August, 2013

Collages Meditate on the Female Psyche

Flore Kunst. Pise-up, n.d.; paper collage.

As part of our ongoing partnership with Beautiful/Decay, today we bring you the work of artist Flore Kunst. Kunst lives in and works in Lyon, France, and states that her collages “seem to emerge by chance.” The article was written by Stacy Dacheux and originally published on August 9, 2013. Mixing an admiration for John Baldessari with her own childhood memories of cutting/altering magazines with her mother, Flore Kunst creates captivating[.....]

Fan Mail: Alexander Rosenberg

Alexander Rosenberg. A Momentary Enlightenment, 2010. Oil painting on stretched canvas, surveillance camera, black and white security monitor, fur hat; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

In 1776 Benjamin Franklin was a celebrity in France. In a series of portraits made during that year, Franklin was depicted wearing a fur hat, the same chapeau that French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was known for wearing. According to the French, this made Franklin an enlightened thinker, like Rousseau. In his painting A Momentary Enlightenment (2010), Philadelphia artist Alexander Rosenberg depicts himself in the same[.....]

Rogue Wave 2013 at L.A. Louver

Sarah Awad, "Untitled (Reclining Woman)," 2013, oil on canvas, 65 x 95 inches. Courtesy of LA Louver.

It’s July in Los Angeles, and as every hokey reality television show portrays, the beach beckons. I pass barefoot teenagers hustling toward the Venice promenade, Boogie boards in tow, and a motley crew of sand-encrusted terriers out for a midday stroll. My hands are already sticky from the brined air as I reach for the door of L.A. Louver—a gallery that has been situated in this[.....]

A Day for Detroit

Mike Kelley. Carnival Time, 1990; acrylic on masonite; 84 x 208 x 2 3/8 in. Image courtesy the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI.

Art Practical and Daily Serving are proud to jointly participate alongside other art media in heralding A Day for Detroit. Seven writers from both publications have each selected a work from the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), a treasure trove that could inconceivably be sacrificed if Detroit’s emergency manager forces a sale of the collection to alleviate some of the city’s staggering[.....]

Homecoming! Committee’s Post Communiqué at the Dallas Museum of Art

Homecoming! Committee. ARTFORUM, 1963 (2013); Modified magazine pages and paper; 10.5 x 10.5 x .5 inches. Courtesy of Homecoming! Committee "archives."

The contrast between established arts institutions and alternative spaces is often stark—different areas of town, different audiences in attendance, different coverage (if any) from very different publications. Artforum has a ten-page spread on the latest from Martin Kippenberger, while the arts and culture section of a local blog has two hundred words on an emerging artist. But the rare moments when the two worlds collide[.....]

#Hashtags: Proximity and Migration

Yamini Nayar. Head Over Heals, 2013. Lightjet print. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai.

#institutions #representation #access #sustainability #visibility #regionalism #globalism Two shows at San Francisco museums this past July proposed to reconcile gaps between local and global concerns. For Proximities I: What Time Is It There? at the Asian Art Museum, guest curator Glen Helfand asked a group of Bay Area artists to consider the concept of Asia from the perspective of the culturally uninitiated. Migrating Identities, at Yerba[.....]

I love you Jet Li

Today we bring you a From the DS Archives post entitled “I love you Jet Li.” In it, author Catherine Wagley discusses love, heartbreak, and a video by the artist Jaco Bouwer. Bouwer is part of the new group exhibition [Working Title] 2013, now on view through August 19 at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. The following article was originally published on July 2, 2010, as a part of the weekly column “L.A. Expanded,”[.....]