July, 2012

From Los Angeles: Made in L.A. 2012

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As part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, Daily Serving is sharing Matt Stromberg‘s article on Made in LA 2012, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. On the heels of the sprawling Pacific Standard Time (PST) series of exhibitions comes the Hammer Museum’s inaugural Los Angeles biennial. Whereas the PST programming sought to recuperate, re-contextualize, and, in a sense, canonize, five decades of Southern[…..]

18th Biennale of Sydney Part I: ‘all our relations’


Initially I suspected the title of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, the trendily lower case ‘all our relations’, might be one of those curatorial conceits that work better as an intellectual device in the abstract than in the physical reality of the exhibition. I was wrong.  Joint artistic directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster have successfully created a coherent and evocative series of narratives[…..]

#Hashtags: Is the artworld too insular?

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My day job (radio production) can complement my night job (arts writing), but there are times when weeks pass without the twain meeting. At our Los Angeles-based talk program, MOCA’s loss of former curator Paul Schimmel did not go unnoticed, but neither did it tantalize, at least not until my senior producer saw the following headline: “Museums Are About the Art, Not Racking Up Big[…..]

Help Desk: Making a Statement


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 cosponsored by KQED.org. Happy birthday to David Hockney, born today in 1937. I’m in the process of writing an artist statement for a gallery that has recently picked up my work.[…..]

From the DS Archives: Walead Beshty


Today from the DS Archives we take another look at Walead Beshty’s 2011 exhibition at Regen Projects. Beshty’s work is currently on view in Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions at the Zabludowicz Collection in London along with an all-star line up: Francis Alÿs, Yael Bartana, Ethan Breckenridge, Gregory Crewdson, Helene Kazan, Avi Mograbi, Miri Segal, Caragh Thuring, Trisha Baga, Shi Jin, Haegue Yang. The exhibition will be[…..]

Fan Mail: Lauren Marsolier


For this edition of Fan Mail, Lauren Marsolier of Los Angeles, CA has been selected from our worthy reader submissions. Two artists are featured each month—the next one could be you! If you would like to be considered, please submit your website link to info@dailyserving.com with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line. Seven years ago Lauren began her Transition series, compiled from photographs taken in[…..]



Somehow, Elizabeth Taylor, Tennessee Williams and artist Justin Lowe seem flashy and nostalgic enough to revisit the week of 4th of July. This post originally appeared April 1, 2011. L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley It makes a weird kind of sense that Elizabeth Taylor, who managed to move from sweetheart to sexpot to scandal then back to[…..]