Posts Tagged ‘Art Practical’

On Collecting: Building a Better Me

Aurora Crispin, A Selection of Everything, 2012; installation view, Important Projects, Oakland. Courtesy of Important Projects. Photo: Important Projects.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you a look back at Christina Catherine Martinez’s essay on collections, which she calls “an arrangement of language and objects toward a social purpose… the work of fencing off some discernible patch of belonging amid the wild landscape of existence.” This article was originally published on February 6, 2014. In 2005, Aurora Crispin set out to photograph every[…..]

Robert Frank in America at Cantor Arts Center

Robert Frank. Detroit, 1955; gelatin silver print, 8 ½ x 13 in. Courtesy of Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. © Robert Frank.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you a review of a new exhibition of Robert Frank’s photographs at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Though these photographs are now sixty years old, they are still surprisingly relevant; author Danica Willard Sachs remarks, “Through revealing details, Frank charts the uneasy political geography of a vast country on the verge of change.” This[…..]

On Collecting: Breaking the Borderlands of Function

Hans Coper. Vase without and with flowers; ceramic, 8 x 6 x 4 inches. Courtesy of Jeffrey Spahn Gallery.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Djinnaya Stroud‘s recent profile of three collectors whose acquisitions include functional works. Stroud explains, “The need to understand an object through its use drives many people who would never have been art collectors to amass functional work.” This essay was originally published on December 10, 2014. The term “non-functional art” isn’t satisfying as an antonym for functional[…..]

Context Is Everything: Visiting di Rosa

Viola Frey. Studio View— One Man Splitting, 1983; alkyd oil on canvas; 72 x 96 in. Courtesy of di Rosa collection, Napa.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you an excerpt from author Maria Porges’ essay on the di Rosa in Napa, California. Porges explains: “Other museums may bear the name of a founder, but as far as I know, there really is no place quite like this one—historic home museum, contemporary white-walled space, and sculpture park rolled into one.” This article was originally published on December 4, 2014.[…..]

But What You Want Is Far Away at the Oakland Museum of California

Phoebe Osborne. God Sees Everything, November 7, 2014 (performance still); Courtesy of the Artist and the Oakland Museum of California. Photo: Charlie Villyard.

In God Sees Everything, directed and choreographed by Phoebe Osborne, a complex weave of everything Californian coalesces.

Ai Weiwei: @ Large at Alcatraz

Ai Wei Wei. With Wind, 2014; installation detail, New Industries Building, Alcatraz. Courtesy of FOR-SITE Foundation. Photo: Jan Stürmann.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Heidi Rabben’s assessment of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Rabben writes, “…certainly, awareness and exposure counts for something, but whether or not these quantitative measurements will effectively impact or change any thinking about human rights is uncertain, and is therefore also a missed opportunity.” This article was originally published on November 24, 2014. This text is likely neither the first[…..]

Transformations – Death, Breakage, and the Unexpected

David Ireland. Angel-Go-Round, 1996; fiberglass, cast concrete figures and motor; 180 x 191 x 191 in. Courtesy of di Rosa collection, Napa. Photo: Israel Valencia.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you a recent installment of “Notes from di Rosa,” a column produced in conjunction with Art Practical’s yearlong residency at the museum. In this edition, author Terri Cohn explores the collection and its legacy. This article was originally published on October 8, 2014. Beautiful, bucolic, and quiet, di Rosa stretches out over its 200 acres with obvious and[…..]