August, 2012

Yoko says…

Yoko Ono, Installation 2012. Copyright Yoko Ono.

Yoko says…make a wish Yoko says…cut Yoko says…step on the painting Yoko says…smile What ever Yoko says, one must do. It’s an irresistible game. A walk through Yoko Ono’s exhibition, ‘To the Light…’ at the Serpentine Gallery in the heart of London’s Hyde Park, is very much an extension of the park itself. Play and wander and, moreover, do what Yoko says. Simple and surreal,[.....]

Uncommon Ground at Flowers East

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  The state of the environment – activated by observation, exploration and intervention – is the common subject taken up by eighteen photographers included in the current exhibition at Flower East. The show’s framework is intentionally broad, stretching the term ‘environment’ to encompass both urban and rural landscapes and surveying ecological, anthropological, political, architectural and aesthetic concerns. The wide berth also allows Chris Littlewood, the gallery’s[.....]

#Hashtags: Going Up at SFMOMA

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92, 1981; chromogenic color print; 24 x 47 15/16" (61 x 121.9 cm); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Fellows of Photography Fund; ©2012 Cindy Sherman.

#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 columns to hashtags@dailyserving.com. It was miraculous to me, only because I had never seen the space behind the doors. Yet, it was shameful, as if I had seen something I ought not to have seen and, worse, had[.....]

HELP DESK: Appropriation and Appropriateness

Nina Katchadourian, Lavatory Self-Portrait in the Flemish Style #18-19, 2011. C-print, edition of 8, diptych: 7.157 x 6 inches each

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. All submissions remain strictly anonymous and become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED. If you were intrigued by last week’s Q&A[.....]

“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us”-Oscar Wilde

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Memory is a many-splendored, strange, elusive and sometimes infuriating thing. Today from the DS Archives we’re featuring different artists addressing memory in different ways. Spaces of Remembrance at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is on view from 7 July-9 September 2012 and includes Kader Attia, Mircea Cantor, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Cyprien Gaillard, Anri Sala, Tatiana Trouvé. The archive article features Bibiana Suárez’s exhibit from earlier this year at  Hyde Park Art Center. The following article was originally published[.....]

Fan Mail: Duncan M. Ferguson

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For this edition of Fan Mail, Duncan M. Ferguson of Halifax, Nova Scotia has been selected from our worthy reader submissions. Two artists are featured each month—the next one could be you! If you would like to be considered, please submit your website link to info@dailyserving.com with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line. Is painting dead? Need it all be conceptual founded? Need art be[.....]

Anything but the Kitchen Sink

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley The following was originally written for Art21’s Blog and re-posted here with their permission. These musing are all loosely inspired by watching Mary Reid Kelley in the “History” episode in Season Six of Art in the Twenty-First Century, and by thinking about how family, history and family history play into contemporary art.[.....]