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The Self-Portraits of Samuel Fosso

The artist as Angela Davis from African Spirits, 2008
© Samuel Fosso. Courtesy The Walther Collection and Jean Marc Patras / Galerie

From our friends at Guernica, today we bring you a feature on the self-portraits of artist Samuel Fosso. Author Emmanuel Iduma notes, “The self-portraits are intimate for what they allow to be imagined… [T]hese representations of our favorite black heroes ask viewers to think about the use of public images, and how they become objects of worship, and of control.” This article was originally published on November 17,[…..]

David Ryan at MCQ Fine Art

David Ryan. (Untitled), 2014; Sintra construction with hand painting; 8 3⁄4 x 16 1⁄2 x 1⁄4 in.

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, Dawn-Michelle Baude reviews David Ryan’s current solo show at MCQ Fine Art in Las Vegas. David Ryan’s first solo exhibition in Las Vegas pushes into fresh terrain.[…..]

From the Archives – Fan Mail: Rachel Debuque

Rachel Debuque. Cacti-Smash (Performance and Installation), 2013; paint, wood moon cacti, gloves, plastic goggles, test tubes, knife, glass bowl, watch glasses plaster cast moon cacti, plaster cast cat sticks, cast plastic cat stick, aluminum, plastic roofing, extension cords, power strip, fake plants; 8’ x 10’ x 8’ feet. Courtesy of the artist.

As the new year begins, it’s good to have a look back at what we’ve accomplished. Today we return to where we were exactly 365 days ago to rediscover the work of Rachel Debuque, who mixes a theatrical sensibility with a “discomforting internal logic” to create her installations. This article was originally published on January 3, 2014. Rachel Debuque works with myriad subjects and forms. In her[…..]

Robert Frank in America at Cantor Arts Center

Robert Frank. Detroit, 1955; gelatin silver print, 8 ½ x 13 in. Courtesy of Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. © Robert Frank.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you a review of a new exhibition of Robert Frank’s photographs at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Though these photographs are now sixty years old, they are still surprisingly relevant; author Danica Willard Sachs remarks, “Through revealing details, Frank charts the uneasy political geography of a vast country on the verge of change.” This[…..]

Happy New Year!

From all of us here at Daily Serving, we wish you a happy 2015! We’re looking forward to a provocative, inspiring, and stimulating new year!

Best of 2014 – BP Walk through British Art at Tate Britain

Installation view; BP Walk through British Art; Courtesy of Tate Britain. Photo: A. E. Driggs.

As we bring our Best of 2014 series to a close, our final selection comes from executive director Patricia Maloney, who writes, “Is there a more succinct and scathing critique of institutional staunchness—in the dried up, weary etymological sense of the word—than the one Adam Rompel lobs at the Tate Britain? ‘Precedent is the opposite of cool, and Tate Britain reveled in its gray soul,[…..]

Best of 2014 – #Hashtags: Mimics and Minstrels

Sturtevant. Warhol Black Marilyn. 2004. Synthetic polymer silkscreen and acrylic on canvas. 15 ¾ x 13 ¾ in. (40 x 35 cm). Ringier Collection, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.  © Sturtevant.

Continuing our Best of 2014 series, regular contributor Tori Bush writes, “Anuradha Vikram’s essay reflects on how American institutions, both in the art world and the real world, have myopic—if not completely blind—views on the state of bias and racism today. If institutions of knowledge and culture like the Whitney Biennial cannot be more equitable in their curatorial choices, what example can be set for other American institutions[…..]