Bean Gilsdorf

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Help Desk: Padding the Resume

Oscar Tuazon. Sensory Spaces, 2013; installation view, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Courtesy of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Photo: Studio Hans Wilschut.

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. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED.org. Artists are routinely asked to donate work toward the benefit of an organization. I have reached the point where I am just not[…..]

Eva Speer: Alone Together at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art

Eva Speer. Echo Box #1, 2013; cast resin, acrylic, latex paint; 15 x 15 in.; Courtesy of Charles A. Hartman Fine Art

Eva Speer’s works at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon, demonstrate the artist mixing the expressive qualities of abstraction and minimalism with a rich materiality. The fourteen works in Alone Together (all 2013) combine the cool sensibility of synthetic materials with candy colors and natural forms, and the effect is often impressive. As the title Alone Together suggests, many of the panels in Speer’s[…..]

Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise at Berkeley Art Museum

Yang Fudong. The Fifth Night (Rehearsal), 2010; seven channel 35mm film transferred to HD; black and white, sound; 52:09 min. Music: Jin Wang

Walking into the large, darkened space of Yang Fudong’s The Fifth Night (Rehearsal) (2010) at the Berkeley Art Museum’s Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993–2013, the viewer is greeted by seven large black-and-white projections on three walls. In each projection, characters perform simple actions: two men carry suitcases down the street; a woman in a floral dress wanders pensively, her silk scarf fluttering. Superimposed on[…..]

HELP DESK: Art Fairs Everywhere

Jordan Tate. New Work #100, 2009; 3-channel slide projection; Courtesy of the artist

HELP DESK is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling, or any other activity related to contemporary art. Send questions anonymously using this form. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is cosponsored by KQED.org. This column was originally published on August 27, 2012.  I may be in an enviable position, but it is a sticky one nonetheless.[…..]

Performance in Context: Interview with Liz Magic Laser

Liz Magic Laser. The Living Newspaper: August 19 Edition, 2013; performance with Audrey Crabtree and Michael Wiener. Courtesy of the Artist.

Though I can’t remember the first time I saw Liz Magic Laser‘s work (and yes, it’s her given name), I was entranced by this video of her commission for the 2013 Armory Show in New York. So much artwork these days looks like it was made by committee, so why not explicitly use the methodology of a focus group to create the work for the commission? It’s[…..]

Help Desk: Pressure to Review

Ken Price. Liquid Rock, 2004; Acrylic and ink on paper; 17 3⁄4 x 13 7/8 in. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

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. HELP DESK is cosponsored by KQED.org. I’m a new arts administrator, and I live in [a mid-size city]. Through my four years of art school here and my job, I[…..]

Help Desk: Have Art, Will Travel

Nina Katchadourian. Flight Log, 2010-2012;
single-channel video,
dimensions variable.

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. HELP DESK is cosponsored by KQED.org. Disagree with me on Twitter: @BeanGilsdorf  When is it a good investment to travel for your work? Recently I sold my largest piece yet[…..]