February, 2012

Saskia Olde Wolbers: Visions of Desire and Pathological Lies

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‘We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realise the truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know how to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.’ – Pablo Picasso Saskia Olde Wolbers’ works are full of lies, half-truths and fabrications. What may at first glance appear to be a[…..]

Ill Form and Void Full: New Work by Laura Letinsky at MCA Chicago

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Laura Letinsky is a master at having it both ways. She photographs messes that are exquisitely tidy. She uses white like a color. She presents endings in a moment when they are still new, still vibrating with just spent energy. She captures objects as images and images as objects. She makes decay look gorgeous. Letinsky is known for her artfully arranged still life photographs of[…..]

HELP DESK: The Element of Surprise

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Welcome to another week of HELP DESK, where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling—or any other activity related to—contemporary art. Together, we’ll sort through some of art’s thornier issues. Email helpdesk@dailyserving.com with your questions (you can use a free anonymizer like Anonymouse.org if you want) and save the comments section to chime in on the topics of the day. All[…..]

From the DS Archives: Andrea Bowers’ The Political Landscape turn to Artist as Subject

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Today we take another look at the conversation between Andrea Bowers and Julie Henson, originally posted on August 7, 2o10. Bowers is now included in the group exhibition Artist as Subject  at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, on view through May 27, 2012.   There are very few artists today who willingly take a direct political position in their work. Often artists neglect[…..]

Co-opting Form: An Interview with Liz Miller

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Liz Miller‘s installations are stunningly elaborate compositions, combining materials and shapes in ways that often belie our expectations. In her current exhibition, Recalcitrant Mimesis, Miller responds to the work of Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still, whose museum opened late last year in Denver. Recalcitrant Mimesis is up through today at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver. Miller’s work is also currently included in the group[…..]

If You Weren’t So Gorgeous

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley “She could have been signed on the basis of her pedigree alone,” said columnist Stephen Metcalf, talking about Whitney Houston on Slate’s culture podcast Tuesday, four days after the singer’s death. “Her godmother was Aretha Franklin. Her mother was an accomplished gospel singer. Her cousins were Deedee and Dionne Warwick. She could[…..]

The 2012 DeCordova Biennial

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There is always someone who is offended by every biennial. They are inherently two-headed beasts, with the introspective head judging the strengths and weaknesses of a portion of the art world, while the extroverted head optimistically presents a narrative, declaring why the included artists are notable. For this year’s DeCordova Biennial, curators Dina Deitsch and Abigail Ross Goodman followed tradition by programming a regional Biennial[…..]