March, 2012

HELP DESK: On the Web and In Your Head

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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[…..]

Czech out the DS Archives!

I know, cheesy pun but too good to resist. And it’s relevant because today’s look into the DS Archives features Czech artist Monika Fryčová and the group exhibition, There is Nothing There at the Czech Center Gallery in NYC. The two exhibitions demonstrate the countless ways in which Czech artists and people interpret their lives in the current social and political state in the Czech Republic:[…..]

Fan Mail: Erin Rachel Hudak

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For this edition of Fan Mail, New York based artist Erin Rachel Hudak has been selected from a group of worthy submissions. If you would like to be considered, please submit to info@dailyserving.com a link to your website with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line. One artist is featured each month—the next one could be you! I have grown to love a television program entitled[…..]

High Performance

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Do you remember track star Gail Devers, with her absurdly long nails? I noticed her for the first time in Atlanta, on television during the 1996 Olympics, where she one her third gold. Then, her nails were painted gold to match the medal she had yet to win. Eight years later, in[…..]

My dog is dead, my pigeon is lost, and I fell down a rabbit hole

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When I first saw David Shrigley, I was taken aback by his calm aura and semblance of complete normalcy. A man known for his searing dead-pan humour, I half-expected to see a crazed post-punk artist living on the fringes of society. But here was a charming, clean-cut gentleman, tranquilly tattooing ink drawings onto willing participants in the middle of London’s most extravagant art fair. Calm,[…..]

The 2012 Whitney Biennial: A Rehabilitated Production

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The beginning of March sees New York erupt in an art world flurry with the 75th Whitney Biennial igniting the itinerary for the next couple months of art fairs, large-scale exhibitions, auctions, and not least of all, the parties that accompany such events. Presented by Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders, who formed a fortuitous curatorial duo, the 2012 Biennial shone brighter than the previous Biennial[…..]

Weaving, Not Cloth: Mark Bradford

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The difficulty in viewing photographs of artwork is that the camera flattens the object in its focus, relinquishing subtleties in order to capture a whole. Because his oeuvre is very subtle indeed, Mark Bradford’s work requires a viewer’s presence to be fully appreciated. Very little of the slender lines of collage, delicate papers built up in thin layers or washes of paint almost completely sanded[…..]