October, 2011

New Histories and Epic Tales:
Better a Live Ass than a Dead Lion at Eli Ridgway Gallery

Standing on a hillside gazing into the Pacific Ocean, one can’t help but to be overwhelmed by the beauty and ruggedness of the landscape. Rolling hills, steep cliffs, and thick forests bring to mind epic stories of western expansion and the conquering spirit of those who have traveled here, a spirit currently under investigation at Eli Ridgway Gallery. Better a Live Ass than a Dead[…..]

From the DS Archives: Taryn Simon

This week from the DS Archives we bring you Contraband, Taryn Simon’s 2010 exhibition at Gagosian, Beverly Hills. Simons’ new series, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters is on view at the Tate Modern until January 2, 2012. This article was originally posted by Seth Curcio on September 29, 2010: Through the process of documenting America’s foundation through both mythology and quotidian objects,[…..]

Jaap Pieters at Spectacle

How art can reveal the truth is a debate that will never end. Depending on who you ask, fidelity has been correlated with formal abstraction’s ability to reveal raw feelings, the eye’s capability to expose ontic faithfulness, or sometimes the artworks function in the social or political spheres. Some artists try to reveal truth, wherever they see it. Often unwilling to limit what makes truth,[…..]

The Lived-in Look

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Over Thanksgivings, which my sister and I spent with our aunt and grandmother in Atlanta, all of us used to go to the Atlanta Christmas House. It’s always a big, newly renovated or newly built Victorian-style mansion in which everything is up-to-date and in its place. A local designer has decorated and[…..]

Eindhoven – The City as a Muse.

When contemplating the city of Eindhoven, in the south of the Netherlands, one’s mind typically reaches for the successful football team, PSV Eindhoven or the international product giants, Philips. A city more closely associated to manufacture and design rather than to the expressive and conceptual world of contemporary art. Therefore, it was a welcome surprise to visit the Van Abbemuseum, and view the current exhibition[…..]

Eye of the Messenger

The joy and plight of many contemporary, Western-centric cultural practices today is the recognition that artistic shouldering of the collective burden of history does not necessarily attribute any value to the work. At worst, it is unfashionable and counter-productive to contemporary discourse; at best, it provides a vague notion of plurality and diversity that benefits a particular portion of the arts patronage. On the contrary,[…..]

Exhibition #4: Wrap your arms around me

I have always had a soft spot for the Museum of Everything – it was their self-prophetic name and bizarre doodles that first won me over, and the witty banter of their newsletter that has sustained the affair since. With last year’s always numbered, never titled, Exhibition #3 featuring a funhouse of circus-cum-taxidermy as curated by Sir Peter Blake, it was with great anticipation that[…..]