January, 2013

New Year’s Day Swimmers

The first time I saw New Year’s Day Swimmers, the current exhibition at Altman Siegel Gallery in San Francisco, I didn’t mean to. I intended to pop into the gallery to drop something off, but as soon as I crossed the threshold I was completely captivated by the works and forgot everything else I was supposed to accomplish by my visit. Floating through the gallery,[.....]

The XEROX BOOK

In December of 1968, Seth Siegelaub and Jack Wendler published The XEROX BOOK, an exhibition produced entirely in book form. The project included seven contributing conceptual artists: Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Douglas Huebler, Robert Morris and Lawrence Weiner. The Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco recently spoke to Jack Wendler about The XEROX BOOK offering a unique glimpse into the history[.....]

#Hashtags: Claiming Modernism

One of the more thought-provoking pieces of art writing this month was not about contemporary work, but modern art. Tucked away in his review of “Radical Terrain” at the Rubin Museum, New York Times critic Holland Cotter called out the Euro-American belief that the West invented modernism, which was then either copied or imposed (inferiorly) across the globe. We might have missed Cotter’s article, if[.....]

For a Long Time & The Song Itself is Already a Skip

Today from the DS Archives we highlight the 2011 group show, For A Long Time at Roberts & Tilton. The show included an all-star line up of Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Hamish Fulton, Whitney Hubbs, Erica Love, Raymond Pettibon & Kehinde Wiley. The Song Itself is Already a Skip, Whitney Hubbs’ first solo photography show in LA is on view now at M+B Gallery. The[.....]

Picturing a Picture Collection

As a part of our ongoing partnership with KQED Arts, today we bring you a feature from writer Sarah Hotchkiss titled Picturing a Picture Collection: Taryn Simon at John Berggruen. For her first exhibition in San Francisco, photographer Taryn Simon delves into a unique archive to create a series of organized images about the organization of images. The Picture Collection contains photographs of the New York Public[.....]

Claire Fontaine // Wattis San Francisco

“Clairefontaine is famous for its exceptionally white and ultra smooth paper.” This ad for the French brand of stationary has little more to do with Paris-based collective artist Claire Fontaine than the name. Fontaine appropriated her “stage name” from the paper brand and declared herself a ready-made artist. She works internationally creating conceptual art and has just completed her installation in San Francisco. Her most[.....]

Tuymans @ Zwirner: a decade of partnership, and The Summer is Over

Luc Tuymans. "Zoo." 2011. Oil on canvas. 108 5/8 x 84 1/8 inches (276 x 213.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London.

Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is perhaps best known for challenging the post Abstract Expressionism debate about the relevancy of painting by taking on subjects as Belgian colonialism, the Holocaust and the War on Terror. In his tenth exhibition at David Zwirner in New York, The Summer is Over, Tuymans scrutinizes the relevance of capturing reality in painting. Alluding to ghosts of the present and future, the[.....]