July, 2010

All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Baldessari

Today on DailyServing, we have gone to our wonderful friends at the Huffington Post for a brilliant article on the Baldessari retrospective, Pure Beauty, at LACMA. LA-based arts writer, Rebecca Taylor, eloquently lists some of the lessons learned from the work on view. 1. It’s all relative, especially Beauty I can’t imagine a more fitting title for Baldessari’s current retrospective (on view at LACMA through[…..]

Argue with Pictures

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Hugh W. Diamond, a 19th century English psychiatrist, began using photography as a therapeutic strategy nearly as soon as photography existed. Diamond would photograph the mentally ill patients he worked with and then confront them with the resulting likenesses, confident that the radical power of reality would jar them into recognizing their[…..]

Whose Map is it? new mapping by artists

While the act of mapping conveys authority – giving credence to that which it records – mapping cannot remain entirely static and must be revised to represent changes in power structures.  In efforts to better understand or better represent the world, many contemporary artists eschew two-dimensional map-making in favor of addressing the ways in which traditional maps are transgressed by global complexities. Whose Map is[…..]

They Knew What They Wanted

This year, there has been a laundry list of artist curated group shows, from David Salle’s exhibition, Your History is not our History, at Haunch of Venison, to Jeff Koon’s Skin Fruit at the New Museum and the upcoming Walead Beshty curated show, Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That), at Regen Projects. Each exhibition has its hits and misses in terms of content, style and[…..]

John Millei: Woman In a Chair

Using Pablo Picasso’s famed 1938 painting titled Portrait de femme (Dora Maar), 1938, as a framework for a new series for formal paintings, both large and small, Los Angeles-based abstract painter John Millei embarked on a series of paintings titled Woman In A Chair. The exhibition, which is on view through July 2010 at Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills, featured a room full of towering[…..]

Roman Ondák

The work of Slovakian artist Roman Ondák has been referred to as “intervention,” a label which makes reference to the way a piece confronts the viewer with an unexpected experience. Ondák, who is currently participating in the Berlin Biennale through August 8, 2010, creates work that is at once mischievous, hilarious and stone serious. He deals with social issues of both the grand and trivial[…..]

From the DS Archives: Brian Jungen, Strange Comfort

For this Sunday’s edition of From the DS Archives we hope to offer a little edification to accompany our readers’ 4th of July festivities.  While we should certainly celebrate, it is also important to think about what it is to be American.  Taking another look at this previously published feature on Brian Jungen’s Strange Comfort, allows us to do just that.  For Strange Comfort, Jungen[…..]