November, 2013

Energy That is All Around at SFAI’s Walter and McBean Galleries

Ruby Neri. Untitled, 1995;
paint on paper; 34 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the artist

From our partner Art Practical, today we bring you a review of Energy That Is All Around, a group show of “Mission School” artists now on view at the Walter and McBean Galleries in San Francisco. Our #Hashtags editor Anu Vikram discussed this same show recently in her column The Trouble with the Mission School, and today we bring you another consideration of the work. Author Patricia Maloney[.....]

From the Archives: Art Basel Miami Beach, In Stereo

Art Basel Miami Beach runs from December 5 to 8 this year, so now that we’re done with turkey and family, it’s time to crate up the artwork and enter the commercial fray. Today we bring you a look back at the 2012 fair, courtesy of gallerist and writer Catlin Moore, who gives you the insider’s scoop on the concerns that drive the curatorial decisions[.....]

City of Disappearances at CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts

Today we bring you a video walk-through of City of Disappearances, the current exhibition at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Curator Joseph del Pesco (half of the curatorial team, with Elizabeth Neilson) takes the viewer through the show, explaining the works on view and the ideas that brought them together. “Here we think about the echoes of the city, ” explains del Pesco, “the memories that[.....]

Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1

Mike Kelley, now at MoMA PS1, is massive. The largest retrospective of the artist’s work to date, it is comprehensive perhaps to a fault, filling each of the exhibition space’s four floors to capacity and arguably beyond. The former school building’s multiple stairwells allow for various paths through the exhibition—a feature that is liberating if potentially disorienting—but the overall impression is one of totality; of[.....]

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery

Jean-Ulrick Désert. Negerhosen2000 / The Travel Albums, 2003. From a series of forty digitally printed images, pigmented inks, and pencil on archival paper with mixed media collage. 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. Courtesy the artist.

How is Blackness performed?  Most African American contemporary artists will admit in confidence that they are often expected to perform their Blackness for the power players of the art mainstream, regardless of their choice of artistic medium. Artists working in two dimensions such as Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Wangechi Mutu have gained currency by creating work that makes the construction of black identity[.....]

Help Desk: MFA vs. Residency

Pat O'Neill. Horizontal Boundaries, 2008; still from color film, sound,
23 mins.

HELP DESK is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is cosponsored by KQED Arts. How valuable is an MFA these days and is it really worth the cost? I’ve spent the last two months researching schools and preparing applications[.....]

Stacey Steers: Night Hunter at Catharine Clark Gallery

Stacey Steers. Lillian on Bed with Eggs, 2011; Video clip of Night Hunter; Film 35mm to HD Stereo sound. 15:30. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, M. Rebekah Otto reviews Stacey Steers’ Night Hunter at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. Experimental animator Stacey Steers currently has work on view in Night Hunter at[.....]