July, 2011

Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens

In the aftermath of the manic, dizzying opening of the Venice Biennale, it is refreshing to see an alternate possibility for an international exhibition on the coast of England – a project, that much like it’s place, embodies the understated, the poetic and the site-specific – a welcome breathe of fresh air in contrast to the global displays of power battling it out at the[.....]

The Butt, and the Photograph

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Rarely do I smell cigarettes in public these days. If they smoke at all, people close to me tend to bring out lighters only on occasions involving heavy drinking.  This shift is a surprising testament to common sense.  Occasionally, it seems, we can do what’s best for us. Of course, that common[.....]

Matrix 162- Shaun Gladwell

An athletic international globe-trotter, Shaun Gladwell‘s first solo show in the US is Matrix 162 at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The exhibition is of five videos (2005 through 2010) and one still image from a video. It ends up reading as a sort of mini-retrospective. It brings together work from his early preoccupation with extreme sports and urban motion through his reflection on the Mad Max[.....]

Art in Limbo

It’s true.  The state of Utah now owns Spiral Jetty.  For the last decade, the Dia Foundation has paid Utah’s Department of Natural Resources $250 a year to maintain the 20-year lease on the land surrounding the earthwork.  In February, the Dia received and paid its annual invoice, only to have the payment returned in June with a note that the lease had expired—a fact[.....]

Alec Soth’s Broken Manual

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Many of us, at one point, have felt near our breaking point with the life we live and the sacrifices we have to make in order to even have that life. Escaping our day-to-day, or “the man” at large is at times the sweetest fantasy. Through a collection of portraits of the lives of men who have removed themselves from society,  Alec Soth’s Broken Manual[.....]

Happy Independence Day

Happy Birthday America. This year at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Allora & Calzadilla are making sure we stay lookin’ good in our old age.

From the DS Archives-Bill Viola: Bodies of Light

This Sunday, From the DS Archives features internationally recognized video artist, Bill Viola. Viola’s 1996 work The Messenger – a video installation commissioned for Durham Cathedral  in North East England where it was initially installed – is currently included in the group exhibition Videosphere: A New Generation at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. This article was originally written by Rebekah Drysdale on November 4,[.....]