March, 2009

RARE Gallery

RARE Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea, New York. Their aesthetic primarily encompasses artists that exude a youthful irreverence, as well as exhibit a love for unusual execution, craft, and a consideration of material and process as part and parcel of their conceptual frameworks. DailyServing’s Sasha M. Lee recently caught up with RARE Gallery founder and president Pete Surace[.....]

Birgit Megerle

Entitled Soft Skills, Birgit Megerle’s exhibition at Galerie Neu in Berlin presents her most recent suite of paintings. Megerle’s past exhibition in 2007 at Daniel Reich Gallery in New York laid the groundwork for using the gallery’s physical space to make painting theatrical. At Galerie Neu, she extends this line of thinking, showing how ideas are transposed between painting, music and literature. A flaneur smokes[.....]

Rachel Kaye

In a world where tabloids trump real news, artist Rachel Kaye embraces celebrity culture through the reappropriation of paparazzi images into her own medium. She creates paintings, drawings, and sculpture that mimic a world washed by fame, excess, and money. Exhibiting at Triple Base Gallery in San Francisco, Kaye’s solo show, The Colony, draws its name and concept from the early-twentieth century Colony Clubs created[.....]

Sharjah Biennial 9

The Sharjah Biennial opened on March 16th in the Arts and Heritage Area of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and will run until May 16th. The Biennial consists of three components with the main exhibition taking place in the Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, curated by Isabel Carlos, and titled “Provisions for the Future.” This segment explores the connection between the search for happiness and[.....]

Lisa Kirk

This isn’t the first time Lisa Kirk has explored capitalism’s underbelly, but now, more than ever, her audience is primed to go with her. Invisible-Exports, the Lower East Side gallery that seems to have been named with Kirk in mind, is the site of the artist’s current installation House of Cards. The gallery’s office has been turned into a “functioning” real estate sales office (salespeople[.....]

ART DUBAI

ART DUBAI, one of the most important contemporary art fairs in the United Arab Emirates, has officially opened at the luxurious Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai. The third installment of the fair showcases 68 galleries (from over 250 applicants) from the Middle East and around the globe. The fair has three main components: two exhibition halls, the underground project space ‘Art Park’, as well as[.....]

Lalla Essaydi

Lalla Essaydi‘s mesmerizing calligraphic portrait series, Les Femmes du Maroc, explores and empowers Arab female identity by cleverly employing the sacred Islamic art form reserved for men. A product of cultural fusion, Essaydi was born in Morocco and lived in Saudi Arabia for several years before moving to Boston to receive her B.F.A. from Tufts University in 1999. She then received her M.F.A. in Painting[.....]