October, 2012

I saw the light was on, by Mie Kongo

"meeting you unexpectedly", 2011, image courtesy of the artist.

Living in a major city like Chicago, I seldom travel outside the city limits to visit an art gallery. But the recent exhibition “I saw the light was on” by Mie Kongo, was a “must do” trip. Kongo’s work is currently on view at Heuser Art Center at Bradley University, Peoria, where the sizable space with exceptional natural light provides the perfect atmosphere for the subtle and[.....]

HELP DESK: Extracurricular (!) Activity

Kate Gilmore, Main Squeeze, 2006. Still from video

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. All submissions remain strictly anonymous and become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED.org. This week our intrepid columnist is traveling, so we’re reprinting one[.....]

From the DS Archives: First-Person Reality: I Am Not Free Because I Can be Exploded Anytime

Today, From the DS Archives takes another look at Sterling Ruby‘s 2011 solo exhibition at Sprueth Magers in Berlin. Early next month Ruby’s work will be in a group exhibition titled Cellblock I & Cellblock II, curated by Robert Hobbs at Andrea Rosen Gallery in Los Angeles. Cellblock I & Cellblock II will also feature works by Peter Halley, Robert Motherwell, and Kelley Walker. The[.....]

You Go Crazy

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A column by Catherine Wagley I was slapped by a child named Sam who must have been 4 years old the last time I visited Friederich Kunath’s show Lacan’s Haircut at Blum & Poe. Sam was playing with his sister on the bright yellow carpet in the first gallery — each subsequent gallery has bright carpet too, orange[.....]

Revelations in Paint

Prior to this exhibition, I associated Jules Olitski with his stained color field canvases from the early 1960s. But like my experience of most solo exhibitions, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the dramatic range of paintings he produced throughout his nearly fifty-year career. Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski at American University Museum walks the viewer through Olitski’s creative evolution as an abstract artist,[.....]

The Art Fair Boyfriend or How I Survived Frieze Week and Learned to Love the Fair

Hugh Mendes, Obama Lama at The Future Can Wait

It’s autumn in London – the sun-dappled days at Hyde Park become distant memories as my brief trip back to California enters my rear view. The temperature drops, the leopard-print bikini begins its hibernation, and I stock up on Wolford tights again. The droves of art world professionals have returned from their envy-inducing Facebook check-ins in Saint-Tropez and Positano to the sudden realisation that Frieze week is[.....]

ALLEYS AND PARKING LOTS Joel Ross in collaboration with Jason Creps at moniquemeloche

In the foreground of one of Joel Ross and Jason Creps’ photographs, the artists installed a sign that reads “At the beginning of the story I will say to you ‘This is how it happened’ and then we will proceed, okay?” This statement could be the thesis for the artists’ exhibition of cinematic photographs titled “Alleys and Parking Lots” at moniquemeloche, a show in which[.....]