May, 2011

Anthony McCall at Luciana Brito, São Paulo

How does meanwhile effect an artwork? British artist Anthony McCall’s exhibition at Luciana Brito in São Paulo suggests a retrospective of an artist who returned to art-making in the last decade after an over-20 year hiatus. McCall’s reemergence is marked by revisiting and further developing what began as his “solid light” films made in the early 1970s: installations of hazy, darkened rooms with slow-moving beams[…..]

Dead Star Light

While the most beautiful world in the world may be that which is in your own mind, what happens when your mind fails you? Not just a matter of truth vs fiction, but a fundamental physiological failure that causes your mind to lose the ability to register, and remember, that which is around you – That reality is far from beautiful. I recall studying the[…..]

From the DS Archives: Louise Bourgeois: Mother and Child, at Gallery Paule Anglim

This Sunday, From the DS Archives remembers the beloved artist Louise Bourgeois who passed away a year ago this month. On view now through June 25th at Cheim & Read in New York is Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works, a selection of fabric “drawings” created from discarded clothes, sheets, towels and similar material from the artist’s personal collection. This article was originally written by Aimée[…..]

Rashaad Newsome’s Hip Hop Heraldry

Today’s article is brought to us from our friends at Flavorwire, where Rozalia Jovanovic discusses Rashaad Newsome’s world of hip hop culture and heraldry. As the Festival of Ideas for the New City continues in New York with its program of symposia, performances, exhibitions and a street festival, Rashaad Newsome’s performance Herald during Nuit Blanche New York’s Flash:Light stands out as the event of the[…..]

Peace of Mind

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Most good artists moonlight as social historians at least some of the time. Often, they’re as bad at it as real-deal historians  are (just think what sort of voluptuously erroneous textbook Gauguin would’ve written on the Polynesians, or what might have happened if Damien Hirst gem-encrusted skull had launched a scholarly inquest[…..]

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[…..]

Record > Again! at Goethe Institute Boston

Early video is so lovable. Hidden in the low-contrast images and lost political references are rebellious experiments to find a way to express the vibrant importance of the moment. The more than 40 videos of Record > Again! at the Goethe Institute are a time capsule that hold an insight into some of the struggles and hopes of the German artists who made them. These[…..]