April, 2011

Migraines over Blue Shag Rugs

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley A river of blood runs through the history of womankind,” wrote cultural critic Caitlin Flanagan, with so much dramatic sway that the truthfulness almost got lost in the motion. “That river stops, more or less, with the installation of [a] shag carpet.” The carpet in question—lush, blue and all the rage in[…..]

Looking at Music 3.0 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Where were you when the Music Television Channel was first introduced in 1981? I was seven years old and had a babysitter who, in her early twenties, was the coolest person I had ever met. I would follow her around just in the hopes that this perceived “coolness” would somehow rub off on me. It was through her that I was exposed, for the first time,[…..]

Cyprien Gaillard at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin

Today’s video is from our friends at ArtStars*, a traveling show about the contemporary art world, out to uncover the 7 Unsolved Mysteries of the Art World — one art scene, one country at a time. In this video, host, Nadja Sayej, talks with Parisian artist Cyprien Gaillard about his installation at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. The installation involves hundreds of cases[…..]

Gabriel Kuri at the ICA Boston

Hidden within the hard facts are things too complicated and involved to be considered with too much precision. Economists and scientists choose what to measure when running their reports with good reason: if they eliminate the extraneous data than the utility of their predictive models increase. This process hides what Gabriel Kuri calls “soft information in hard facts.” His sculptures are attempts to reclaim that[…..]

Need Not Be Made

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. —John 1:1 I don’t recall when I realized just how weirdly powerful the first sentence of the Gospel according to John is, but I remember that it was a thrilling experience. That short phrase contained a startling revelation: God was language.  It seems unnecessary to unpack this phrase[…..]

From the DS Archives: Paired, Gold: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn

This Sunday, From the DS Archives examines the oeuvre and influence of Cuban-born, American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Gonzalez-Torres is presently the subject of a traveling retrospective, Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects without Specific Form, which is at its final destination, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, until April 25th. In the spirit of Gonzalez-Torres’ practice, the exhibition has a particularly experimental structure. While the show is installed initially[…..]

Rosemarie Trockel

Rosemarie Trockel: Drawings, Collages and Book Drafts presents almost 200 works at the Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh. Trockel’s explorations of artistic and social relations began in the 1980s, and her practice includes photography, film, sculpture and installation. Since 2004, she has embraced collage, opening the space for a recombination of ideas, motifs and materials. Hals, Nase, Ohr, und Bein (Throat, Nose, Ear, and Leg)[…..]