March, 2012

Help Desk: Personal Development


Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is co-sponsored by Lately I’ve been seeing works of contemporary art that aren’t really aesthetically pleasing, most of them are just really simple and plain. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful[…..]

From the DS Archives: Kehinde Wiley’s ‘World Stage’ Continues

Kehinde Wiley’s beautifully ornate paintings feature young men of different ethnicities and religions surrounded by detailed decorations based on traditional patterns and designs. The men depicted carry themselves in the classical, self-confident poses found in European portrait paintings. Daily Serving previously covered Wiley’s project ‘World Stage: Brazil,’ which was the third installment after China, and Africa, Lagos-Dakar. His newest iteration of the project, World Stage:[…..]

Unnatural Communities


One of the most informative moments in SPACES, the latest exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, is a timeline of the birth of the St. Claude art scene handwritten in black charcoal pencil on the wall. Born out of the reinvigoration of community action in post-Katrina New Orleans, bolstered by the adrenaline shot of Prospect.1, hard working artist collectives popped up across the city[…..]

A Queen and a Stone


L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley The word stature is one of those that’s meaning and sound do not completely agree. Say “stature,” and it sounds like you mean something serious, like stature is the same as status: “Her stature alone commands attention”; “He was a man of great stature.” But of course, someone could have small, wimpy[…..]

Gérard Rancinan


Gérard Rancinan’s thematic series of photographs – Metamorphoses, Hypotheses, Specimens, Wonderful World and Portraits – at the Opera Gallery Singapore are visually seductive and epically provocative representations of the contemporary issues that assail the twenty-first century. Exploring a complex web of interconnected issues – such as human rights, freedom, immigration, globalisation and capitalist culture – that would take more than bulletin news and politicians’s blustery[…..]

The lure of the animal


The Hijacked series of exhibitions and publications, currently in its third iteration, juxtaposes the work of Australian photographers with their international contemporaries from the USA, Germany, and now the United Kingdom. Hijacked III brings together thirty-two artists from geographically distant but historically linked places, and the diversity of work is pronounced. However, there are some discernible themes at play: the performance of identity within the[…..]

#Hashtags: The art of being female

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#Hashtags: Viral Thoughts on Politics, Art and Culture #Hashtags provides a platform for longer reconsiderations of artworks and art practices outside of the review format and in new contexts. Please send queries and/or ideas for future to If you’re young and female, I hope you’re introduced to a positive mentor early enough to build a strong sense of self-worth, because in 2012, American society[…..]