April, 2012

HELP DESK: Is It Any Wonder?

On the left, Kinkade's "Cobblestone Bridge" and on the right, Hirst's "Methoxyverapamil" (1991). Actually, I think they look kind of good together! (images: guardian.co.uk, respectively)

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[…..]

Always Be Ready For Your Close Up

Exposure can mean very different things to different people. Think, scientific discovery vs. Britney Spears. For today’s look into the DS Archives we hope you will agree that in the art world, if nothing else, exposure means something interesting. In the two exhibitions, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 and Found Footage: Cinema Exposed, we are given priviledged views into worlds that are[…..]

Gillian Wearing Wearing a Mask of Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing, Dancing in Peckham, 1994, Colour video with sound, 25 min. Courtesy of the Artist; Maureen Paley, London.

British-born photo, video and performance-based artist Gillian Wearing is best known for bringing home the 1997 Turner prize and her series of direct street portraits, Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (1992-3). At London’s Whitechapel Gallery, the artist presents a fascinating collection of honest, if not creepy, portraits in an[…..]

Architects on Bicycles

A version of this post was originally published on the Art21 blog a year ago, right after the second CicLAvia, a city-wide event that closes down seven miles of city streets. The fourth CicLAvia happens in L.A. this Sunday, April 15. L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Reyner Banham, a British architectural historian, had blatant enthusiasm for Los[…..]

Five centuries of images in Antwerp

Walking through one of the isles of a big London supermarket last week made me realise once again how we are culturally programmed to value image over substance. The way we deal with food packaging is one of the best examples of our inclination towards superficiality and the ease with which we are swayed to buy and eat something that looks nice/tasty/healthy (when it actually isn’t)[…..]

Dollies of Folly & Frolic: Kim Dingle at Sperone Westwater

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Kim Dingle’s exhibition entitled still lives at Sperone Westwater portrays a series of calamities played out by children sitting at tables, whirling off of chairs and clinking wine glasses in roistering merriment. Clown-like in depiction with disproportionally large feet and nondescript faces, the toddlers she presents are more so dolls than human children. Dingle’s newest works are less crowded than older works and by virtue[…..]

#Hashtags: “Homes with Swimming Pools”

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#Hashtags provides a platform for longer reconsiderations of artworks and art practices outside of the review format and in new contexts. Please send queries and/or ideas for future to hashtags@dailyserving.com. The New York City Department of Education drew all kinds of mockery last week after someone leaked a list of 50-plus banned words off of one of its Request for Proposals (RFP).[1] In this case,[…..]