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From the Archives – Kevin Cooley: Skyward at the Boiler

Skyward Installation

The weather has been unusually brutal all across the U.S. this winter, from the unending snow and ice in most of the country to the ongoing drought in Northern California. With even more snow predicted for the Northeast this weekend, we thought we’d take our readers back to revisit Kevin Cooley‘s Skyward project, a bright, sunlit space reminding us of warmer times ahead. This article was[.....]

Jill Miller: Collectors

Jill Miller. Pam Kramlich and vehicle in side mirror, 2007; Photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

From our partner site Art Practical, today we bring you a photo essay from the recent theme issue On Collecting. This series of images is from Jill Miller‘s Collectors project, in which she “collected” notable Bay Area art patrons by taking surveillance photos of their activities, cars, houses, and public meetings. This article was originally published on February 6, 2014. “Conversely, the act of collecting[.....]

David Lynch: Small Stories at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie

David Lynch. Head #15, 2013; Silver gelatin print on archival paper, 80 x 90 cm, Courtesy Galerie Item, Paris

David Lynch’s avant-garde aesthetic is true to his practice—be it film, painting, photography, design, or music. His recent exhibition Small Stories at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, comprises photographs that indulge an instinctual exploration into our subconscious, free from worldly conditioning and typical of Lynch’s preoccupation with the human psyche. Lynch presents unassuming scenes that are strangely abstracted, compelling the viewer to delve into the[.....]

Sylvia Fein: Surreal Nature at Krowswork

Sylvia Fein. Crucial Eye, 2011; egg tempera on board, 20 x 24 inches. Courtesy the artist and Krowswork Gallery, Oakland.

Today from our partners at Art Practical we bring you Mary Anne Kluth‘s review of Sylvia Fein: Surreal Nature at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland, California. Kluth notes, “A true pleasure of the exhibition, and a mark of its success as a retrospective, is the opportunity to trace developing threads, such as a particular symbol, subject matter, or technique, through various works over long periods of time…the[.....]

Screening Readership

Tee Pee Video Space Troupe. A video totem showing self-portrait of the photographer, 1973; black and white. Photo Credit: Peter Angelo Simon.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you Erica C. Gomez‘s essay on the “readership” and active interpretation of film. She notes, “Reading film is an action that extends outward, producing new lines of movement through publics and counterpublics.” This article was originally published on December 4, 2013. Ever since the Lumière brothers’ 1895 public film screening, rapid changes have marked the film exhibition[.....]

2013 Carnegie International: Critical Perspectives in Context

Sarah Lucas, installation view at the 2013 Carnegie International, with works by Henry Taylor in the background. Courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Greenhouse Media

From our friends at the Boston-based Big Red & Shiny, today we bring you Angelina Zhou‘s assessment of the most recent iteration of the Carnegie International, which is on view in Pittsburgh through March 16. Zhou notes that, “beyond the accessibility of certain works and themes… viewers find moments of dissonance that are truly quite dark, critical, and political—without being overly self-important.” This article was originally[.....]

From the Archives – Blinded by the Hype: A Spotty Affair

Damien Hirst, Levorphanol, 1995, household gloss on canvas. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates.

Do you ever wonder where you were exactly a year or two ago? What you were doing, or who you were talking to—or about? Today we take a little trip down memory lane to this very date two years ago, to reassess Damien Hirst’s oeuvre and the art-market chatter around exhibiting his spot paintings at all eleven Gagosian galleries around the world. Now that the art[.....]