January, 2012

Eugenia is coming: LAND shows off Eugenia Butler in “Perpetual Conceptual”

It’s been said that over the course of four short years – from 1968 to 1972 – the Eugenia Butler Gallery set the bar for conceptual art in Southern California. Butler, whose own mother fled home to work as a Harvey Girl, left Bakersfield, CA, to serve in the United States Marines, eventually becoming a Master Sergeant. After the war, Butler married James Butler, a[…..]

HELP DESK: The Answer is No


Welcome to HELP DESK, step into my office! Each week I’ll be answering your queries about making, finding, marketing, buying, selling—or any other activity related to—contemporary art. Together, we’ll sort through some of art’s thornier issues. This week, let’s email helpdesk@dailyserving.com with your questions (you can use a free anonymizer like Anonymouse.org if you want) and save the comments section for continuing the conversation on[…..]

From the DS Archives: Post-Communism

There are only so many things you can do to deal with years of oppression. In the case of former Soviet states, there is a tendency to look to humor (albeit a dark humor most often) and the absurd. Today we look back at Bean Gilsdorf’s take on the Polish world of dwarves and how they kept moral high. Want more post-communist artistic expression? This[…..]

Making Events of Objects: [2nd floor projects], Glass, house, and THE THING Quarterly

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As part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, Daily Serving is sharing Patricia Maloney’s article Making Events of Objects on [2nd floor projects] and THE THING Quarterly in San Francisco. A central tenet to emerge from Conceptual art in the 1960s was the perception of language as an object: a visual form of signification that requires us to negotiate its materiality in order to locate its meaning.[…..]

Kissing, Architecture, and Mohair that Saves the Day


L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley “A kiss puts form into slow and stretchy motion,” writes Sylvia Lavin. A kiss “renders geometry fluid.” Our relationship to buildings can be like that too — slow, stretchy, fluid. So Lavin suggests in Kissing Architecture, her new book with a bright pink cover and a delightfully sensual take on architectural criticism.[…..]

Interactions Between Representations of History

An exhibition of two adjoining shows by Slavs and Tatars and Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan is on at Kiosk, Ghent till 22 January 2012, featuring works that deal with interpretations and associations surrounding historically significant events. Friendship of Nations: Polish-Shi’ite Showbiz by Slavs and Tatars presents a re-imagination of an Iranian Polish Solidarity. Even to an eye unfamiliar with Iranian and Polish[…..]

Stan Douglas: Entertainment: Selections from Midcentury Studio at The Power Plant

To make the images for Midcentury Studio, a selection of which are at The Power Plant in Toronto until 4 March, Stan Douglas not only constructed a working period studio stocked with authentic equipment from the post-war North America that these images ‘document’, he also invented an impressively resourceful fictional character, a working photojournalist of the time, to make them. Douglas cast himself in the[…..]