Fashion

Nick Cave: Hiding in Plain Sight

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I witnessed at least a handful of passerby pause in front of the glass-front façade of the Jones Center in downtown Austin, Texas. They shuffled through pockets and bags to find their iPhones, quizzically documenting the two unusual objects on view. How much contemporary art stops people dead in their tracks, not to scoff and mutter “well, I could do that,” but rather to ponder[…..]

Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow since World War II

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From different angles, the view of the successive layers formed by folding a sheaf of handmade paper in Jacki Parry’s (b. 1941) artwork is reminiscent of pages of a book as well as petals of a rose. Displayed on a polished black surface reflecting surrounding artworks and the architecture of the gallery, The Book and the Rose – A New Book (1988) brings to mind[…..]

Easing the Burden of Truth

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley My sister, who is on a Fulbright in Thailand and living in a small village in the Uttaradit Province, realized a week ago that she needed a haircut. This was nerve-wracking. There were cultural differences and language barriers involved, and nothing makes you crabbier than a haircut that isn’t right. She asked[…..]

This Space is Mine, Again

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This was originally published as part of DailyServing’s week-long FORCE OF FAILURE in March 2011. Then, MOCA had opened a show of Rodarte’s Black Swan costumes that coincided with the Oscars and Fashion Weeks around the world, and L.A. performance artist Dawn Kasper had just done a performance in which she revisited Vito Acconci’s 1971 Claim performance. Since Autumn/Winter collections have just debuted in London,[…..]

World Disclosers: Medusa’s Mirror at Pro Arts Gallery

Some philosophy holds that the fundamental role of human beings is to be “world disclosers.”  Medusa’s Mirror: Fears, Spells, and Other Transfixed Positions, a small yet conceptually powerful show at Oakland’s Pro Arts Gallery, demonstrates this principle via the visual arts.  The exhibit, curated by Amanda Cachia, is expansive in at least two important ways. First, the objects on view include both traditional and new[…..]

Interview with Glenn Adamson

Today’s interview is from our friends at Art Practical, where Bean Gilsdorf gets a chance to chat with Glenn Adamson, deputy head of research and head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. My interest in Glenn Adamson’s work began in 2006 with his essay “Handy-Crafts: A Doctrine,” which is included in[…..]

Use and Abuse

Rise of Rebellion: DailyServing’s latest week-long series Today on DS, we look at the desire and longing for rebellion embedded in the work of Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, Dash Snow and Ryan McGinley. Check out how the acts captured in these artists’ work become an icon for a generation desperate for a more rebellious lifestyle. Thinking back to the days of being a rebellious teenager[…..]