December, 2012

HELP DESK: Internship Woes

Yoyoi Kusama, Dots Obsession, 1999. Mixed media, Collection Les Abattoirs,Toulouse

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 confidential and become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED.org. In general, blog writing is a tricky area in terms of[.....]

From the DS Archives: Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay has been blurring the boundaries between art, video, and sound for decades. His seminal video piece The Clock (2010) begins its tour at The Museum of Modern Art on December 21st. Can’t make it to New York? No problem! The Clock will also be on view at SFMoMA Spring 2013. The following article was originally posted on June 29, 2010 by Seth Curcio: This week,[.....]

Art Basel Miami Beach: In Stereo

Let’s begin with the facts. This year’s 12th annual installment of Art Basel Miami Beach featured 257 exhibitors (excluding publications, institutions, or bookstores). This means 257 booths spanning the floor of the approximately 500,000 square foot bottom floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center. If you walk all eight north-to-south aisles (one way), you will canvas a little over two miles of carpeted ground. This[.....]

Craft is Not Dead

Sabrina Gschwandtner, “Hula Hoop,” 2010. 16mm film and polyamide thread. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chris Rifkin in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery. Photo by Sabrina Gschwandtner.

What defines the art of craft? What is the difference between art and craft? 40 Under 40: Craft Futures at Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery blurred the lines for me, while at the same time helping me to appreciate craft in a new light. There is something about the word “craft” that connotes antiquated techniques that don’t necessarily relate to our contemporary world. This exhibition breathes new[.....]

From Miami: Selections from the Miami Art Fairs

Driving to Miami in a car, through scrub trees, pines and high water along the highway, I feel like I’ve come to the end of America. Here we are for the 2012 Miami Art Fairs, a city-wide, four day long event comprised countless art fairs, exhibitions, and unofficial events. Arriving in a city that I’ve never visited, my first night is spent in orientation. I’ve done[.....]

Holding Up Half the Sky: An interview with Lin Tianmiao

After seeing Bound Unbound, the major retrospective show of Lin Tianmiao’s work at the Asia Society Museum in New York I was so intrigued by how such work could emerge from the testosterone-fuelled Chinese artworld in the late 90s that I decided to seek her out in Beijing to ask her what it’s like to be pretty much the only female artist in China to[.....]

HELP DESK: What to Give ‘Em

Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment (2012). 128 pages, perfect-bound

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.Merry Hanukkwanzmas and Happy New Solstice Apocalypse! ‘Tis the season for gifting,[.....]