Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Roberta Smith said it best in the NY Times of Jenny Holzer's current show, Protect, Protect: "Ms. Holzer’s terse snippets of prose have warned of evolving threats to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. She has tracked the inner thoughts of bereft lovers or shellshocked survivors and articulated the baser instincts unleashed by social chaos."
Her electronic LED displays had the same effect on my eyes as the way that a Yankee Candle Factory Outlet has on my nose. Although leaving her show made me far more culturally stimulated than a room full of Pineapple Beach scented candles...
See more at the Whitney's exhibit here
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
"Unmade 02/05/09," 2009, Oil on panel
This show filled with beautifully textured beds made me sleepy and calm. And yet, the Campari kept me agile and ridiculous. It would have been fun to have an alarm clock go off every now and then...
See more of the show at Walter Maciel Gallery here
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
"Bowling Ball Curtain," 2003
I love Eung Ho Park's Public art commission at PS 270 in Queens, NY. See more of his creative installations here and get Michele Cohen's rad book, "Public Art for Public Schools," here
"Our Mother Was Always So..." 2009
"Nip Tuck," 2009
Kaphar is best known for taking American and European portrait paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries and reconfiguring them into an alternate history. These two recent pieces were so texturally pleasing that I couldn't resist them. See more from his current show at the Seattle Art Museum here
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
"Buste," November 1970, Oil on canvas
© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso
Picasso's current buzz show at Gagosian, "Mosqueteros," left me wondering why everyone thought these his "later works" were so crazy? Yes, this one here (coincidentally my favorite) may resemble an erudite bunny rabbit jester, but it's not a far departure from a lot of the work he was doing just a decade or two before. More images here
Martin Kippenberger, “Martin, into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself," (1992), cast aluminum, clothing, and iron plate, 68 7/8" high.
MoMA, © Estate Martin Kippenberger
I can't believe I missed this show!! Ironically, one of the pieces in the exhibit (pictured above) illustrates exactly how I feel about missing it... Did you see it? Did you love it?!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
"Four Rigamorales," 2008, mixed media on paper
Born in 1919, nothing seems to slow down today's artist. He reflects on his recent works: "Art is seemingly endless and life a brief moment... Life is a fleeting moment/art an endless caress."
Read more in an ArtWorks Magazine article here
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Gladstone Gallery's latest show draws its visitors into a large room with a curious, monumental, snake-like structure by Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping. I've never seen such a piece that appeals so strongly to children but is equally as unsafe for them. The viewer is cautioned to coil themselves up and around the bamboo pathway, held together with what resembled garbage ties. The creaking creation leads you to the grand sculpture at the ceiling -- something that looks like Matthew Ritchie excavated from the Natural History Museum and then put his own pewter spin on it. All together, this piece was injured by its surrounding environment. Had it been outside and something to discover, the mysterious qualities of the work would have shone more than in an enclosed, white-walled space in Chelsea. Still, I'm glad I got to wander inside.
Friday, May 8, 2009
"Wake Field Series," 1995, University of Michigan
Art21 asserts that the artist/architect's new work "continues [Lin’s] interest in fusing potent social messages with a reconsideration of the natural world through minimalist design."
I want to sit in the grassy waves...
Great NYTimes video interview here
Artist Website here
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
"The Circus," 2007, Marble
"Magician," 2008, Oil on canvas
I became obsessed with Mexico City's treasured multi-media artist Armando Romero today. It's not often I look at art, simultaneously thinking, "ancient" and, "childhood." AND he has shows in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles coming up! Check out more of his work at Tasende Gallery here