Bean Gilsdorf

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Help Desk: The Biggest/Littlest Decision

Louise Bourgeois.
The Curved House, 1990; Marble, 14 x 37 x 13 in.

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. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I’ve now reached the age where the question regarding children has become increasingly relevant. To have or not to have? How does a successful artist combine her career with her[…..]

Visual Markers: Interview with Dushko Petrovich

Dushko Petrovich. El Oso Carnal (in progress), 2012-present; acrylic on paper, 108 x 90 in.

I first met Dushko Petrovich in 2013 at the “Painting Expanded” symposium at the California College of the Arts. In his brief presentation and in the panel discussion that followed, it was clear that Petrovich is a thoughtful artist not afraid to question his own and others’ artistic practices. This quality is also evident in the publications he co-produces with Roger White, the art journal Paper[…..]

Help Desk: Stop, Thief!

Raymond Pettibon. No Title (Are your motives), 1987; ink on paper.

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. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Last year I made a sculpture that was technically rather challenging but resulted in something I thought was a successful piece, which I displayed in a small group show. It’s[…..]

Help Desk: Friends in High(er) Places

Heidi Bucher. Hautraum (Ahnenhaus), 1980-82; Courtesy Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zürich

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. I work at a museum, but not as a curator or any similar position that might have influence over content. I am sometimes approached by artists (friends, associates, acquaintances,[…..]

Help Desk: A Man’s World?

Cosima von Bonin. Internationales Wollsekretariat, 2003; wool, cotton, loden; 108.27 x 112.99 in.

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. Recently I was invited to join an artists’ group that meets about once a month. These meetings have no particular agenda outside of socializing and conversation, and so I[…..]

From the Archives – Help Desk: Lazy Art Critic

Francesco Vezzoli, installation view of Olga Forever! The Olga Picasso Family Album at Almine Rech Gallery

In case you missed it, we’re pulling today’s Help Desk from our archives! Submit your question about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, or selling art using our anonymous submission form: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Today’s article was originally published on March 18, 2013. An art critic who writes for a local newspaper recently approached me. He wants to review a recent[…..]

Help Desk: Selling Unconventional Work

Nina Beier. The Demonstrators (Hanging Receiver), 2012; Chair, poster, and glue, 19 x 20 x 34 inches.

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. I work for a gallery that has become known as a place for artists to take risks. (While this is exciting and great, it is also frustrating—especially for the[…..]