lovely building. Amusing installation. Loved the sound bites near the front door. Gotta love the Dutch.
French Pavilion. Presenting: Christian Boltanski's Chance
The French pavilion is a labyrinth of metal scaffolding with a whirring film strip flying around the structure. A buzzer sounds off, the film strip stops, and an individual baby's portrait shows up on a screen. The pamphlet explained the rather optimistic tone of the work--that this one child, by total chance, has been chosen to have a certain type of life...a good life.
German Pavilion. Presenting: Christoph Schlingensief, Fluxus oratorio A Church of Fear vs. the Alien Within
The pavilion's main building has been turned into a church sanctuary. Large video screens and speakers hang above an altar. You sit in the church pews watching old home movies of a child playing on the beach. I sat in the sweaty darkness and listened to a voice describe how he received a diagnosis of lung cancer. His doctor told him that he was "walking on different ground", now. Heavy, heavy, heavy. The most emotional of them all.
Nordic Pavilion. Sweden Presents: Andreas Eriksson
I liked the pavilion's layout and airy quality more than anything. And I loved that the tiny bronze sculptures were casts of birds that had died crashing into the artist's studio window. I imagine the artist's studio to look a lot like the pavilion itself.
Great Britain Pavilion: Presenting Mike Nelson
This was by far my FAVORITE work. It was enveloping (as you can see by the video above). I was no longer in the British Pavilion--I was in a bombed out shelter of some sort...a forgotten apartment that perhaps housed fugitives or victims of war. It was sensory overload. Read the Telegraph's take on the installation/"intervention" here.
That about wraps it up for my Venice rundown. Until next time--a presto!
"Taylor allegedly sold the collector more than 100 paintings -- including works that he falsely claimed were by artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko -- for a total of more than $2 million..." Read the full article at the LATimeshere.
More than 100 works...with at least 1 painting by the Impressionist Master himself, and at least 3 paintings by Modern Masters, and we're only talking about $2 million? This reminds me vaguely of the "Rembrandt" Hotel Heist...where the Rembrandt was claimed to be worth (a mere) $250,000. The authenticity (and provenance) of that work are now being closely reconsidered.
Buyer Beware: if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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The scene on Monday afternoon as everyone poured out of the Donna Karan fashion show and down our street. Simply too many sets of eyes to black bar. A little bit of fashion in the center of the art world.
Was I horrified by the tank? No. Was I upset to be an American? No. Did it ring a little true? Sadly, yes. The United States pavilion was exactly what I expected it to be: a one-liner. But I found the Allora & Calzadilla exhibition Gloria to be as satisfying as any good one liner. While Jerry Saltz found it to be an "infernal" representation of America, I found the truth here to be somewhat practical. The catalog describes "Glory" as referencing "military, religious, Olympic, economic, and cultural grandeur", and of course here "Glory" herself is lying in a tanning bed.
When you think about the fact that Italy is a country whose Renaissance landmarks were recently overshadowed by cast members of The Jersey Shore, it's not that much of a stretch to assume their vision of Americans is one of a people who would conveniently fit a gothic pipe organ with an ATM machine. For me the installation, Algorithm, got it exactly right. Some pics below.
above: Freedom Lying on a Sunbed, Allora & Calzadilla
above: Body in Flight (American), Allora & Calzadilla
And lastly, since this week is dedicated to reflecting on September 11th and the ripple effects of that day, this NYTimes article was a particularly interesting window into the designers whose Fashion Week presentations were affected that season.
It's probably safe to say that Breanne Trammell's gotta thing for Cheetos. Check out her new window installation, Cheetos in the Expanded Field, in the windows of Mixed Greens. On view through November 12.
The mixed media installation includes a serious of sculptures including "Organic Cheeto Cigarette", "Yves Klein Cheetos" vinyl decals, and a "Hot Orange Friendship Bracelet". Rosalind Krauss, eat your heart out.
view from inside
And join us for the opening reception tonight, at Mixed Greens, 6-8pm.
detail from Stacy Fisher's Pink and Gold Wall Sculpture, 2011
In addition to Alessandra Expòsito's Once-Blooming and Button-Eyed opening tonight, we are also celebrating the opening of Functional Shift, featuring work by Kim Faler, Stacy Fisher, and Joan Linder. All three artists in this exhibition use familiar, functional objects to recalibrate the viewer's expectations of the materials and forms that populate our existence.
September 8 - October 8 opening: Tonight September 8, 6-8pm
detail from Joan Linder's Where Death Delights in Helping the Living, 2010
Ciao tutti! Sono tornata! Finalllllly, a little rundown on my Venice visit. I'm posting today with some photos, primarily focused on the main pavilion.
First room--ceiling installation and series of drawings installation, and (see below)
A detail from Nicolás Paris' Classroom: Partial exercises installation.
The second room had an enjoyable installation by Gianni Colombo: Spazio elastico, a dark room with a glowing grid of elastic bands, which you were to move through in space. Felt a bit like Tron. Too dark for a picture though.
Next up was my favorite room--R.H. Quaytman's I Modi, Chapter 22. Courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreru Gallery, NYC.
In the second or third room I looked up, horrified, and started to back-step slowly out of the door, thinking a pigeon attack was brewing. But, upon closer inspection...
...these taxidermied birds (scattered throughout every room of the pavilion), were intentionally placed. Unfortunately I didn't catch the name of the author of this work.
I simply had to share this shot of the Cafe. It was, well, dizzying. Only in Venice.
Stay tuned for Part 2--USA, France, Germany, and other individual pavilions!
On September 10th, Sonya Blesofsky will be participating in the Brooklyn Arts Council's special interactive tribute to the September 11th attacks. Watch a video about it here. And read a more in-depth explanation of the project here.
Swiss Institute is moving into Deitch's old space.
Stop the presses: Lady Gaga just made a Polaroid project..."with participation by" James Franco (among others). He's really making the rounds these days.
Accounts of art looting in the aftermath of the Oslo bombing.
*in coming days, I'll post pics from the Venice Biennale AND will discuss:
1. Why the British Pavilion reminded me of Sleep No More
2. Why I don't have any pictures of the Canadian Pavilion
3. Why one should not wear silk in Venice in August
4. The mysterious pigeon installation throughout the main pavilion in the Giardini (I spent the first 10 minutes thinking a Hitchcockian scenario was brewing)