August, 2012

#PussyRiot: Dance, Dance Revolutionaries


#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 columns to The arrest and trial of three members of Pussy Riot, the Russian riot grrrl band and art collective, has captured worldwide attention. Imprisoned after their impromptu February 21, 2012, performance at the Cathedral of[…..]

Visionary Surreal: The Quay Brothers’ Street of Crocodiles

Quay Brothers, "Street of Crocodiles".

In restless anticipation of the MoMA show Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets  (opened just last weekend on August 12), I have been re-visiting the depths of the Quays’ body of work. The show—billed as “the first presentation of the Quay Brothers’ work in all their fields of creative activity”—promises a comprehensive, considered overview of this inimitable duo’s eclectic œuvre, which encompasses[…..]

What the Birds Knew

Ken and Julia Yonetani, ‘Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (USA), 2012 , 2.1 X 1.6 metres, Chandelier frames, UV lights, electric components and uranium glass beads  Courtesy of the artists, Artereal Gallery, Sydney and GV Art, London  Photography: Zan Wimberley

In Kurosawa’s 1955 movie ‘I Live in Fear’ Toshiro Mifune plays an aging industrialist so frightened of a nuclear attack on Japan that he tries to move his entire family to Brazil, far away from radioactive fallout. If the birds knew what was coming, he says, they would fly away in terror. His children have him committed to a psychiatric institution. The alternative title for[…..]

dOCUMENTA (13) spaces: Neue Galerie

Wael Shawky, "Cabaret Crusades"

Living and working in Kassel during the dOCUMENTA (13) I have been in no rush to see all of the works. My abundance of time lends itself to much alleviation when considering the daunting map of exhibitions and thick program book. I have found the installations, sculptures, and ongoing performances to become part of my daily life. Each morning on my walk to work, I[…..]

Help Desk: Authoring Texts on Praxis, Revisited

Anish Kapoor, Svayambh, 2007. Sculptural installation with wax and oil-based paint, dimensions variable

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 I think it’s great you’re passing on sensible advice regarding the writing of clear, articulate, open gallery texts, but what I need to know how to write are[…..]

From the DS Archives: Ernesto Neto

Today from the DS Archives we take a look back at Ernesto Neto. The Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City is currently exhibiting his  sculptures, drawings, photographs, and objects produced from 1987 to 2011, many of them shown for the first time. The following article was originally published on February 8, 2007 Written by Seth Curcio: One of Brazil’s most famous artists, Ernesto Neto creates room-sized environments[…..]

Dress Attractively or Dress to Attract

Dorit Cypis, The Rest in Motion 1, 2002, C-print.

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Joshua Harris’ book I Kissed Dating Goodbye starts with a nightmare: Anna stands at the alter in her white dress in a pictaresque chapel facing her soon-to-be-husband, David. She’s holding his hand. Then, as they begin to recite their vows, a girl walks up the aisle and takes David’s other hand. Another[…..]