April, 2011

A Man, A Plan, An Award: Matthew Barney Reconsidered at the San Francisco International Film Festival

“It is so very hard to become a man. . .Everything threatens to beat us down, to strip us of our biological birthright, to destroy us simply for asserting our essential, metaphysical manliness.” – Roger D. Hodge, Onan the Magnificent: The Triumph of the Testicle in Contemporary Art (2000) Today, Matthew Barney will receive the prestigious Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award during the San[…..]

Happy Marriage, Center Stage

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Human Nature is the remarkably, almost assaultingly, immense title of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s current exhibition of art from its contemporary collection. But a walk through the galleries will quickly show you that immensity is actually far from the point. Unlike past exhibitions with similar sounding names—The Family of Man,[…..]

Nathaniel Mellors: Ourhouse

What happens when language fails? Madness. In a crumbling estate in the English countryside, ‘The Object’ descends upon a peculiar liberal upper class family. No one recognises him as human. As he mechanically and menacingly eats their books and expels them, language, meaning, places and perception deteriorate into obscurity. This is the premise of British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ work ‘Ourhouse‘ – an absurdist dramatic series[…..]

Walead Beshty at Regen Projects

In a former life, Walead Beshty may have rubbed elbows with Patti Smith. Flaunting her contemptuous disregard for the cautionary advice of her peers, Smith famously denounced words as mere “rules and regulations” in her rendition of Van Morrison’s “Gloria.” In one unruly, titillating performance, Smith flipped the good ol’ boys’ fraternity of rock and roll on its ear by lampooning the muffled sexism of[…..]

Architecture of Visibility – Cinthia Marcelle and Nicolás Robbio

The notion of visibility often has a reaction that incites the magnetic forces of attraction or repulsion. The impulse to highlight or hide visual indications of ideologies is at the core of the separate solo shows of artists Cinthia Marcelle and Nicolás Robbio. Although billed as two separate exhibitions in the admittedly large Galeria Vermelho, it’s quite impossible to resist conceptual association of the two[…..]

Fan Mail: Stephanie Liner

For this edition of Fan Mail, Stephanie Liner has been selected from a group of worthy submissions.  If you would like to be considered, please submit to info@dailyserving.com a link to your website with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line.  Two artists are featured each month – the next one could be you! Looking at Stephanie Liner’s Orbs, I immediately think of the panoramic sugar[…..]

From the DS Archives: Yayoi Kusama

This Sunday, From the DS Archives brings you avant-garde Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, who has recent paintings and sculptures up now through May 7th at Gagosian Gallery in Rome. A significant retrospective of the artist opens at the Reina Sofia, Madrid on May 10th; the exhibition will then travel to the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York through[…..]