March, 2013

Apichatpong Weerasethakul / Matrix 247

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you a feature from writer Matt Sussman on Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2007 video installation Morakot (Emerald), currently on view at the UC Berkeley Art Museum (BAM/PFA) in Berkeley, California. Named after the abandoned Bangkok hotel in which it was filmed, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2007 video installationMorakot (Emerald) transforms the UC Berkeley Art Museum’s (BAM/PFA) small Matrix gallery into a kind of temporary residence.[.....]

The Right Stuff: Amir H. Fallah at Gallery Wendi Norris

In our predominantly consumerist society, it is increasingly difficult to disconnect ourselves from our belongings. Barbara Kruger summarized the contemporary Cartesian dualism when she created her 1987 piece, “I Shop Therefore I am.” The more we define ourselves through our endlessly multiplying clutter, the harder it is to relate to others who don’t share our specific collection of objects onto which we project meaning and[.....]

(Made by) PICASSO AND (owned in) CHICAGO

Trying to critique a blockbuster museum show like “Picasso and Chicago” at the Art Institute of Chicago is kind of like trying to offer thoughtful criticism of Coca-Cola; at this point, there’s not much that can be said that would enhance or diminish the iconic status of either of these monolithic cultural forces. So why bother? Here are a few personal thoughts and observations about[.....]

Fan Mail: Mirka Laura Severa

For this edition of Fan Mail, Mirka Laura Severa of Amsterdam 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. Mirka’s photographic series Swallow is deeply veiled. She returned to the Czech Republic, Spain,[.....]

HELP DESK: Lazy Art Critic

Francesco Vezzoli, installation view of Olga Forever! The Olga Picasso Family Album at Almine Rech Gallery

HELP DESK is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to–contemporary art. All submissions are confidential and become the property of Daily Serving. On twitter: @ArtHelpDesk ***NEW & IMPROVED*** Now you can reliably submit your questions 100% anonymously. Follow this link to our submission form: http://bit.ly/132VchD An art critic who writes for local newspaper recently approached[.....]

Things Happened on the Island: Lam Tung-pang’s Floating World

Lam Tung-pang / Things Happened on the Island / Acrylics, charcoal, pencil, scale model and wooden toys on plywood / H 244 x 700 x W 60cm / Acrylics, charcoal, pencil, scale model and wooden toys on plywood / 2013 image courtesy the artist

In early 2011, when I visited a number of young Hong Kong artists’ in their studios, they spoke of their frustration at the focus of curators on art from mainland China, and of their sense of being a ‘poor relation’. Add to that the tensions simmering just below the surface as cashed–up mainlanders poured into Hong Kong, and it seemed a recipe for resentment. In[.....]

“NOW! THAT’S WHAT I CALL ART”: NYC 1993 at the New Museum

Pepon Osorio, "The Scene of the Crime (Whose Crime?)," [Detail] 1993. Mixed medium installation.

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star is the New Museum’s crash course in the recent history of contemporary art in New York. The exhibition positions 1993 as a signifier for mass cultural change: the thesis being that the events of this year irrevocably directed culture towards its manifestation in 2013. NYC 1993 seems just as concerned, however, with the ways that we[.....]