Bean Gilsdorf

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Help Desk: Put the Artist First

Rachel Reupke. Still from Letter of Complaint, 2015; color video, 10 min.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. In the role of writer and curator, I find myself playing bureaucratic middle man between artists and the public, or artists and institutions. But, where it comes to performing the role well, which comes procedurally first—the artist[…..]

Taryn Simon: Birds of The West Indies at Almine Rech

Taryn Simon. Detail of United Kingdom, 2014; 26 black and white images, archival inkjet prints in boxed mat and aluminum frame, 40 x 95 in. Photo by the author.

James Bond: debonair hero of the British Secret Service, or Caribbean bird expert? The answer is both. Ian Fleming named his famous spy after an ornithologist who wrote the comprehensive Birds of the West Indies. At Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, artist Taryn Simon fuses the cosmos of 007 with the interests of the researcher to produce a field guide to the birds that appear[…..]

Help Desk: Interviews & Expectations

Julia Wachtel. Bleep, 2014; 60 x 73" 152.4cm x 185.4cm oil, flashe, acrylic ink on canvas

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I have an interview with a critic who sent me his questions in advance, and I found them to be leading and directive. How can I approach this type of conversation in a way[…..]

Help Desk: Breaking into Arts Journalism

The Krasnals. Dream Factory, 2008; oil on canvas.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I love writing and I love art. I have been teaching for ten years, and now I am looking to break into journalism and the arts. Should I head back to uni and do[…..]

Interview with Anthony Huberman

Joan Jonas. Still from 
Volcano Saga, 1985/2011; 28 min, color, sound.

Anthony Huberman was appointed the director of the CCA Wattis Institute in August of 2013, but only really started reshaping the institution this fall with an intriguing—and fairly democratic—strategy for presenting and thinking about contemporary art. As the founding director of the Artist’s Institute in New York, Huberman has worked with artists such as Robert Filliou, Rosemarie Trockel, Haim Steinbach, and Thomas Bayrle, and will be[…..]

Help Desk: Participatory Project

Joav BarEl. Installation view of Center of the World, 2014 at Tempo Rubato Gallery, Tel Aviv.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I’m an artist working with a poor family on a participatory project at a local museum. They are Latino. The project is about their perceptions of art. Who might I talk to or where[…..]

Help Desk: Ghost in the Art Writing Machine

Pierre Huyghe. The Host and the Cloud, 2009-2010; Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I’m a young curator and an arts writer with a museum job, but like everyone in the world, I can always use extra money. I’ve been approached before about “ghostwriting” for more established curators[…..]