April, 2011

Ariadne’s Thread

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley When Richard Strauss’ indulgent opera Ariadne Auf Naxos had its U.S. premiere at the Met in 1962, critic Everett Helm was more than underwhelmed; he was exasperated. The whole show, he wrote, “makes dupes of the audience, being all form but having no real content.” It was “theatrically flabby,” “silly and contrived.”[…..]

Contest, Context, Content

The Curators Battle is a pretty direct title for an experimental concept event. The Grimmuseum hosted two curators, Carson Chan and Aaron Moulton, who each organized separate shows in adjacent galleries, pulling work from the same artists. For added drama, there was a vote to choose the better show. At it’s best, forcing the audience to consider the behind the scenes development of an art[…..]

Fan Mail: Peter Granser

For this edition of Fan Mail, German artist Peter Granser has been selected from a group of worthy submissions.  If you would like to be considered, please submit to info@dailyserving.com a link to your website with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line.  Two artists are featured each month – the next one could be you! Peter Granser is a self-taught artist that began his career[…..]

Scott Treleaven at Silverman Gallery

In the 1990s, Scott Treleaven was best known as a film and zine-maker. Toronto-bred and living in Paris, Treleaven had made a name for himself through his zine, Salivation Army, which he filled with collage, drawings, 35mm photographs and sprawling notes. It was a meeting place of Queer, occult, and punk interests, if you can imagine such a wild thing. Treleaven’s new show at Silverman[…..]

The Nature of Change: Hybridity and Mutation

Before we go any further there is a confession I should make – I have a slight obsession with art that is visceral, uncomfortable and generally disturbing. Something my friend David – a mutual adorer – once designated ‘the creep factor.’ So when I first laid eyes on images from HRL Contemporary’s upcoming show The Nature of Change: Hybridity and Mutation I was hoping to[…..]

From the DS Archives: Glenn Ligon

This Sunday, From the DS Archives takes a second look at New York-based artist Glenn Ligon. Ligon is currently the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an exhibition that will travel on to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in fall 2011 and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in early 2012. Ligon’s most iconic works, namely[…..]

Marilyn Minter’s Paintings from the ’80s [NSFW]

Today’s article is brought to us from our friends at Flavorwire, where Rozalia Jovanovic discusses Marilyn Minter’s works from the 1980’s. Two distinct bodies of work from this period are on view at Team Gallery in New York City. Appropriation, commodification, and the body are some themes from the ’80s art-world discourse that artist Marilyn Minter embraced in her paintings from that time period, a[…..]