October, 2012

HELP DESK: Missed Opportunity

Robert Rauschenberg, Minutiae, 1954. Freestanding combine, 84 1/2 x 81 x 30 1/2 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 questions. All submissions remain strictly anonymous and become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED.org.Dear Help Desk, I have a nagging suspicion a prominent curator in[…..]

From the DS Archives: He disappeared into complete silence

Today from the DS Archives we take another look at the exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’s work at  De Hallen in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The Faurschou Foundation’s current exhibition, Alone and Together, presents and overview of Bourgeois’s seven-decade career. The following article was originally posted on November 24, 2011 by Georgia Haagsma:

#bindersfullofwomen: The Art of Being Female

Mitt Romney had binders full of women, #Hashtags has “The Art of Being Female.” Originally published March 13, 2012. Please send queries and/or ideas for future columns to hashtags@dailyserving.com. #Hashtags provides a platform for longer reconsiderations of artworks and art practices outside of the review format and in new contexts. If you’re young and female, I hope you’re introduced to a positive mentor early enough[…..]

The Elusive Yonder

Andy Best, We See Further, 2010-12 Inkjet print on archival paper

There is much talk in Perth of the city’s isolation, of the role that global mobility might play in local contemporary art practice. ‘Mobility’ here is a necessity, inevitable in some form, although its direction is another question as the city remains attached to a European history that is far from the reality of the continent and region. These concerns are visible undercurrents in Yonder,[…..]

Fan Mail: Kevin Frances

Kevin Frances, Kitchen, F St.

For this edition of Fan Mail, Kevin Frances of Providence, Rhode Island 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. Kevin has made several renditions of rooms filled with ceramic objects, using screen[…..]

We Like STATIC

Static, Luxury Vandals MMXI, 2011. Five color screen print , 220 gsm Mirriboard, 46 x 46 cm. Edition: 35 (per color variant).

Long entrenched in British literary tradition, parody, pastiche and caricature have, more recently, been revived in contemporary British urban art. Street artist Banksy’s foray into social criticism of war, art world commercialism and totalitarianism (just to name a few) or Mau Mau’s sprawling colourful murals, elaborately scrawled on public surfaces are such notable instances of irreverent commentaries that satirise and caricaturise. A more domestic, less[…..]

HELP DESK: You Broke It!

Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Helga and Carlo, with Respect and Affection), 1974.

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. What is the most professional way to handle[…..]