March, 2012

Evil Dead 2 at Horton Gallery Berlin

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  Horton Gallery, with its evocatively titled two-person show Evil Dead 2, pays homage to Romero’s glorious second stab by exploring expansive and ever-mutable revision.  The setup seems sitcom-like; two artists and friends from Brooklyn display their process-heavy paintings shoulder to shoulder in a kind of Oscar/Felix cohabitation.  Matt Jones is deep and celestial (the messy one), while gallery-mate Kadar Brock aims towards a final[…..]

Personal Opinions

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Driving home on March 28, the last day of the SCOTUS affordable health care hearings, I had the radio on and heard interviews with two or three female picketers who had set up outside the Supreme Court. I haven’t been able  to find the transcript of what I heard, but I remember[…..]

Alchemy in Reverse: He Xiangyu’s ‘Cola Project’

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There are numerous contemporary works in which the artists’ choice of physical ‘matter’ contains within it their intended meaning. Xu Bing’s poignant ‘Where the Dust Itself Collects’ made from dust collected in the streets of Manhattan after the destruction of the twin towers falls into this category, as does Marc Quinn’s self-portrait made of 9 pints of the artist’s own frozen blood. Sydney artist Shoufay Derz[…..]

Paul Graham: The Present

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The Pace Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery debut Paul Graham: The Present with a striking selection of sixteen diptychs and two triptychs. This series concludes a trilogy with the series a shimmer of possibility (2004–2006) and American Night (1998–2002), both of which showed in numerous institutions and galleries internationally. Alongside the exhibition of The Present, Graham has published a 114-page monograph with London-based MACK, which will[…..]

Anna Barriball

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A solo exhibition of works by Anna Barriball (1972, Plymouth) from the past decade is on show at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh till 9 April 2012. The exhibition presents selected works  developed from a practice centered on repeated engagements with and between the languages of drawing and sculpture. Copper pipes is an example of the way that Barriball uses materials that she works with[…..]

Reading the Internet with Joan Jonas:
The Task of the Cultural Critic in the Ambient Age

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Kristi McGuire is an artist, writer, and editor living in Chicago, Illinois. She is coeditor of The Contemporary Visual Studies Reader, forthcoming from Routledge this fall. She can be reached at postmenlikedoctors [at] gmail.com.  Stock image photograph produced by Google image-search for “stock photography.” I once thought that I could summon the ambient act of reading on the Internet as part of a singular project of prognostication:[…..]

HELP DESK: Hell is Other People

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Welcome to 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 and save the comments section to chime in on the topics of the day. If you’ve submitted a question using an anonymizer, we regret that it may not have[…..]