September, 2012

The current exhibition at the California College of the Arts Wattis Institute, When Attitude Became Form Becomes Attitudes, is a sequel to, and a reevaluation of, the legendary 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, which was curated by Harald Szeemann at Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. It brings together 82 international contemporary artists who follow, in various ways, the legacy of Szeemann’s iconic exhibition. Today from[…..]

Conversion and Inversion Stories

JP Munro,  Dionysus In India,  2012, Oil on Linen. Courtesy International Art Objects.

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A column by Catherine Wagley Tobias Wolff and a friend went to a free showing of Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light one evening in 1970. Shown in the sanctuary of an Oxford church, the severe narrative about spiritual malaise seemed hauntingly appropriate and, in a 2008 essay, Wolff describes his experience with it as “harrowing”—he felt himself drowning in[…..]

Nope.

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Nope. One of my favorite occurrences in the Art world is when an artist acknowledges the viewers’ expectations, and actively denies them. In a time seemingly ruled by art with the highest sensational value, I can’t help but root for the heroic and/or obstinate people unabashedly making minimalist conceptual art that allows for none of the easily digestible catharses one might hope for. This is[…..]

William Kentridge – Black Box / Chambre Noire

At the end of William Kentridge’s miniature theatre piece Black Box/Chambre Noire (2005) a rhinoceros gets shot. The shooting, taken from old black and white film footage and projected onto the theatre’s back screen is clumsily executed by a clearly inexperienced rhinoceros hunter. After the deed is done, said hunter runs back and forth between the animal and his original position to check the status[…..]

Michelle Carla Handel and Eve Wood at Garboushian Gallery

Babies Are Born Every Day

Let’s delve into a weird place. Tunneling towards a mine of suppressed, latent, and untapped oddities, this rabbit hole burrows deep into the human psyche. Like a cognitive roll call, every repressed thought is buried here: the traumatically humiliating moment from your childhood, the impure dreams you had as a teen, and the irrational fears you disguise as an adult – this is a den[…..]

HELP DESK: Giving Up?

Thomas Demand, Copyshop, 1999. C-print, 72 1/4 x 118 1/4 inches

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 question. All submissions remain strictly anonymous and become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED.org. I have been a semi-successful studio artist for almost 30 years.[…..]

Please Don’t Stop the Music

Sometimes we all need a bit of convincing to go see a particular exhibition. In the case of  I Wish This Was A Song, the upcoming exhibit at The National Museum of Norway, Museum of Contemporary Art, all you have to do is skim over the ridiculous line up of artists included: Nevin Aladağ, Dave Allen, Apparatjik and Autokolor, Fikret Atay, Tim Ayres, Johanna Billing, Christoph Brech,[…..]