It is a strange fact that Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Arnold Schoenberg, Thomas Mann, and Bertolt Brecht all resided in Los Angeles, California, in the 1940s. Unsurprisingly, few of them found their wartime haven a particularly sympathetic milieu. Brecht’s stay was especially ill-fated, ending with his interrogation by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and consequent return to Berlin. A decade earlier, the Latvia-born film director[…..]
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This month marks the opening of the first major Australian solo exhibition of Pierre Huyghe’s work at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, so today we revisit this review by Alex Bigman, who assesses the humor and mythology of Huyghe’s retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This article was originally published on January 21, 2015. There is a scene in Pierre Huyghe’s shadowy, dreamlike film The Host and[…..]
Today we look back to exactly where we were a year ago: contemplating the work of Turkish painter Taner Ceylan. Although author Alex Bigman likens many of the works to high-gloss fashion spreads, he notes: “A touch of vulgarity remains, and it’s hard to imagine these works having much political charge without it.” This article was originally published on October 16, 2013. Taner Ceylan’s Lost[…..]
For our Best of 2013 series, Fan Mail columnist A. Will Brown selected Alex Bigman‘s review of Mike Kelley’s retrospective at PS1. Says Brown, “The untimely death of Mike Kelley is a potent reminder of how important every minute can be, particularly for those exploring and challenging the very mesh of society. This article, while particularly well written, hints at the importance of displaying Kelley’s oeuvre,[…..]
As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you a profile of ISHKY by Alex Bigman. On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 12, 2012, a string of digits appeared across the Bay Area sky. Produced by five skywriting planes equipped with dot-matrix software, the gaseous markings looped around the bay, beginning over San Jose, then circling up to the East[…..]
Today we continue our countdown to the New Year with a selection by regular contributor Matt Stromberg, who explains, “The Whitney’s Koons Retrospective was one of the most talked-about shows of the year. Few write-ups, however, went beyond lauding him as a populist Pop perfectionist, or lambasting him as the personification of a bloated, speculative art market. Alex Bigman’s review offers a more nuanced appraisal, thoughtfully[…..]
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[…..]