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Vicious Circles

Mounir Fatmi. Casablanca Circles, 2012 (detail); Print on baryte paper; 35 2/5 × 47 1/5 in. Courtesy the artist and a private collection.

From our friends at REORIENT, today we bring you “Vicious Circles.” In this piece, author Samannaz Kourang Pishdadi talks with Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi about growing up in Tangier, the inspiration of the Beat movement, and his interdisciplinary career. Fatmi says of his work, “At the beginning, I think I was very naïve thinking my work could change things. Eventually, I realised that the most important [thing][…..]

Fan Mail: Karen Ostrom

Karen Ostrom. The Execution, 2005; chromogenic print; 30 x 30 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Holiday in Hope is the name of the fictional fishing village created by Brooklyn-based, Canadian-born artist Karen Ostrom. Conceived in 2001 in the form of photographic tableaus, the village primarily exists through the depiction of various characters that inhabit it. Holiday in Hope is manifested in threads and series; it’s an implied space that harbors references to communities transformed by industrialization, the erosion of traditional[…..]

Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet at the American Folk Art Museum

Augustin Lesage. Composition Symbolique, Amour pour l’Humanité (Symbolic Composition, Love for Humanity), 1932;
 
oil on canvas; 38-1/4 x 27-1/2 in.; Pas-de-Calais, France.
 Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: Claude Bornand.

Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet, currently on view at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, focuses on two events seminal to the introduction of art brut to an American audience. The first was a 1951 speech given by the French artist Jean Dubuffet to the Arts Club of Chicago entitled “Anticultural Positions.” Displayed in full at the museum, the[…..]

Mike Kelley: Single Channel Videos at REDCAT

Mike Kelley. Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (Domestic Scene), 2000 (film still); black and white, 29:44 min. Art © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Nearing the fourth anniversary of Mike Kelley’s death, REDCAT presented a theatrical screening of six of his video works, curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. The selection of works in Mike Kelley: Single Channel Videos included a one-act melodrama based on a black-and-white yearbook photograph, a hammy and melancholic Superman reciting Sylvia Plath, an invocation of power through[…..]

An Other Art World in Mexico

Contemporary art in Mexico operates within a very specific social and economic climate. Since 2006, Mexico has experienced ever-escalating levels of criminal and state violence. Suspicion of collusion between organized crime and the government is common. The case of the presumed torture and murder of the forty-three normalistas directly shows the extent of cooperation between criminal groups and local, regional, and federal authorities. Police officers,[…..]

Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson, Heart of a Dog, 2015 (still). Courtesy the artist and Abramorama Entertainment.

Artist Laurie Anderson opens Heart of a Dog by recounting a rather bizarre dream. Illustrated on the screen through sketchy black-and-white drawings and narrated in Anderson’s calm, comely voice, the artist gives birth to her dog, Lolabelle, the spectral rat terrier who becomes in some ways (though in others not) the star of the film. After being presented with her bundle, Anderson’s dream self feels very[…..]

Happy New Year!

Ellsworth Kelly. Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance II, 1951;
Cut-and-pasted color-coated paper and pencil on four sheets of paper;
38 1/4 x 38 1/4 in.

We’re very proud to say that 2015 was an exceptional year for Daily Serving! The California College of the Arts became our publisher and we partnered with Kadist Art Foundation to create a funded arts-writing fellowship in Mexico City. We published our 100th Help Desk art-advice column, covered major art-world stories like the 56th Venice Biennale and the opening of the new Whitney and Broad Museums, and also turned[…..]