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From the Archives – Eugene Isabey: Fishing Village at the Legion of Honor

Caption: Eugene Isabey. Fishing Village, 1854-8155; oil on canvas; 53.7 x 35.43 in. Collection of the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky. Courtesy of the Athenaeum.

This week, the opening bustle of the fall art season has us thinking about exhibitions and art criticism, and since we often publish Shotgun Reviews on Sundays, it seems especially relevant to share a previous submission from our archives. Although all the Shotgun Reviews we have published are written with sensitivity and care, this one always stands out in our minds as exceptional—not just for the quality of[.....]

Finding Photography “Secondhand” at Pier 24

Maurizio Anzeri. Pierre, 2013; Courtesy of the artist.

From our friends at KQED, today we bring you Matthew Harrison Tedford’s review of Secondhand, the new exhibition at Pier 24 Photography. Tedford notes, “[...] these works possess the power to convey a corporeal and emotional truth [...]” This article was originally published on August 14, 2014. Secondhand, the first new exhibition to open at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco since July 2013, presents the work[.....]

Fan Mail: Joe Penrod

Joe Penrod. Deflated (after 3 weeks), 2010; mylar balloons, painter’s tape; 4 x 3 feet. Courtesy of Half/Dozen Gallery.

Typically, the studio is where artists make their work, but Joe Penrod’s space for creative development exists anywhere a shadow falls. Armed with only a roll of cerulean painter’s tape, Penrod transforms once-mundane shadows (and the objects that cast them) into fecund sculptural compositions. There are a few stages in Penrod’s process. First he finds an object that casts a particularly beautiful or striking shadow.[.....]

Mel Bochner: Strong Language at the Jewish Museum

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Strong Language, currently on view at the Jewish Museum, chronicles Mel Bochner’s longstanding dedication to the critique of language. The exhibition features over seventy text pieces the artist made between 1966 and 2013. While linguistic examination remains the common thread throughout the forty-plus years of work on display, the exhibition also evidences a recent turn by Bochner toward creating more conventional and easily commercialized fine-art[.....]

Neal Rock: Herm 0714 at Loudhailer Gallery

Neal Rock. Schwarze Prosopon, 2014; Silicone paint, styrofoam & MDF, 25 x 13 x 8 in. Photo courtesy Loudhailer Gallery and the artist.

The latest exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Neal Rock, currently on view at Culver City’s Loudhailer Gallery, asks viewers to consider artistic materials in a fresh and interesting way, but falls somewhat short conceptually. Rock’s abstract, sculptural works combine found components, such as insulation material, with layered experiments in oil paint, silicone, and printing. These idiosyncratic objects are tantalizingly ambiguous in tone but[.....]

#Hashtags: Touching in Fleeting Contact

Jennifer Allen discusses the role that pilgrimage and cult value play in public art.

#JenniferAllen #SommerakademieSalzburg #cities #public #private #surveillance #circulation #socialmedia Sommerakademie Salzburg, also historically known as the “school of vision,” opened its doors in 1959 to anyone interested in studying art. Now entering its 61st year, the academy attracts a broad range of practitioners to participate in courses taught by artists and cultural theorists. This year’s public program was entitled Cities—Spaces for Art and Living, and I was[.....]

Happy Labor Day!

Wish you were here! Love, DS

In honor of Labor Day, we’re taking the day off! See you tomorrow, when we kick off an impressive lineup of exhibition reviews, essays, and interviews from around the world.