July, 2012

Jacob Hashimoto: Paper Paradise

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American born Jacob Hashimoto’s eye-catching exhibition, ‘The Other Sun’ at London’s Ronchini Gallery in Mayfair certainly brings to mind planetary brilliance in colour and splendour. Hashimoto uses traditional kite-making materials and techniques to create singular, modular units collectively arranged into numinous, monumental installations and smaller, woven, three-dimensional wall pieces. Hanging by threads, the thousands of multicoloured translucent kites are hand-made with rice paper and bamboo, each tiny kite[…..]

18th Biennale of Sydney Part II: Cockatoo Island and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

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  Disembarking visitors to the 18th Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island first encounter fog rising from a crevice between sandstone cliffs and the island’s abandoned buildings. A site-specific work by Fujiko Nakaya, it exemplifies the intentions of the artistic directors  – to open our senses to water, wind, and earth. Jonathan Jones, of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations, created a midden of oyster shells and porcelain teacups,  a poignant reference[…..]

Thomas Zummer at PNCA

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In Thomas Zummer’s partial retrospective of works I should have done, on view at PNCA’s Philip Feldman Gallery, things are not what they seem. For starters, the show is more replete than it sounds. The Brooklyn-based writer, artist, teacher, and curator presents an assortment of drawings, prints, and sculptures spanning his career. The pieces are a motley crew: portraits of robots butt against blurred, interstitial[…..]

Help Desk: Various Unpleasant Situations

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Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is cosponsored by KQED.org. I have a collector friend who recently went into a gallery to acquire a new piece for his collection. He was prepared to pay cash and was surprised[…..]

Let’s Talk Brazil

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Today from the DS Archives we bring you many things Brazil. First we point you to the huge group exhibition Art of Contradictions. Pop, Realisms and Politics. Brazil – Argentina, 1960 on view at Fundación Proa from July 14–September 2012 and features 100 works by 58 artists. Next we revisit the 2011 article We Operate in the Vacuum, and Other Tales which discusses temporary art spaces[…..]

dOCUMENTA (13) spaces: Kulturbahnhof

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Functioning as an “exploded museum,” as curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev calls it, the hundreds of artworks of the dOCUMENTA (13) are housed in venues near and far. Beyond Kassel, Germany there are dOCUMENTA happenings in Kabul, Afghanistan, Cairo, Egypt, and in Banff, Canada. Within Kassel, the exhibitions are taking place in the Karlsaue park, at the historic Fridericianum (claiming fame to being the first public museum[…..]

Free Chalk for Free Speech

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley I wasn’t there last night when L.A.’s downtown Art Walk, held monthly, turned into a stand-off with police. Instead, I was on my couch, three miles away, watching it all on CBS News’ U-stream and following updates on twitter. I dozed off when there were hardly any stragglers left on the street,[…..]