April, 2010

Nightmares for the Well-Adjusted

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley A show with as defeatist a title as Permission to Fail should be anything but healthy. Yet “healthy”  nicely describes Macha Suzuki’s unpretentious installation at Sam Lee Gallery. Stationed at the intersection between ambivalence and ambition, Permission to Fail rejects the fragmented nostalgia and aimless grandiosity that has infected too much recent[.....]

Inward Bound: Jules de Balincourt & the Next to Last Show at Deitch Projects

While it may seem that every press release these days somehow equates the art on view with the Obama era, things really are better now that big dummy Bush is out of office and you can feel it in Jules de Balincourt’s current show, Premonitions, at Deitch Projects.  I’m not saying this show screams, “Yes, We Can,” but with the oppressive anxiety of the Bush[.....]

Sook Kim: Inside Out

For her debut solo exhibition in New York City, Korean artist Sook Kim is presenting fourteen new photographs, which include her famed Saturday Night series, at Gana Art on West 25th St. in NYC. The exhibition, titled Inside Out, features images of buildings in both Germany and New York that have a transparent facade revealing the activity of the inhabitants within the structure. Formally, the[.....]

Elizabeth Berdann

The Contemporary Art Museum Honolulu is currently presenting four concurrent solo exhibitions by New York and Los Angeles-based artists, including Daily Serving featured artist and interviewee, Allison Schulnik, as well as Elizabeth Berdann, Judy Fox and Fay Ku. New York-based Elizabeth Berdann‘s solo show, entitled Wonders Curiosities and Conundrums, is the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work over the past two decades. The work[.....]

Inventory: New Art from Southeast Asia

Inventory: New Art from Southeast Asia at Osage Gallery Singapore presents recent works by eight key artists in Southeast Asia. In 35 Black Cowries, 35 stainless steel Chinese characters are displayed in opened square miniature suitcases and each stainless steel Chinese character includes a black cowry shell to replace the Chinese symbol 贝(bei). The classical Chinese symbol 贝(bei) for money, originated as an ideogram of[.....]

From the DS Archives: Andrea Fraser

Originally published: October 31, 2007 Performance artist Andrea Fraser has long been acclaimed as provocateur, leading a unique style of performance art coined as “institutional critique.” The artist has conducted many famous performances, such as the 1989 work “Museum Highlights,” where the artist posed as a Museum tour guide under her stage name Jane Castleton at the Philadelphia Museum. During the piece the artist walked[.....]

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle

On view at the Art Institute of Chicago until May 23 is Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle‘s work Always After (The Glass House).  Ovalle has gained international recognition for a diverse, conceptually rigorous body of work-both activist-inspired public art and studio-based objects-that consist of formally arresting, often technically complex, poetic meditations on aesthetics, nature, and modernity. His 2006 work Always After (The Glass House) is the fifth installment[.....]