Fiber arts

Allison Smith at MCA Denver

Fancy Work (Braided Rug), 2010-2011

The contemporary art world – accepting as it may be of the most oblique artistic practices – still responds tentatively to artists engaging with notions of craft. Yet, at a time when the handmade – a once integral part of everyday life – has become a luxury, craft can serve as a potent commentary on our history and national identity. In Piece Work, an exhibition[.....]

Maybe Techno Doesn’t Suck? Cosima von Bonin and Moritz von Oswald, The Juxtaposition of Nothings at Friedrich Petzel

This show reminds me of the time I danced for hours at a club in Cologne, caught part of an arthouse film next door, and then somehow ended up at a bar where a bunch of people I didn’t know were drinking like it was the end of the earth. Ok, so that never happened. But I feel like Cosima von Bonin’s current show, The[.....]

Ariadne’s Thread

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley When Richard Strauss’ indulgent opera Ariadne Auf Naxos had its U.S. premiere at the Met in 1962, critic Everett Helm was more than underwhelmed; he was exasperated. The whole show, he wrote, “makes dupes of the audience, being all form but having no real content.” It was “theatrically flabby,” “silly and contrived.”[.....]

Linnea Glatt: With In

The work in this exhibition at Barry Whistler Gallery by Linnea Glatt is methodical, precise and quietly moving. While the works are often visually minimal, using only black and white, circles, lines and dots, they have a presence based on the accretion of their labor. Labor used to be a word that could be tied to abstraction. It was in the early twentieth century when[.....]

Miami Art Fairs: Aqua Art Miami

There is nothing that the art world loves more than four days of non-stop money spending and networking. The Miami art fairs are quick to come and go, but this week DailyServing will track some of the highs and lows of this year’s spectacle. DailyServing writers John Pyper, Benjamin Bellas and Rebekah Drysdale weigh in on the more noteworthy works exhibited this year. We continue[.....]

The Softer Side: An interview with Ben Venom

Rise of Rebellion: DailyServing’s latest week-long series I recently worked on a photo shoot with arguably America’s most prominent metal band. During the fourteen hour work day, I had the privilege of witnessing these icons in action amidst thousands of objects, instruments, images and banners that celebrate the band’s nearly three decades of prominence. As the day progressed, I watched as a band member lovingly[.....]

Ghada Amer: Color Misbehavior

Ghada Amer is known for appropriating images of women taken from pornography, so it’s not unusual to encounter the stylistic conventions of x-rated material in her work.  At her recent solo exhibition at Cheim & Read, big-breasted women display spread legs and vulvas; two women clutch each other passionately as one penetrates the other with a dildo; a single woman is seen from behind in[.....]