November, 2011

Geraldine Javier: Museum of Many Things

Geraldine Javier’s show Museum of Many Things at the Valentine Willie Fine Art Gallery presents an amalgamation of vintage mementos, framed animal skeletons, stuffed birds and elaborate needlework in a contemporary take of a Victorian-styled cabinet of curiosities. While Javier’s assembly of curios appears to be a whimsical indulgence of the macabre, it is as much a nostalgic take on death’s inevitability as it is[.....]

Interview with Rafał Bujnowski

Sebastian Schobbert

Sometimes an interview comes easily, and sometimes not: Rafał Bujnowski needed convincing.  We smoked a cigarette together in Tarnow, Poland, where he was exhibiting work in Tarnow: 1000 years of modernity. I enthused about his work.  He agreed to do it if I would email him the questions, and I gently refused.  He claimed a poor grasp of English.  I denied it.  We smoked another[.....]

Francesca Woodman at SFMOMA

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On view at SFMOMA and traveling to the Guggenheim in 2012, Francesca Woodman is a testament to the faithfulness of an artistic inquiry.  In photo after photo Woodman experimented with formal elements, tested endless configurations, and explored feminine identity. Woodman’s self-discipline is evident in the multiple galleries hung with her photographs. Considering her age—she was in her late teens and early twenties when the work was[.....]

From the DS Archives: Paul Thek

This week from the DS Archives we implore you to remember the bodacious and brilliant Paul Thek. Thek is joined by an excellent line up of artists for the 2012 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. So grab a taxi/car/bike/plane/train/horse and head over to Glasgow to see the works of Aleksander Mir, Ruth Ewan, Richard Wright, Corin Sworn and much more! (Those are just a few of the[.....]

HORIZON/S: An interview with Matt Lipps

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Matt Lipps’ newest body of work HORIZON/S, flips the traditional mode of institutional curating on its head. In this series, Lipps appropriates content from a late 1950s arts and culture publication that promises to offer a curated selection of international culture that will add a sense of sophistication to anyone’s taste. From these images, Lipps’ playfully explores what happens to the meaning of certain objects[.....]

Three Ways to Look at Famous Legs

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley My favorite photograph in MOCA Los Angeles’ newly opened Weegee show is the one of the crime photographer turned expert ogler with Marlene Dietrich’s legs. It’s a riff off another Weegee image, “Self-portrait with Marlene Dietrich,” in which the photographer leans in, smiling in a pandering sort of way at the actress,[.....]

Ahmed Alsoudani: Psychological Warfare

It was almost impossible not to take notice of Iraqi-American artist Ahmed Alsoudani’s mass invasion at the Venice Biennale this year – if the vivid colours and immense canvases didn’t immediately attract your attention, the sheer repetition of his highly distinctive work assured that the images infiltrate your psyche. And hot on the heels of this inclusion in three major Venice exhibitions is Alsoudani’s first[.....]